Florida

  • May 14, 2021

    Mover Sues NFL's Antonio Brown Over Alleged Assault

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown has been hit by a lawsuit in Florida state court from a mover who says the NFL star refused to pay him when he delivered Brown's furniture across country and assaulted him along with his trainer.

  • May 14, 2021

    AGs Say High Court Ruling Doesn't Weaken Drug Price Claims

    State attorneys general on Friday blasted a bid by generic-drug makers to use a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling as a shield against the prosecutors' price-fixing claims, telling a Pennsylvania federal court that the justices' decision doesn't address the relevant law.

  • May 14, 2021

    Facebook Escapes Moderators' Suit Over Trauma Exposure

    Facebook content moderators haven't shown that the social media giant and the contractor that employed them failed to protect them against the psychological trauma of viewing graphic images on the job, a Florida federal judge ruled Friday.

  • May 14, 2021

    Spirit Airlines Seeks DOT Probe Of JetBlue-American Deal

    Spirit Airlines has again urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to investigate a flight-sharing partnership between American Airlines and JetBlue, saying the deal limits competition among airlines across the United States.

  • May 14, 2021

    Hertz Swaps In New $6B Ch. 11 Plan Sponsor Package

    Hertz Global Holdings coasted through a nearly uneventful, fist-pumping pitch for a new $6 billion Chapter 11 plan sponsor agreement in Delaware bankruptcy court on Friday, securing approval to move ahead with revised numbers and disclosures under a proposal that would cover in full all creditor claims.

  • May 14, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Realterm, Dwight, Bill Seidle's Nissan

    Realterm Logistics has reportedly dropped $28.6 million on a Florida warehouse, Dwight Capital is said to have provided $30.1 million in financing for a South Carolina multifamily property and Bill Seidle's Nissan is said to have picked up a Florida automotive building for $16 million.

  • May 14, 2021

    11th Circ. Gives Property Manager's Insurance Suit New Life

    A property management company should have a second chance to press its claim that two insurance brokers misled it about the type of property insurance it bought, the Eleventh Circuit held.

  • May 14, 2021

    Fla. Appellate Court Tosses Investors From $17M Pot Co. Suit

    A Florida appellate panel dismissed nine investors' fraud claims Friday against cannabis company American Patriot Brands in a wide-ranging lawsuit after finding they had agreed to litigate any disputes over their investments in the California-based company.

  • May 14, 2021

    Ga. BBQ Joint Can't Claim COVID Shutdown As Physical Loss

    State-imposed COVID-19 restrictions don't qualify as a "direct physical loss" under an insurance policy held by the owners of two barbecue joints, a Georgia federal judge ruled, saying they can't make the case that the virus caused actual damage to their property.

  • May 14, 2021

    GrayRobinson Atty Selected As GC Of State-Backed Insurer

    Florida-based Citizens Property Insurance Corp. this week announced its selection of GrayRobinson PA attorney Timothy M. Cerio, the onetime general counsel to Rick Scott during his time as governor, as the next top lawyer for the state-backed insurer.

  • May 14, 2021

    Lockheed Martin Can't Escape Fla. Contamination Suit

    A Florida federal judge will allow Orlando-area residents to proceed with most of a proposed class action alleging that Lockheed Martin Corp. fumbled the handling of toxic chemicals at a facility near their homes, deciding the allegations are not just "flash over substance."

  • May 14, 2021

    Hedge Funder Gets 4 Years After Stealing $2M From Investors

    A Florida federal judge sentenced a hedge fund manager to more than four years in prison after hearing from victims, including a former close friend, who said he had shown little remorse for bilking them out of nearly $2 million and lying to them about the fund's success.

  • May 14, 2021

    Bilzin Sumberg Invests In Tax Practice With 3 New Attys

    Miami-based law firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP this month announced the expansion of its tax and private wealth practice, bringing aboard a shareholder from Packman Neuwahl Rosenberg and two new associates.

  • May 13, 2021

    Gaetz Associate Will Plead Guilty In Sex Trafficking Case

    A Florida politician who has reportedly been cooperating with authorities investigating U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz for possible sex trafficking is set to plead guilty next week in his own case, according to a Thursday court notice.

  • May 13, 2021

    Energy Co. Looks To Revive $287M Dominican Republic Claim

    A subsidiary of Spanish renewable energy company Grupo Solesfero is looking to revive its claim for some $287 million in lost profits after a deal to develop a wind farm in the Dominican Republic fell through, telling a Florida judge that an international tribunal's "catchall denial" of the claim is insufficient.

  • May 13, 2021

    Shareholder Brings Lending Experience To Stearns Weaver

    Miami-based Stearns Weaver Miller has bolstered its real estate group with a new shareholder who brings significant experience working on commercial transactions for two banks.

  • May 13, 2021

    Groups Tell 11th Circ. To Flip Roundup Cancer Link Ruling

    A collection of farmworkers' groups and a consumer rights group on Thursday asked the Eleventh Circuit to overturn a ruling that federal law bars a failure-to-warn claim by a man who said that Monsanto's Roundup caused his cancer.

  • May 13, 2021

    Steel Co. Fights Ex-Worker's Bid To Revive Discrimination Suit

    A steel manufacturer has urged the Eleventh Circuit to affirm dismissal of a former employee's discrimination suit, saying the worker rejected its reasonable offer to accommodate his need for a fixed shift after he was diagnosed with depression and anorexia.

  • May 13, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Katz, Nimbus, Shoma

    An entity led by Miami Heat part owner Raanan Katz has reportedly paid $12.05 million for a Florida retail building, Nimbus is said to be leasing 9,512 square feet in downtown Brooklyn and Shoma Group has reportedly landed $16.5 million for a South Florida acquisition and mixed-use project.

  • May 13, 2021

    Coronavirus Litigation: The Week In Review

    In-N-Out is accused of failing to follow pandemic safety protocols, Bank of America wants out of a suit claiming it didn't protect unemployment benefit recipients from fraud, and several states continue to pursue challenges to a federal law provision barring them from using coronavirus aid to offset tax cuts.

  • May 13, 2021

    11th Circ. Doubts Confusion Between Two 'Foremost' Cos.

    Farmers Insurance faced a skeptical audience at the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday in an appeal aimed at reviving a trademark lawsuit over its "Foremost" brand, with one judge suggesting that "no sentient customer" would be confused by a rival's use of the name.

  • May 13, 2021

    Fla. Bar Owner's COVID-19 Coverage Suit Shown The Door

    A Florida federal judge ruled in favor of Colony Insurance Co. on Wednesday in a COVID-19 insurance dispute, finding that the tavern owner behind the suit is not entitled to coverage under its policy because it failed to show any physical loss or damage to the insured property.

  • May 13, 2021

    Atty Booted From Roche Freedman Pushes To Litigate In Fla.

    A Manhattan federal judge said Thursday that a fight between attorney Jason Cyrulnik and a firm he helped start, Roche Freedman LLP, over his termination is likely to settle, declining to pause New York litigation over the sacking in favor of Cyrulnik's Florida suit.

  • May 13, 2021

    11th Circ. Urged To Revive Fla. Hotel Discrimination Suit

    An Arab man urged the Eleventh Circuit Thursday to overturn a lower court's dismissal of his suit accusing a South Florida hotel of kicking him out as a result of a towel attendant's alleged racial bias, arguing the trial court drew improper inferences in favor of the hotel.

  • May 13, 2021

    Insurer Asks 11th Circ. To Drop Rooms To Go's Virus Loss Bid

    Aspen Specialty Insurance Co. has urged the Eleventh Circuit to uphold a trial court's ruling that Rooms to Go is not entitled to coverage for its pandemic-related losses, asserting that the lower court properly applied Florida law in throwing out the case.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Steps For Law Firms Rethinking Flexible Work Post-COVID

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    A flexible work environment will be key to recruiting and retention efforts post-pandemic, so law firms must develop comprehensive policies that solidify expectations and boundaries on accommodations such as flextime, remote work and reduced hours, says Manar Morales at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Uniformity Goal Eludes Defend Trade Secrets Act, 5 Years On

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    Five years after the enactment of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, work remains to be done on achieving uniformity across jurisdictions, because state law differences being imported into the DTSA are creating the same patchwork of law the act was intended to rectify, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Judge's Rebuke Of Mass. AG Has Lessons For All Attorneys

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    A Massachusetts federal judge’s recent rebuke of the state Attorney General’s Office for refusing to respond to discovery requests in Alliance for Automotive Innovation v. Healey highlights six important considerations for attorneys who want to avoid the dreaded benchslap, say Alison Eggers and Dallin Wilson at Seyfarth.  

  • How 5-Year-Old Defend Trade Secrets Act Has Met Its Goals

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    Case law and data reveal that, five years after its enactment, the Defend Trade Secrets Act has opened up federal courts to litigants and has proven effective against extraterritorial misappropriation, while concerns about inconsistency and overuse of ex parte seizures have not borne out, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

  • Font Considerations To Give Your Legal Briefs An Edge

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    Following the D.C. Circuit’s recent notice discouraging use of the font Garamond in legal briefs, Jason Steed at Kilpatrick looks at typeface requirements and preferences in appellate courts across the country, and how practitioners can score a few extra brief-writing points with typography.

  • Make Profitability Management Part Of Your Law Firm Culture

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    As the legal industry continues to change in the post-pandemic world, law firms should adapt to client demands by constantly measuring and managing the profitability of their services, says Joseph Altonji at LawVision.

  • 4 Trends In Discoverability Of Litigation Funding Documents

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    Recent rulings shed light on how courts and international arbitration tribunals decide if litigation funding materials are discoverable and reaffirm best practices that attorneys should follow when communicating with funders, say Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Michele Slachetka and Christian Plummer at Jenner & Block.

  • Cannabis Legalization's Effects On Insurance Industry

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    Resolution of the legal uncertainty presented by the dueling federal and state approaches to cannabis will pave the way for legal cannabis businesses to access the insurance protections the industry needs for everything from workers' compensation to auto insurance to general liability, says Christy Thiems at the American Property Casualty Insurance Association.

  • 7 Lessons For Young Lawyers Starting Their Careers

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    This year's law graduates and other young attorneys must recognize that the practice of law tests and rewards different skills and characteristics than law school, and that what makes a lawyer valuable changes over time, says Vernon Winters, retired partner at Sidley.

  • Opinion

    USPTO Refusal To Register Cannabis TMs Hurts Public

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    The recent uncovering of THC-laced, knock-off candies in Florida illustrates why U.S. Patent and Trademark Office registration of cannabis trademarks would protect the public by providing companies with quality and safety incentives and empowering them to pursue counterfeiters, says Frederic Rocafort at Harris Bricken.

  • COVID Eviction Bans May Not Continue To Survive In Court

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    State and local moratoriums against evictions during the pandemic are likely to withstand plaintiffs' constitutional challenges in the short term, but plaintiffs may start to see more success as time goes on, say attorneys at Goodwin.

  • Opinion

    Fla. Amendment Should Make Courts More Insurer-Friendly

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    Effective May 1, a seemingly innocuous amendment by Florida's Republican-appointed Supreme Court, aligning the state summary judgment standard with that of federal courts, should make state courts much more hospitable to defendant insurers, says Charles Lemley at Wiley.

  • Demystifying The Virtual Civil Jury Trial Experience

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    A year into many pandemic-induced court closures, attorneys at Dechert examine the successful transition to virtual civil jury trials in product liability cases, highlight some of the positive attributes of virtual proceedings and identify factors to consider for successfully trying cases with virtual components.

  • FDCPA Ruling Has Privacy Implications For Financial Services

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    In Hunstein v. Preferred Collection, the Eleventh Circuit’s recent decision to allow claims against a debt collector who shared customer information with a vendor is concerning for financial services companies in its potential to broaden the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and other consumer protection laws to include privacy rights, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • The Pandemic's Bright Spots For Lawyers Who Are Parents

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    The COVID-19 crisis has allowed lawyers to hone remote advocacy strategies and effectively represent clients with minimal travel — abilities that have benefited working parents and should be utilized long after the pandemic is over, says Chelsea Loughran at Wolf Greenfield.

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