Florida

  • April 12, 2021

    Disney Wants Out Of Ex-Analyst's Whistleblower Suit

    Disney's financial arm has asked a federal court to dismiss a suit brought by a former financial analyst for the company who claims she was fired after reporting accounting irregularities, saying she had not exhausted her administrative remedies and can't prove the company engaged in illegal activity.

  • April 12, 2021

    Fla. Man Gets 20 Years For Posing As Immigration Attorney

    A Florida man was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison on Monday for posing as an immigration attorney and filing hundreds of fraudulent asylum applications.

  • April 12, 2021

    Atty Tells 11th Circ. Passport Denial Over Tax Violates Rights

    A law denying passports to individuals until they repay tax debts violates their fundamental right to travel enshrined in the roots of American constitutional law, an attorney whose passport was restricted over tax debt told the Eleventh Circuit.

  • April 12, 2021

    Florida's July Bar Exam Will Be Held Remotely

    The Florida Board of Bar Examiners said Monday it will administer the bar exam scheduled for July 27-28 remotely after the Florida Supreme Court granted approval to do so.

  • April 12, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Iron River, Accurate Builders, Estate Cos.

    An Iron River Management affiliate has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex for $40.2 million, Accurate Builders and Developer is said to have landed $145.7 million in financing for two New Jersey residential projects, and Estate Cos. has reportedly scored nearly $29.5 million in financing for a project to convert a shuttered Florida hotel into apartments.

  • April 12, 2021

    Bayer Sued Over Flea And Tick Collars Tied To Pet Deaths

    Bayer Healthcare LLC has been hit with a proposed class suit in Florida accusing the pharmaceutical company of knowingly making and selling a flea and tick collar for pets that has led to death and injury in animals without warning consumers of the potential dangers.

  • April 12, 2021

    Bang Energy Drink Maker Avoids Sanctions In False Ad Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday denied a dietary supplement developer's bid for sanctions in a false advertising suit against the manufacturer of Bang energy drinks, saying she saw no bad faith in missed deposition appearances but cautioning the parties to work on maintaining professionalism.

  • April 12, 2021

    Norwegian Cruise Line Escapes Investors' Virus Fraud Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Monday tossed a proposed class action alleging Norwegian Cruise Lines ran a "top-down" deceptive sales campaign downplaying the pandemic to stave off revenue losses, finding that the investors who filed suit did not show the company made material misrepresentations.

  • April 09, 2021

    NY Fed. Judge Sandra Feuerstein Killed In Fla. Hit-And-Run

    U.S. District Judge Sandra J. Feuerstein of the Eastern District of New York was killed on Friday after being fatally struck by a vehicle in a hit and run crash in Florida, authorities said.

  • April 09, 2021

    Teamsters' Payroll Suit A 'Minor Dispute,' CSX Says

    CSX Transportation Inc. urged a Kentucky federal judge Friday to send to arbitration a lawsuit brought by the Teamsters alleging the railroad company violated federal labor law by unilaterally implementing an error-prone electronic payroll system and requiring workers to report to their shifts early, dubbing it a "minor dispute."

  • April 09, 2021

    Insurer Seeks Quick Win Over Vape Device Battery Seller

    A Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. affiliate urged a Utah federal judge on Thursday to hand the insurer a quick win in a dispute accusing the insurance company of breaching its contract when it allegedly canceled a store owner's insurance policy without providing 30 days' notice.

  • April 09, 2021

    Fla. Appeals Court Upholds Local Gun Rule Preemption Law

    A Florida appeals court on Friday upheld a state law that penalizes local government officials who try to enact gun regulations stricter than the state's, ruling that the legislature's constitutional authority to restrict local government power outweighs any rights local officials might have under the separation of powers doctrine.  

  • April 09, 2021

    Harford Gets Out Of Hotels' Pandemic Coverage Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge ruled that nearly two dozen hotel operators can't force Harford Mutual Insurance Co. to cover losses from pandemic-driven business closures, saying there wasn't a physical loss from shutting down due to the coronavirus and government orders.

  • April 09, 2021

    Fla. Kombucha Co. Looks To Nix Suit Over Alcohol Content

    A Florida-based kombucha maker has argued that consumers who brought a proposed class action alleging its beverages contain more alcohol than advertised on labels have failed to show that a federal court has authority to hear the case.

  • April 09, 2021

    Ethics Board Says Florida Judge Gave Staff Personal Tasks

    A Miami judge is facing a possible 60-day suspension after Florida's judicial ethics commission charged him Friday with improperly having his court staff perform personal tasks and errands for him and taking more than the permitted number of vacation days by failing to notify the court of his absences.

  • April 09, 2021

    Fla. Vaccine Passport Ban May Be Spoiling For Court Fight

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' swift move to ban so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports is likely to invite legal challenges, with businesses, including major players such as the Miami Heat and Norwegian Cruise Line, already making plans for such programs to draw back cautious customers, experts told Law360.

  • April 09, 2021

    Gaetz Lawyers Up With Prominent NYC Defense Team

    Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida has retained a pair of top-shelf New York defense attorneys amid a federal sex trafficking investigation.

  • April 09, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Power Petroleum, NorthBridge, Merrimac

    Power Petroleum has reportedly paid $11.25 million for a Florida gas station and retail building, NorthBridge Partners is said to have paid $21 million for a Maryland development site and Merrimac Ventures is reportedly hoping to build 716 residential units in Florida.

  • April 08, 2021

    AGs, FTC Fight To Keep Their Facebook Antitrust Suits Alive

    The Federal Trade Commission and the attorneys general of most states are coming out swinging against Facebook's attempt to cut down their respective antitrust suits accusing the social media behemoth of illegal monopolization.

  • April 08, 2021

    11th Circ. Won't Touch Damages In Electronics Sale Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday affirmed a $1 million jury award for an electronics sales company in its contract dispute with a Chinese manufacturer, ruling that a trial court had not erred in barring the electronics company from seeking tens of millions in liquidated damages.

  • April 08, 2021

    3rd Schemer Cops To Bid-Rigging After Charges Upheld

    A Missouri businessman became the third person to plead guilty to participating in a conspiracy to rig bids for surplus computer equipment, after losing his challenge of the government's right to bring criminal antitrust charges.

  • April 08, 2021

    Florida Sues Federal Government To Overturn Cruise Ban

    The state of Florida sued the federal government Thursday, seeking to overturn a now yearlong ban on cruises due to the COVID-19 pandemic that it says is unjustifiable and threatens irreparable harm to the industry, the state's economy and thousands of workers.

  • April 08, 2021

    Let Detainees Depose ICE Over Vaccines, Judge Recommends

    A group of detainees suing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement over its response to COVID-19 in detention centers should be allowed to depose the agency about any vaccination plan it has rolled out, a Florida federal magistrate said.

  • April 08, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Ocean Bank, Blackstone, General Capital

    Ocean Bank has reportedly loaned $32.4 million for a Miami multifamily project, Blackstone Mortgage Trust is said to have loaned $102 million for a Silicon Valley campus and General Capital Group could reportedly build as much as 500,000 square feet in Chicago.

  • April 08, 2021

    These Firms Guided Q1's Top Hospitality Deals

    More than half a dozen law firms helped with the 10 largest hospitality mergers and acquisitions in the first quarter of 2021, a period that saw only seven transactions north of the $100 million mark as COVID-19 continued to weigh on the hotel sector.

Expert Analysis

  • What Associates Should Consider Before Switching Practices

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    The current high demand for midlevel associates provides them a rare opportunity to potentially explore new practice areas, but associates should first ask themselves six questions to begin figuring out why a change sounds appealing, says Stephanie Biderman at Major Lindsey.

  • Rebuttal

    Circuit Split On Class Action Ascertainability Is Disappearing

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    While a recent Law360 guest article suggested a significant circuit split on the issue of class action ascertainability, a review of recent decisions across federal circuits indicates that any such split is rapidly vanishing, as appeals courts reach consensus on the issue, says Leslie Brueckner at Public Justice.

  • 4 Effective Ways To Prioritize Client Advocacy

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    To truly support a client going through a complicated lawsuit or a painful experience, lawyers must think beyond interpreting legal guidelines and navigating court proceedings, says attorney Scott Corwin.

  • Alcohol Law Changes Test Public Policy Balance

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    Pandemic-era temporary changes to alcohol laws aimed at helping bars and restaurants are maturing into long-term legislative reforms that are testing the extent to which states can obtain a policy balance between modern convenience and the safe, moderate consumption of alcohol, say Arielle Albert and Brian Fink at Danow McMullan.

  • Remote Law Firm Culture Should Prioritize Associate Training

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    Due to the pandemic, the gap between law school and the first day on the job has never been wider, but law firms can leverage training to bridge that intimidating gap and convey the unique value of their culture in a virtual environment, say Melissa Schwind at Ward and Smith, and William Kenney and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • Alcohol Taxation Provides Good Model For Cannabis Taxes

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    Although the alcohol taxation system isn't perfect, it could serve as a useful template for cannabis taxation with a three-tier licensing scheme and tax rates based on potency, says Louis Terminello at Greenspoon Marder.

  • Virtual Litigation May Unravel The Narcissistic Lawyer

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    The virtual courtroom limits a narcissistic lawyer's ability to intimidate witnesses and opposing counsel, boast to clients or engage in grandstanding — an unexpected benefit of the global pandemic as some aspects of remote litigation are likely here to stay, says Jennifer Gibbs at Zelle.

  • Federal COVID-19 Insurance Decisions Ignore State Law

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    Federal courts are dismissing policyholder lawsuits seeking business insurance coverage for losses from COVID-19 lockdowns at a far higher rate than state courts, likely because they are not following the Erie doctrine, which requires them to apply state law, says Carl Salisbury at Bramnick Rodriguez.

  • ABA Remote Work Guide Raises Bar For Atty Tech Know-How

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion on lawyers' ethical duties of competence and confidentiality when working remotely should be viewed as part of a larger movement by which attorneys are being exhorted to develop competence in 21st century technology, say Jennifer Goldsmith at Ironshore and Barry Temkin at Mound Cotton.

  • Lateral Hire Conflict Screening Lessons From DLA Piper Case

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    While a Texas federal court recently denied a motion to disqualify DLA Piper from representing Apple in a patent dispute after the law firm hired an attorney who formerly represented opponent Maxwell, the case is a reminder that robust conflict checks during lateral hiring can save firms the time and expense of defending disqualification motions, says Hope Comisky at Griesing Law.

  • Insurers May Be Estopped From Relitigating Pandemic Issues

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    The doctrine of offensive collateral estoppel may support policyholders in pandemic-related litigation against insurers that have already lost lawsuits concerning similar issues, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes and Boone.

  • Opinion

    Florida Construction Defect Proposal Unfair To Homeowners

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    Proposed changes to Florida’s Chapter 558 notice process would require homeowners alleging construction defects to clear costly hurdles and sign perjury penalty acknowledgements, which would favor builders by discouraging suits seeking recovery, say Nick Vargo and Greg Demers at Ball Janik.

  • 3 Cybersecurity Questions To Ask Before A Remote Mediation

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    Lawyers preparing to mediate or arbitrate a case through videoconference should take steps to ensure they and their alternative dispute resolution providers are employing reasonable security precautions to protect digital client data and conform to confidentiality obligations, say F. Keith Brown and Michael Koss at ADR Systems.

  • A Uniform Mediation Act Primer As States Continue Adoption

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    With Georgia expected to soon become the 13th jurisdiction to adopt the Uniform Mediation Act and with more states likely to follow suit amid widespread trial delays, practitioners should familiarize themselves with the act's conflict disclosure requirements and the boundaries of its confidentiality provisions, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Safeguarding Privileged Communications In A Remote World

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    With the pandemic ushering in remote collaboration tools, counsel must revisit fundamentals of the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine, study cases involving email and other recent technologies, and follow 10 best practices to protect confidentiality, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

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