Florida

  • May 17, 2022

    Fla. Taxpayers Renew Challenge Over Nixed Disney District

    Following a federal judge's rejection of their suit last week, a group of Florida taxpayers has turned to state court in their bid to reverse the state's recent dissolution of a special taxing district surrounding Walt Disney World after The Walt Disney Co. voiced opposition to what detractors call the state's "Don't Say Gay" law.

  • May 17, 2022

    Dentons-Led Cannabis Producer Soars After Direct Listing

    Shares of Bright Green Corp. more than tripled in debut trading Tuesday after the federally authorized cannabis producer entered public markets through a direct listing, steered by Dentons and financial advisers' counsel Carmel Milazzo & Feil LLP.

  • May 17, 2022

    The Week In Bankruptcy: Purdue Bonus, PR Pension Appeal

    Two dozen states objected to proposed bonus payments for the CEO of bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma, the First Circuit declined to rehear an appeal over changes made to Puerto Rican teacher pensions as part of the island's restructuring, and Affordable Care Act penalties are taxes in bankruptcy court. This is the week in bankruptcy.

  • May 17, 2022

    'Meme Coin' Maker Wants Failed Sponsorship Lawsuit Nixed

    The creator of digital assets known as "Let's Go Brandon meme tokens," named for a phrase that went viral among detractors of President Joe Biden, filed a motion Tuesday to permanently dismiss a proposed class action accusing the project of manipulating investors, arguing the suit wasn't properly served and the plaintiff's own statements contradict his allegations.

  • May 17, 2022

    ITG Balks At Reynolds' Bid To Shift Fla. Cig Deal Payments

    ITG Brands LLC and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. pointed fingers at each other in Delaware Chancery Court on Tuesday over which one is responsible for payments to Florida under a 1997 settlement over cigarette advertising.

  • May 17, 2022

    11th Circ. Won't Let Law Office Biz Pin Issues On Building Sale

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday shut down a space-sharing company's claim that the sale of the office building it works out of shouldn't have been approved by a Florida federal court as part of the U.S. government's efforts to seize properties connected to a Ukrainian money laundering scheme.

  • May 17, 2022

    Fired Hertz Worker Can't Say Mild COVID Was Disability

    Hertz beat a discrimination lawsuit by a former employee who was fired after she came to work feeling sick while waiting for COVID-19 test results, after a California federal judge Monday found that the employee — who contracted a mild case of the virus — can't be considered disabled under state law.

  • May 17, 2022

    Gov't Can Dodge SeaWorld Orca Data Suit, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected a suit over access to the medical data of three orca whales that died in SeaWorld captivity, after finding environmental groups hadn't shown that a favorable outcome would lead to the desired results.

  • May 17, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Wells, Silverstein, Valley National

    Wells Fargo has reportedly loaned $51.54 million for a South Florida multifamily project, a Silverstein Properties venture is said to be paying roughly $180 million for a Manhattan property, and Valley National Bank is said to have loaned $24.85 million for a South Florida retail project.

  • May 17, 2022

    Vaping Cos. Say FDA Changed Rules On Flavored Products

    Several e-cigarette companies asked the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday to reverse the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's denial of their applications to sell flavored tobacco products, arguing that the agency changed the rules during the process and failed to properly consider their applications.

  • May 17, 2022

    Sidley Hauls In Sports Industry Duo From O'Melveny

    Sidley Austin LLP has snagged new co-chairs for its entertainment, sports and media industry group from O'Melveny & Myers LLP, where they served in a similar capacity.

  • May 17, 2022

    Florida Insurance Crisis Bleeds Into Reinsurance, Experts Say

    As Florida lawmakers convene for a special session this month, the state’s hurricane catastrophe fund and reinsurance market are two areas that insurance experts say need attention in an environment that has seen three insurers go insolvent and prompted others to stop underwriting in the Sunshine State altogether. Here, Law360 looks at some of the key challenges the Legislature is likely to address in its special session.

  • May 17, 2022

    Key Rulings And Cases As COVID Claimed 1M American Lives

    COVID-19's death toll in the U.S. now surpasses 1 million lives, researchers said Tuesday. The fatalities have been a dark backdrop to wide-ranging litigation over failures to protect thousands of older Americans, extraordinary assertions of government power and a historic overhaul of the nation's health insurance system.

  • May 17, 2022

    Cozen Lands Proskauer Trusts And Estates Atty In Fla.

    Cozen O'Connor has hired a new member in its Boca Raton, Florida office for its private client, trusts and estates group from Proskauer Rose LLP.

  • May 16, 2022

    FCA Intrigue Intensifies As High Court Again Invites DOJ Input

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday sought the U.S. solicitor general's views for the second time this year on the amount of detail required in False Claims Act lawsuits, making crystal clear its interest in a long-standing circuit split.

  • May 16, 2022

    Ga. Widow Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Fatal Crash Case

    A Georgia widow has asked the Eleventh Circuit to revive her case over her husband's death in a trucking accident, saying a district court wrongly found that her claims against a freight broker for negligent hiring, selection and retention are preempted by federal law.

  • May 16, 2022

    Insurer Asks 11th Circ. To Uphold Wire Fraud Coverage Win

    A real estate title company is not entitled to coverage for its wire fraud loss, a Chubb unit told the Eleventh Circuit on Monday, saying a Florida court rightfully held that the title company's policy only offered cybercrime protection under specific, clearly defined circumstances.

  • May 16, 2022

    SEC Sues Florida Investment Firm For $410M Fraud Scheme

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued Florida-based StraightPath Venture Partners on Friday seeking to halt an alleged fraud that raised at least $410 million from investors by falsely promising potentially lucrative pre-IPO shares in companies.

  • May 16, 2022

    Real Estate Rumors: Aaron Feldman, Innovo, Stellar

    Investor Aaron Feldman has reportedly dropped $17 million on a South Florida mixed-use building, Innovo Property Group's $855 million deal for a Manhattan office tower reportedly could fall through and Stellar Communities is said to be seeking the green light for a 204-unit multifamily project in South Florida.

  • May 16, 2022

    Volkswagen Wins $1.2M In Suit Over Counterfeit Audi Wheels

    A Florida judge has handed a nearly $1.2 million victory to Volkswagen in its lawsuit accusing a company of selling counterfeit Audi wheels on eBay and intentionally using misleading keywords to lead customers away from the genuine products.

  • May 16, 2022

    Walrus, Sea Otters, Manatees To Get New Population Reports

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agreed Monday to produce new population reports for sea otters, walruses and manatees, species that environmental groups said have been threatened by global warming and development as the government relies on outdated information regarding their health.

  • May 16, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Elon Musk kept himself in the spotlight with a cold-feet tweet, a Delaware municipality defended its ordinance on the disposal of fetal tissue, and a law firm got taken to task for leaving too many details out of a court filing. In case you missed any of it, here's a wrap-up of the news last week out of Delaware Chancery Court.

  • May 16, 2022

    11th Circ. Reverses Airline's Costs Award In Travel Fees Case

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday reversed an award of costs to Venezuelan airline Avior Airlines CA after the appeals court earlier this year revived a proposed class suit over the passenger exit fees the airline charges in Miami.

  • May 16, 2022

    JetBlue Goes Hostile In Bid To Buy Spirit, Stop Frontier Deal

    JetBlue on Monday launched a hostile takeover for Spirit Airlines in an attempt to swing investors away from Spirit's $6.6 billion merger with Frontier Group, in a move that comes two weeks after its $3.6 billion bid for Spirit was rejected.

  • May 16, 2022

    11th Circ. Tosses Reinsurer's $1.6M Win In Fatal Crash Row

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday threw out a $1.6 million judgment won by Endurance American Specialty Insurance Co. alleging another insurer breached its contract in the course of defending a fatal accident suit, saying the contract between the other insurer and one of its agents does not entitle Endurance to any recovery.

Expert Analysis

  • Expect More Web Accessibility Claims, Despite DOJ Guidance

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    Plaintiff lawsuits on website accessibility have continued despite long-awaited guidance from the U.S. Department of Justice, and with court activity resulting in some circuit splits, businesses should not expect the current climate to dramatically change any time soon, say Shira Blank and Joshua Stein at Epstein Becker.

  • The Fastest Federal Trial Courts: A Look At Virginia, Florida

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    The Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket and the Northern District of Florida were last year’s fastest civil trial courts in the nation, and interviews with two of their judges reveal they have some of the same practices to keep litigation moving efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Tips For Evaluating Machine Learning For Contracts Review

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    Law firms considering machine learning and natural language processing to aid in contract reviews should keep several best practices in mind when procuring and deploying this nascent technology, starting with identifying their organization's needs and key requirements, says Ned Gannon at eBrevia.

  • Why Cos. Are Betting On Cannabis Drinks Despite Legal Risks

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    Beverage and cannabis companies are investing in THC- and CBD-infused drinks as these products become increasingly popular for their health and social benefits, but drink makers must navigate a gantlet of federal and state regulations dictating everything from proper storage to serving size, says Seth Goldberg at Duane Morris.

  • How To Efficiently Deploy Your Professional Growth Strategy

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how time-strapped legal professionals can efficiently implement a professional growth framework by focusing on only the most effective actions to build the reputation and relationships key to their ideal practice.

  • A 6-Step Framework For Legal Industry Professional Growth

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    Lana Manganiello at Equinox Strategy Partners discusses how implementing a professional growth framework will help legal professionals gain expertise in a relevant niche to build credibility, focus marketing efforts and build an ideal practice.

  • Why Contempt May Be Apt Punishment For High Court Leaker

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    Contempt of court is an overlooked but potentially effective tool to punish whoever leaked the draft opinion overruling Roe v. Wade and protect the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court, says Michael Zuckerman at Zuckerman Dispute Resolution.

  • Illinois Remote Notary Law May Guide Other States

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    Illinois' new electronic and remote notary law appears to be among the most flexible of similar laws across the country, and will likely be influential as other states craft their own permanent legislation, say attorneys at Manatt.

  • Crypto Investors May Face Increasing State FCA Tax Liability

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    Cryptocurrency investors who fail to report the state tax consequences of transactions are poised to encounter increased civil or criminal legal exposure as a growing number of states bring tax fraud under the purview of their whistleblower statutes, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Opinion

    Clients' Diversity Mandates For Law Firms Are Necessary

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    Coca-Cola recently scrapped its proposed diversity staffing requirements for outside counsel, and other companies may be reassessing their mandates due to external pressures, but it is important to remember the myriad factors supporting these policies and why they are more important now than ever before, says David Hopkins at Benesch Friedlander.

  • 5 Questions That Can Help Law Firms Win RFPs

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    As the volume of matter-specific requests for proposals continues to increase in the legal market, law firms can take some new steps to fine-tune their RFP response-drafting process and strategy, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory Group.

  • How Law Firms Can Employ More Veterans

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    Hiring attorneys who are veterans is often overlooked in law firm diversity, equity and inclusion plans, even though it generates substantial benefits, but partnering with like-minded organizations and having a robust and active veterans group will go a long way in boosting a firm's ability to recruit and retain veterans, say Daniel Sylvester and Nicholas Hasenfus at Holland & Knight.

  • Associates, Look Beyond Money In Assessing Lateral Offers

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    In the face of high demand for corporate legal work and persistent staffing constraints, many law firms continue to offer sizable signing bonuses to new associates, but lateral candidates should remember that money is just one component of what should be a much broader assessment, says Stephanie Ruiter at Lateral Link.

  • Preventing Impermissible Client Solicitation After ABA Opinion

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    Following the American Bar Association's recent opinion on the limitations on client solicitation, attorneys at Harris Wiltshire examine the principal rules that govern a lawyer's ethical duties with respect to solicitation, explain how those rules vary by jurisdiction, and provide some practical tips for ensuring compliance.

  • Lessons On Avoiding E-Discovery Violations And Sanctions

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    Michael Fox and David Cohen at Reed Smith discuss how counsel can assist their clients in meeting preservation obligations for electronically stored information in light of recent federal rulings on spoliation sanctions motions for possible violations of this duty.

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