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Florida

  • November 10, 2009

    Woman Gets $5M For Liver Damage From Energy Pill

    A Connecticut woman who required a liver transplant after using a dietary supplement made by Nutrition Formulators Inc. has bested the manufacturer’s insurer in court and won $5 million in coverage for continuing injuries.

  • November 10, 2009

    NetBank Estate Supervisor Balks At Exec Bid For $1.2M

    The liquidating supervisor for the estate of bankrupt NetBank Inc. is opposing a motion for summary judgment by a former executive who claims the bank owes him more than $1.2 million in severance.

  • November 10, 2009

    Fraud Claims Cut From Actimmune Marketing MDL

    A federal judge has dismissed fraud claims from a suit brought by a putative class of patients and Zurich Insurance Co. alleging that biotechnology company InterMune Inc. fraudulently promoted its drug Actimmune as a valid remedy for a lung disease it is not approved to treat.

  • November 10, 2009

    Lawyer Ran Settlement-Based Ponzi Scheme: Feds

    In the latest development in an ongoing probe, prosecutors claim that an attorney with South Florida firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA has been operating a Ponzi scheme since 2005, using fake settlements as bait for investors.

  • November 9, 2009

    EPA Gulf Program Champions Changes To Pollution Bill

    The director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf of Mexico Program on Monday expressed support for amendments to the Federal Water Pollution Control Act that would expand and strengthen cooperative efforts to monitor, restore and protect the ecosystems in the Gulf.

  • November 9, 2009

    Texas Appeals Court Seals Volvo SUV Test Document

    Reversing a lower court ruling, a Texas appeals court has found that a Volvo Car Corp. document regarding SUV testing should have been filed under seal in a product liability suit targeting Ford Motor Co., which owns Volvo.

  • November 9, 2009

    Plaintiffs' Demand For Docs Too Late In Seroquel MDL

    A federal judge has refused to de-designate documents claimed as privileged by AstraZeneca LP in a massive multidistrict litigation over the company's antipsychotic blockbuster Seroquel, further clearing the way for the roughly 6,000 cases to be remanded to transferor courts for individual discovery.

  • November 9, 2009

    Insurers Appeal $3.4M CSX Award Over Katrina Damage

    Several insurers of CSX Corp. — including American Re-Insurance Co., Hartford Fire Insurance Co. and Faraday Capital Ltd. — are appealing a lower court's order to reimburse the railroad operator for $3.4 million it spent to replace two locomotives destroyed during Hurricane Katrina.

  • November 6, 2009

    High Court Diversity Case Puts Corporate HQs To Test

    Business leaders are hoping the U.S. Supreme Court will grant companies a measure of control in diversity jurisdiction cases by letting them emphasize the location of their corporate headquarters in tests to determine their “principal place of business.” That seemingly simple phrase is at the core of Hertz Corp. v. Friend.

  • November 6, 2009

    TD Bank Ordered To Hand Over Rothstein Records

    A federal judge has ordered TD Bank NA to turn over all account records for South Florida law firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA, whose equity partner Scott W. Rothstein is accused of misappropriating millions of dollars in investor funds.

  • November 6, 2009

    Auto Filter Price-Fixing Suits Survive Twombly Motion

    A judge has rejected a request by manufacturers including Honeywell International Inc., Wix Filtration Corp. and United Components Inc. to dismiss consolidated suits alleging price-fixing in the market for automotive filters under heightened pleading standards, saying the plaintiffs’ claims, which are based on eyewitness accounts, are more than sufficient to proceed in court.

  • November 6, 2009

    Fla. Court Rules On Time Bars In Malpractice Suits

    In an opinion resolves conflicting opinions from two state appeals courts, Florida's high court has held that the limitations period on a legal malpractice claim begins to run on the underlying judgment when that judgment becomes final, but does not accrue with respect to a subsequent sanctions judgment until that judgment became final.

  • November 6, 2009

    Blackstone Makes $320M Mall Deal With Glimcher

    Private equity firm The Blackstone Group has inked a $320 million deal to acquire stakes in two shopping malls owned by Glimcher Realty Trust.

  • November 5, 2009

    Feds Search Rothstein's Firm In Missing Funds Probe

    U.S. federal agents searched the office of South Florida firm Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA as part of an investigation into allegations that high-flying attorney Scott W. Rothstein misappropriated millions of dollars in investor funds.

  • November 5, 2009

    BofA Snorts At Taylor Bean $25M DIP Plan

    Bank of America NA has joined a chorus of lenders and regulators in objecting to Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp.’s proposed $25 million debtor-in-possession financing, saying the bankrupt mortgage lender has yet to show it actually owns properties offered as collateral for the needlessly large loan.

  • November 5, 2009

    Fowler White Lawyers Launch Securities Boutique

    A small cadre of Fowler White Boggs PA attorneys — including shareholder Burton Wiand — has broken off to start its own securities and complex litigation boutique in Tampa, Fla.

  • November 5, 2009

    Q&A With Bose McKinney & Evans' Scott Tarter

    Young lawyers should not limit their job searches to the East and West coasts, as the days of international trade expertise residing in only those areas are over, says Scott E. Tarter, chair of the international law practice group at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP.

  • November 4, 2009

    Tennyson Estate's Bid To Restrain ASCAP Nixed

    The daughter of jazz composer William J. Tennyson Jr. has lost a bid for a restraining order to stop several music organizations — including the American Society of Composers, Authors & Publishers — from benefiting from her father's work.

  • November 4, 2009

    Chemtura Seeks Escape From Millions In Enviro Claims

    Claiming that environmental liabilities across the country may inhibit its emergence from Chapter 11, Chemtura Corp. has filed suit against the federal government and more than a dozen states in an attempt to kick tens of millions of dollars' worth of such costs to the curb.

  • November 4, 2009

    FDIC Bridles At Taylor Bean's $25M DIP Cash Bid

    Taylor Bean & Whitaker Mortgage Corp. has encountered more flak as it tries to line up $25 million in debtor-in-possession financing, with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. arguing that the debtor is discounting the agency’s possible interest in its real estate assets.