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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Famed musicians Gloria and Emilio Estefan's Miami restaurant, Larios on the Beach, asked the Eleventh Circuit to revive its bid for $2.4 million in property damage coverage, asserting that the lower court erred by favoring the insurer based on an argument that wasn't raised by the parties.
A Florida federal judge on Tuesday dismissed an antitrust claim from Sentry Data Systems Inc. alleging CVS is unlawfully forcing health care providers to use its 340B Drug Pricing Program administrator Wellpartner LLC, but left intact allegations the pharmacy giant misappropriated trade secrets to steal customers.
A former Georgia county worker petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to find that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination against gay employees on Friday characterized the county's opposition that a circuit split is too “recent” as meritless and its lack of other arguments “deafening.”
The Eleventh Circuit won’t let Geico challenge the certification of a class of Florida customers who alleged the insurance company flouted its own contract by failing to pay sales tax and transfer fees on leased vehicles after they were totaled, saying Monday the appeal was unnecessary.
The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has refused to register "Keto Whey" and other similar “keto” names as trademarks, finding they were merely descriptive for a line of ketogenic dietary supplements.
The Delaware Chancery Court on Monday trimmed claims brought against Spanish Broadcasting System Inc. by 11 funds that had invested in the company and are seeking redemption of $161 million in preferred stock and a bar on company debt additions, finding that the investors wanted relief already sought under breach of contract claims.
A California federal judge has granted state class certification for drivers in Colorado and Florida suing the importer and marketer of allegedly hazardous tires whose defects caused their treads to separate from their casings, but has denied certification of a nationwide class of drivers, citing material differences among the consumer protection laws in various states.
Fortis Property Group is reportedly listing a Long Island condo tower for $113 million, WeWork is said to be leasing nearly 7,000 square feet in New York, and Bank of America has reportedly loaned $20 million for refinance and renovations at a Florida hotel.
A group of Carnival Corp. passengers launched a proposed class action in Florida federal court alleging the cruise operator aggressively marketed travel insurance policies in exchange for kickbacks from insurers, resulting in higher policy premiums for customers.
Massage Envy was sued in Florida state court Monday by 11 women alleging the national massage services company "concealed the rampant problem" of customers being sexually assaulted by employees at its franchise locations by not reporting such incidents to law enforcement.
A former Colombian journalist living in asylum in the United States claimed in a lawsuit filed on Friday that Netflix and the producers of the popular series "Narcos" infringed copyrights covering her best-selling memoir, which detailed her romantic relationship with drug kingpin Pablo Escobar.
The Eleventh Circuit has affirmed a lower court's decision to toss a dermatologist’s $1.7 million lawsuit accusing Aetna Health Inc. and a subsidiary of violating the Employee Retirement Income Security Act by failing to provide her with copies of her patients' benefits plans.
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.
While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.
In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.
In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.
Much ink has been and will be spilled over the merits and complexities of the lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers by 23 state attorneys general. However, for any company engaged in a consumer-facing industry, the progress of the recent multistate investigation offers lessons on what to expect when subject to this type of inquiry, says Richard Lawson of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.
For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.
In the marijuana industry, there is ambiguity surrounding failing businesses because the product remains illegal under federal law. Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC identifies the credit risks associated with lending to, or working with, a marijuana business and highlights key state law solutions for both debtors and creditors.
The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.
The majority of circuit courts that have addressed the issue have made clear that district courts should not consider inadmissible evidence when evaluating motions for class certification. In the final part of this series, Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP presents a critique of the minority viewpoint as recently adopted by the Ninth Circuit in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center.
Can courts consider only admissible evidence at the class certification stage, or are motions for class certification governed by looser evidentiary standards? Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP discusses the divergent decisions from the U.S. circuit courts of appeals addressing this issue, both in the context of expert and nonexpert evidence.