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  • November 20, 2018

    Carnival Passenger Seeks Sanctions In Stroke-Treatment Row

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday referred to a magistrate judge a motion for sanctions from a Carnival Corp. cruise passenger who says she wasn't properly treated after she suffered a stroke aboard the ship and that the company failed to produce a key document by a court-sanctioned deadline. 

  • November 20, 2018

    Venezuelan TV Mogul Charged With $1B Bribery Scheme

    A Venezuelan billionaire television mogul has been indicted by federal prosecutors for allegedly violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing officials in the South American country as part of a billion-dollar currency exchange and money laundering scheme, the U.S. Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

  • November 20, 2018

    Suspension Proposed For Fla. Atty's Omissions In Bankruptcy

    A court-appointed referee recommended Monday that Peter G. Herman, a former director at Tripp Scott PA, be suspended from practicing law for 18 months for failing to disclose assets in a personal bankruptcy case, particularly his interest in $10 million in contingency fees won by his firm.

  • November 20, 2018

    $26M Deal Reached In Exploding Pressure Cooker Suit

    The law firm representing a girl injured by an exploding pressure cooker on Tuesday said that it had reached a $26 million settlement with Lifetime Brands to end claims in Florida state court that the company hid a faulty lock that caused the girl’s burns and multiple amputations.

  • November 20, 2018

    Spirit Passengers' Bag-Fee Fraud Suit Preempted

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday tossed a proposed class action alleging Spirit Airlines Inc. defrauded consumers by concealing its carry-on bag fees on tickets sold through other online travel agents, saying federal law preempts their contract and fraud claims.

  • November 20, 2018

    2nd Class Action Says Energy Drink Hyped Up Nutrient Claims

    Energy drink maker Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. is facing a new proposed class action — this time, in Florida federal court — claiming the company's Bang energy drinks contain none or only small amounts of the nutritional supplement ingredients claimed on the label.

  • November 20, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Palmcorp, Wells And Goldman, Redwood

    Palmcorp Development has reportedly landed nearly $14 million in financing for a project to build single-family homes in Miami, Wells and Goldman are said to have loaned a combined $156 million for a New York retail and residential building, and Redwood Partners has reportedly bought a Long Beach, California, office campus for $60.5 million.

  • November 20, 2018

    11th Circ. Backs CSX In Black Worker's Bias Suit

    An Eleventh Circuit panel has cleared CSX Transportation Inc. of a claim that it fired an African-American former worker based on his race, affirming a lower court’s decision that handed the company a quick win.

  • November 20, 2018

    Fla. Court Confirms Brazilian Investment Firm's Award

    A Florida federal court confirmed a $500,000 arbitration award issued in favor of a Rio de Janeiro investment firm in its dispute with a Brazilian investor accused of hiding his assets in an attempt to avoid paying the award.

  • November 20, 2018

    CVS Fights Bid To Block It From Contacting 340B Customers

    CVS Pharmacy Inc. urged a Florida federal court Monday not to issue an injunction requested by an administrator for the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program that would stop the pharmacy giant from allegedly misappropriating trade secrets to steal customers.

  • November 20, 2018

    Akerman's Ex-CEO Back In Leadership Role After Shakeup

    Akerman LLP's newest chairman and CEO has ended his term after fewer than 10 months, and his predecessor has stepped in to resume his old post, the Florida-based firm announced on Monday.

  • November 20, 2018

    Fee Award Against Wells Fargo Reversed Over Late Recusal

    A Florida appeals court reversed a fee award a trust had won against Wells Fargo Bank, after finding on Tuesday that the original trial court judge lacked authority when he removed himself from the case before a successor judge granted the trust's request.

  • November 20, 2018

    Kapp Morrison Guides $74M Sale Of Fla. Retail Center

    Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP said Tuesday that it has sold a 207,030-square-foot retail center located in South Florida to institutional asset manager MetLife Investment Management for $73.75 million, in a deal that was guided by Kapp Morrison LLP.

  • November 19, 2018

    Fla. Jury Clears Aircraft Maker In Personal Injury Suit

    A Florida jury cleared airplane maker Socata SAS of liability Friday in a case alleging that the plane's "gravitationally fed" fuel-line design made it stop feeding fuel before a crash that injured the pilot and a doctor.

  • November 19, 2018

    Fla. Judge Won't Compel Navy Record In Hospital Assault Suit

    A federal judge refused to order a Lee Memorial Health System worker to turn over his full military record to a former patient who alleges he sexually assaulted her, saying on Monday the patient's request was late, did not comply with court procedures and lacked sufficient justification.

  • November 19, 2018

    Fla. Court Points To Possible Unlicensed Actions By Ky. Firm

    A Florida state judge on Friday issued several findings in relation to the alleged unlicensed practice of law by the legal arm of Kentucky-based The Rawlings Group, a leading nationwide subrogation company, in helping several Medicare advantage organizations opt out of a class action before the court.

  • November 19, 2018

    4 Cos. Eye December IPOs With New Filings Totaling $350M

    Four companies spanning a wide range of industries — from biotechnology and transportation companies to a plant-based meat startup and cryptocurrency bank — filed initial public offerings on Friday that are preliminarily estimated to total $350 million and could price before the year’s end.

  • November 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Habitat, TF Cornerstone

    A Blackstone Mortgage Trust entity has reportedly loaned $211.9 million for a Florida retail and residential project, a $200 million Habitat Co. Chicago mixed-use project is said to have received the green light, and TF Cornerstone has reportedly dropped $300 million on a development site near the location of the new New York City Amazon headquarters.

  • November 19, 2018

    Marketers Agree To Asset Freeze In CFTC Video Scam Suit

    Marketing entities accused of duping at least 75,000 investors out of tens of millions of dollars with videos that falsely promised quick money have reached an agreement with the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission freezing the companies' assets and prohibiting them from marketing any more products, according to a Friday filing in Florida federal court.

  • November 19, 2018

    Former Chiquita Exec Looks To Exit Terror-Funding MDL

    A former executive at produce distributor Chiquita International Brands Inc. has urged a Florida federal court presiding over multidistrict litigation to toss tort claims that he was involved in a scheme to fund a Colombian terrorist group, asserting he had no knowledge of any such alleged payments.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Know The Limits To Atty Public Statements During A Trial

    Matthew Giardina

    The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Faegre Client Development Chief Melanie Green

    Melanie Green

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • 2 Courts Accept Contract Terms That Limit TCPA Exposure

    Meredith Slawe

    No other appellate court has followed the Second Circuit's Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Reyes. However, two district courts within the Eleventh Circuit recently did — holding that consent to be contacted cannot be unilaterally revoked where such consent was obtained in a bargained-for contract, say attorneys with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.