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Florida

  • May 17, 2019

    ​​​​​​​Fla. Motorcyclist Scores $3.8M Verdict Over Debilitating Crash

    A Florida state jury awarded approximately $3.83 million on Thursday to a motorcyclist T-boned by a Geico customer after the insurer refused to settle the claim within coverage limits, according to the motorcyclist's lawyers.

  • May 17, 2019

    Call Recipients Seek Class Cert. In Vacation Marketing Row

    A Choice Hotels loyalty program member is pushing a Florida federal judge to certify a nationwide class of more than 23,000 consumers whom the hotel chain's telemarketing partner BlueGreen Vacations allegedly bombarded with unsolicited calls.

  • May 17, 2019

    Airplane Broker Can't Slip 7-Year Sentence For Skimming

    The Eleventh Circuit said Friday that the lower court did not err in ordering a 90-month prison sentence, and more than $600,000 in restitution, for a former airplane salesman convicted of skimming from his employer.

  • May 17, 2019

    Esformes Seeks New Trial, Says Feds Violated His Rights

    Nursing home mogul and convicted fraudster Philip Esformes has urged a Florida federal judge to grant him a new trial, arguing that the prosecution infringed his due process rights by using hollow charges of Medicare violations to influence the jury with weeks of evidence about unhappy patients at his facilities.

  • May 17, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Xinyuan, IMC Equity

    Homebuilder Lennar is reportedly under contract to buy an 89-acre site in Florida, developer Xinyuan is said to have landed $30 million in financing for a Queens mixed-use project, and IMC Equity has reportedly purchased a Miami development site for $13.5 million.

  • May 17, 2019

    CSX Aims To Dump Train Manager's Medical Leave Suit

    CSX Transportation Inc. asked a Florida federal judge Friday to dump a suit from a train manager alleging his position was wrongfully eliminated while he was out on disability leave, insisting the manager wasn’t singled out.

  • May 17, 2019

    Fla. High Court Won't Review Beckham Stadium Sale Spat

    The Florida Supreme Court has blocked a Miami activist's bid to reverse the approval of a $9 million, no-bid sale of county-owned land to ex-soccer star David Beckham for the construction of a Major League Soccer stadium.

  • May 17, 2019

    11th Circ. Won’t Undo Royal Caribbean's Win In Injury Case

    The Eleventh Circuit has backed a lower court decision favoring Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.'s argument that it is not responsible for a passenger's injury when part of a lighting machine fell on her head while she was on a dance floor, saying she can't show the cruise company is at fault.

  • May 16, 2019

    Latin America's Woes Won't Spark Miami Real Estate Boom

    As the "Gateway to the Americas," Miami and its real estate market have often benefited when political or economic upheaval strikes Latin America, but the current crisis in Venezuela and uncertainty in neighboring countries may not unleash a wave of new investment, experts said Thursday at a real estate event in the city.

  • May 16, 2019

    11th Circ. Revives Hoverboard Fire Suit Against Amazon

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday resuscitated a Georgia man’s suit over a hoverboard he bought through Amazon that started a fire, destroyed his home and severely injured him, finding it's plausible Amazon knew about the risk when it sold the product.

  • May 16, 2019

    PTAB Won’t Review Firetruck Patent, Citing 2020 Court Trial

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board refused to step into a dispute between rival firetruck makers Wednesday, saying it would not review a challenge to an Oshkosh Corp. patent when trial in a parallel infringement case was less than a year away.

  • May 16, 2019

    Fla. Security Cos. Look To Ditch No-Poach Conspiracy Suit

    The owners of multiple private security guard companies and their attorneys fought back Wednesday against a proposed class action accusing them of running a no-poaching conspiracy to suppress security guard wages, arguing the suit is trying to transform uncontroversial noncompete agreements into a federal antitrust case.

  • May 16, 2019

    Judge's Complaint Of Blackmail Falls Short, Fla. Atty Says

    Prominent Fort Lauderdale attorney William Scherer asked a court Wednesday to dismiss a Palm Beach County judge’s suit accusing him of blackmailing her with intimate photographs during a custody dispute, arguing she failed to back up her allegations that he caused her “severe emotional distress.”

  • May 16, 2019

    Proskauer, Kirkland Lead French Chemical Maker's $570M Buy

    French chemical maker Arkema said Thursday it has agreed to buy private equity-backed additive manufacturer ArrMaz for $570 million in a deal guided by Proskauer Rose, Kirkland & Ellis and Nob Hill Law Group that will build out the company’s offerings for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure.

  • May 16, 2019

    State AGs Want In On CVS-Aetna Deal Review

    Attorneys general from California, Florida and three other states that helped the U.S. Department of Justice craft a deal clearing the CVS and Aetna merger want time to defend the agreement amid the deal's unusual review process playing out in D.C. federal court.

  • May 16, 2019

    Fee Bid Was Within Precedent In ERISA Suit, 11th Circ. Told

    A woman in a benefits dispute with Liberty Life Assurance Co. of Boston told the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday she can't be subject to sanctions for seeking attorney fees after losing the case because her suit raised significant questions of law under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • May 16, 2019

    Tesla's Autopilot Was On During Fatal Crash, NTSB Says

    The automatic driving system in a Tesla electric car was active when it crashed into a semitruck trailer in March, killing the Tesla's driver, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released Thursday.

  • May 16, 2019

    HCA Healthcare Sued Over Emergency Room 'Cover Charge'

    Three former patients hit HCA Healthcare Inc. with a proposed class action Wednesday in Florida federal court over an allegedly undisclosed "cover charge" sprung on them after they received emergency room treatment at the company's facilities, arguing the fees are deceptive and unenforceable.

  • May 15, 2019

    Atlantic Salmon Farmers Hit With Price-Fixing Class Action

    Seafood importer Beacon Fisheries Inc. lodged a proposed class action on Wednesday in Florida federal court, accusing several Norwegian-owned fish farming companies and their affiliates of conspiring to fix prices on Atlantic salmon they grew for sale in the U.S.

  • May 15, 2019

    Ex-SEC Chief Accountant Wins $41M Verdict For Bike Crash

    The former chief accountant for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission won a $41 million verdict against a Florida homeowners association Wednesday after a jury determined the association negligently maintained a bicycle path on which he crashed and injured himself.

Expert Analysis

  • State Net

    Why States And Cities Are Concerned About Census Accuracy

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    The 2020 census will impact every state, city and county in the United States, because population is a major factor in how the federal government distributes funds. Despite apprehensions about an undercount, there are reasons for optimism about the accuracy of the census, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • NJ Tax Stop: New Millionaires' Tax May Spur High Earners' Exit

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    In light of the governor's proposal to lower the threshold for the 10.75% millionaires' tax from an income of $5 million to $1 million, coupled with federal tax law changes, it is no surprise that, now more than ever, wealthy New Jersey taxpayers are contemplating moving to more tax-friendly states, say attorneys at Cole Schotz.

  • Tax Refunds And Rate Reductions Ahead For Florida Cos.

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    Though the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act exposed Florida taxpayers to the risk of a substantial tax increase, some legislators had the foresight to enact protections, which are now forecast to result in hundreds of millions of dollars in refunds and rate reductions to state corporations, says H. French Brown of Dean Mead.

  • Don't Let License Rules Snuff Out Your Fire Expert

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    Lawsuits involving property damage due to fire often require the retention of an expert to investigate the fire, but testimony can be excluded if the expert lacks the required licenses. Attorneys at Tucker Ellis break down the different licensing requirements for fire scene inspection in all 50 states.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • State Net

    State Lawmakers Stepping Up Fight Against Insurance Fraud

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    Insurance fraud costs insurers and their policyholders tens of billions of dollars a year. With insurance fraud-related bills introduced in 40 states and enacted in 14 so far this year, state lawmakers seem to agree with the industry that fraud is a major problem, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • 4 Ways State AGs Are Targeting Energy Sector

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    State attorneys general are playing an increasingly prominent role in regulating energy and environmental activity within their states. Energy sector participants should note AG priorities and take a proactive approach, say attorneys at WilmerHale.