Florida

  • August 16, 2017

    11th Circ. Asked To Revive Suit Over $50M Defamation Case

    Fashion executive Peter Nygard asked the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to revive his suit alleging a racketeering conspiracy to pay witnesses in fellow billionaire Louis Bacon's $50 million defamation suit against him, saying the trial judge made numerous errors in ruling the case should be tried in the Bahamas.

  • August 16, 2017

    Jurisdiction Woes May Sink Time-Share Co. Suit Against Atty

    A Florida federal court dismissed a suit by time-share company Westgate Resorts Ltd. accusing a law firm of fraudulently inducing time-share owners to stop making payments on their contracts, ruling Wednesday that the company failed to provide enough information for the judge to decide if the case even belongs in federal court.

  • August 16, 2017

    Fla. Appeals Court Affirms Judgment In $28.9M Smoking Suit

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a $28.9 million final judgment in a lawsuit brought by the family of a lawyer who died of lung cancer against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris USA Inc., finding the lower court hadn’t improperly eliminated two prospective jurors.

  • August 16, 2017

    AG Praises Miami, Rips Chicago And Other 'Sanctuary Cities'

    The backdrop featured Miami's palm trees, but remarks delivered Wednesday by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions focused heavily on Chicago, as he called for the Windy City and other so-called sanctuary cities to comply with federal immigration detainer requests or lose federal grant money.

  • August 16, 2017

    Grubhub Faces ADA Suit Over Website Accessibility

    The parent company of online and mobile food ordering service Grubhub was hit Wednesday in Florida federal court with an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit that alleges the company discriminates against the blind and visually impaired.

  • August 16, 2017

    Convicted Ex-Politician In Florida Denied Retrial

    A Florida federal judge refused to grant a new trial Wednesday for former U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who was found guilty of diverting money raised for a sham education charity and filing false tax returns.

  • August 16, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Generator Hostels, Kamber

    Blackstone Group has reportedly scored an $87 million loan for four Florida Motel 6 properties, Generator Hostels is said to have landed a $25 million loan for a Florida hostel project and Kamber Management is reportedly buying three parking garage condos at the Trump Place-Riverside South development in Manhattan for $50 million.

  • August 16, 2017

    Suit Over Water Plan Belongs In 11th Circ., Ga. Says

    Georgia asked a D.C. federal judge Tuesday to transfer a suit challenging the environmental impact statements used to update the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plan to manage the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River basin to a court within the Eleventh Circuit.

  • August 16, 2017

    Jimmy Choo Customer Asks 11th Circ. To Nix Class Deal

    A member of a proposed class action accusing luxury shoemaker Jimmy Choo of printing sensitive data on credit card receipts has asked the Eleventh Circuit to reverse approval of a $2.5 million settlement, arguing that a lower court erred in awarding attorneys’ fees in excess of 25 percent.

  • August 15, 2017

    Fla. Consumer Fights To Keep Burger King Receipt Suit Going

    A Florida man urged a federal court Monday to deny Burger King's bid to dismiss his proposed class action alleging the restaurant printed too many credit card digits on receipts, arguing that his claim meets the requirement for “concrete injury” established in 2016 by the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • August 15, 2017

    Proskauer Represents MLB’s Miami Marlins In $1.2B Sale

    Proskauer Rose LLP represented the Miami Marlins in the $1.2 billion sale of the team to a group led by businessman Bruce Sherman and New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, the firm said Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2017

    UK Man Tied To Trump Dossier Must Testify In BuzzFeed Row

    A Florida federal judge declined Tuesday to allow a British security company director who is widely believed to have compiled a dossier alleging Russia has compromising information on President Donald Trump to intervene in a Russian technology executive's defamation suit against BuzzFeed over the publication of his name in the dossier.

  • August 15, 2017

    Fla. Judge Grants Initial OK To Revised $3.5M Insurer Fax Deal

    After a second round of revisions, a Florida federal judge on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a $3.5 million settlement to resolve a junk fax class action against Banner Life Insurance, William Penn Life Insurance and an insurance agency.

  • August 15, 2017

    Kaufman Dolowich Snags Ex-Fowler White Duo In Florida

    Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck LLP expanded its Florida practice with the hires of two former Fowler White Burnett PA attorneys, who together defended against labor law violation claims and litigated contract disputes for insurers at their previous firm.

  • August 15, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: WeWork, DramaFever, Daniel Catalfumo

    WeWork is reportedly leasing 85,000 square feet in New York, video streaming firm DramaFever has reportedly subleased nearly 23,000 square feet in New York from email tech solutions firm Return Path, and developer Daniel Catalfumo is said to have purchased two buildings from New England Institute of Technology at Palm Beach for $15.75 million.

  • August 15, 2017

    Insurance Agent Challenges Fla.'s Telemarketing Law

    A registered insurance agent has asked a Florida federal court to declare the Florida Telemarketing Act unconstitutional for vagueness after an investigation and arrest — on charges that were later dropped — forced him to close his business.

  • August 15, 2017

    Estate Of Du Pont Woman Disputes $8M IRS Bill

    The estate of a Florida woman who belonged to the du Pont family is disputing an $8 million Internal Revenue Service tax bill, arguing to a Tax Court judge that the agency overvalued the family trust and improperly disallowed funeral expenses.

  • August 14, 2017

    Miami Sex Club Escapes Ad Firm's Bid For Sanctions

    A Florida federal judge on Monday tossed a design firm's bid for sanctions in a discovery dispute with a Miami sex club that allegedly used models' images without permission, saying the ad company's counsel failed to confer first with those who might be affected by sanctions.

  • August 14, 2017

    Holland & Knight Adds DLA Piper Corporate Partner In Miami

    Holland & Knight LLP has picked up a former DLA Piper partner in Miami with experience in transactions, financial services, corporate investigations and compliance for the firm's corporate and Latin America practices, the firm announced Monday.

  • August 14, 2017

    Fla. Man Gets 4 Years For FEMA Contract Fraud Scheme

    A Florida man is heading to federal prison for more than four years for running a scheme that charged companies hundreds of dollars to falsely “register” them with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, purportedly to gain preference for future contracting opportunities.

Expert Analysis

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    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: New Demands

    Phyllis Sumner

    For outside counsel, oftentimes efficiency and responsiveness collide with security measures as clients are increasingly requiring their law firms to comply with third-party risk management programs. To meet these challenges, law firms are focusing more on the roles of chief privacy officer and chief information security officer, says Phyllis Sumner, chief privacy officer for King & Spalding LLP.

  • The Great Class Action Ascertainability Debate

    Amanda Lawrence

    In recent years, courts have divided sharply over whether or not Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure creates an implicit requirement that a class must be ascertainable in order to be certified. Amanda Lawrence and Michael Rome of Buckley Sandler LLP discuss the circuit split over whether and to what extent ascertainability is required, and implications of the circuit split for class action litigants.

  • Opinion

    It's Time To Improve Voir Dire In Federal Court

    Lisa Blue

    During the jury selection process, many times parties submit proposed voir dire questions, but the court ultimately chooses the questions to be asked and does all of the questioning of the jury panel. While this approach is judicially efficient, rarely do we learn anything meaningful from the panel members, say Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Insider Risks

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    As law firms hold sensitive information not only related to the firm but to the firm’s clients, an insider threat — whether it's a "bad actor employee" or inadvertent activity — poses a particular concern. There are steps that privacy officers can initiate to help minimize these threats, says Patricia Wagner, chief privacy officer for Epstein Becker Green.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: Balancing Act

    Kristin Jones

    As the role of law firm chief privacy officer becomes more prevalent and expansive, many CPOs are finding themselves in the midst of a delicate balancing act — weighing compliance with government regulations and client requirements on one side with the needs of firm business on the other, says Kristin Jones, chief privacy officer for Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young LLP.

  • 8 Years Of Health Care Enforcement: Doing Less With More

    Michael Loucks

    Despite the allocation of an additional $708 million in health care enforcement resources between 2008 and 2016, increases in financial recoveries and the prosecution of individuals never materialized. Attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP explore what happened and what can be changed.

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    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer: CPO Vs. CISO

    Mark McCreary

    To understand the role of the law firm chief privacy officer — and why that person ought to be a lawyer — it’s important to distinguish the role they fill from that of the chief information security officer, says Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer for Fox Rothschild LLP.