• October 20, 2017

    Energy Co. Bringing Turbines To Puerto Rico Faces Obstacles

    Shutts & Bowen LLP partner Harold Patricoff is no stranger to negotiating emergency deals for power generation around the world, but a recent $35 million contract to send two turbines to Puerto Rico to ease the power crisis there presented unprecedented communication challenges.

  • October 20, 2017

    Justices Asked To Decide When Copyright Owners Can Sue

    A journalism collective involved in a dispute over online financial news articles has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up an Eleventh Circuit decision finding that a copyright holder can't bring an infringement suit until its application is approved by the registrar, arguing that the issue is a common one that has not been settled by circuit courts.

  • October 20, 2017

    Fla. Atty Will Propose Tough Frivolous Action Rule In Court

    The Florida Supreme Court is expected next month to begin considering a rare bar-member-backed proposal for ethics rules changes the sponsor says would put teeth in the disciplinary process for lawyers who press frivolous claims or defenses.

  • October 20, 2017

    Seattle Firm Says Time-Share Contract Suit Is Retaliatory

    Schroeter Goldmark & Bender PS told a Florida federal court Thursday that a time-share resort developer’s suit alleging a scheme to interfere with its contracts with property owners can’t stand, saying the claims are clearly in retaliation for the Seattle law firm’s representation of consumers who want out of time-share agreements.

  • October 20, 2017

    Body Armor Co.'s Bulletproof Vests Are Defective, Suit Says

    Florida-based Point Blank Enterprises Inc. was hit with a putative class action in Florida federal court Thursday by several law enforcement organizations and officers who claim a defective design causes its bulletproof vests to fall apart and say the company has failed to back up its warranty claims.

  • October 20, 2017

    Telecom Co. Asks 11th Circ. To Nix Deal Over $9M Merger

    Peerless Network Inc. asked the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a ruling enforcing an agreement between it and a rival telecommunications firm over a botched acquisition deal worth $9 million, saying the judgment shouldn't have been enforced before discovery.

  • October 20, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Deutsche And HSBC, JRG, HES Group

    Deutsche and HSBC are reportedly lending $800 million to Fosun to refinance a Manhattan office tower, JRG Capital is said to be seeking $7.5 million in the sale of a Chicago parcel, and HES Group has reportedly scored $9.5 million in financing for a Florida hotel, retail and office project.

  • October 19, 2017

    Senate Passes Budget To Be Used For Tax Reform Vehicle

    Senate Republicans beat back dozens of Democratic amendments to the vehicle for tax reform before passing it Thursday, voting down attempts to keep tax cuts away from the highest earners and prevent tax hikes on the middle class, among other measures.

  • October 19, 2017

    Ace Insurance Gets Nod For $9.8M TCPA Class Settlement

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday approved a $9.76 million settlement that Chubb Ltd. unit Ace American Insurance will pay to end a consumer class action accusing it of placing calls to numbers on the Do Not Call Registry in violation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

  • October 19, 2017

    Greenspoon Marder Duo Open Alcohol Industry Firm In Miami

    Two Greenspoon Marder PA attorneys have struck out on their own with a criminal defense lawyer to open a Miami-area firm focused on serving alcoholic beverage and regulated industry clients throughout Florida.

  • October 19, 2017

    Road Designer's Policy Excludes Crash Death Suit: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that a landscape architect's insurance policy with Travelers does not provide coverage for an underlying lawsuit blaming an intersection design for the death of a child, saying there is no ambiguity in a professional-services exclusion.

  • October 19, 2017

    11th Circ. Upholds $27M Boston Scientific Pelvic Mesh Loss

    A Florida federal judge was right to consolidate the cases of four women who say they were injured by Boston Scientific Corp.'s allegedly defective pelvic mesh implants, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday, upholding a jury’s $27 million verdict.

  • October 19, 2017

    Fla. Appeals Court Upholds Nursing Home Generator Rule

    A Florida appeals court on Thursday denied three petitions requesting review of an emergency rule giving nursing homes and assisted living facilities 60 days to install generators capable of providing four days of backup power.

  • October 19, 2017

    Fla. Doctor Faces Health Care Fraud, Obstruction Charges

    A South Florida physician who previously reached an $18 million settlement in a False Claims Act suit, made his first appearance in federal court Wednesday on criminal charges related to an alleged health care fraud.

  • October 19, 2017

    GM To Pay $120M To End States' Ignition-Switch Probes

    General Motors Co. on Thursday agreed to pay $120 million to settle investigations by attorneys general from 49 states and the District of Columbia into the company’s alleged concealment of a deadly defect in the ignition switches of its vehicles.

  • October 19, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Katie Couric, ESG Kullen, Windhaven

    Katie Couric has reportedly sold her New York Park Avenue apartment for $8.25 million, real estate investment firm ESG Kullen is said to have dropped $17.9 million on 118 condo units in Florida, and auto insurance firm Windhaven has reportedly bought a Florida office complex for $10.35 million.

  • October 19, 2017

    Fla. Firms To Pay $9.1M For Engle Ethics Disaster

    In a 148-page order Thursday, a panel of Florida federal judges “reluctantly but with the conviction that it is the right thing to do” imposed $9.1 million in sanctions on The Wilner Firm and Farah & Farah following an investigation that found they filed and maintained at least 1,250 baseless Engle progeny tobacco lawsuits.

  • October 18, 2017

    Tobacco Giants Must Pay Full $35M Jury Award: Fla. Court

    R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc. remain on the hook for a $35 million verdict awarded in an Engle progeny suit to the widower of a longtime smoker, a Florida appeals court said Wednesday after finding the amount was not obviously excessive.

  • October 18, 2017

    Argentine Co. Still Excused From Soccer TV Rights Suit

    A Florida federal judge declined Wednesday to reconsider the dismissal of claims against an Argentine sports media rights company in a bribery and antitrust lawsuit against a group of 21st Century Fox Inc. units over broadcast rights for South American soccer tournaments.

  • October 18, 2017

    Fla. Court Revives Challenges To New Water Standards

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday revived challenges by Miami and the Seminole Tribe of Florida to proposed changes to the state's water-quality standards, ruling that their petitions to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection were not filed too late.

Expert Analysis

  • The Law Firm CFO’s Role In The Strategic Planning Process

    Tyler Quinn

    Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.

  • Law Firms Must Transition To An Industry Sector Approach

    Heidi Gardner

    Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.

  • Navigating The Pitfalls Of Civil Investigative Demands

    Chris Browning

    In U.S. v. Dish Network, currently on appeal to the Tenth Circuit, the district court awarded statutory damages of $280 million in favor of the U.S. and the four plaintiff states. Buried among the thousands of pages of interlocutory orders issued by the district court is a warning that should be heeded by all parties that are the subjects of governmental investigations, say attorneys with Troutman Sanders LLP.

  • Sham Affidavits In Medical Product Liability: Part 2

    James Beck

    When a witness says one thing in a deposition, but later offers an affidavit directly contradicting the prior testimony, with no credible explanation, the U.S. Supreme Court has held that the affidavit should be disregarded. James Beck of Reed Smith LLP offers a survey of significant medical product liability cases in which both plaintiffs' experts and plaintiffs themselves have contradicted their own prior statements.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kozinski Reviews 'The Judge'

    Judge Alex Kozinski

    In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.

  • Do Defect Notice Letters Trigger The Duty To Defend?

    Elliotte Quinn

    Following recent oral arguments on a certified question from the Eleventh Circuit in Altman v. Crum, the Florida Supreme Court is set to decide when defense under commercial general liability insurance begins. The decision will be significant because of the state's outsize role in construction defect litigation, says Elliotte Quinn IV of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP.

  • Financial Crisis Anniversary

    New Post-Recession Metrics For BigLaw Partner Success

    Peter Zeughauser

    After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.

  • Hurricane Readiness And Response: The Hospitality Industry

    Karl Heisler

    There are lessons to be learned in how this year's hurricane readiness and response plans stood up to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Many in the hospitality industry are working to incorporate these lessons and revise their readiness plans before the next storm hits, says Karl Heisler of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP.

  • Opinion

    Time To Lift Student Loan Counseling Restrictions

    Christopher Chapman

    While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.

  • Adapting To Equal Pay Laws In Flux

    Charles Thompson

    New legislation aimed at closing the pay gap between men and women may undo business practices that, even if benevolently motivated, result in disparate pay. Despite this laudable objective, these laws create a litany of challenges for employers and may necessitate a wholesale revision of policies and practices related to employee compensation, says Charles Thompson of Polsinelli.