Florida

  • November 28, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: HNA, Chet Balder, GID

    Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is reportedly considering selling some of its global real estate holdings, a venture led by real estate investor Chet Balder is said to have landed a $23 million loan for a Chicago-area office building, and a GID venture has reportedly scored a $45.4 million loan from Nationwide Mutual Insurance for a Florida multifamily property.

  • November 28, 2017

    Insurer Needn't Cover Tuna Labeling Fight, 11th Circ. Told

    An insurer told the Eleventh Circuit on Monday that a lower court was right to find it had no duty to defend tuna purveyor Anova Food Inc. in two false marketing suits brought by competitor King Tuna, urging the appeals court to uphold its summary judgment win.

  • November 28, 2017

    Advocacy Groups Fight Fla. Gov.'s Bid To DQ 'Hot Mic' Justice

    Liberal advocacy groups challenging Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s plan to appoint the next three state Supreme Court justices on his last day in office fought back Tuesday against his bid to disqualify Justice Barbara Pariente from the case, calling it a “transparent bullying tactic” that could set a dangerous precedent.

  • November 28, 2017

    Gibraltar Exec Settles Suit With Bank Days Before Trial

    A former executive of Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust has settled his suit against the company for allegedly firing him after he lodged complaints over another executive's alleged sexual harassment and noncompliance with banking laws.

  • November 28, 2017

    Dish Tells High Court Fla. Tax Regime Meant To Favor Cable

    There is conflicting authority in how courts decide whether a state communication service tax discriminates against interstate commerce, but a tax levied by Florida has protectionist purposes designed to favor cable, Dish Network LLC told the U.S. Supreme Court Monday.

  • November 28, 2017

    Fla. DEP Chief Denies Everglades Oil, Gas Drilling Permit

    The head of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on Monday rejected an administrative law judge's recommendation to allow oil and gas exploration in the Everglades, declaring that the balance of factors tips against allowing oil and gas activity in the environmentally sensitive area.

  • November 28, 2017

    Feds Secure 2nd Guilty Plea In $1.6M Pump-And-Dump Case

    A Florida man pled guilty on Monday in Massachusetts federal court to arranging a 2012 pump-and-dump scheme to manipulate the value of a waste and recycling company.

  • November 28, 2017

    Fla. Insurance Defense Firm Conroy Simberg Expands Into Ga.

    Law firm Conroy Simberg, which specializes in insurance defense, is expanding from its Florida roots with the opening of an office in Thomasville, Georgia, the firm announced Monday.

  • November 27, 2017

    Tobacco Cos. Say Juror's 'Satan' Barb Invalidates $18M Award

    Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds asked the Florida Supreme Court Monday to throw out an $18 million damages award for a deceased smoker’s family because a juror failed to disclose his views that tobacco companies are “leeches” and compared them to Satan in a post-trial Facebook post.

  • November 27, 2017

    Firm's Arbitration Row With Ex-Partner Hits Fla. High Court

    Parker Waichman LLP told the Florida Supreme Court on Monday that a state appellate court erred in finding that the national personal injury law firm waived an arbitration clause in its partnership agreement when it sued a former partner.

  • November 27, 2017

    Airline Says Miami Airport 'Exit Fees' Suit Lacks Standing

    Venezuelan airline Avior Airlines CA asked a Florida federal judge Monday to toss a proposed class action claiming it forced passengers to pay surprise “exit fees” that weren’t mentioned in their ticket contracts before boarding flights at Miami International Airport, saying the plaintiffs lack standing to sue.

  • November 27, 2017

    Health Care Providers Seek Win In Geico Payment Dispute

    A class of health care providers suing Geico over under-reimbursement of their services asked a Florida federal judge Wednesday for a judgment on their one narrow claim after she determined that the contract is vague and must be construed against the insurer.

  • November 27, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Balfour Pacific, Keith Urban, IMC

    Balfour Pacific Capital has picked up a pair of office buildings in Itasca, Illinois, for $78.3 million, Crain's Chicago Business reported on Monday. The deal is for the 15-story 500 Park Blvd. and 16-story One Pierce Place, which are 85 and 88 percent leased, respectively, Crain's said. The buildings last traded hands in 2011 for $74 million, according to the report.

  • November 27, 2017

    Cobra Continues Push To Toss Revised $18M Award

    Spanish construction firm Cobra Infraestructuras Hidraulicas SA continued its push to vacate an award in favor of an Italian engineering and construction firm, telling a Florida federal court Friday that the decision by the International Chamber of Commerce’s arbitration court to reduce the initial $23 million award by more than $5 million does not remove the alleged deficiencies in how it was determined.

  • November 27, 2017

    Ex-WellCare GC Gets 6 Months For Medicaid Fraud Scheme

    A Florida federal judge sentenced Former WellCare Health Plans Inc. general counsel Thaddeus M.S. Bereday to six months in prison and fined him $50,000 after he previously pled guilty to participating in a Medicaid fraud scheme, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • November 27, 2017

    UBS Whistleblower Claim Paused Ahead Of High Court Ruling

    A New Jersey federal judge cited an anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision in holding off on ruling Monday on whether a former UBS Financial Services Inc. executive can pursue a Dodd-Frank Act claim against the company, but said the whistleblower action could at least proceed under a Florida statute.

  • November 27, 2017

    Argentine Media Co. Dodges Soccer TV Rights Suit Again

    A Florida federal judge on Monday declined again to reverse the dismissal of an Argentine sports media rights company from a bribery and antitrust lawsuit against Fox Sports units over broadcast rights for South American soccer tournaments, calling the allegations of the company's participation “extremely vague.”

  • November 22, 2017

    Fla. Panel Reinstates Full $1.5M Verdict For Smoker's Widow

    A smoker's widow will receive the full $1.5 million that a jury awarded in her wrongful death suit against Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds, as a Florida appeals court said Wednesday the tobacco companies waived rights to a comparative fault reduction by repeatedly telling jurors there would be none.

  • November 22, 2017

    Advanced Disposal Completes $151M Secondary Offering

    Solid waste company Advanced Disposal Services Inc. said Tuesday it has completed an underwritten secondary offering of its stock, allowing affiliates of infrastructure-focused private equity firm Highstar Capital and Brazilian financial firm BTG Pactual to cash in on their stakes in the company to the tune of $151 million.

  • November 22, 2017

    GOP Tax Plan Could Spur More Int'l Investment In South Fla.

    The Republican tax plan currently making its way through Congress could be a mixed bag for South Florida, according to experts who say the corporate tax cut could boost international investment, while a provision reducing the credit for renovating landmark buildings could hit the area's historic districts hard.

Expert Analysis

  • The End May Be Nigh For FACTA Claims

    John Papianou

    Until last month, the Eleventh Circuit appeared to be the last place for class action plaintiffs to pursue run-of-the-mill statutory damage claims for failure to truncate credit card numbers under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. However, the dismissal of Gesten v. Burger King indicates a shift away from the generous reading of Spokeo that Eleventh Circuit plaintiffs have enjoyed, say John Papianou and Erin Novak of M... (continued)

  • Insights On Protecting Referral Sources With Noncompetes

    Leonard Samuels

    The Florida Supreme Court's recent decision in White v. Mederi Caretenders Visiting Services of Southeast Florida and Americare Home Therapy v. Hiles recognizes that referral sources are the lifeblood of the home health care business and worthy of protection. The ruling should be viewed as a strong statement by the court that restrictive covenants will be enforced to prevent unfair competition, says Leonard Samuels of Berger Singerman LLP.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    Post-Crisis AG Enforcement Is Just The Beginning

    Douglas Gansler

    State attorneys general have worked with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, other federal agencies and each other to take on issues deemed to be the fallout of the financial crisis that started 10 years ago. But unlike the CFPB, the jurisdiction of which is limited, the AGs have assumed a wider reach, say former Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler and Michelle Rogers of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Steps For Government Contractors To Take After Hurricanes

    Jay DeVecchio

    For government contractors, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma will continue to cause delays, increases in costs, and material shortages and damage. Most contractors will be entitled to contract schedule relief. But they may not be entitled to additional compensation, say Jay DeVecchio and Lauren Horneffer of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.