Florida

  • January 18, 2018

    Fla. Law Enforcement To Split $1.9M In Seized Bitcoins

    Florida law enforcement agencies will split some $1.88 million worth of bitcoins seized after the digital currency was stolen by hackers from an illicit online drug marketplace, authorities said Wednesday.

  • January 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Quadrum, CMK, Everwood Hospitality

    Quadrum Global could fetch $180 million with the sale of a Miami Beach hotel, developer CMK has reportedly paid $14 million for Palmer Printing's Chicago plant, and Everwood Hospitality is said to have picked up a Florida hotel for $24.7 million.

  • January 18, 2018

    Atty Agrees To Disbarment For Taping Women In Office Restrooms

    The general counsel of a Tampa, Florida-based maintenance and repair company has agreed to be disbarred after he was caught using cameras in the women's restrooms at the company's facility to covertly film female employees.

  • January 18, 2018

    Cardno Says Bid To Vacate $15M Award Is Time-Barred

    Cardno Ltd. has renewed its push to enforce a $15 million arbitration award it won against an Ecuadorean engineering firm that allegedly hid a bribery scheme, telling a Florida federal judge Wednesday that the South American company's counterclaims are time-barred and invite the court to overstep its authority.

  • January 18, 2018

    Fake Medical Pot Certifications Get Fla. Atty Disbarred

    A Florida attorney's legal career figuratively went up in smoke Thursday as the state's Supreme Court disbarred him for providing erroneous advice that led clients to believe they had legal certification to grow, possess and use medical marijuana, resulting in several arrests and a fully armed SWAT team raid.

  • January 18, 2018

    Amazon Trims List Of 'HQ2' Contenders To 20

    Amazon pared down its list of potential locations for a second North American headquarters to 20, saying Thursday it will decide from a select group of candidates that includes New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, Philadelphia, Miami and Newark, New Jersey.

  • January 18, 2018

    Senate Panel Advances Trump BigLaw Picks For DOJ, Judges

    The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed through close to two dozen of President Donald Trump’s nominees on Thursday, including a number of BigLaw partners intent on filling vacant U.S. Department of Justice roles and appellate and trial judge posts.

  • January 17, 2018

    Fla. Appeals Court Orders Retrial In $5M Diamond Sale Mix-Up

    A cruise ship passenger will get a new trial in his case against an onboard retailer that rescinded his purchase of a diamond it mistakenly sold him for 1/20th of its nearly $5 million value, after a Florida appeals court found on Wednesday that the jury instructions included errors.

  • January 17, 2018

    Greenberg Traurig Faces DQ Bid By Onetime Vet-Led Client

    Florida-based government contractor National Sourcing Inc. asked a court Tuesday to disqualify Greenberg Traurig PA from representing a subcontractor and others because of the firm's previous work for NSI, a disabled veteran-owned company.

  • January 17, 2018

    Bock Hatch Looks To DQ Foley & Larder For Fla. Bar Violation

    Bock Hatch Lewis & Oppenheim LLC urged a Florida federal court Wednesday to prohibit Foley & Lardner LLP from representing a chiropractic clinic in a malpractice suit alleging attorney David Oppenheim decamped with sensitive documents, arguing the representation agreement allows an entirely separate law firm to pay for Foley's services without being licensed in the state.

  • January 17, 2018

    US Backs Whistleblower's Ch. 11 Suit Against Cancer Center

    A Florida whistleblower suing bankrupt 21st Century Oncology Inc. over an allegedly dirty $2.5 billion contract linked to Gov. Rick Scott received support from the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, as the government attacked some aspects of the cancer treatment center’s bid to toss the case.

  • January 17, 2018

    Nursing Home Patient’s Family Can’t Revive Axed Jury Win

    A Florida appellate panel on Wednesday affirmed a trial judge’s decision to overturn a jury verdict in favor of the son of an elderly woman who allegedly died because of a nursing home’s negligence, saying the plaintiff's medical expert’s opinion was contradicted by the evidence.

  • January 17, 2018

    Investor Gets 1 Year For Insider Trading On Gilead Buy

    A Florida man who copped to his role in an insider trading scheme stemming from Gilead Sciences Inc.’s $11 billion acquisition of New Jersey-based Pharmasset Inc., which made the latter company’s stock value jump nearly 90 percent, was sentenced Wednesday to a year and a day in prison, federal prosecutors announced.

  • January 17, 2018

    Panasonic Can't Escape AC System Price-Fixing Claims

    A Michigan federal judge ruled Tuesday that Panasonic Corp. cannot escape auto dealer and consumer claims that it participated in a conspiracy to fix prices for vehicle air conditioning systems, but trimmed a pair of claims brought under Florida and South Dakota state laws.

  • January 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Taconic, Lennar, 601W

    Taconic Investment Partners is reportedly buying 12 Bronx rental buildings for more than $70 million, Lennar is said to have picked up a Florida development site for $9.65 million, and a venture including developer 601W has reportedly paid $10 million for a Chicago parking lot.

  • January 17, 2018

    Corvette Drivers' Warranty Claims Outrun GM Dismissal Push

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday trimmed claims from a proposed class action over the Corvette Z06, but kept the suit’s warranty claims, finding ambiguities in General Motors LLC’s contract language made it unclear whether it was on the hook for an alleged design flaw that causes the race cars to rapidly decelerate.

  • January 17, 2018

    Wendy's Rips Cert. Bid In Data Breach Suit

    Wendy’s said that a push for class certification from customers suing the fast-food chain over a data breach must be denied, telling a Florida federal judge on Tuesday that the proposed class may include individuals who weren’t impacted by the breach.

  • January 17, 2018

    A Chat With Davis Wright CSO Mark Usellis

    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts Amanda Brady and Amy Mallow of Major Lindsey & Africa interview law firm management from Am Law 200 firms about how they are navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. The second conversation is with Mark Usellis, chief strategy officer for Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • January 16, 2018

    Jay Peak Investor Suit Stayed Pending Related Settlements

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday stayed an investor class suit against Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros over his alleged role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit, as Quiros' attorneys indicated two pending related settlements could impact the suit.

  • January 16, 2018

    Trump's Mar-A-Lago Again Cited For Food Safety Issues

    Florida state restaurant inspectors found food safety issues and building problems at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach during a November visit, nearly a year after a previous visit turned up food violations at the private club.

Expert Analysis

  • What It Means If States Can Set Medicaid Work Requirements

    Caroline Brown

    In a long-anticipated move, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that it will allow states to implement Medicaid work requirements, representing a major shift in the agency's policy. However, the move will only impact a small percentage of the Medicaid population, say Caroline Brown and Philip Peisch of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: FCA Case Law

    Brian Dunphy

    Last year, courts issued numerous health care-related decisions interpreting the legal standards under the False Claims Act and assessing the viability of a multitude of FCA liability theories. These decisions will affect the prosecution and defense of FCA cases for years to come, says Brian Dunphy of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • America's Shifting Views On Marijuana Post-Cole Memo

    Jonathan Robbins

    Although Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of the Cole memo does not change federal law, negative response to the rescission across the cannabis sector and political landscape was strong, swift and bipartisan, which may lead to congressional action in the future, say Jonathan Robbins and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.

  • 2017 Health Care Enforcement Review: Trends In FCA Cases

    Kevin McGinty

    The volume of health care-related qui tam litigation under the False Claims Act remained robust last year. In the first of four articles on health care enforcement in 2017, Kevin McGinty of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC discusses the important takeaways from a number of trends.

  • An 11th Circ. Update On Motions To End Supervised Release

    Matthew Lee

    In its recent decision in U.S. v. Johnson, the Eleventh Circuit strengthened procedural protections for defendants in criminal cases who seek early termination of supervised release and joined a growing number of circuit courts in holding that district courts may not summarily deny a defendant’s early termination motion, say Matthew Lee and Thaddeus Kirk of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • How Sanctuary City Regs Could Impact Houston Real Estate

    Hilary Tyson

    President Donald Trump’s sanctuary city ban has been enmeshed in litigation since it was enacted, as has similar legislation in the Texas Legislature. But while the future of these regulations may not be certain, they still stand to exact broad impacts, both in Houston and beyond, say Hilary Tyson and Lauren McLaughlin of BoyarMiller.

  • Hotel Malware Attack Raises Unusual Insurance Questions

    Jan Larson

    A Florida district court is poised to decide several interesting questions in St. Paul v. Rosen, offering policyholders guidance on the extent to which traditional insurance policies can protect them from data breaches and on whether policyholders' corporate affiliates can look to their policies for protection, say Jan Larson and Alex Langlinais of Jenner & Block LLP.

  • LGBTQ Protections And Best Practices Under Title VII

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Darrell VanDeusen

    Over the past two years there has been a seismic shift in the view that sexual orientation and gender identity claims do not fall within Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Darrell VanDeusen and Alexander Berg of Kollman & Saucier PA analyze how the developing law protects LGBTQ employees at the federal level and provide employer guidance on related issues in the workplace.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.