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  • June 20, 2018

    Evoqua Unit Drops $132M On PE-Backed Water Treatment Biz

    Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. said Wednesday that one of its units has inked a $132 million deal to acquire a water treatment company from private equity firm Hammond Kennedy Whitney & Co. Inc.

  • June 20, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Evercore, Digital Currency, StateTrust

    Evercore is reportedly close to a lease deal to take roughly 170,000 additional square feet in New York, Digital Currency Group is said to have leased nearly 12,000 square feet in New York, and StateTrust Group has reportedly dropped $13 million on a vacant office building in Florida.

  • June 20, 2018

    Judicial Nominees Talk Cocaine, Incest At Bizarre Hearing

    At times echoing a law school classroom, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday probed judicial nominees for the Fourth Circuit and a Florida district court about the limits of government power, asking about the ability to crack down on cocaine use and stop incest.

  • June 20, 2018

    Ocwen Wants Out Of Investment Funds' Compliance Fight

    Ocwen Financial Corp. and its executives on Tuesday said a group of Owl Creek investment funds have based their claims over a decline in stock value amid the mortgage servicer's alleged compliance failures on inactionable statements and asked a Florida federal judge to toss the suit.

  • June 20, 2018

    Wound Care Center Operator Pays $22.5M To Settle FCA Suit

    The U.S. Department of Justice said on Wednesday that Florida-based Healogics Inc. has agreed to pay $22.51 million to settle False Claims Act allegations that it knowingly billed Medicare for unnecessary treatments.

  • June 19, 2018

    Fla. Consumer Seeks Class Cert. In Burger King Receipt Suit

    A Florida man asked a federal court Monday to certify a proposed class of customers who received printed receipts at Burger King restaurants revealing more digits of their credit card than allowed under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act, exposing them to the risk of identity theft.

  • June 19, 2018

    Fla. DEP Approves Permit For Lido Key Beach Renourishment

    Florida’s Department of Environmental Protection adopted an administrative law judge’s recommendation Monday to approve a permit to dredge sand near Lido Key, a man-made barrier island off the coast of Sarasota, for beach renourishment on the island despite challenges from residents of nearby Siesta Key.

  • June 19, 2018

    11th Circ. Revives Hooters Website Accessibility Suit

    Hooters will have to face claims that the company’s website doesn’t provide proper accessibility features for the blind in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Tuesday, concluding the claims weren’t mooted by an earlier settlement in a similar suit.

  • June 19, 2018

    Pension Tax Ballot Measure Not Deceiving, Fla. Panel Says

    A Florida state appeals court has refused to invalidate a 2016 Jacksonville vote that established a half-penny surtax to fund the city’s pension liability, finding the measure’s title and summary weren’t crafted in a misleading manner.

  • June 19, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Beacon, Grand Peaks, Isaac Schwartz

    Beacon Capital is reportedly close to a deal to buy a Chicago office tower for $182 million, Grand Peaks Properties is said to have dropped $65.6 million on a Florida apartment complex, and developer Isaac Schwartz has reportedly landed a $55 million loan for a Brooklyn residential and retail project.

  • June 19, 2018

    Italian Co. Must Face Suit In Fla., Hurt Dancer Tells Justices

    A Canadian cruise ship performer injured in an onboard accident urged the Florida Supreme Court on Monday to review a ruling that the ship's Italian builder cannot be brought into court in the Sunshine State, saying it unfairly heightened requirements and conflicted with prior decisions.

  • June 19, 2018

    Amazon Accused Of Stiffing Delivery Workers On Overtime

    Amazon was hit Monday with a proposed nationwide collective action in Florida alleging the company violated federal labor laws by shorting employees on overtime pay when they delivered packages for the giant e-commerce site.

  • June 19, 2018

    Ex-Prof Slams For-Profit Law School's Bid To Slip FCA Suit

    A former professor and an alumnus of the now-closed Charlotte School of Law slammed it and its parent company, Infilaw Corp., in a filing in Florida federal court Monday, deriding their attempts to escape a False Claims Act suit over how the for-profit institution was operated.

  • June 19, 2018

    A Chat With Holland & Knight CFO Mia Stutzman

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Mia Stutzman, chief financial officer at Holland & Knight LLP.

  • June 18, 2018

    GCs Tackle Law Firm Culture In Diversity Push

    Following an American Bar Association pledge, in-house attorneys are taking a harder line in demanding diversity from their outside counsel, and they're seeking to play a larger role in the workings of the law firms they hire.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Hurdles Facing BigLaw’s Minority Women

    We asked BigLaw for data on female minority lawyers for the first time this year, and the results show an industry that is failing to attract and retain them. Here’s a look at the challenges facing these attorneys — and how a few firms are defying the norm.

  • June 18, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The legal industry is making sluggish gains when it comes to attracting and retaining attorneys of color, but this select group of firms is taking broader strides to diversify at the top.

  • June 18, 2018

    Linkwell Investor Says Execs Waived Attorney-Client Privilege

    Two former Linkwell Corp. executives can’t claim they complied with state law and followed the advice of Sidley Austin LLP while keeping communications that support those assertions cloaked by attorney-client privilege, an investor told a Florida federal court Monday.

  • June 18, 2018

    Insurance Claims Analysts Granted Cert. In OT Class Action

    Hartford Fire Insurance Co. analysts received class certification in Florida federal court on Monday in their suit claiming they were misclassified as exempt from overtime pay and stiffed of a fair wage in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • June 18, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Pebb, Natixis, 13th Floor Homes

    A Pebb Enterprises venture has reportedly picked up a Florida office campus for $42 million from RAIT Financial Trust, Natixis, Paramount and Harbor have reportedly loaned $342 million for a Manhattan property and developer 13th Floor Homes is said to have picked up a former golf course in Florida for $5.4 million.

Expert Analysis

  • #MeToo At Law Firms And What We Can Do About It

    Beth Schroeder.JPG

    While some may say it’s ironic, it’s also embarrassing and enraging that the very industry that offers anti-harassment training, policies and counsel now finds itself the subject of #MeToo headlines. The American Bar Association recommendation that will bring about the greatest change is the call to provide alternative methods for reporting violations, says Beth Schroeder, chair of Raines Feldman LLP's labor and employment group.

  • Scrutinizing Noncash Settlements In Consumer Class Actions

    Thomas Dickerson

    In consumer class action settlements, cash provides the class and the court evaluating a proposed settlement with a quantitatively measurable benefit. Noncash settlements require heightened scrutiny by the court, since they are generally worth less to consumers than cash, and may benefit defendants and class counsel more than class members, says retired judge Thomas Dickerson.

  • Knowledge Lawyers Can Help Firms Stay Ahead Of The Curve

    Vanessa Pinto Villa

    In a profession notoriously averse to change, it should come as no surprise that there is skepticism about the value of having attorneys perform nonbillable tasks. But U.S. law firms have slowly begun to incorporate knowledge lawyers into their operations — and the trend is likely to continue, says Vanessa Pinto Villa of Hogan Lovells.

  • Insights From State AG Coordinated Opioid Investigation

    Richard Lawson

    Much ink has been and will be spilled over the merits and complexities of the lawsuits brought against opioid manufacturers by 23 state attorneys general. However, for any company engaged in a consumer-facing industry, the progress of the recent multistate investigation offers lessons on what to expect when subject to this type of inquiry, says Richard Lawson of Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP.

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • Options For Failing Marijuana Cos. And Their Creditors

    Brett Theisen

    In the marijuana industry, there is ambiguity surrounding failing businesses because the product remains illegal under federal law. Brett Theisen of Gibbons PC identifies the credit risks associated with lending to, or working with, a marijuana business and highlights key state law solutions for both debtors and creditors.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 2

    Robert Sparkes

    The majority of circuit courts that have addressed the issue have made clear that district courts should not consider inadmissible evidence when evaluating motions for class certification. In the final part of this series, Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ presents a critique of the minority viewpoint as recently adopted by the Ninth Circuit in Sali v. Corona Regional Medical Center.

  • Curious Case Of The Class Cert. Evidentiary Standard: Part 1

    Robert Sparkes

    Can courts consider only admissible evidence at the class certification stage, or are motions for class certification governed by looser evidentiary standards? Robert Sparkes of K&L Gates LLP​​​​​​​ discusses the divergent decisions from the U.S. circuit courts of appeals addressing this issue, both in the context of expert and nonexpert evidence.

  • From The 1st Billboards To '3 Billboards': A Legal Evolution

    Karina Saranovic

    During movie awards season this year, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" highlighted the power of a communication medium that some believe has been unduly muzzled over time through regulation and legal challenges, says Karina Saranovic of Delman Vukmanovic LLP.