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Florida

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge Won't Remove Gov. From Election Oversight

    A Florida federal judge declined late Thursday to remove Gov. Rick Scott from overseeing the election recount process but said he was putting the governor, who is also a candidate in the close race for a U.S. Senate seat, on notice after rhetoric about fraud and stolen elections.

  • November 16, 2018

    First Citizens Buys Fla.-Based Bank Biscayne In $115M Deal

    First Citizens Bank & Trust Co. on Friday said it will pay $115 million to acquire Biscayne Bancshares Inc., allowing the Raleigh, North Carolina-headquartered bank to add additional depth in the Florida market.

  • November 16, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: SJP, Baptist Hospital Of Miami, Beacon

    SJP Properties has reportedly leased 19,000 square feet in New York to Berry Appleman & Leiden, Baptist Hospital of Miami is said to have dropped $11.34 million on multiple office buildings, and Beacon Capital is reportedly buying a Los Angeles-area office tower from Piedmont Office Realty Trust for $160 million.

  • November 16, 2018

    Miami Marlins, Ex-Cheerleader Strike A Deal In OT Row

    Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins and the former cheerleader who filed a suit alleging the team owed him overtime pay have asked a Florida federal judge to approve a confidential settlement of the case.

  • November 16, 2018

    Miami Roofing Co. Slapped With FLSA Overtime Suit

    An employee hit a Miami roofing material and supply distributor and its president with an overtime collective action in Florida federal court on Thursday, accusing them of bilking him out of overtime owed to him under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge Told To Step Aside Over Prosecutor Past

    The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a trial court judge should have recused herself from hearing a post-conviction motion by a man on death row, noting that she had been one of several prosecutors collaborating on death penalty cases at the time he was convicted.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Boutique Firm Gains 2 New Hires In Miami

    Mark Migdal & Hayden has grown its bench with the addition of a former Berger Singerman LLP partner and a former Genovese Joblove & Battista PA associate who bring experience handling real estate matters and bankruptcy proceedings and representing clients in the fields of franchise law and international arbitration.

  • November 16, 2018

    Fla. Judge To Be Reprimanded Over Recommendation Letter

    The Florida Supreme Court has approved a public reprimand for a Miami judge who wrote a character reference letter on behalf of a man awaiting federal court sentencing for his role in a $63 million Medicare kickback scheme.

  • November 15, 2018

    Deja Vu: Recount Veterans Back At It In Florida

    The recount gang is back together, as attorneys who cut their teeth on the 2000 Bush v. Gore recount in Florida are now at it again in the three statewide recounts currently underway that attorneys hope will proceed more smoothly than the last time, thanks to legislative reforms enacted as a response to the 2000 election. Here’s a look at the key players and their legal teams in the Florida recount battle of 2018.

  • November 15, 2018

    Nelson Sues To Get Full Hand Recount In Palm Beach County

    Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., sued Palm Beach County Thursday afternoon to demand that it hand count all of its ballots after the county failed to meet the deadline for machine recounts and a judge declined to give it extra time.

  • November 15, 2018

    Chuhak Must Face Ex-NFL Players' Tax Scheme Claims

    A group of retired NFL players who claim they were burned by a fraudulent tax scheme cooked up by lawyers at Chuhak & Tecson PC can proceed with professional negligence and civil conspiracy claims against the attorneys and the firm, a Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • November 15, 2018

    Inside Trader Avoids Prison Time After Aiding Feds

    A Florida trader dodged prison time for his admitted role in an illicit stock trading operation Thursday when a New Jersey federal judge sentenced him to three years of probation instead, citing his cooperation as a government witness who helped prosecutors net a co-conspirator in the case.

  • November 15, 2018

    Spirit Airlines Takes Class Arbitration Fight To High Court

    Spirit Airlines Inc. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review an Eleventh Circuit ruling that an arbitrator, not a court, should decide whether the agreement between the airline and members of its $9 Fare Club allows for class arbitration.

  • November 15, 2018

    Republican Groups Attack SEC Pay-For-Play Rule In DC Circ.

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission overstepped its authority by trying to stop regulated agents who make political donations from later soliciting the recipient's agency for investment advisory business, two Republican state parties told the D.C. Circuit on Thursday.

  • November 15, 2018

    FCC Commissioners Decry Lack Of Work Crew Coordination

    Government and industry players must remedy a lack of coordination between utility and telecom work crews, FCC Commissioners Brendan Carr and Michael O’Rielly said Thursday after the agency's monthly open meeting, citing conflicting priorities as a major reason residents are forced to do without connectivity after natural disasters like Hurricane Michael.

  • November 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Mack, SEC, Southeast Frozen Foods

    Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies has reportedly loaned $77.5 million for a New York building leased to WeWork, the SEC is said to be seeking to downsize in New York, and Southeast Frozen Foods Co. has reportedly sold a Florida warehouse for $18.77 million and subsequently leased the property back.

  • November 15, 2018

    Panama Canal Contractor Can't Escape $22M Payment

    A Florida federal judge has refused to let a Panama Canal contractor dodge a final judgment upholding a more than $22 million arbitral award against it, rejecting the contractor’s claims that the award was already satisfied.

  • November 15, 2018

    11th Circ. Backs More Time For Fla. Voters To Rectify Ballots

    Only hours after a judge ruled that Florida’s application of its signature requirement for vote-by-mail ballots is unconstitutional, the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday afternoon declined to stay the order, effectively giving voters extra time to cure the defects on their ballots.

  • November 15, 2018

    Facebook Friendship Doesn't Require DQ, Fla. Justices Say

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a Facebook friendship between a judge and a litigator is not on its own a legally sufficient basis for disqualification, although a majority of the justices took the position that judges should not be active on social media.

  • November 14, 2018

    Sanctions Sought In Alleged Cryptocurrency Pyramid Scheme

    An Alabama man accused of promoting a cryptocurrency investment pyramid scheme faced questioning in Florida federal court Wednesday about his involvement with similar businesses as the Federal Trade Commission pushed for sanctions over his alleged failure to follow a court order to produce and preserve certain documents.

Expert Analysis

  • Fla. Insurers Should Beware Expanded Bad Faith Standards

    Rory Jurman

    The Eleventh Circuit's decision in Bannon v. Geico essentially establishes that Florida insurers have an affirmative duty to initiate settlement negotiations where it is clear that liability lies mostly with their insureds. However, it is unclear what apportionment of fault will trigger the insured's duty, say Rory Jurman and Vanessa Alvarez at Fowler White Burnett PA.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Opinion

    Protecting Florida Medical Plaintiffs’ Access To Courts

    Joe Taraska

    The Florida Supreme Court's recent decision in Morris v. Muniz is intended to help protect the right of victims of medical malpractice to pursue justice. The decision will help to bring the pre-suit investigatory process back to its statutory intent — to weed out frivolous cases, without denying access to the courts for well-founded ones, says Joe Taraska of Morgan & Morgan.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Stanford's Jeff Fisher Talks Supreme Court

    Jeffrey Fisher

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.

  • Florida Courts Are Prepared For A New Wave Of Foreclosures

    Victor Petrescu

    For Florida practitioners who experienced the foreclosure crisis that swept through the state beginning in 2008, the recent uptick in foreclosure filings may feel ominous. However, Florida's foreclosure jurisprudence has evolved at an incredible pace, capable of expediting the process tremendously if another crisis arises, says Victor Petrescu of Levine Kellogg Lehman Schneider & Grossman LLP.

  • Calif.'s New Rules For Lawyers Move Closer To ABA Model

    Mark Loeterman

    The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.