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Florida

  • August 30, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Affirms Acupuncture School's Exemption

    A Florida appeals court on Thursday rejected a county appraiser’s attempt to relitigate an acupuncture school’s eligibility for a tax exemption, saying there had been no factual or legal changes since the school was last awarded the exemption.

  • August 30, 2018

    Florida Powerhouse: Greenberg Traurig

    From landing a nine-figure construction loan for a Miami condo tower to guiding the $700 million acquisition of a Gainesville-based biotech firm and winning a precedent-setting appeals decision on a toxic tort case out of Tampa, Greenberg Traurig LLP held firmly this past year to its dominant position among Sunshine State law firms.

  • August 29, 2018

    Workers' Rights, Gov.'s Veto Power Clash In Fla. High Court

    A firefighters’ union made an impassioned plea Wednesday for the Florida Supreme Court to revive its claim that Gov. Rick Scott unconstitutionally vetoed a 2015 budget appropriation granting it a raise, but the state warned against the union’s proposed solution to the apparent constitutional conflict at the heart of the dispute.

  • August 29, 2018

    Venezuela Probing Co.'s Oil Shipment To US, Suit Says

    A pair of oil industry suppliers sued commodities trading firm Castleton Commodities International in West Virginia federal court this week seeking information on a shipment of oil from Venezuela to the United States that they claim is under criminal investigation by the country's authorities.

  • August 29, 2018

    Fla. High Court Weighs Causation Question In Med Mal Case

    The Florida Supreme Court grappled Wednesday with arguments from the family members of a woman who died in surgery that a lower court wrongly tossed their claims against an anesthesiologist who reviewed her records before the procedure, in a case that raises questions about the issue of causation.

  • August 29, 2018

    Westgate Resort, Castle Law Resolve Timeshare Suit

    A Florida federal judge signed off Wednesday on a final order resolving all claims in an acrimonious dispute brought by Westgate Resort Ltd. against Castle Law Group PC, which the timeshare development company said had illegally interfered in its contracts with owners.

  • August 29, 2018

    Fla. High Court To Hear Miami Beach Minimum Wage Case

    The Florida Supreme Court agreed in a split decision Wednesday to take up Miami Beach’s appeal of a lower court’s decision blocking the city’s proposed minimum wage increase.

  • August 29, 2018

    Circuit Split On FCA Pleading Is Real, High Court Hears

    A whistleblower social worker accused a Florida-based hospice chain of downplaying a circuit split on required specificity in False Claims Act suits and urged the U.S. Supreme Court to create a “uniform pleading standard applicable throughout the country.”

  • August 29, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, Henley, Blackstone

    WeWork is reportedly nearing a deal to take as much as 500,000 square feet in New York, Henley's U.S. division is said to have dropped $20 million on a Miami hotel, and a Blackstone affiliate has reportedly bought a Florida grocery-anchored shopping center for $34.5 million.

  • August 29, 2018

    Florida Powerhouse: Bilzin Sumberg

    One of the smallest of this year’s Law360 Florida Powerhouses, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP regularly punches above its weight class, by working on transformational projects like a $2.4 billion passenger train from Miami to Orlando and defending clients in high-stakes mortgage lawsuits.

  • August 29, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Mesh Sling Suit's Injury Notice Beat Time Limit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday revived a woman’s claims that she was injured by a Johnson & Johnson unit’s defective pelvic mesh implant, saying her report of her symptoms did not toll the statute of limitations because she had no reason to blame them on the alleged defect.

  • August 29, 2018

    11th Circ. Says Co. Can't Undo Sex Harassment Rulings

    An Eleventh Circuit panel has backed various decisions from a lower court that ruled against an impulse merchandising-focused company in a former worker’s suit claiming he was sexually harassed by a female supervisor and not paid certain wages.

  • August 28, 2018

    Senate Confirms US Attys For Fla.'s Southern, Middle Districts

    The U.S. Senate confirmed two women, Ariana Fajardo Orshan and Maria Chapa Lopez, as the top prosecutors in the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida in a voice vote Tuesday evening.

  • August 28, 2018

    Universal Hits Back At Cert. Bid In 'Warcraft' Text Row

    The companies behind the promotional campaign for the Universal Pictures movie "Warcraft" on Tuesday shot back at a bid to certify a putative class action over an allegedly unlawful text message blast, telling a Florida federal judge that the plaintiffs' "overheated rhetoric" wasn't enough to overcome difficulties with identifying class members or proving they had actually been harmed.

  • August 28, 2018

    Fla. Powerhouses Help State Excel On The Global Stage

    The firms selected as Law360's 2018 Florida Powerhouses reflect the diverse character of the state in their varied histories, sizes and strategies while capitalizing on its rapidly growing industries and status as a crossroads of global business.

  • August 28, 2018

    Atty's Restitution Reduced By $12.2M In Stock Scheme

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday reduced by $12.2 million the restitution owed by an attorney for allegedly conspiring with former NFL player Willie Gault to inflate a heart-monitor company's stock, finding the attorney was responsible for only $1 million in losses.

  • August 28, 2018

    Aetna Ducks Pediatrix Suit Over Claims Payments, For Now

    A Florida federal judge on Monday trimmed a suit brought by national pediatric services provider Pediatrix Medical Services Inc. alleging Aetna Inc. has engaged in a systematic scheme to pressure and manipulate medical providers to reduce claims payments.

  • August 28, 2018

    Shook Hardy Picks Up International Arbitration Atty In Miami

    Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP announced Tuesday that it has added a multilingual international arbitration expert to its Miami office, where he will bring his expertise in resolving disputes in the construction, energy, infrastructure and hospitality industries.

  • August 28, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Pan Am Equities, Sterling Bay, KKR

    Pan Am Equities has reportedly landed $60.6 million in financing for four New York projects, Sterling Bay is said to have picked up a Chicago warehouse for $2.7 million, and a KKR venture has reportedly received $141.5 million in financing for an office tower in Oakland, California.

  • August 28, 2018

    Ambulance Cos. And Clients Ink $21M Deal In Kickbacks Suit

    Several companies in the ambulance industry will together pay more than $21 million to settle allegations that they knowingly submitted claims to Medicare and Medicaid programs that ran afoul of federal bribery laws, in violation of the False Claims Act, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Expert Analysis

  • Tax Decisions Bring Challenges And Opportunities To Tribes

    Rob Roy Smith

    In the wake of U.S. v. Jim in the Eleventh Circuit and South Dakota v. Wayfair in the U.S. Supreme Court, Native American tribes should takes steps to protect their rights under the general welfare exclusion and assert their sovereignty to impose new sales taxes, says Rob Roy Smith of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • New Stats On Millennial Attorney Disciplinary Actions

    Jean Edwards

    In this analysis of disciplinary action trends in the legal industry, Edwards Neils LLC managing member Jean Edwards examines data provided by bar organizations for 17 states and the District of Columbia.

  • A Midyear Review Of State Attorney General Enforcement

    Joe Jacquot

    While appealing to voters this election season, attorney general candidates will inevitably target industries with promises of using their state enforcement powers. AGs are also increasingly defining themselves publicly by reacting to the federal government, whether by filing a lawsuit against the president or opposing congressional acts, says Joe Jacquot of Foley & Lardner LLP.

  • A Cloud On The Horizon: Trade Secret Theft In The Cloud

    Amy Van Zant

    Although courts and companies have at times struggled to keep pace with the rapidly evolving challenges surrounding the use of cloud-based software, some best practices have emerged from the body of case law addressing claims of cloud-based appropriation of trade secrets, say attorneys with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: Prioritizing Is Always Key

    Joe Lieberman

    Today, members of Congress often seem able to blame colleagues of the other party for not getting anything done for their constituents. In law practice, you can’t really blame a bad result for your clients on the lawyers on the other side, says former Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., of Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: How Congress Affected My Career

    Yvonne B. Burke

    Being a former member of Congress put me in an advantageous position when I approached law firms in the late '70s, at a time when there were few female lawyers, and even fewer African-American lawyers, in major law firms, says former Rep. Yvonne B. Burke, D-Calif., a director of Amtrak.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: DC Isn't As Bad As You Think

    Norm Coleman

    Popular culture paints the Hill as a place teeming with intrigue, corruption and malicious intent. But in Congress I learned important lessons about respecting people and the work they do, says former Sen. Norm Coleman, R-Minn., of Hogan Lovells.

  • Series

    From Lawmaker To Lawyer: 6 Things I Learned In Congress

    Charles Gonzalez

    I found that senior members of Congress didn’t have time to mentor younger members. Lawyers — though just as busy as members of Congress — cannot afford to follow this model, says former Rep. Charles Gonzalez, D-Texas, of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw's Associate Salary Model Is A Relic Of A Bygone Era

    William Brewer

    Legal industry compensation practices are once again in the news as BigLaw firms continue to match the new high watermark of $190,000 for first-year associate salaries. The typical model of increasing associate salaries uniformly fails star associates, the firms they work for and, ultimately, the clients they serve, says William Brewer, managing partner of Brewer Attorneys & Counselors.

  • What NFL Should Do About Cheerleader Discrimination Claims

    Kerry Garvis Wright

    The National Football League has been implicated in the #MeToo movement as it faces a series of sexual harassment and gender discrimination allegations against individual teams. There are several steps the NFL and its teams can take to remedy these issues, say Kerry Garvis Wright and Aaron Swerdlow of Glaser Weil LLP.