• March 5, 2018

    Fla. Measure To Make Tax Hikes Harder Goes To Gov.

    The Florida Senate overwhelmingly passed a bill Monday authorizing a ballot measure that now needs only the governor's signature before it asks voters to determine whether any bill imposing a tax increase on Florida voters should require a two-thirds vote of both state houses to become law.

  • March 2, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Scotiabank, Trump Tower, Miami Mansion

    Scotiabank is said to be subleasing roughly 50,000 square feet in New York, a condo at Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago has reportedly sold for $9.4 million, and a Miami mansion is said to have sold for $19.75 million, the most paid for a Miami-Dade County residential property so far in 2018.

  • March 2, 2018

    Greenberg Guides TopBuild's $475M Acquisition Of Rival

    Greenberg Traurig LLP and Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP provided counsel on a $475 million deal announced Friday in which Florida-based insulation installer and distributor TopBuild Corp. will acquire competitor United Subcontractors Inc.

  • March 2, 2018

    Judge Rejects 'Imprecise' Dismissal Bids In $15M Geico Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday ordered Florida-based chiropractic network Path Medical LLC, a pair of law firms and other defendants to redraft their motions to dismiss Geico’s $15 million suit over allegedly fraudulent claims, saying the six motions by 18 defendants referenced each other too heavily and led to "imprecise and inartful briefing."

  • March 2, 2018

    Fed. Court Won’t Hear Shumaker Loop IP Malpractice Suit

    A Florida federal judge Thursday said that under a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, he didn’t have the jurisdiction to adjudicate a state-law malpractice claim brought by a prosthetics device maker against Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, returning the case to state court.

  • March 2, 2018

    Firefighters Call Fla. Gov's Veto Of Raise Unconstitutional

    A Florida firefighters union fighting the dismissal of an unfair labor claim argued to the state's highest court that Gov. Rick Scott exercised his veto power in an unconstitutional manner when he blocked a budget appropriation in 2015 that granted members a raise.

  • March 2, 2018

    Fla. Senate Committee Advances Gambling Reform Bill

    A Florida Senate Committee approved a gaming reform bill Friday that covers the regulation of fantasy contests, greyhound and horse racing “decoupling” and slot machine taxes, and authorizes so-called designated player games in certain settings, while also extending the state’s gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

  • March 2, 2018

    Holland & Knight Helps Bring Reforms To Fla. Prisons

    After more than a year of negotiations with the Florida Department of Corrections, Holland & Knight LLP attorneys, working with Disability Rights Florida and others, recently helped secure a settlement that should help inmates with severe and persistent psychiatric disabilities get the treatment they need.

  • March 2, 2018

    Fla. Co. Seeks To 'At Least' Double $4.3M Samsung Award

    After winning $4.3 million for Samsung’s infringement of a patent for a face-swapping feature, the owner of the patent, a Florida-based company, asked a federal court on Thursday to “at least” double that amount, saying that the enhanced damages were justified in light of the South Korean giant’s “abusive use of privilege as sword and shield.”

  • March 2, 2018

    Texas, Others Urge Justices To Uphold Trump's Travel Ban

    States such as Texas and Florida and organizations such as Citizens United and the Immigration Reform Law Institute recently signed onto briefs urging the U.S. Supreme Court to determine that President Donald Trump adhered to federal immigration law and the U.S. Constitution in banning travel to the U.S. by certain nationals of several predominantly Muslim countries.

  • March 2, 2018

    Vague Disclosures Make Tax Perks Hard To Track

    After two years into a new era of mandated accountability surrounding government tax incentives, experts say tax deals are still hard to track and there’s much room for improvement.

  • March 1, 2018

    PIP Insurance Repeal Rejected By Fla. Senate Subcommittee

    Efforts in the Florida Legislature to repeal the state's no-fault motor vehicle insurance law, which requires motorists to carry $10,000 in personal injury protection coverage, appear set to fail in the current session following a Senate subcommittee's rejection Wednesday, although a procedural step left open a narrow lifeline.

  • March 1, 2018

    Attys Vital As Miami Turns To Transit-Oriented Development

    With the Miami area's population climbing and available land on the decline, transit-oriented development is emerging in the market as an attractive means both for tackling the resulting challenges and keeping up with market preferences — and lawyers are positioned to play a central role in its advancement.

  • March 1, 2018

    Int'l Paper Co. Beats Fla. Flood Class Action At Trial

    A federal jury in Florida has found that International Paper Co. was not negligent in the design, maintenance or operation of an abandoned dam at one of its paper mills, beating a class of homeowners who claimed the company was liable for flooding of their homes.

  • March 1, 2018

    Models Seek Quick Win In Fla. Swingers Club Suit

    Playboy Playmates and other models accusing a Tampa-area swingers club and its owners of using their likenesses in advertisements for the club without permission asked for a quick win in their suit Wednesday, arguing they have provided enough evidence that the ads were false and misleading.

  • March 1, 2018

    Details Emerge On DEA Data Release In Opioid MDL

    The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will divulge two years of information about drugmakers that sold the vast majority of opioids in every state, an Ohio federal judge presiding over multidistrict litigation said Thursday.

  • March 1, 2018

    Miami-Dade County Hires Legal Team To Launch Opioid Suit

    Miami-Dade County has hired a team of litigators led by Podhurst Orseck PA to prepare legal action against drug manufacturers and distributors for enabling the opioid addiction crisis that has cost the county millions in increased law enforcement and health care costs.

  • March 1, 2018

    Fla. Jury Awards Doctor $2.85M In Whistleblower Trial

    A Florida state jury has awarded a surgeon $2.85 million, finding that he was retaliated against when his former employer, Florida Hospital, fired him for blowing the whistle on practices at the Heart and Lung Transplant Institute that put patients at risk.

  • March 1, 2018

    16 States Urge High Court To Uphold Travel Ban

    A coalition of 16 states filed a friend-of-the-court brief Wednesday with the U.S. Supreme Court urging it to uphold the Trump administration’s travel ban, arguing there were “manifestly legitimate" public safety and national security reasons in imposing travel restrictions on eight countries.

  • March 1, 2018

    DOD Awards Lockheed Martin $158M For F-35 Jet Support

    The U.S. Department of Defense on Wednesday allocated an additional $158.2 million to defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp. for logistical and maintenance services related to the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet, which has come under increased scrutiny amid delays and cost overruns.

Expert Analysis

  • How Sanctuary City Regs Could Impact Houston Real Estate

    Hilary Tyson

    President Donald Trump’s sanctuary city ban has been enmeshed in litigation since it was enacted, as has similar legislation in the Texas Legislature. But while the future of these regulations may not be certain, they still stand to exact broad impacts, both in Houston and beyond, say Hilary Tyson and Lauren McLaughlin of BoyarMiller.

  • Hotel Malware Attack Raises Unusual Insurance Questions

    Jan Larson

    A Florida district court is poised to decide several interesting questions in St. Paul v. Rosen, offering policyholders guidance on the extent to which traditional insurance policies can protect them from data breaches and on whether policyholders' corporate affiliates can look to their policies for protection, say Jan Larson and Alex Langlinais of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • LGBTQ Protections And Best Practices Under Title VII

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Darrell VanDeusen

    Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.

  • Opinion

    This Year, Let’s Invest In Lawyer Resiliency


    Highly profitable companies have comprehensive corporate wellness programs that realize plateauing health care costs, greater employee engagement, and a demonstrable competitive advantage. The legal field needs a similar awakening, says Rudhir Krishtel, a former partner of Fish & Richardson and senior patent counsel at Apple.

  • How A Fla. Verdict Could Change Asbestos Litigation

    Stephanie Spritz

    A Florida plaintiff recently won a $6.9 million asbestos verdict against Union Carbide, overturning a previous win for the defense. The plaintiff's successful reliance on the consumer expectations test could have far-reaching effects on asbestos litigation, says Stephanie Spritz of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.

  • 5 Legal Technology Predictions For 2018

    Jeff Ton

    While each new year is expected to bring fresh challenges to the legal industry, 2018 will be particularly disruptive to the status quo. Both law firms and organizations that cater to the legal community should prepare for developments like increasing pressure from international clients and data security risks caused by multigenerational gaps, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 3 Enforcement Priorities For State AGs In 2018

    Joe Jacquot

    State attorney general campaigns will be in full swing with 31 elections this year. In addition to three top substantive areas, campaign issues themselves will influence how state attorneys general prioritize enforcement, says Joe Jacquot, former chief deputy attorney general of Florida, now with Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • The Broader Implications Of Sessions’ Marijuana Move

    Markus Funk

    Beyond what it heralds for the marijuana industry, Jeff Sessions’ memo on marijuana enforcement signals a new era of increasingly decentralized federal prosecutorial power, say attorneys with Perkins Coie LLP, including former Colorado Chief Justice Michael Bender.

  • Litigation Finance Trends To Watch In 2018

    Jay Greenberg

    Jay Greenberg and Max Volsky, co-founders of litigation finance platform LexShares Inc., analyze emerging trends based on conversations with their investors and executives in this rapidly evolving sector.