Florida

  • July 19, 2019

    Cancer Center Ch. 11 Reopened, But Not For Antitrust Fight

    A New York bankruptcy judge told cancer treatment center chain 21st Century Oncology he won’t reopen its Chapter 11 case for the purpose of quashing the antitrust claims of a group of its former doctors and the indemnification claims of its ex-CEO.

  • July 19, 2019

    Judge Chides Carnival Execs To Take Lead On Pollution Fixes

    A frustrated Florida federal judge pressed Carnival Corp. leaders Friday to demonstrate their commitment to changing the company's approach after agreeing last month to pay $20 million for violating a previous settlement for illegal dumping.

  • July 19, 2019

    Ailing NFL Players And The Lawyer They Say Swindled Them

    The inside story of how an avaricious lawyer, an ex-con and an unlicensed doctor preyed on NFL players in hopes of getting rich off the league's landmark concussion settlement.

  • July 19, 2019

    Endo Pharma To Pay $2.3M To 18 States In Lidoderm Deal

    Endo Pharmaceuticals Inc. has agreed to pay $2.3 million to 18 states in a deal reached Friday, the same day the states hit the pharmaceutical company with a suit alleging it entered into a reverse-payment agreement to obstruct generic competition to Lidoderm, a pain relief patch.

  • July 19, 2019

    Geico Liable For Totaled Car Fees In Fla. Class Action

    Florida drivers who totaled their cars are entitled to title and license plate fees from Geico, a federal judge ruled Friday, saying the payments are part of the vehicles’ replacement costs under the insurer’s policy.

  • July 19, 2019

    Employment Hires: Reed Smith, Fox Rothschild

    Reed Smith LLP has lured a team of employment law pros from Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, while a former Clark Hill PLC partner has jumped back to her old firm Fox Rothschild LLP, headlining Law360's latest roundup of lateral moves in the labor and employment arena.

  • July 19, 2019

    Ex-CSX Worker's Injury Suit Derailed By Case's Location

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court issued a published decision Friday finding that the state was not the proper forum for a lawsuit brought by a former Consolidated Rail Corp. and CSX Transportation Inc. worker over injuries he suffered during the course of his four-decade career at a rail yard in New York.

  • July 19, 2019

    11th Circ. Won't Force City To Trash Red Light Cameras

    The Eleventh Circuit has said it will not stop an Alabama city from using traffic cameras to penalize drivers who run red lights, dismissing a lawsuit challenging the policy for reasons that differ from an Alabama district court's.

  • July 19, 2019

    Fla. Firm Sues USAA Over 'Malicious' Malpractice Claims

    There's a new front in the highly publicized fee dispute between North Miami-based insurance law firm Herssein Law Group and financial services company USAA, as Herssein sued USAA and its counsel Thursday, claiming they maliciously filed legal malpractice claims against him.

  • July 19, 2019

    Palm Beach Sheriff To Probe Epstein Work Release

    The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office announced on Friday an internal investigation into the Florida department’s supervision of financier Jeffrey Epstein when he was jailed there a decade ago on sex crime charges, after a lawyer for some of Epstein's alleged victims implied the accused child rapist had abused the privileges of his work release.

  • July 19, 2019

    Whataburger Urges Fla. Court To Drop EEOC Bias Suit

    Whataburger has asked a Florida federal district court to toss a U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suit accusing the fast food chain of forcing an employee to quit after she refused to comply with a racially discriminatory directive to hire white job applicants.

  • July 19, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Blackstone, Hasta Capital, Shorewood

    Blackstone is reportedly seeking to sell $1 billion or more of logistics assets that it will soon acquire, Hasta Capital is said to have picked up a Florida apartment complex for $23.2 million and Shorewood Development Group is reportedly buying four Chicago buildings from Nealey Foods.

  • July 19, 2019

    Fla. High Court Won't Reinstate Smoker's $46.5M Verdict

    The Florida Supreme Court declined to take up the appeal of a decision overturning a $46.5 million verdict for a now-deceased smoker in an Engle progeny trial against R.J. Reynolds.

  • July 19, 2019

    Attys Who Gave Judge Rays Tickets Benched For 18 Months

    Two Florida lawyers whose firm ran baseball-themed ads will be out of the lineup for the next 18 months after the Florida Supreme Court suspended them for giving Tampa Bay Rays tickets to a judge handling one of their cases.

  • July 18, 2019

    Judge Lambastes Both Sides In JetBlue Discrimination Case

    A Florida federal judge denied a former JetBlue worker's request to pry additional information from the airline for her discrimination suit Thursday, but had harsh words for both sides, questioning the employee's diligence and the airline's sincerity in its objections.

  • July 18, 2019

    AIG Awarded Atty Fees After Harassment Suit Coverage Row

    A Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday that AIG unit National Union is entitled to collect attorney fees after fending off a medical services company's coverage claims stemming from a pair of harassment complaints, saying it would take “impermissible nitpicking” to conclude otherwise.

  • July 18, 2019

    Carlton Fields Switched Sides In Transaction, Suit Says

    The trustee of a bankrupt title insurance company has filed a suit in Florida state court against Carlton Fields accusing the law firm of sending the company into insolvency by setting up a joint venture then jumping ship to represent the company’s partner.

  • July 18, 2019

    Fla. State Judge Accused Of Grabbing Court Staffer By Neck

    Florida’s Judicial Qualifications Commission recommended suspending a Fort Lauderdale judge on Thursday for allegedly grabbing a court employee and shaking him.

  • July 18, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Magnum, Oscar Health, Trez Forman

    A Magnum Management venture has reportedly sold a New York retail condo for $88.75 million, Oscar Health is said to be taking another 80,000 square feet in New York, and Trez Forman Capital has reportedly loaned $13.2 million for a Florida luxury condo project.

  • July 18, 2019

    Fla. Law Firms Fight Over Who Can Say 'Simon Says'

    Central Florida personal injury law firm Simon Law Group PA launched a trademark infringement suit Wednesday against local competitor Nicholson Injury Law PA over its use of the tagline “Simon Says Justice” in advertisements.

  • July 18, 2019

    DOJ Probing Waste Management's $4.9B Disposal Biz Buy

    The U.S. Department of Justice is scrutinizing Waste Management's planned $4.9 billion enterprise value purchase of solid waste collection and disposal company Advanced Disposal Services, the companies disclosed Thursday.

  • July 18, 2019

    Epstein Denied Bail Over Sex Trafficking Charges

    A Manhattan federal judge on Thursday denied bail to financier Jeffrey Epstein, who stands accused of sex trafficking and conspiracy, ruling that he saw no way to ensure Epstein, a registered sex offender, would not endanger others if he was allowed out of custody.

  • July 17, 2019

    Fla. CFO Urges Cabinet To Act Against Financial Regulator

    Florida's chief financial officer pressed the state cabinet Wednesday to take action against the state's top financial regulator, who has been accused of sexual harassment, saying that to do nothing at the July 25 meeting is "not an option."

  • July 17, 2019

    'May I Just Ask': Era Of Civility Passes With Justice Stevens

    Former clerks and attorneys remember Justice John Paul Stevens, who died Tuesday night at the age of 99, for his trenchant mind and his unending civility. Does his passing mark an end to an era of collegiality on the bench?

  • July 17, 2019

    Justice Stevens' Chevron Legacy Under Attack

    Justice John Paul Stevens' landmark decision in Chevron USA Inc. v. NRDC shaped the course of administrative law, and his legacy, for decades. But a recent wave of criticism shared by members of the current court threatens to erase a doctrine that has long bolstered federal regulators' sway over corporate America.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    A Look At How States Are Experimenting With Health Care

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    The fate of the Affordable Care Act is currently pending in federal court, but states are proceeding on the premise that the law will survive its latest legal challenge as they consider competing Democratic and Republican visions of health care, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Opinion

    Time To Heed Justice Stevens' Criticism Of Gun Decision

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    Justice John Paul Stevens was right that the U.S. Supreme Court's 2008 gun rights decision in Heller desperately needs to be overruled, but while he viewed revision or repeal of the Second Amendment as the easier course for correction, only the court can clean up the mess it made, says Robert Ludwig​ of the American Enlightenment Project.

  • Remembering Justice Stevens As A Law Firm Leader

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    Rothschild Barry's John Coffey, who joined Justice John Paul Stevens' law firm in 1965, shares what it was like to watch Justice Stevens practice law, mentor younger lawyers and land a malfunctioning plane.

  • Community Solar Needs Clear, Flexible State Regulations

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    As states adopt and expand third-party solar development programs, regulators should streamline rules and avoid prescriptive requirements for developers, say Elliot Hinds and Diana Jeschke at Crowell & Moring.

  • Answers To Key Legal Finance Ethics Questions

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    While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.

  • Tips For Avoiding Multistate HIPAA Data Breach Lawsuits

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    A recent settlement between Medical Informatics Engineering and 16 states appears to be the first state mass action based on purported Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act violations. It signals increased state-level exposure for HIPAA data breaches and offers a useful compliance checklist for HIPAA-covered entities, say Saad Gul and Michael Slipsky of Poyner Spruill.

  • Federal Agencies Need A Uniform Record-Keeping Process

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    The administrative record is very important to federal agency litigation — as showcased in last month's U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census — yet there is no set of consistent principles to guide agencies in compiling these official records, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • State Net

    Local Governments Push To Regulate Public Surveillance

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    San Francisco's Board of Supervisors recently approved an ordinance banning the use of facial recognition technology by all city departments. The law is part of a growing movement among localities and states to increase oversight of the use of surveillance technologies by government entities, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Role Of Dictionaries In Last Term's High Court Decisions

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    Since 32 of the 67 decisions issued by the U.S. Supreme Court during its October term cite dictionaries, it’s worth reviewing the opinions to learn which dictionaries the justices consulted and how they used them, say Bruce Wessel and Brian Weissenberg of Irell & Manella.

  • How To Evaluate The Rise In Legal Employment

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    Although the rate of employment for law school graduates — which had been falling steadily — saw a small increase over the last year, other factors, such as fewer graduates overall and potential future job growth stagnation, temper the good news for those pursuing law degrees, say Tiffane Cochran and Tyler Grimm of AccessLex Institute.

  • Revenge Porn Can Be Outlawed Under The First Amendment

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    To date, 46 states and the District of Columbia have passed needed legislation penalizing nonconsensual distribution of pornographic images of another person, but constitutionally outlawing this phenomenon is tricky and some statutes will likely be struck down, says Nicole Ligon, supervising attorney of the First Amendment Clinic at Duke Law.

  • Online Marketplaces: Continuing Product Liability, CDA Issues

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    Two federal circuit courts recently ruled on whether online marketplaces can incur liability for products manufactured or sold by third parties, and on whether the Communications Decency Act of 1996 bears on this question. The cases highlight the difficulty of assessing whether a claim is speech- or product-related, says Steven Kramer of Eckert Seamans.

  • Opinion

    The Business Case For Championing Diverse Legal Teams

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    Leveraging the collective strengths of a diverse workforce is not only the right thing to do, it’s a strategic imperative for any successful firm or business, says Louise Pentland, executive vice president and chief business affairs and legal officer of PayPal.

  • State Net

    Why States, Cities Are Requiring Merchants To Accept Cash

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    New technology is broadening the ways people can pay without having to carry paper money and coins, possibly hastening the decline of cash. But some state and local lawmakers are pushing back, and retail businesses are taking note, says Dave Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Art Of The 'Science And Expert Team' In Mass Torts

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    Science is at the foundation of mass tort lawsuits involving drugs or medical devices. Critical to a virtual law team in these cases, the "science and expert team" does more than get into the weeds of scientific issues and retain experts, say attorneys at FaegreBD, Peabody & Arnold and Shook Hardy.