Florida

  • December 13, 2017

    Al Dotson Elected Managing Partner of Bilzin Sumberg

    In its nearly 20-year history, Miami firm Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP has had just one managing partner, but that changed Wednesday as the firm's partners voted to elevate government relations and public-private partnerships pro Al Dotson to the position.

  • December 13, 2017

    Fla. Firm Wants Order Quashed In Facebook Friends DQ Row

    A law firm petitioning the Florida Supreme Court to disqualify a trial judge over her Facebook friendship with a potential opposing counsel filed an emergency motion late Wednesday asking the justices to quash an appeals panel's order quashing two discovery orders, saying it violated the high court's stay.

  • December 13, 2017

    Texas, 11th Circ. Nominees Defend Views To Senate Panel

    Nominees to the Eleventh Circuit and a Texas district court defended their past writings and advocacy before a U.S. Senate panel Wednesday, with Texas nominee Matthew Kacsmaryk saying his past advocacy on religious objectors would not color his work as a judge.

  • December 13, 2017

    Morgan Lewis Wants Order On Privileged Material Clarified

    Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP on Tuesday sought to narrow how much work product-privileged material it must turn over to two former General Cable Corp. executives being sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on accounting fraud allegations, asking a Florida federal court to clarify a previous ruling that found the firm had waived the privilege.

  • December 13, 2017

    Blind Advocate Fights Fla. Arena's Bid To Nix ADA Suit

    A blind man now suing a sports and entertainment arena for allegedly failing to make its website accessible urged a Florida federal court Tuesday not to nix his Americans with Disabilities Act case, arguing he does have a stake in the matter and sufficiently detailed his claims.

  • December 13, 2017

    Fla. Court Limits Union From Seeking Damages For Members

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed that the Fraternal Order of Police, Miami Lodge No. 20 cannot pursue damages for members in a dispute over the city of Miami's 1994 sergeants' exam, because individual members' participation is needed, noting that the issue appeared to be one of first impression.

  • December 13, 2017

    RJ Reynolds, Philip Morris Nab New Trials In Fla. Suits

    A Florida appeals court Wednesday reversed nearly $47 million in damages awards against R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris and ordered new trials in two Engle progeny suits against the tobacco companies.

  • December 13, 2017

    Daily Beast Coverage Of RNC Talk Defamatory, Lou Holtz Says

    Longtime NCAA football coach Lou Holtz launched a defamation lawsuit in Florida federal court Wednesday against online publication The Daily Beast Co., saying a 2016 article suggesting he disparaged immigrants at a talk during the Republican National Convention was factually inaccurate and damaging to his public persona.  

  • December 13, 2017

    Fla. Court Revives Med Mal Suit Against Doctor Staffing Co.

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday revived a suit accusing a physician staffing company of being responsible for the death of a patient due to the allegedly negligent actions of a doctor, saying a previous attorney for the patient’s estate made a legal error that should’ve been allowed to be corrected.

  • December 13, 2017

    No Defense For Racing Co. In Jockey Crash Suit: 11th Circ.

    A Selective affiliate doesn't have to defend William A. White Racing Stables Inc. against a jockey's claims that the company failed to preserve evidence from a horse riding accident that left him a quadriplegic, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday, finding the insurer's policy wasn't triggered because the jockey isn't seeking bodily injury damages.

  • December 13, 2017

    Cancer Treatment Chain Looks To Wipe FCA Claims In Ch. 11

    Bankrupt cancer treatment chain 21st Century Oncology on Tuesday told a New York bankruptcy court that a whistleblower has not brought sufficiently specific allegations to stop it from wiping the slate clean of claims that it falsely charged for medical services done under a dirty contract with a Florida health system

  • December 13, 2017

    Miami Beach Can't Enact New Min. Wage, Fla. Panel Says

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday affirmed a lower court's decision blocking Miami Beach's proposed minimum wage increase, saying a 2004 voter-approved amendment to the state constitution doesn’t nullify a 2003 state statute that prohibits municipalities from adopting their own wage floors.

  • December 13, 2017

    GrayRobinson Adds 2 Akerman Litigators In Orlando, Fla.

    Florida law firm GrayRobinson PA has added two litigators from Akerman LLP as shareholders in its Orlando office, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Broward Health Execs Charged For Conspiring To Ax CEO

    Five North Broward Health District executives were hit Tuesday with criminal charges by a state attorney alleging violations of Florida’s open government laws for supposedly holding secret meetings at which they decided to terminate the former interim chief executive.

  • December 12, 2017

    11th Circ. Affirms Patient Recruiter Conviction In $2M Fraud

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday upheld the conviction of the owner of a Miami-area consulting and staffing company who was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a $2.3 million Medicare fraud scheme that saw him refer patients to home health care agencies in exchange for kickbacks.

  • December 12, 2017

    Spa Worker Must Arbitrate Claims Over Rape Allegation

    A spa facialist who worked onboard a Princess Cruise Lines ship must arbitrate her claim against her spa company employer over an alleged rape that took place while she was off-duty, although her claims against the cruise line can remain in court, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • December 12, 2017

    Fla. Gov.'s Measure To Make Tax Hikes Harder Advances

    A Florida Constitution Revision Commission committee on Tuesday advanced a proposed amendment backed by Gov. Rick Scott that would require the Legislature to reach a two-thirds supermajority to raise any taxes or fees.

  • December 12, 2017

    Professor Alleging Sandy Hook Hoax Loses Suit Over Firing

    A former Florida Atlantic University professor lost his wrongful termination suit against the university on Monday after a jury decided FAU did not violate his speech rights when it fired him after learning of his blog, in which he said the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting was a hoax.

  • December 12, 2017

    Real Estate Rumors: Kirkland, Jim Crane, Monday Properties

    Kirkland & Ellis has reportedly leased another 120,000 square feet in Manhattan, a company run by Houston Astros owner Jim Crane is said to have landed a $19 million loan for a Florida hotel project, and Monday Properties has reportedly reached a deal to lease more than 16,000 square feet in New York.

  • December 12, 2017

    Ex-Home Health Co. Owner Gets 9 Years For Medicare Fraud

    The owner of a now-defunct Miami home health agency must serve more than nine years in prison and pay $15.1 million in restitution after pleading guilty to charging Medicare for services patients weren’t eligible to receive, federal prosecutors said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    BigLaw Is Behind The Automation Curve

    Michael Moradzadeh

    In its new report on the effects of automation in the workplace, McKinsey Global Institute identifies lawyers as less susceptible to the sort of automation that could put one-third of American workers out of a career by 2030. This may seem reassuring, but it doesn't mean automation won't disrupt our bottom line, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Cooke Reviews 'Constance Baker Motley'

    Judge Marcia Cooke

    Gary Ford's new book, "Constance Baker Motley: One Woman’s Fight for Civil Rights and Equal Justice Under Law," is more than a biography of the first African-American woman to become a federal judge. It presents in vivid detail how her work altered the legal landscape of the United States, says U.S. District Judge Marcia Cooke of the Southern District of Florida.

  • Keeping Your Law Library Relevant In The Age Of Google

    Donna Terjesen

    Google’s status as a go-to research tool has transformed legal research habits, leading critics to view law libraries as cost centers. Law firms should embrace Google-style research tools and manage costs efficiently in order to position their libraries as valuable assets for years to come, says Donna Terjesen of HBR Consulting.

  • 6 Things You Need To Know About Millennial Jurors

    Zachary Martin

    Millennials are now the largest living generation and comprise one-third of jurors. While it is impossible to generalize a group so large and diverse, trial lawyers should be mindful of certain generational differences, say baby boomer Lee Hollis and millennial Zachary Martin of Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC.

  • Leveling The Playing Field With The Jury Inference

    Peter Hargitai

    What happens when a litigant has no access to an opponent’s evidence because it has been destroyed or lost? Recently, the Supreme Court of Florida created a revised standard jury instruction, allowing juries to infer that missing evidence may be unfavorable to the party who lost or destroyed it. Practitioners should know how to use this tool, says Peter Hargitai of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • The Intersection Of Arbitration And Choice-Of-Law Clauses

    Rachel Mongiello

    Clients on the verge of litigation with a contractual counterparty often furnish their attorneys with the negotiated contract containing a mandatory arbitration provision and choice-of-law clause. But an often overlooked question is whether the Federal Arbitration Act or the parties’ chosen law governs the arbitration itself, says Rachel Mongiello of Cole Schotz PC.

  • Defining Prompt Notice In Florida Insurance Policies

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    As insurance claims trickle in after Hurricane Irma, some insurers are questioning how long is "too long" when it comes to Florida's prompt-notice requirement. Previous court rulings show that the answer may depend on the facts and circumstances of each case, says Christine Renella of Zelle LLP.

  • FinCEN Expands Anti-Money Laundering Targeting Orders

    John Rollins

    As signaled by its continued extension and expansion of its Geographic Targeting Program, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network will keep the high-end real estate industry firmly in its crosshairs, and may target additional segments of the U.S. real estate sector next, say John Rollins and Ahmed Eltamami of Stout Risius Ross LLC.

  • 10 Tips For Effective Practice Before The 5th Circ.

    Justin Woodard

    The Fifth Circuit is among the busiest federal circuit courts in the country. What can you do to increase your chances of reaching oral argument? And if given the opportunity, how can you present a persuasive argument? Former Fifth Circuit clerk Justin Woodard, an associate at Jones Walker LLP, shares some advice.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Saris Reviews 'Locking Up Our Own'

    Judge Patti Saris

    Having just completed a six-year term as chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, I read Yale Law School professor James Forman's new book, "Locking Up Our Own: Crime and Punishment in Black America," with particular interest, says Judge Patti Saris, chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts.