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Florida

  • August 6, 2009

    Alabama Power Gets Tardy Win In Water Rights MDL

    Alabama Power Co. is among the victors in a long-running water rights battle with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, now that the federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation has corrected a recent decision granting summary judgment to claims the ACE illegally sluices water from Lake Lanier in Georgia to the city of Atlanta.

  • August 5, 2009

    Abbott To Try For Summary Judgment In TriCor Suit

    Defendant drug companies Abbott Laboratories and Fournier Industrie et Sante have said they will move for summary judgment in a suit lodged by more than a dozen states alleging the companies conspired to block the release of a generic version of cholesterol drug TriCor with meritless patent infringement suits.

  • August 5, 2009

    Resort's 'Deceit' Sinks Hurricane Insurance Suit

    A federal magistrate judge has recommended the dismissal of Florida resort owner Bray & Gillespie Management LLC's case against an insurer over hurricane damage, saying discovery misconduct by B&G and its attorneys at Reed Smith LLP calls for dispositive sanctions.

  • August 5, 2009

    Hartford Insurance Hit With Wage-And-Hour Action

    A former employee has launched a proposed collective and class action against Hartford Fire Insurance Co., claiming the insurer's practice of calculating wages in 15-minute increments violates federal labor laws.

  • August 5, 2009

    Retail Employees Hit Apple With OT Suit

    A former Apple Inc. employee has launched a proposed collective action accusing the technology giant of forcing its retail store repair technicians to work overtime without providing them fair compensation.

  • August 4, 2009

    Some Claims Dropped In Webkinz Antitrust MDL

    The judge overseeing the antitrust multidistrict litigation alleging that Ganz Inc., the supplier of the popular Webkinz toys, required retailers to buy unrelated gift items in order to obtain the plush animals has dropped several plaintiffs and state law claims, finding they were added to the case improperly.

  • August 4, 2009

    Marine Hose MDL Judge OKs Cert., $22M In Deals

    The judge in the multidistrict litigation over price-fixing in the marine hose industry has certified a class consisting of dozens of purchasers and given preliminary approval to $22 million in settlements with five defendants, including Bridgestone Corp.

  • August 4, 2009

    Yoplait Buyers Seek Class Cert. In Yo-Plus Suit

    Yogurt consumers have asked a federal judge for class certification in a case against General Mills Inc. alleging the company's national marketing campaign for Yoplait Yo-Plus probiotic yogurt relied on misleading digestive health claims.

  • August 3, 2009

    J&J Hits CIBA Vision Over Contact Lens Patents

    In the latest skirmish in an ongoing product battle between rivals, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care Inc. has launched an infringement suit against CIBA Vision Corp., claiming that several CIBA contact lenses rely on two J&J patents.

  • August 3, 2009

    McCain Says No, Nelson Says Yes To Sotomayor

    With debate on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court slated to begin Tuesday, two U.S. senators with reputations for unpredictability have announced that their votes on the nomination will reflect party lines.

  • August 3, 2009

    India's OmniActive Must Face US Patent Suit: Court

    India-based OmniActive Health Technologies Private Ltd. has lost a bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the company and its U.S. affiliate of infringing a patent for a key ingredient used in nutritional supplements.

  • August 3, 2009

    Swath Of Claims Cut From Wellbutrin Antitrust Action

    A federal judge has dismissed most of the claims brought by a group of employee benefit plans in a putative antitrust class action alleging that Biovail Corp. and GlaxoSmithKline PLC conspired to stifle the market for a generic version of antidepressant Wellbutrin XL.

  • August 3, 2009

    Weida Atty Agrees To Injunction In SEC Fraud Suit

    A Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attorney accused of defrauding investors in telecommunications company Weida Communications Inc. has settled civil claims brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, following a guilty plea in a related criminal suit to concealing a felony.

  • July 31, 2009

    Cinergy Health Sales Reps Move For Class Cert.

    An insurance sales agent for Cinergy Health Inc. has asked a Florida judge to conditionally certify a collective action accusing the insurer of repeatedly bilking him and similarly situated co-workers of minimum wages and overtime compensation.

  • July 31, 2009

    Fraud Suit Against US Pension Trust Heads To Trial

    A federal judge has refused to grant summary judgment motions to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Pension Trust Corp. in the SEC's suit alleging the company acted as an illegal broker in its dealings with Latin American mutual fund investors.

  • July 31, 2009

    Ex-Seidman Partner Pleads Guilty To $20M Fraud

    Hedge fund manager and ex-BDO Seidman LLP partner Mark Bloom has pled guilty to charges of investment and tax fraud in a case that accuses him of defrauding clients of at least $20 million and helping to set up illegal tax shelters.

  • July 31, 2009

    Nadel Investors Seek Cert. In Holland & Knight Suit

    Investors allegedly duped out of millions by Florida fund manager Arthur Nadel have moved for class certification in a suit accusing Holland & Knight LLP of helping to bring about the scheme.

  • July 30, 2009

    Insurer's Class Action Over Trasylol Dismissed

    A judge has dismissed a health plan's proposed class action against Bayer Corp. over alleged fraud in the marketing of surgery drug Trasylol, saying the insurer failed to prove that Bayer harmed it with its alleged misrepresentations in selling the drug.

  • July 30, 2009

    Banks' Losses To Boy Band Mogul Not Covered: Court

    A judge has ruled that six small banks are not entitled to coverage from BancInsure Inc. for losses suffered when money they loaned to music mogul Lou Pearlman, the former manager of the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync now serving 25 years in prison for running a $300 million Ponzi scheme, was never repaid.

  • July 30, 2009

    AirTran, Delta Baggage Fee Suit Moved To Ga.

    A federal judge has ordered that one of several lawsuits alleging that Delta Air Lines Inc. colluded with AirTran Airways Inc. over fees for checked baggage be transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, where the suits are being considered for consolidation.