• March 23, 2018

    'Housewives' Star Can't Arbitrate Defamation Suit, Court Told

    A former business partner of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga fought back Thursday against a bid to arbitrate her $30 million defamation claims against Gorga, NBC, and executive producer Andy Cohen, arguing that the arbitration provision in the contract she signed doesn't apply.

  • March 23, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Modell's Sporting, Floval Oil, Natixis

    The family that owns Modell's Sporting Goods is reportedly close to a deal to sell a Bronx warehouse for $100 million, Floval Oil is said to have purchased a Florida hotel and several other properties for $6 million, and Natixis has reportedly loaned $68.5 million for a Bronx shopping center.

  • March 23, 2018

    Mining Co. Can Subpoena Law Firm In Libel Suit: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that an exception to attorney-client and work privilege for criminal and fraudulent activity can be triggered by the actions of a firm or an attorney even if the client was found innocent of wrongdoing, affirming that Conrad & Scherer LLP has to face a subpoena in a mining company’s defamation lawsuit.

  • March 23, 2018

    Carnival Still Faces Suit Over Cruise Passenger's Death

    A Florida federal judge ruled Friday that Carnival Corp. can’t skirt a negligence lawsuit stemming from the death of a passenger who suffered a series of heart attacks on a cruise ship while medical personnel allegedly failed to call the U.S. Coast Guard for assistance, despite assertions they had done so.

  • March 23, 2018

    Developer Beats City Of Miami In Suit Over $400M Project

    A developer won a major legal victory Thursday to thwart efforts by the city of Miami to oust it from a $400 million project it is building on city-owned property, as a state court found in its favor on competing breach of contract claims over the long-delayed project.

  • March 23, 2018

    Marlins Want Injunction Tossed In Spat Over $1.2B Sale

    The Miami Marlins, battling a suit by Miami-Dade County and the city of Miami over the team’s recent $1.2 billion sale, told a Florida federal court Friday that a preliminary injunction issued by a state court judge does not meet the requirements for an injunction under federal law and should be dissolved.

  • March 23, 2018

    State AGs Say Consumers Better Off Without Data Breach Bill

    The attorneys general of 31 states have urged House lawmakers to scrap a federal data breach notification bill meant to streamline nationwide reporting requirements for businesses, arguing that it lets companies avoid disclosing hacks unless consumers are also the victim of a crime.

  • March 23, 2018

    Taiwanese Investors Say DHS Arbitrarily Denied EB-5 Visas

    Ten Taiwanese investors who poured millions of dollars into a real estate development project in Florida sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the government unfairly determined the money wasn’t “at risk” and denied their investor visas under the EB-5 program.

  • March 23, 2018

    Gunster Welcomes Employment Litigator In Jacksonville

    Florida law firm Gunster has added a shareholder who it says will bolster its litigation work in Jacksonville, contributing to both its business litigation and labor and employment practice groups.

  • March 23, 2018

    Treatment Center Says Service Terms Void In $30M IP Suit

    A Florida drug treatment center facing a $30 million lawsuit for allegedly ripping off electronic medical records provider Kipu Systems' product urged a federal judge Thursday to find Kipu's 2014 terms of service inapplicable and unenforceable, which it said would greatly narrow the case.

  • March 23, 2018

    Faulty Piaggio Plane Motor Caused $1.9M Crash, Insurer Says

    An aircraft owner's insurer hit aircraft manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace and its American subsidiary with a suit on Friday in Florida federal court alleging that Piaggio designed a defective plane motor that caused a 2016 crash and cost the insurer $1.9 million.

  • March 23, 2018

    DOT Inspector General Opens Audit Of Collapsed Fla. Bridge

    The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General announced an audit Thursday of the Miami-area pedestrian bridge that collapsed just a week after it was installed, killing six people.

  • March 22, 2018

    Fla. High Court Rejects Retrial Over Med Mal Suit Testimony

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a new trial is not warranted in a medical malpractice suit ending in a $4.1 million judgment, saying the trial court’s “one expert per specialty” order was not violated because the plaintiff's experts testified as treating physicians rather than as expert witnesses.

  • March 22, 2018

    Fla. Atty Disbarred After Hiring Felon Who Then Stole $5M

    The Sunshine State’s highest court on Thursday disbarred a South Florida lawyer who hired a convicted felon and didn’t keep an eye on him, making it possible for the con man to embezzle nearly $5 million from the law firm’s trust account through a mortgage-related scheme.

  • March 22, 2018

    11th Circ. Won't Take Appeal Over Navy Aircraft Crash

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday refused to consider an intermediate appeal in a wrongful death suit against an L3 Technologies unit over a Navy training flight crash, saying L3 had not shown that the purported implication of sensitive Navy decisions in the case required immediate review.

  • March 22, 2018

    Hotel Co. Broke Consumer Report Rules, Job Seekers Claim

    Hospitality company Naples Hotel Group LLC on Wednesday moved to Florida federal court a proposed class action accusing it of obtaining consumer reports about job applicants and illegally using them to make hiring and firing decisions in violation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

  • March 22, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: MetLife, Beckam, Valley National Bank

    MetLife has reportedly loaned $277 million for a Boston office tower; David Beckham is said to be considering sites near a casino, hospital and golf course as possible locations for his Miami soccer stadium project; and Valley National Bank has reportedly loaned $13 million for a Florida self-storage construction project.

  • March 22, 2018

    Comvest Partners Lends ER Management Co. $170M

    The direct lending arm of Comvest Partners, a West Palm Beach, Florida-based private investment firm, on Thursday said it loaned an emergency department management company $169.5 million in a senior secured credit facility.

  • March 21, 2018

    No Trip, No Contract, Customer Says In Cruise Suit

    A customer argued Tuesday that Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. cannot point to a class action waiver in her ticket contract to dismiss her proposed class suit because the cancellation of her cruise due to Hurricane Harvey meant the contract was never enacted.

  • March 21, 2018

    11th Circ. Reopens Teacher's Pro Se National Origin Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that a Georgia federal judge was too quick to toss a national origin discrimination suit brought pro se by an Ethiopian math teacher, saying the teacher should have been allowed to fix errors in the initial complaint.

Expert Analysis

  • Top Tax Changes For Law Firms: What Lawyers Need To Know

    Evan Morgan

    For those structured as corporations, the decrease in the maximum corporate tax rate and the repeal of the corporate alternative minimum tax offer good news. But since many law firms are organized as pass-through entities, several limitations on deductions mean they won’t see as much benefit from the new tax law as some other industries, says Evan Morgan of CPA and advisory firm Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Price Tag, You’re Not It: 4 New Pricing Claims

    Stephanie Sheridan

    As more pricing litigation is filed, we are seeing deviation from traditional claims related to discounts from a notional "original price." While reference price litigation has certainly not gone away, several new types of pricing claims have emerged, making it clear that pricing is a hot issue for the plaintiffs bar, say Stephanie Sheridan and Meegan Brooks of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.

  • Opinion

    Companies Should Avoid The BigLaw Bonus Structure

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have used this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Chief Innovation Officer — The New Star On Legal Teams

    Mark Williamson

    Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says ​​​​​​​Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.

  • How State AGs Can Fight Student Loan Crisis The Right Way

    Douglas Gansler

    For both consumer protection and political reasons, state attorneys general desperately want to assist constituents who have taken out federal student loans and are now struggling with repayment. However, state AGs will undoubtedly fail in the courtroom if they attempt to do so through litigation, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • Betting On Change: States Plan For Sports Gambling Decision

    Aaron Swerdlow

    If New Jersey wins its sports betting case at the U.S. Supreme Court, expect many states to implement new legislation legalizing sports betting and industry regulation. If New Jersey does not win, it will anger many state legislators that were preparing to implement their own legislation, says Aaron Swerdlow of Gerard Fox Law PC.

  • Opinion

    National Lawyers Need National Licensing For National Courts

    EJ Hurst II

    Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.

  • How Regulatory Power Is Moving To The States

    Ashley Taylor

    Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • New Bribery Suit's Implications For Venezuela Restructuring

    Richard Cooper

    The decision by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA to pursue claims in the U.S. over an alleged bribery scheme raises a number of legal and strategic issues not just for the defendants named in the suit, but also for PDVSA’s bondholders and creditors of the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.

  • Changes To Rule 23 Are Coming, Are You Prepared?

    Niki Mendoza

    Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.