Florida

  • April 03, 2020

    Payments Co. Seeks Retrial Citing Confused Jury

    Software company iControl Systems USA has asked a Florida federal judge to grant a new trial in a trade secrets case against Financial Information Technologies, claiming that its rival only won at trial after its attorneys confused the jury about the nature of a trade secret.

  • April 03, 2020

    States’ Suit Touted For Bellwether In Generics Price-Fix Case

    Buyers accusing generic-drug makers of price-fixing urged a Pennsylvania federal judge Thursday to accept a special master’s recommendation and pick a lawsuit by states as their bellwether conspiracy case, pushing back against Teva Pharmaceuticals' objection to the special master's choice.

  • April 03, 2020

    Fla. Property Owners Drop Mining Co. From Soil Pollution Suit

    A group of property owners told a Florida federal court Friday that they wish to drop a mining company from litigation claiming contamination has damaged their water supply and home values, leaving United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney division as the lone defendant in the $1 billion case.

  • April 03, 2020

    Atty Fights 'Farce' DQ Bid In Investors' $3.1M Fraud Suit

    An attorney representing a woman accused by investors of helping run a $3.1 million securities fraud scheme told a Florida federal court Thursday that a request to disqualify him over an alleged conflict of interest is "nothing more than a farce."

  • April 03, 2020

    Fla. Atty Sanctioned In Wyndham Timeshare Exit Scheme Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday granted timeshare operator Wyndham’s request for sanctions against a Florida lawyer representing several so-called timeshare exit companies, finding him responsible for his clients’ monthslong defiance of an order to produce evidence in the parties’ false-advertising litigation.

  • April 03, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Gemini Rosemont, Apex, AvalonBay

    Gemini Rosemont is said to have bought a Brooklyn development site for $18.6 million, an Apex Financial Advisors affiliate has reportedly paid $24.85 million for a Philadelphia-area office building and AvalonBay is said to be teaming up with Mast Capital on a Florida mixed-use project.

  • April 03, 2020

    Regulators Warn Forex Trader To Stop Selling In Texas

    Texas regulators Friday ordered a foreign exchange currency trader to stop offering investments to its residents, saying the man isn't registered with the state and has been fraudulently advertising a "basically risk-free" venture during the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 03, 2020

    Overhaul Kinder Morgan's $23M Contract Win, 11th Circ. Told

    A coal company that was charged $23 million in fees for not using a Kinder Morgan facility argued to the Eleventh Circuit that the infrastructure giant can't collect on a contract it wasn't abiding by.

  • April 03, 2020

    Chancery Asks If Jefferies Spiked Defense In $189M Deal

    Delaware's chancellor pressed an attorney for Jefferies Financial Group Friday to explain how its allegedly tainted pre-deal contacts with key HomeFed Corp. minority investors failed to "put the nail in the coffin" of claims that its $189 million take-private merger in mid-2019 deserved business judgment deference.

  • April 02, 2020

    19 Deny Charges In Alleged Horse Doping Scheme

    A group of trainers, veterinarians and others on Thursday denied criminal charges stemming from a purported scheme to administer performance-enhancing drugs to racehorses competing across the world and to hide the conduct from regulators.

  • April 02, 2020

    Fla. Court Ends Suit Blaming Social Media For Pulse Shooting

    Survivors and relatives of victims of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre failed to convince a Florida federal judge Thursday to allow them to file a fifth version of their lawsuit seeking to hold Twitter, Google and Facebook liable for allowing the Islamic State to post materials that allegedly inspired the shooter.

  • April 02, 2020

    You Watched 'Tiger King.' Now Read All The Legal Docs

    Netflix’s smash-hit documentary series “Tiger King” might be a story about “Murder, Mayhem and Madness,” but you could also probably add “Litigation” to the list. If you’ve watched the series, now it’s time to read all the original court filings.

  • April 02, 2020

    Fla. Judge Preps For Video Trial In Ex-Felon Voting Rights Suit

    A Florida federal judge is planning to press forward in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic with a bench trial in a battle over a requirement that ex-felons pay all fines and fees before being able to vote, despite concerns from the state about the video conference format.

  • April 02, 2020

    RICO Claim Rebutted In $500M Puerto Rico Bribe Suit

    There are no grounds for an engineering firm's $500 million racketeering claim against a contractor accused of bribing federal officials to land the gig restoring Puerto Rico's power grid after Hurricane Maria, the contractor argued Wednesday in Florida federal court.

  • April 02, 2020

    Norwegian Cruise Line Looks To Ax Reckless Sailing Claims

    Norwegian Cruise Line is seeking to toss a negligence lawsuit brought by passengers accusing the company of deliberately sailing a ship into a powerful winter storm, telling a Florida federal court that the claims of physical and psychological injuries are inconsistent and confusing.

  • April 02, 2020

    Philip Morris Takes Second Shot At $20M Award In 11th Circ.

    Philip Morris USA urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to toss $20.8 million in punitive damages won nearly six years ago by a since-deceased smoker, arguing that the amount is unconstitutionally high and should be tossed even though the appeals court already affirmed the smoker’s trial win.

  • April 02, 2020

    11th Circ. Told Dismissal Of Ritz Tips Class Suit Didn't Fit Bill

    A New York man told the Eleventh Circuit Thursday that a Florida federal court wrongly tossed his proposed class action accusing Ritz-Carlton of deceptively adding automatic gratuities on dining bills at its Florida hotels after the judge improperly limited his claims.

  • April 02, 2020

    Dems Press FCC Head To Debunk Trump's Broadcast Threats

    A week after Trump's campaign told TV stations their broadcast licenses were at risk by airing an ad critical of the president, a pair of Democratic lawmakers have called on the Republican head of the Federal Communications Commission to assure broadcasters that their licenses are safe.

  • April 02, 2020

    Kroger Sued For Dipping Out Of Lucky's Market Investment

    Midwestern grocery chain The Kroger Co. was hit with a suit by a shopping center developer Wednesday alleging it abandoned its investment in the now-bankrupt organic food retailer Lucky's Market, which abruptly halted construction on a new store in Florida and left the property exposed to the elements.

  • April 02, 2020

    Paul Weiss-Led Carnival Cruise Co. Prices $6B In Offerings

    The pandemic-battered cruise line Carnival Corp. said it plans to raise about $6 billion through a series of stock and notes offerings steered by Paul Weiss.

  • April 02, 2020

    3M Can't Pin Defective Earplugs On Gov't, Military Users Say

    3M Co. can't argue that a government contract preemption gives it clearance to exit a suit over its allegedly defective earplugs, a group of military members told a Florida federal court Wednesday, because the earplugs were also advertised for civilian use.

  • April 02, 2020

    Investors Accuse Crypto Trio Of $35M Ponzi Scheme

    Three purported cryptocurrency traders scammed more than 100 investors, many of them doctors, in an alleged Ponzi scheme that netted more than $35 million, an entity created on behalf of the investors claimed in Florida federal court.

  • April 02, 2020

    11th Circ. Revives Ex-Worldpay Worker's Retaliation Suit

    A jury should decide whether a white former Worldpay employee was illegally fired for complaining about racist and ageist remarks her black boss allegedly made, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday in a published decision that clarified the circuit's standard for scoring an early win in Title VII retaliation suits.

  • April 02, 2020

    DOJ Suggests Texas Power Grid Law Is Unconstitutional

    The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust arm has thrown its weight behind NextEra Energy's constitutional challenge to a Texas law affecting the construction of the state's electric grid, telling the Fifth Circuit that the statute discriminates against out-of-state companies.

  • April 02, 2020

    Florida Sports Bar Says Lloyd’s Must Cover COVID-19 Closure

    A sports bar in Florida filed a suit against Lloyd’s of London in federal court Thursday after the insurer denied coverage for its state-mandated closure in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    FTC Should Leave Regulation Of Noncompetes To States

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    If the FTC must use its rulemaking authority to regulate employee noncompete agreements, it should tread cautiously and let states make policy decisions for their citizens and economies, say Russell Beck and Erika Hahn of Beck Reed.

  • Benefits Of Pandemic-Prompted Court Extensions Are Limited

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    State and federal courts are canceling proceedings and pushing out deadlines in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, but the relief is complex and necessarily incomplete in its power to relieve parties from jurisdictional deadlines, says Neil Lloyd at Schiff Hardin.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Shaming Of Attys Is Troubling Even During Pandemic

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    Judges have recently rebuked attorneys for wasting judicial resources to resolve minor issues during the COVID-19 crisis, including in a trademark lawsuit over unicorn drawings. But it is unfair to publicly flog lawyers for doing what they are trained to do, says Ronald Minkoff, chairman of Frankfurt Kurnit's professional responsibility group.

  • Don't Be Social Media Distancing: LinkedIn Tips For Lawyers

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    While we need to be physically apart at this time, lawyers and firms should be leaning into social media to reinforce and build relationships, and help guide clients through the coronavirus crisis, says marketing consultant Stefanie Marrone.

  • Opinion

    It Is Time To Make Virtual Trials A Reality

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    The COVID-19 crisis is rapidly teaching us that there is surprisingly little legal work that requires everyone to be in the same room — and that’s equally true for trials and other court proceedings, says Jeffrey Blumenfeld at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • Remote Depositions: Coming To A Home Office Near You

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    Recent Texas state court orders indicate judges are increasingly requiring parties and nonparties to submit to remote depositions amid the pandemic. However, there are inherent drawbacks to such depositions, including limitations on attorneys’ ability to assess witness credibility, says Edward Duffy at Reed Smith.

  • State Telemedicine Rules Remain Murky Amid COVID-19 Crisis

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    In the vast majority of states, the regulatory environment remains unclear or hostile to telemedicine services by out-of-state physicians, limiting their capacity to help during the coronavirus pandemic, say attorneys at Polsinelli.

  • Ways Lawyers Can Support The Most Vulnerable Right Now

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    In this global health and economic crisis, it is essential that lawyers recommit to inclusion, and fight for colleagues, clients, community members and friends who are most at risk, says Dru Levasseur, head of the National LGBT Bar Association's inclusion coaching and consulting program.

  • Fla. Construction Industry Faces Unique COVID-19 Challenges

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    In light of the new statewide edict Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has issued in response to COVID-19, Robert Alfert and Lacey Corona of Nelson Mullins set forth practical guidance and recommendations on how the state's construction and development industry can adapt to the labyrinth of state and local executive orders.

  • Opinion

    Cannabis Exclusion From COVID-19 Relief Must Be Remedied

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    Marijuana businesses — deemed essential in several states — are not able to tap into the $360 billion in U.S. Small Business Administration loans being made available in response to COVID-19, amplifying the disconnect between federal and state treatment of cannabis. Something can and should be done to fix this, says Zachary Kobrin at Akerman.

  • Confronting The Challenges Of Virtual Mediation

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    Conducting mediation via videoconference amid the ongoing pandemic poses significant challenges, including the difficulty of reading people when you are not with them in person. Daniel Garrie at JAMS shares six tips to overcome the limitations.

  • Shelter-In-Place Orders Raise 5 Business Operations Issues

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    State and local authorities' COVID-19-related orders to shelter in place raise several critical questions that businesses must address in order to protect their employees, data, information technology infrastructure and operations, say Erin Illman and Steve Snyder at Bradley Arant.

  • 3 Steps To Building Effective Teams While On Lockdown

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    When your team is working from different locations due to the COVID-19 outbreak, don’t default to just sending emails. Collaboration is much easier when team members are also communicating in real time over the phone or through videoconferences, say William Oxley and Meghan Rohling Kelly at BakerHostetler.

  • Changes State Insurance Regulators Are Making For COVID-19

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    State insurance departments across the U.S. are reacting quickly to address COVID-19, primarily by requesting cooperation and clarification of policy terms, but some states are affirmatively instructing the industry to engage in certain activities, say Brian Casey and Zachary Lerner at Locke Lord.

  • Client Advocacy Tips For Remote Hearings During COVID-19

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    As the judiciary implements telephone and video hearings in response to the coronavirus pandemic, attorneys can deliver effective advocacy by following certain best practices, such as using backup materials and specially preparing witnesses and exhibits, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.

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