Florida

  • 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.

  • November 17, 2017

    VC-Backed Stitch Fix Ekes Gain After $120M IPO Prices Low

    Shares of venture-backed e-commerce startup Stitch Fix Inc. barely gained on Friday after pricing a downsized $120 million initial public offering, making it one of five issuers spanning the technology, real estate, banking and life science sectors to debut on public markets.

  • November 17, 2017

    Royal Caribbean Says Waiver Sinks Harvey Class Claims

    Royal Caribbean asked a federal court Friday to dismiss a proposed class action claiming the company put passengers in harm's way by not canceling a cruise as Hurricane Harvey bore down on Texas, arguing its ticket contract's class action waiver has been upheld previously and the pleadings are insufficient.

  • November 17, 2017

    GAO Backs Corps' Denial Of Flood Wall Bid, Citing Conflict

    The Government Accountability Office has sustained the exclusion of a joint venture from bidding on construction of earthen flood walls on Lake Okeechobee in Florida because one of the two companies helped the government review wall design plans.

  • November 17, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Lloyds, Ross Stores, Hines

    Lloyds Banking Group is reportedly in talks to sell its London headquarters for nearly $200 million, Ross Stores is said to have sold a Florida property for more than $16 million, and Hines has reportedly paid more than $200 million for a stake in a Los Angeles project being developed by the Martin family of Martin Automotive Group fame.

  • November 16, 2017

    Clerical Error Frees Insurers From Coverage Row: 11th Circ.

    Two insurers are still off the hook from defending a company that owns a Miami dock from an underlying personal injury suit, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday, affirming a lower court’s decision that found a clerical error preempted coverage for the company.

  • November 16, 2017

    Pilgrim's Pride To Pay $1.4M In Water Pollution Settlement

    Poultry processing giant Pilgrim's Pride Corp. has agreed to pay $1.43 million — believed to be the largest amount ever in a citizen enforcement Clean Water Act suit in Florida — to resolve environmental groups' claims that its Live Oak, Florida, plant polluted the Suwannee River.

  • November 16, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Firstbank, FPA Multifamily, Rosenstein

    Firstbank Florida has reportedly loaned $15.75 million for a Florida mixed-use project, an FPA Multifamily venture is said to have paid nearly $40 million for a Chicago-area apartment complex, and hedge fund manager Barry Rosenstein is reportedly listing a New York Hamptons home for $70 million.

  • November 16, 2017

    Fla. Federal Judge Kenneth Ryskamp Dies At 85

    U.S. District Judge Kenneth L. Ryskamp, remembered as a hardworking, fair-minded jurist by his colleagues and former clerks, died Wednesday evening at the age of 85.

  • November 16, 2017

    Fla. Firm Contests Method For $9M Sanctions In Engle Suits

    A Florida law firm asked a federal court Wednesday to alter a $9.1 million sanctions order for filing and maintaining baseless Engle progeny tobacco lawsuits, arguing that the court issued the sanctions without giving it a chance to fight them.

  • November 16, 2017

    SEC Nears Deal With Jay Peak Owner In $350M EB-5 Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission indicated Thursday that it is close to a settlement with Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros in its suit against him over his role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit.

  • November 16, 2017

    Fla. Nuke Plant Owner Says Pollution Suit Is Out Of Bounds

    Florida Power & Light Co. made a final push Thursday for a quick exit from environmental groups' lawsuit over alleged water pollution from its Turkey Point nuclear plant near Miami, arguing the groups are overreaching by asking the court to second-guess regulatory agencies' permits and orders.

  • November 16, 2017

    Menendez Trial Ends With Hung Jury

    A New Jersey federal judge on Thursday declared a mistrial in the case of Sen. Bob Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist after jurors said they could not reach a unanimous decision on any charges, with the panel divided over whether the two men engaged in a bribery scheme or were just friends.

  • November 15, 2017

    Trump Fires Another Warning Shot At Sanctuary Cities

    The Trump administration on Wednesday launched its latest salvo in its bid to challenge so-called sanctuary cities, sending warning letters to communities in states including California, Massachusetts and New York that it suspects are violating federal immigration law.

  • November 15, 2017

    Baker Donelson Review Flags More Past Conduct At Hospital

    An independent review organization, led by a Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC shareholder and mandated by a $70 million settlement between the federal government and the North Broward Hospital District over alleged patient referral kickbacks, has told Florida's chief inspector general it has uncovered more possible misconduct among the hospital group's previous leadership.

  • November 15, 2017

    Fla. Courts Won't Move Citrus Canker Suits To Tallahassee

    Two Florida appeals courts on Wednesday denied the state's attempt to move suits by classes of Florida homeowners who had their residential citrus trees cut down — and have already won nearly $30 million in judgments against the state — to Tallahassee from courts in Lee and Broward counties.

Expert Analysis

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Core Functions And Cooperative Federalism At The EPA

    Dan Jordanger

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recently released draft strategic plan for 2018-2022 starkly narrows the items on which the EPA will focus its resources and turns the agency’s back on many objectives contained in the previous plan — things that the Trump administration and Administrator Scott Pruitt believe should not be done at all, says Dan Jordanger of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • New Cuba Sanctions Signal Increased Commercial Challenges

    Emerson Siegle

    The new amendments to the Cuban Assets Control Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations mark a significant change in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Companies will have to reassess the potential benefits of doing business in Cuba against the potentially high costs of complying with the sanctions, say Emerson Siegle and Brendan Hanifin of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Opinion

    The Legal Fallout For Harvey Weinstein’s Hired Hands

    Nicole Kardell

    There is a difference between a lawyer or investigator seeking evidence to defend against allegations and correct misrepresentations, and, on the other hand, using duplicitous means to gather information and intimidate alleged victims and journalists. Client advocacy does not mean winning at all costs, says Nicole Kardell of Ifrah Law PLLC.

  • Jury Persuasion In An 'Alt-Fact' World

    Shelley Spiecker

    Today's climate of “alternative facts” has jurors making decisions based on beliefs, emotions and social affiliations that often go unacknowledged or underappreciated. To present their case in the most persuasive manner possible, litigators should consider adapting to their audience when it comes to four psychological factors, say consultants with Persuasion Strategies, a service of Holland & Hart LLP.

  • Applying The Investors' Playbook To Legal Career Planning

    Howard Cohl

    Nothing has been more instrumental in my role as a legal recruiter than what I learned from a variety of hedge fund managers, venture capitalists and investment bankers — how to analyze a deal and make a decision quickly. It boils down to the traditional SWOT analysis, says Howard Cohl, director in Major Lindsey & Africa’s emerging markets group.

  • How IT And Procurement Pros Can Inform Law Firm Budgeting

    Steve Falkin

    As law firms begin preparing for their annual budget review, Steve Falkin and Lee Garbowitz of HBR Consulting discuss why firm leaders should give their internal information technology and procurement teams a seat at the table.