• February 28, 2018

    Mallinckrodt Hit With Subpoena To Provide Opioid Info

    Mallinckrodt PLC, one of the companies facing a tsunami of litigation over the opioid crisis, said in a regulatory filing on Tuesday that it received a grand jury subpoena last month from federal prosecutors in Florida seeking information about its marketing of generic painkillers.

  • February 28, 2018

    Fla. Home Health Agencies' Owner Sentenced For $66M Fraud

    The owner of several Miami home health agencies was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 20 years in prison and ordered to pay full restitution for a scheme that used the businesses to defraud Medicare of more than $66 million.

  • February 28, 2018

    Hearing Ordered In Bid To Toss Spirit's Suit Over Engine

    After initially affirming a decision to deny Rolls-Royce’s bid to toss a suit brought by Spirit Airlines over an aircraft engine that exploded, a Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed course and said the trial court should not have denied the motion to dismiss without first holding an evidentiary hearing.

  • February 28, 2018

    Tobacco Co. Merits A Loss In Asset Transfer Row, Judge Told

    Mississippi-based Smokers Best Group LLC urged a Florida federal judge Tuesday to reject a magistrate judge’s recommendation that he find in favor of a Florida tobacco company on its claim that a cigarette maker fraudulently transferred assets to SBG to avoid paying a multimillion-dollar judgment.

  • February 28, 2018

    PE-Backed Norwegian Cruises Prices $1.1B Share Offering

    Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd. said it has priced 19.5 million ordinary shares at $56 per share, for a total of $1.1 billion, allowing shareholders including private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC to cut their stakes in the cruise ship giant through a deal guided by three law firms.

  • February 28, 2018

    Honda Gets Final Nod On $605M Deal In Takata Air Bag MDL

    A Florida federal judge granted final approval Wednesday to a $605 million settlement ending allegations against Honda Motor Co. Ltd. in multidistrict litigation over faulty Takata air bags and awarded attorneys’ fees worth 20 percent of the deal after some Honda owners argued the 30 percent initially sought was too high.

  • February 28, 2018

    Feds Seek Lesser Sentence For Ex-CEO In $36M Fraud Case

    A convicted former CEO's “substantial assistance” to law enforcement may win him a reduction in his three-year prison term after the U.S. Department of Justice requested it in a Florida federal court Tuesday.

  • February 28, 2018

    Settlement Averts Swartz Campbell, Chartwell Poaching Trial

    After nearly six years of litigation, Philadelphia-based Swartz Campbell LLC has reached a settlement with regional rival Chartwell Law Offices LLP over claims that Chartwell illegally poached a slew of its attorneys, obviating the need for a state court trial that was slated to begin Wednesday.

  • February 27, 2018

    Bill To Extend Tribe's Gambling Pact Hits Fla. House Floor

    A gambling bill that would approve a 20-year extension of Florida's exclusive compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida advanced to the House floor Monday, but lawmakers have considerable work ahead, with a contrasting Senate proposal and Democrats' opposition to the bill's handling of billions in gambling revenue.

  • February 27, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Akelius, Sterling Bay, Sabal

    Akelius Real Estate Management is said to have recently bought a New York rental building from a venture including REIT SL Green for $44.1 million, developer Sterling Bay has reportedly picked up a Chicago parcel for $11.5 million and Sabal Development is said to have landed a $16.2 million construction loan for a Florida luxury home project.

  • February 27, 2018

    Fla. Court Told Beckham's $9M Stadium Land Deal Is Illegal

    A Miami activist asked a Florida appeals court Monday to reverse a judge's approval of the $9 million, no-bid sale of county-owned land to ex-soccer star David Beckham for a stadium to host an expansion Major League Soccer team, arguing that state law clearly requires a competitive bidding process.

  • February 27, 2018

    Atty Linked To Petraeus Scandal Sanctioned For Overbilling

    A Tampa attorney whose socialite sister was a key figure in the David Petraeus scandal has been reprimanded by the state high court for overcharging a client, the Florida Bar announced Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2018

    Senate Confirms Ga. Appeals Judge For 11th Circ. Seat

    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick for an Eleventh Circuit vacancy, sending Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Branch to the federal bench.

  • February 27, 2018

    Justices Leery Of Broad Ruling In Retaliatory Arrest Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court expressed outrage Tuesday over the case of a Florida man arrested at his city council meeting for speaking about government corruption, but worried that allowing his First Amendment claim would open the floodgates for frivolous lawsuits against the police.

  • February 27, 2018

    MLB Union Questions 4 Clubs' Use Of Revenue-Share Money

    The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against four clubs — the Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays — over whether they are using funds received through revenue-sharing from other teams in accordance with the union's collective bargaining agreement.

  • February 27, 2018

    Pa. Firms’ Poaching Trial Shows Market's Fierce Competition

    Philadelphia-based Swartz Campbell LLC’s long-running claims that regional rival Chartwell Law Offices LLP launched a sweeping scheme to swallow up its attorneys are finally slated to go to trial in state court Wednesday, setting up a potential climax in a case that illustrates how intense competition for legal talent extends beyond the apex of the marketplace.

  • February 27, 2018

    NY-Led Coalition Slams EPA Bid To Undo Clean Power Plan

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, backed by 25 states, counties and cities, objected Tuesday to a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and ease regulations on power plants.

  • February 27, 2018

    Baker Donelson Nabs Hopping Green & Sams Enviro Atty

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has boosted its shareholder presence in Tallahassee, Florida, with the addition of an experienced environmental land use attorney from Hopping Green & Sams PA, the firm announced.

  • February 27, 2018

    Playa Hotels Pays $300M For 5 Of Sagicor's Jamaica Resorts

    Playa Hotels & Resorts NV agreed Monday to pay $100 million in cash plus 20 million shares to Sagicor Group Jamaica Ltd. for five all-inclusive resorts and two oceanfront developable sites on the north coast of Jamaica, in a move that makes the company one of the largest resort owners in the island nation.

  • February 26, 2018

    Geico Blasts Law Firms, Network In $15M Fake Claims Suit

    Geico fought back Monday against bids by Florida-based chiropractic network Path Medical LLC, a pair of law firms and others to shake the insurer’s federal court suit seeking to recover more than $15 million it paid out for allegedly fraudulent claims, contending that its allegations are clear and easily meet pleading requirements.

Expert Analysis

  • 4 Ways Tax Reform May Affect The Sports World

    Michael Rueda

    The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 limits deductions on state and local income, sales and property taxes up to $10,000 per year. This new limitation may provide certain sports teams, particularly those in states like Texas and Florida, an advantage in attracting and signing talent, say Michael Rueda and David Lehn of Withers Bergman LLP.

  • Congressional Forecast: January

    Richard Hertling

    After passage of tax reform legislation, the GOP passed another temporary funding bill to avert a government shutdown before the holidays. As a result, congressional leaders again put off a resolution of a major fiscal debate over the budget, along with partisan disputes over immigration, health care and national security, say Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Diagnosing Juror Bias Against Foreign Witnesses

    Christina Marinakis

    In an effort to study jurors' attitudes toward foreign witnesses, a representative sample of over 1,000 jury eligibles across the U.S. were surveyed over the course of several years. The results revealed two important findings, says Christina Marinakis, director of jury research at Litigation Insights.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Telehealth In 2017: What Changed And What's Ahead

    Kristi Kung

    As the U.S. shifts from a fee-for-service to a value-based health care system, telemedicine is viewed by many as the solution for achieving access to care and cost-efficiency. Kristi Kung and Matthew Shatzkes of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP look back on some of the telemedicine-related legal and regulatory changes that occurred in 2017 and discuss potential areas of interest in 2018.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court


    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.