• February 27, 2018

    Atty Linked To Petraeus Scandal Sanctioned For Overbilling

    A Tampa attorney whose socialite sister was a key figure in the David Petraeus scandal has been reprimanded by the state high court for overcharging a client, the Florida Bar announced Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2018

    Senate Confirms Ga. Appeals Judge For 11th Circ. Seat

    The Senate on Tuesday confirmed President Donald Trump’s pick for an Eleventh Circuit vacancy, sending Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Branch to the federal bench.

  • February 27, 2018

    Justices Leery Of Broad Ruling In Retaliatory Arrest Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court expressed outrage Tuesday over the case of a Florida man arrested at his city council meeting for speaking about government corruption, but worried that allowing his First Amendment claim would open the floodgates for frivolous lawsuits against the police.

  • February 27, 2018

    MLB Union Questions 4 Clubs' Use Of Revenue-Share Money

    The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance against four clubs — the Miami Marlins, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates and Tampa Bay Rays — over whether they are using funds received through revenue-sharing from other teams in accordance with the union's collective bargaining agreement.

  • February 27, 2018

    Pa. Firms’ Poaching Trial Shows Market's Fierce Competition

    Philadelphia-based Swartz Campbell LLC’s long-running claims that regional rival Chartwell Law Offices LLP launched a sweeping scheme to swallow up its attorneys are finally slated to go to trial in state court Wednesday, setting up a potential climax in a case that illustrates how intense competition for legal talent extends beyond the apex of the marketplace.

  • February 27, 2018

    NY-Led Coalition Slams EPA Bid To Undo Clean Power Plan

    New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, backed by 25 states, counties and cities, objected Tuesday to a proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to dismantle the Clean Power Plan and ease regulations on power plants.

  • February 27, 2018

    Baker Donelson Nabs Hopping Green & Sams Enviro Atty

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has boosted its shareholder presence in Tallahassee, Florida, with the addition of an experienced environmental land use attorney from Hopping Green & Sams PA, the firm announced.

  • February 27, 2018

    Playa Hotels Pays $300M For 5 Of Sagicor's Jamaica Resorts

    Playa Hotels & Resorts NV agreed Monday to pay $100 million in cash plus 20 million shares to Sagicor Group Jamaica Ltd. for five all-inclusive resorts and two oceanfront developable sites on the north coast of Jamaica, in a move that makes the company one of the largest resort owners in the island nation.

  • February 26, 2018

    Geico Blasts Law Firms, Network In $15M Fake Claims Suit

    Geico fought back Monday against bids by Florida-based chiropractic network Path Medical LLC, a pair of law firms and others to shake the insurer’s federal court suit seeking to recover more than $15 million it paid out for allegedly fraudulent claims, contending that its allegations are clear and easily meet pleading requirements.

  • February 26, 2018

    Fla. Lawmakers OK Gun Bill, But Not Assault Weapons Ban

    After hearing impassioned pleas from survivors of the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, a Florida Senate committee advanced a bill Monday to enhance gun control and school safety that includes a provision raising the minimum age for all gun purchases to 21, but falls short of students' demands for an assault weapons ban.

  • February 26, 2018

    Samsung Hit With $4.3M Verdict In Image Editing Patent Suit

    A Florida federal jury has ordered Samsung to pay $4.3 million in a suit over its devices’ “Best Face” mode, finding that the face-swapping feature infringed a Florida company’s patent.

  • February 26, 2018

    Akerman Adds County Gov't Pro In Miami, Fort Lauderdale

    Former Broward County Attorney Joni Armstrong Coffey has joined Akerman LLP as a partner in the firm's Miami and Fort Lauderdale offices, where she will work on land use regulation and litigation as well as government contract work, the firm announced Monday.

  • February 26, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: JPMorgan, Fla. Apartments, TD Bank

    JPMorgan is said to be in talks to buy nearly 700,000 square feet of air rights for its new Manhattan tower, an apartment complex in Florida has reportedly traded hands for $10 million, and TD Bank is said to have loaned $90 million for a luxury apartment tower in Miami.

  • February 26, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Team Exits Suit By Vet-Led Former Client

    A Florida federal judge on Friday allowed a Greenberg Traurig LLP team representing a National Sourcing Inc. subcontractor and other defendants to voluntarily withdraw from a suit in which NSI accuses former shareholders of diverting profits through another entity and accuses the firm of facilitating the scheme.

  • February 26, 2018

    SEC Slaps 6 In 'Shell Factory Fraud' With $2M Disgorgement

    A Florida federal judge on Friday handed down orders for nearly $2 million in disgorgement for six defendants accused of facilitating a pump-and-dump scheme in which they helped issue shares in fraudulent shell companies and sold them to investors at a profit.

  • February 26, 2018

    Coffee Maker Co. Sells To Kitchen Supplier In $224M PE Exit

    Florida-based commercial food service equipment company Welbilt Inc. will acquire professional-grade coffee machine manufacturer Avaj International Holding AB from two private equity firms for $224 million, the company said on Monday.

  • February 23, 2018

    Ex-Fla. City Commissioner Sentenced For Corruption Scheme

    A former Opa-Locka, Florida, city commissioner was sentenced to 51 months in prison Thursday for coordinating government favors in exchange for bribes as part of a bribery and extortion conspiracy that involved several officials in the impoverished Miami suburb.

  • February 23, 2018

    Fla. Man, City To Spar Over Retaliatory Arrest In High Court

    When Fane Lozman — houseboat owner, activist and thorn in the side of Riviera Beach, Florida’s city government — makes his second trip to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, he’ll argue that the city arrested him because of his vocal opposition to a marina development plan, in a case that will have the justices tackle whether probable cause for an arrest eclipses any claims of retaliatory arrest.

  • February 23, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: StepStone, Maxim Capital, Brock

    Financial services company StepStone is said to be taking 30,000 square feet in New York, Maxim Capital has reportedly loaned $50 million for certain unsold luxury condo units in Florida and Brock Development is said to have landed a $20 million construction loan for a Florida hotel project.

  • February 23, 2018

    PE-Backed 'Emerging Growth Co.' Files For $300M IPO

    A newly organized blank check company created by private equity firm Terrapin Partners filed for a $300 million initial public offering Friday, with its eye on large private technology companies and technology disrupting markets, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Expert Analysis

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.

  • Why Information Governance Is More Important Than Ever

    Linda Sharp

    It used to be that hiring a good law firm was the single most important thing a company could do when facing litigation. You could now make the case that an organization’s most powerful asset in prosecuting or defending a claim is its information, says Linda Sharp, associate general counsel of ZL Technologies and chair of the ACC Information Governance Committee.

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Leveling The Playing Field With The Jury Inference

    Peter Hargitai

    What happens when a litigant has no access to an opponent’s evidence because it has been destroyed or lost? Recently, the Supreme Court of Florida created a revised standard jury instruction, allowing juries to infer that missing evidence may be unfavorable to the party who lost or destroyed it. Practitioners should know how to use this tool, says Peter Hargitai of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • The Intersection Of Arbitration And Choice-Of-Law Clauses

    Rachel Mongiello

    Clients on the verge of litigation with a contractual counterparty often furnish their attorneys with the negotiated contract containing a mandatory arbitration provision and choice-of-law clause. But an often overlooked question is whether the Federal Arbitration Act or the parties’ chosen law governs the arbitration itself, says Rachel Mongiello of Cole Schotz PC.