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  • March 21, 2019

    Spirit Balks At Flyers' 2nd Circ. Bid To Revive Bag-Fee Suit

    Spirit Airlines told the Second Circuit on Thursday that federal law preempts a proposed class action alleging it defrauded consumers by concealing its carry-on bag fees on tickets sold through other online travel agents, saying passengers cannot invent and force a disclosure obligation.

  • March 21, 2019

    Full 11th Circ. Clarifies Worker Comparison Test For Bias Suits

    Workers without direct proof for their job discrimination claims don’t have a case unless they’re similar in every relevant way to the colleagues they say received better treatment, a majority of the full Eleventh Circuit said Thursday in a lengthy ruling rejecting a fired Georgia cop’s race and sex bias claims.

  • March 21, 2019

    Law360's Tort Report: Personal Injury & Med Mal News In Brief

    A plane crash that killed four partners in the same injury defense firm and proposed tort reform legislation in Kentucky lead Law360’s Tort Report this week, an occasional feature that compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news items that may have been missed.

  • March 21, 2019

    JetBlue Made Worker Expose Breasts For Drug Test, Says Suit

    A former JetBlue Airways employee claims she was wrongly detained and forced to expose her breasts while giving a urine sample for a drug test after a work accident in a lawsuit the airline removed Thursday to federal court in Florida.

  • March 21, 2019

    Ready Capital Nets $105M In Loans For Properties In 4 States

    Ready Capital said on Thursday that it has closed a slew of loans for acquisition and redevelopment purposes for properties in Texas, Florida, California and Illinois for a total of approximately $104.7 million.

  • March 21, 2019

    RICO Claim Tossed In Fla. Suit Against Timeshare-Exit Firm

    A Florida federal court on Thursday partly granted Aaronson Law Firm's motion to dismiss timeshare resort developer Club Exploria's suit alleging the firm encouraged customers to back out of their contracts, trimming several counts including one claiming violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

  • March 21, 2019

    $10M Buyout Sealed For Squeezed-Out Fla. Hospital Investors

    A Florida appeals court ruled in favor of three doctors who had bought an interest in a Miami hospital that later squeezed them out during a merger, affirming the award of $3.34 million each that they had requested instead of the $1.1 million they were each offered.

  • March 21, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: JDL, Rodan Property, Diana Chen

    A JDL Development venture has reportedly landed $735 million in financing for a Chicago residential and retail tower project, Rodan Property Management is said to have bought a Miami industrial property for $12.25 million, and billionaire Diana Chen has reportedly purchased a Los Angeles mansion once owned by Barry Bonds for $23 million.

  • March 20, 2019

    What’s In A Judgeship? More Than Meets The Eye

    Figuring out what constitutes a manageable workload for the nation’s district judges is no simple task. Getting the judiciary the resources it needs is even harder.

  • March 20, 2019

    Swamped: How Magistrate Judges Salvaged Louisiana's Judicial Crisis

    The Western District of Louisiana is supposed to have seven district judges. But for a year, most of the courthouses were operating without a single Article III judge. As usual, magistrate judges picked up the slack.

  • March 20, 2019

    Pointed Questions Suggest Longer FCA Time Limit Is Likely

    An extended time limit for False Claims Act cases where the government doesn't intervene, seemingly supported by the justices at arguments for a pending U.S. Supreme Court case, marks a significant potential expansion of already-high FCA-related risks and costs for federal contractors, attorneys said.

  • March 20, 2019

    GrayRobinson Adds Sustainability Focus To Enviro Practice

    Noticing increased activity among both businesses and local governments on environmental issues, and sustainability in particular, Florida-based law firm GrayRobinson PA has relaunched its efforts in the field through a new environmental and sustainability law practice group.

  • March 20, 2019

    Raydon Workers Fight Bid To Nix Suit Over $60.5M Stock Sale

    Raydon Corp. workers want a Florida federal judge to preserve a lawsuit accusing two executives of selling company stock to the employee retirement plan for the inflated price of $60.5 million, urging the judge Tuesday to torpedo a bid from the bank that oversaw the stock sale to toss the proposed class action.

  • March 20, 2019

    Fla. Insurer Must Give Up Partial Provider List In Contract Spat

    A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that the winner of a contract to provide dental benefits for Florida’s health insurance program for children has to hand over some documents, including a list of its providers, to a public records request by a losing bidder but can keep secret a list of potential providers.

  • March 20, 2019

    Insurers Can Seek Costs From Bridge Collapse Suit Coverage

    A Florida federal court on Tuesday partially dismissed insurers' suit seeking to deny an engineering firm legal defense coverage over the deadly collapse of a pedestrian bridge at Florida International University near Miami, but said they may still seek reimbursement of fees and costs already incurred.

  • March 20, 2019

    Vaping Products Supplier Greenlane Files $92M IPO

    Greenlane Holdings Inc., a vaping products distributor that is betting its growth on expansion of the electronic cigarette and cannabis industries, on Wednesday filed an initial public offering estimated to raise $92 million, represented by Pryor Cashman LLP.

  • March 20, 2019

    Beckham's Miami MLS Team Can Proceed With Stadium Plans

    The Fort Lauderdale City Council gave Inter Miami CF the green light to start negotiating the nearly $60 million development of a training complex and community park facilities in the Florida town, as the club gears up to join Major League Soccer in 2020.

  • March 20, 2019

    Ex-GC To Tampa Agencies Charged With Domestic Violence

    A Florida attorney who has served as general counsel for the Tampa Port Authority and Tampa Sports Authority was arrested early Wednesday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge for allegedly hitting a woman and later dragging her out of bed.

  • March 20, 2019

    New Trial Ordered In Engle Suit Over Widower's Testimony

    A Florida state appeals court reversed and remanded a $16 million wrongful death verdict against two tobacco companies on Wednesday, saying the surviving spouse should not have been allowed to testify about the specifics of his late wife's cancer diagnosis.

  • March 20, 2019

    Akerman Atty Joins Miami Boutique As Whistleblower Chief

    Boutique Miami-based trial firm Freidin Brown PA has added a former Akerman LLP partner who will lead the firm’s growing whistleblower and qui tam practice as well as represent medical malpractice and personal injury victims throughout Florida.

Expert Analysis

  • US Policy On Cuba Litigation Comes With Risks For Cos.

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    A newly effective embargo measure that allows U.S. claimants to sue the Cuban government in U.S. courts for confiscated Cuban property may soon be expanded to permit lawsuits against non-Cuban entities operating in Cuba. Attorneys at Greenberg Traurig LLP discuss key issues surrounding the policy change.

  • Lenders Score Major High Court Victory In Foreclosure Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous ruling on Wednesday in Obduskey v. McCarthy & Holthus LLP removes nearly all activities taken by creditors seeking nonjudicial foreclosure of liens and mortgages from the ambit of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, says John Baxter of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

  • Trial Counsel's Role On A Mass Tort Virtual Law Team

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    Trial counsel’s contribution to the virtual law team throughout the life cycle of a mass tort litigation rests in the key skill of viewing the case through the eyes of the ultimate audience for the defense, the jury, say attorneys at Covington & Burling LLP and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.

  • Tech Trends From SXSW Pose Unique Questions For Lawyers

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    These days, a popular theme in media is that lawyers' jobs will be taken by robots. However, based on the tech issues discussed at the South by Southwest technology conference in Austin, Texas, last month, robots may in fact need lawyers, says Nick Abrahams of Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • In Bar Admissions Process, It's Candor Or Bust

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    You passed the bar exam and are ready for the character and fitness committee interview. Time to think about how to discuss that minor incident in college, that misdemeanor in high school or that mental health issue that you have totally under control, says Richard Maltz of Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bashant Reviews 'Doing Justice'

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    My initial reaction to "Doing Justice" was that author Preet Bharara may have bitten off more than he could chew — an accusation leveled against him when he served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York — but I found the book full of helpful gems, says U.S. District Judge Cynthia Bashant of the Southern District of California.

  • Firms Can Leverage Communications When Economy Is Slow

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    Though most experts believe that an imminent recession is unlikely, slowdown fears are increasing. Now is the time for firms to consider how to best leverage their communications and marketing teams to lessen impacts from a potential economic slowdown, says Tom Orewyler of Tom Orewyler Communications LLC.

  • State Net

    Federal, State And Local Governments Vie For Control Of 5G

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    The next generation of wireless technology, 5G, could bring major advancements in everything from entertainment to public safety. But federal, state and local governments are at odds over how 5G should be deployed and who should regulate it, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.