Florida

  • November 21, 2017

    DOJ Cleared To Split Up $350M Shire Deal For Whistleblowers

    A Florida federal judge signed off Monday on the U.S. Department of Justice’s apportionment plans for payouts from a $350 million False Claims Act settlement with biotech company Shire, with two of six whistleblower suits getting more than 95 percent of the proceeds, which must still be tabulated.

  • November 21, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Fisher, Oscar Barbara, Realterm

    Fisher Brothers has reached a deal to lease out 42,336 square feet in New York to private equity shop Global Infrastructure Partners, developer Oscar Barbara is said to have paid $12.6 million for a Florida shopping center and Realterm Logistics has reportedly dropped $16 million on a Florida warehouse.

  • November 21, 2017

    Fla. Hospitals Launch Wide-Ranging Opioid Liability Suit

    Two Florida hospitals on Monday sued a group of pharmacies, drug manufacturers and drug distributors for allegedly contributing to the nation’s opioid crisis by filling suspicious orders or prescriptions and downplaying the risks of the painkillers.

  • November 21, 2017

    Cut In $23M Award Mooted Bid To Vacate, Builder Says

    The International Chamber of Commerce's $5 million reduction of an arbitration award has made a Spanish construction firm's petition to vacate the award moot, the Italian subcontractor who was granted the award for breach of contract on a Guatemala hydroelectric project told a Florida federal court Friday.

  • November 21, 2017

    Fla. Bill Would Give Lawmakers More Power Over Judge Picks

    A Florida legislator filed a bill Monday that would strip the Florida Bar of its role in recommending members to the judicial nominating commission, which proposes nominees for judgeships, and give that power to Senate and House leaders.

  • November 21, 2017

    PE-Backed Cos. Unveil Secondary Offerings Totaling $470M

    Private equity-backed food distribution giant Performance Food Group Co. and software provider Black Knight Inc. priced secondary stock offerings raising a combined $470 million on Tuesday, enabling their private equity shareholders to unload sizable stakes in the companies.

  • November 20, 2017

    Fla. Urges High Court To Turn Away Dish Network’s Tax Suit

    The Florida Department of Revenue has asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to take up Dish Network LLC’s certiorari petition claiming the state’s communication service tax discriminates against satellite in favor of cable providers, saying there has been no split in previous decisions on whether taxing satellite more than cable discriminates against interstate commerce.

  • November 20, 2017

    Fla. Judge Seeks To Avoid Removal For Campaign Violations

    A Florida state judge facing a recommendation of removal told the state's highest court Monday that she takes full responsibility for inappropriate attacks on her opponent in her 2016 campaign but argued the record does not meet a “present unfitness” standard required for such drastic punishment.

  • November 20, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Mizuho Americas, MMG Equity, PNC Bank

    Mizuho Americas has reportedly leased another 270,000 square feet on Sixth Avenue in New York, MMG Equity Partners has reportedly bought a Florida grocery-anchored shopping center for $17 million and PNC Bank is said to have loaned $27.3 million for a Florida hotel project.

  • November 20, 2017

    Justices Urged To Hear Gay Bias Case Even Without Employer

    A gay former hospital security guard who alleges she was fired because of her sexual orientation pushed the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act bars discrimination against gays, saying her appeal is viable even if former employer Georgia Regional Hospital won’t fight it.

  • November 20, 2017

    Fla. Gov. Seeks DQ Of Justice Over 'Hot Mic' Comments

    Florida Gov. Rick Scott demanded Monday that state Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente recuse herself from the challenge to his plan to appoint the next three high court justices on his last day in office after she was caught on a "hot mic" making comments shortly after oral arguments in the case.

  • November 20, 2017

    Florida Federal Judge William Hoeveler Dies At 95

    U.S. District Judge William M. Hoeveler, who spent nearly 40 years on the bench in the Southern District of Florida and was one of the most popular judges there, died on Saturday at his home in Coral Gables. He was 95.

  • November 20, 2017

    McDonald's Hit With Employee Discrimination Suit In Fla.

    McDonald’s Corp. on Monday removed to Florida federal court a proposed class action brought by a former employee who alleges the fast-food giant violated state civil rights law by allowing her to be discriminated against based on her national origin and disability.

  • November 20, 2017

    Wendy's Customers Defend Standing In Data Breach Suit

    Customers suing Wendy's over a data breach urged a Florida federal judge on Friday to allow their putative class action to move forward, saying the fast-food chain has twisted their deposition testimony in its latest arguments that they have not presented sufficient evidence of actual injuries.

  • November 20, 2017

    Fla. Nuke Plant Owner Can't Duck Pollution Suit, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge on Friday denied Florida Power & Light Co. a smooth exit from environmental groups' claims of water pollution from its Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami, a day after the utility argued the groups were overreaching.

  • November 17, 2017

    Duke Awarded $68M In Spent Nuclear Fuel Suit Against DOE

    A federal judge Friday granted two Duke Energy units nearly $68.5 million in damages resulting from the federal government's partial breach of a contract to collect spent nuclear fuel and waste from four plants in the Carolinas and Florida, but found an additional $3.1 million not recoverable.

  • November 17, 2017

    Exonerated Doc Isn't Innocent In $200M Medicare Con: Feds

    Prosecutors told Florida federal court Thursday not to declare innocent a doctor whose conviction for participating in a $200 million Medicare fraud was overturned three years into a nine-year sentence, arguing that while not proven guilty she “is not actually innocent.”

  • November 17, 2017

    Insurer Doesn't Owe Defense Of Data Breach Suit, Judge Says

    The Hanover Insurance Co. doesn't have to defend Innovak International Inc. in a proposed class action claiming the information technology company failed to prevent a 2016 data breach that compromised users' personal information, a Florida federal judge ruled Friday, saying coverage doesn't exist because the data wasn't allegedly published by Innovak.

  • November 17, 2017

    Texas Justices Shelve J&J Mesh Case After Appeal Dropped

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday decided to end a case asking when the clock begins to run on a personal injury claim stemming from an allegedly defective product, after the plaintiff in a Johnson & Johnson unit pelvic mesh suit dropped her connected Eleventh Circuit appeal.

  • November 17, 2017

    Fla. Judicial Panel Offers Sens. 4 Names For District Seat

    The commission tasked with screening candidates for federal judgeships in Florida sent four names — two trial court judges and two appellate judges — to the state's U.S. senators for a vacancy in the Northern District of Florida.

Expert Analysis

  • Considerations For Competitors Collaborating Post-Hurricane

    Meytal McCoy

    Despite the unique and critical need for collaboration among competitors following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and other natural disasters, these events are not an invitation for businesses to ignore antitrust laws, say Meytal McCoy and Jessica Michaels of Mayer Brown LLP.

  • 'Per-Doc' Pricing Can Improve Document Review

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    Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.

  • Opinion

    We Must Protect Consumers From Illegal Debt Collectors

    Maura Healey

    Companies are allowed to collect the money they are owed, but they cannot break the law or cheat people in the process. Some of the biggest players in the debt collection industry are not focused on getting it right, says Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

  • Are Opioids The New Tobacco?

    Richard Scruggs

    Is the rising spate of opioid litigation comparable to the litigation that led to the mega-billion dollar settlement with Big Tobacco? According to ex-trial lawyer Richard Scruggs, who helped engineer the $248 billion tobacco settlement in the 1990s, the answer is "sort of."

  • A Guide To The Executive Branch Official Nomination Process

    Adam Raviv

    Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.

  • 8 Key Insurance Coverage Considerations For Harvey, Irma

    Geoffrey Greeves

    In the aftermath of two powerful hurricanes, it will not be uncommon for businesses to be unpleasantly surprised by insurers who are unwilling to stand behind the full insurance coverage they promised. Insureds should pay close attention to the eight property adjustment and coverage issues highlighted in this article in order to maximize recovery, say attorneys with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • Managing Flood Risk When '1,000-Year' Floods Seem Common

    Melissa Klimkiewicz

    The “1,000-year flood” caused by Hurricane Harvey follows two consecutive years of “500-year” floods in Houston, and Houston is not alone. With flood damage and related costs growing at an alarming rate, now may be the time for lenders to re-evaluate their flood risk policies, say Melissa Klimkiewicz and Brandy Hood of Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • The Environmental Impact Of Hurricanes: From Sandy To Irma

    Robert Horkovich

    Five years ago, John Nevius of Anderson Kill PC wrote a Law360 article addressing the risks that followed in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Today, those tasked with assessing and mitigating the enormous destruction wrought by Harvey and Irma will benefit from the late Nevius' analysis, which his colleague Robert Horkovich discusses in this update.

  • How Collaboration Is Changing Inside Some Law Firms

    Chris Cartrett

    In our recent survey of business of law professionals, nearly half of respondents said that who they collaborate with, inside their law firm, is different from five years ago, says Chris Cartrett of legal software provider Aderant.

  • DC Circ. Ruling Could Change Pipeline Review Procedure

    James Thompson

    The D.C. Circuit's recent decision in Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission may change the environmental review procedure for approving natural gas pipeline projects. If the majority’s ruling stands, pipeline developers will need to ensure that reviews for future projects include a comprehensive greenhouse gas analysis of potential downstream effects, say James Thompson and Katy Larkins of Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP.