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  • October 16, 2018

    Hard Rock Says It 'Did The Right Thing' By Dropping TM Suit

    Hard Rock Cafe said Monday that it should not be punished after it “did the right thing” and dropped a trademark lawsuit against a startup called RockStar, sharply criticizing the smaller company for seeking repayment of nearly half a million dollars in legal bills.

  • October 16, 2018

    The Path To Becoming A Supreme Court Advocate

    A look at the careers of attorneys who have dominated oral advocacy at the U.S. Supreme Court over the last decade shows a similar path for men and women, with a few key differences. Here’s how the top 10 male and female advocates stack up. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 16, 2018

    Debt Collector’s Attys Warned Over Bid To Ditch FDCPA Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday denied Simm Associates' bid to dismiss a proposed class action claiming Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations for charging excessive fees and warned the debt collector's counsel over a lack of candor in the cases they cited.

  • October 16, 2018

    Ex-Trump Aide Says Gizmodo 'Ruined His Life' In $100M Suit

    Jason Miller, a former aide to President Donald Trump, filed a $100 million defamation lawsuit against Gizmodo Media Group in Florida federal court Monday, claiming that the website Splinter “ruined his life” by running a story that he tried to slip a woman he’d impregnated an abortion pill.

  • October 15, 2018

    21st Century Oncology Gets Stipulated Dismissal of FCA Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice and a Florida whistleblower agreed Monday to drop their False Claims Act suit against bankrupt 21st Century Oncology Inc. over an allegedly dirty $2.5 billion contract linked to Florida Gov. Rick Scott, after a parallel adversary proceeding in Florida bankruptcy court was tossed in May.

  • October 15, 2018

    Fla. High Court Rejects Law That Mandated Daubert Standard

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that a 2013 law that mandated use of the Daubert standard for screening expert witness testimony infringed on the court's rulemaking authority, and reinstated an $8 million verdict for a mesothelioma patient based on its continued support for the current Frye standard.

  • October 15, 2018

    Miami Dolphins Sued Over Stadium Injury

    A man who was injured at a bar in the Miami Dolphins' stadium has sued the team and the venue, saying both were negligent.

  • October 15, 2018

    Gender Disparity At The High Court: How Top Law Firms Measure Up

    For the women at elite law firms, an enduring gender gap among advocates can create a high hurdle for their high court ambitions. Here, Law360 looks at the law firms where women score Supreme Court arguments, and where they don’t. (This article is part of a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

  • October 15, 2018

    Pipeline Co. Wants $1.5M In Atty Fees For Frivolous Suit

    The Houston Pipe Line Co. LP asked a Florida federal court Friday for $1.5 million in attorneys’ fees for having to fight off what it called an “objectively frivolous claim” from Continental Holdings Inc. trying to pass off responsibility in a suit by the city of Jacksonville over cleanup costs from a former gas plant.

  • October 15, 2018

    DOJ Charges Florida Men with $1B Telemedicine Fraud Scam

    Four Florida men and seven pharmacies have been indicted for their role in a massive $1 billion telemedicine fraud scheme that involved submitting fraudulent claims for payment for marked-up pain cream and other products to insurance companies, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday. 

  • October 15, 2018

    Co. Bids To Keep CVS Unit From Clients In Trade Secrets Row

    RxStrategies, a leading program administrator for the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program, renewed its efforts Friday to stop CVS and its in-house administrator Wellpartner from allegedly misappropriating its trade secrets to steal customers, presenting evidence it says refutes several of their defenses.

  • October 15, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Midtown Capital, McSam, City National

    Midtown Capital Partners has reportedly bought a Florida retail center for $78.2 million, McSam Hotel Group is said to have landed $76 million in financing for a New York project, and City National Bank of Florida has more than doubled its footprint at a Miami tower.

  • October 15, 2018

    Fla. Asset Manager Denies Propping Up Fake Hedge Fund

    A Miami-based asset manager denied charges Monday in New York federal court that he handed a $2 million investment from an Alabama couple to a hedge fund he knew to be peddling false promises and ultimately kept most of their money for himself.

  • October 15, 2018

    Concessionaire Slams Rays' 'Abusive' Discovery Requests

    The former concessions operator of Major League Baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays has slammed in Florida federal court the team's efforts to force it to hand over 20 years’ worth of personnel files for thousands of employees, calling the “abusive” discovery requests irrelevant to the Rays' breach of contract suit.

  • October 15, 2018

    Ala. Officials Can't Duck Workers' Retirement Suit At 11th Circ.

    Two Alabama state officials can’t claim immunity from being sued over three state employees’ retirement status classifications after the Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that another state official’s removal of the case from state to federal court prior to their joining the suit waived the argument.

  • October 15, 2018

    Energy Drink Falsely Touts Nutritional Supplements, Suit Says

    A consumer has launched a putative class action against energy drink maker Vital Pharmaceuticals Inc. in Illinois federal court, alleging the company’s Bang energy drinks contain none or only small amounts of the nutritional supplement ingredients claimed on the label.

  • October 15, 2018

    Drivers Urge Court To Keep Economic Claims In Air Bag Case

    A group of drivers seeking economic damages against four car companies over the use of defective Takata Corp. air bags urged a Florida federal court on Friday not to dismiss their claims, saying they overpaid for cars they were told were safe but which in reality had a dangerous defect.

  • October 15, 2018

    Wabtec Seeks To Block Siemens From Accessing Train Tech

    Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corp. sought an injunction in Pennsylvania state court Monday to stop competitor Siemens Mobility Inc. from having access to its technology through a shared client, CSX Transportation, for whom both companies are developing an automated system for signaling and controlling trains.

  • October 15, 2018

    Fla. Gov. Can't Name 3 Justices To High Court On Final Day

    The Florida Supreme Court ruled Monday that Gov. Rick Scott cannot appoint three justices to the court on his final day in office and said the governor had overstepped this authority by prematurely asking the judicial nominating commission to begin the process of selecting candidates to replace three retiring justices.

  • October 12, 2018

    Will The Future Of The Supreme Court Bar Be Female?

    While women have made significant inroads into the elite world of U.S. Supreme Court advocacy, last term the number of women arguing at the court hit a decade low. Was it an off year? Or a sign of progress stalled? (This article is the first in a series examining the gender gap among high court advocates.)

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Allens Pricing Chief Pier D'Angelo

    Pier D'Angelo

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.

  • Class Arbitrability Questions After 11th Circ. JPay Ruling

    Gilbert Samberg

    One may ask whether the Eleventh Circuit’s recent decision in JPay v. Kobel correctly addressed the issue of “clear and unmistakable” consent when it comes to the delegation of class arbitrability. However, with respect to many class arbitration-related matters, a second issue looms, says Gilbert Samberg of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.

  • State Tax Codes Can Help Mitigate Poverty

    Misha Hill

    There are several tools at the disposal of state policymakers — particularly within their state tax codes — to help alleviate some of the financial pressure families face when living at or near the poverty level, say Aidan Davis and Misha Hill of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

  • Opinion

    The ABA Was Dead Wrong About Model Rule 8.4(g)

    Bradley Abramson

    In the two years since the American Bar Association's controversial anti-discrimination and harassment rule, only one state has adopted it, while numerous state supreme courts, state attorneys general and legal groups have correctly rejected Model Rule 8.4(g) as a threat to lawyers' First Amendment rights, says Bradley Abramson, an attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom.

  • Opinion

    The Supreme Court Should Become Boring

    Alexander Klein

    In the aftermath of Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation, the U.S. Supreme Court should decline review of the nation's most polarizing political questions unless and until the questions become time-sensitive, says Alexander Klein, head of the commercial litigation group at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea & LoTurco LLP.

  • More Automation Means Less Busy Work For Legal Teams

    Rebecca Yoder

    Legal departments have been slow to adopt artificial intelligence and automation solutions for the sort of mundane tasks attorneys dread. But such tools can make legal teams more efficient and accurate, allowing members to focus on big-picture challenges and mission-critical strategies, says Rebecca Yoder of Docusign Inc.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: BC's Kent Greenfield Talks Corporate Law

    Kent Greenfield

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Boston College Law School professor Kent Greenfield reflects on his corporate law theories, his legal battle with the Pentagon over free speech and gay rights, and important constitutional law issues to watch out for.

  • Kavanaugh Cannot Be Compelled To Recuse Himself

    Donald Scarinci

    Whether Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s prior statements may be grounds for disqualification when it comes to judging certain cases is debatable, but there are no specific recusal guidelines for the U.S. Supreme Court. The justices themselves don’t even agree on where to draw the line when it comes to perceived political bias, says Donald Scarinci, a founding partner of Scarinci Hollenbeck LLC.

  • Knowledge Management: An Unsung Hero Of Legal Innovation

    Rob MacAdam

    As technology evolves, law firms are increasingly looking for ways to improve communication, transparency and service for their clients. Firms should put knowledge management at the core of their value proposition to create a competitive advantage, says Rob MacAdam at HighQ.

  • Fighting ADA Website Suits, Without Federal Guidance

    Stephanie Sheridan

    Despite the large number of digital accessibility lawsuits — thousands in the last few years alone — brought under the Americans with Disabilities Act, there are still no bright-line rules that retailers can follow in order to avoid being targeted, say attorneys with Steptoe & Johnson LLP.