Florida

  • April 25, 2018

    Pineapple Grower Slams Del Monte Bid To Enforce $32M Award

    A Costa Rican pineapple grower urged a Florida federal court Tuesday to abstain from enforcing a $32 million arbitral award to Swiss corporation Del Monte International GmbH, saying that Costa Rican courts have refused to enforce the award and that the grower has no assets in the United States.

  • April 24, 2018

    Florida Hotel Sued Over Website's Inaccessible Design

    A blind Florida man who won a notable victory last year over requirements for businesses' websites under the Americans with Disabilities Act has made a Florida hotel the latest target of his crusade, alleging in a lawsuit Monday that it failed to make its website accessible.

  • April 24, 2018

    11th Circ. Backs Sentences In $37M Gov't Contracts Scheme

    The Eleventh Circuit affirmed in a published opinion Tuesday the convictions and sentences of two men for their roles in a scheme to bribe military officials to obtain trucking contracts that paid out more than $37 million, finding the pair's arguments of trial court error unavailing.

  • April 24, 2018

    No Retrial For Ex-Professor Who Called Sandy Hook A Hoax

    Jurors reasonably found that Florida Atlantic University did not violate a professor's speech rights by firing him after learning of a blog in which he said the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting was a hoax, a judge ruled Monday in refusing him a new trial.

  • April 24, 2018

    Cheerleaders Will Drop Bias Claims If Goodell Agrees To Meet

    Two former NFL cheerleaders told the league Tuesday they're willing to end discrimination claims in exchange for a good-faith meeting with league commissioner Roger Goodell aimed at improving treatment and management of cheer squads.

  • April 24, 2018

    Madison Realty Loans JDS $137M For Miami Condo Project

    Madison Realty Capital has loaned JDS Development Group $137 million as part of the final funding for a South Beach, Miami, condominium project, the New York-based companies, steered respectively by Kriss & Feuerstein LLP and Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP, said Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Fla. State Sen. Joins Morgan & Morgan In Fort Lauderdale

    A Florida state senator has joined plaintiffs' firm Morgan & Morgan PA in its Fort Lauderdale office, where he will focus his practice on consumer class actions, False Claims Act suits and first-party insurance coverage cases, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • April 24, 2018

    Greenspoon Marder Nabs Eisner Attys For New LA Office

    Florida-based Greenspoon Marder LLP has moved forward with its national expansion plans, opening an office in Los Angeles with six corporate litigators, four of whom jumped from the Beverly Hills business and entertainment law firm Eisner Jaffe.

  • April 24, 2018

    Cement Buyers Look For Cert. In Deceptive Fee Suit

    Customers suing a cement company over alleged price increases disguised as environmental fees and fuel surcharges asked a Florida federal judge Monday to certify a pair of classes in the case, saying the thousands of proposed class members all suffered the same fate.

  • April 24, 2018

    Nortek Hit With TCPA Suit Over Unsolicited Robocalls

    Nortek Security & Control LLC was hit with a proposed class action Monday in Florida federal court accusing the home and business security system company of violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act by placing robocalls to advertise one of its home security products.

  • April 24, 2018

    'Shotgun Pleading' Stymies CSX Investor Suit Over CEO Hire

    A Florida federal judge on Monday gave a CSX investor until May 14 to amend his derivative suit against the railroad’s board over the hiring of former CEO E. Hunter Harrison, striking its first iteration for a lack of diversity jurisdiction and a “shotgun pleading.”

  • April 24, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: LCOR, Michael Smith, Ansca Homes

    Developer LCOR is reportedly eyeing a $395 million sale of a New York condo conversion building; energy billionaire Michael Smith is said to be paying a record $110 million for a Malibu, California, mansion; and Ansca Homes has reportedly sold 25 acres in Florida for $9 million.

  • April 23, 2018

    Crypto Giant Can't Arbitrate Laundering Claims: 11th Circ.

    A customer of the defunct cryptocurrency exchange Cryptsy does not have to arbitrate his proposed class action against digital currency giant Coinbase Inc. alleging it helped Cryptsy’s CEO launder roughly $8 million in stolen customer funds, the Eleventh Circuit said Monday.

  • April 23, 2018

    Call Center Workers Tell DOL General Dynamics Stole Wages

    The Communications Workers of America on Monday filed complaints with the U.S. Department of Labor on behalf of workers at five call centers operated by a General Dynamics unit that handle calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, accusing the company of “widespread wage theft.”

  • April 23, 2018

    NBC Wins Bid To Arbitrate $30M 'Housewives' Defamation Suit

    A Florida federal judge has ordered a former business partner of “Real Housewives of New Jersey” star Melissa Gorga to arbitrate her $30 million defamation suit against Gorga, NBC Universal and related parties, saying the woman’s claims are subject to an arbitration provision in her contract with the show’s production company.

  • April 23, 2018

    Fla. Judge Out After Berating Sick Woman Who Died Later

    A Florida judge has been forced from the bench after berating a sick woman during a court appearance last week. The woman died a few days later.

  • April 23, 2018

    Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig Opens First Florida Office

    Leading corporate and intellectual property law firm Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig is expanding into Florida, bringing on two lawyers in a new Tampa office, the Virginia-based firm recently announced.

  • April 23, 2018

    Fla. Bar Seeks Early Win On Claims Ticket App Is Illegal

    The Florida Bar responded late Friday to traffic ticket defense startup TIKD's bid for a quick victory in a dispute over whether the company is engaged in the unlicensed practice of law, lodging its own bid for judgment on the pleadings with the Florida Supreme Court and saying the evidence shows TIKD flouted the law.

  • April 23, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Beacon, Chetrit, MMG Equity

    Beacon Capital has reportedly bought a San Jose, California, office tower for $101.5 million, Chetrit Group is said to have landed an $82.5 million loan backed in part by a Brooklyn hotel and MMG Equity has reportedly picked up a Florida shopping center for $6.2 million.

  • April 23, 2018

    Miami Slams Marlins' 'Sour Grapes' Push For Arbitration

    Miami asked a Florida federal court Friday to deny a "sour grapes" bid by the Marlins to dissolve a state court finding that international arbitration can’t be used in a dispute over the government’s piece of the baseball team’s $1.2 billion sale, saying the federal court shouldn't get involved and calling the team "state court losers."

Expert Analysis

  • The Carbon Tax Could Come Soon To A State Near You

    Ryan Maness

    Despite recent setbacks in state legislatures, this year's carbon tax push has been the most successful in American history and demonstrates that it is a policy which has carved a place in our political landscape, says Ryan Maness of MultiState Associates Inc., a state and local government relations services firm.

  • 11th Circ. Decision Deepens An FCA Circuit Split

    Douglas Baruch

    The Eleventh Circuit's False Claims Act decision this month in U.S. v. Cochise results in a clear and stark circuit court split. The issue of whether the extended limitations period may be invoked by relators in declined qui tam actions — and, if so, whose knowledge triggers the clock — is now ripe for resolution by the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP.

  • Series

    State Tax After TCJA: Investment In Depreciable Property

    Jeremy Abrams

    In the first installment of the series, Jeremy Abrams and Sebastian Watt of Reed Smith LLP seek to provide a high-level overview of the most significant corporate state tax issues after the Tax Cut and Jobs Act and use state-specific examples to show that while determining how a state will conform to the Internal Revenue Code is not always clear, taxpayer-friendly results are possible.

  • The Puzzle Of Enforcing Class Action Bars Post-Shady Grove

    Daniel Fong

    It's been eight years since the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Shady Grove Orthopedic Associates v. Allstate Insurance, but courts continue to wrestle with whether state statutory class action bars are enforceable in federal court, say Daniel Fong and Robert Guite of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP.

  • How States, Federal Agencies Are Challenging Drug Prices

    Tom Bulleit

    High prescription drug prices are increasingly a focal point in the discussion of U.S. health care spending. While there is little consensus in Congress, there has been considerable recent activity in the federal executive branch and in state legislatures, say Tom Bulleit and Rebecca Williams of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Rule 23 Changes: Avoid Delays In Class Settlement Approval

    Shandarese Garr

    Among the proposed amendments to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, which are scheduled to take effect Dec. 1, are specific requirements related to “front-loading.” They outline the process for seeking preliminary court approval of class action settlements and related notice plans, say Shandarese Garr and Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.

  • Must FERC Weigh GHG Emissions In Pipeline Reviews?

    Jay Costan

    The additional analysis on downstream greenhouse gas emissions required by the D.C. Circuit's recent ruling in Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has the potential to further delay an already burdened FERC pipeline approval process, says James Costan of Dentons.

  • Best Practices For Building A Better Meeting

    Nicholas Cheolas

    How can we improve meetings in the legal industry, which tends to evolve with the speed of a tranquilized water buffalo mired in quicksand? Breaking it down to three phases can yield significant benefits, says Nicholas Cheolas of Zelle LLP.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Are Becoming More Like Hotels

    Bella Schiro

    One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.

  • Opinion

    Gorsuch's 1st Year Shows He Is A Conservative Activist

    Elliot Mincberg

    In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.