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  • June 11, 2021

    Low Wage Is Fine When State Is Paying, GEO Witness Says

    GEO Group sought Friday to bolster its claim that Washington state's trial over immigrant wages at a detention center it runs is hypocritical, bringing a witness who testified that the state itself pays just a couple of dollars an hour for resident work at a different non-criminal commitment facility.

  • June 11, 2021

    Ex-CVS Exec Probed On Drug Prices In Overcharge Trial

    A former CVS Pharmacy executive conceded to a California federal jury trial Friday that the chain didn't report its discounted drug prices to pharmacy benefit managers to avoid losing about $500 million annually.

  • June 11, 2021

    Missing Docs Cloud GE's Bid To Exit Manufacturing Fight  

    Missing documents at the center of a multimillion-dollar electronics manufacturing dispute prompted doubt from a Georgia federal judge Friday as to whether she can decide if General Electric Co. must pay for raw materials rendered obsolete by a failed project.

  • June 11, 2021

    New Fla. Trade Secrets Law Seen As Too Easy To Abuse

    Attorneys fear a new Florida trade secrets law that aims to target China and other foreign agents looking to steal intellectual property casts too wide a net and could catch employees in run-of-the-mill trade secrets disputes.

  • June 11, 2021

    Fla. Men Defend Claims To Property In Alleged Fraud Scheme

    Two Miami-based associates of the former owners of Ukraine's PrivatBank are urging a federal judge not to nix their claims to a 31-story Kentucky skyscraper being targeted by U.S. prosecutors for its alleged connection to a money laundering scheme.

  • June 11, 2021

    Creditor Attys Tell 11th Circ. It Erred In 'Mail Vendor' Ruling

    An association of New York creditor attorneys told the Eleventh Circuit it failed to consider the First Amendment implications of a decision that allowed a wave of consumer litigation challenging debt collectors' use of outside mail vendors.

  • June 11, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Page, Wafra, KD Properties

    Investor J. David Page is reportedly on the hunt for $14 million of bond financing for a Florida senior housing project, a Wafra Capital venture is said to have landed roughly $500 million in financing for a Manhattan office tower and KD Properties is said to have paid $9.9 million for a Florida industrial building.

  • June 11, 2021

    Texas Justices Will Review IPic's Antitrust Suit Against AMC

    The Texas Supreme Court agreed Friday to consider whether circumstantial evidence of an alleged conspiracy between AMC and Regal Entertainment Group to crush an emerging boutique theater chain is enough to keep alive an antitrust lawsuit lodged against the industry giants.

  • June 11, 2021

    Fla. Judge Faces Suspension For Representing Son

    Florida's judicial ethics watchdog on Friday recommended a 60-day suspension for a Tallahassee judge who acted as her son's attorney in connection with a shooting at his house, though the commission cleared the judge of several other charges.

  • June 11, 2021

    Fla. Restaurants Want 4th Circ. To Revive Virus Coverage Suit

    A Florida family-owned chain of restaurants urged the Fourth Circuit for another shot at obtaining coverage from Colony Insurance Co. for pandemic-related losses, arguing a Virginia federal judge incorrectly found that their properties had to be structurally altered by the coronavirus for there to be a covered physical loss.

  • June 11, 2021

    Developer Fights Class Cert. In $100M EB-5 Fraud Suit

    A real estate developer fought Friday against certification of a class of Chinese investors who say they were duped out of $100 million through an EB-5 visa scheme, telling a Florida federal judge that each investor in the case can protect their own interests and doesn't need the class action vehicle.

  • June 11, 2021

    Rising Star: Holland & Knight's David J. Lisko

    David J. Lisko of Holland & Knight LLP advised multiple Major League Baseball teams over the past year on evolving state and federal COVID-19 regulations and coordinated their pandemic responses, earning him a spot among the sports and betting attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • June 11, 2021

    Tenzer Arrieta Taps Ex-White & Case Atty As Litigation Lead

    Miami-based boutique law firm Tenzer Arrieta PLLC has added to its growing team, bringing aboard a former White & Case LLP associate to lead its litigation practice group as a partner.

  • June 10, 2021

    GEO Hints At Banned Email As $1 Wage Defense Begins

    GEO Group began its trial defense Thursday in a class action claiming it grossly underpaid immigrants who filled important work shifts at a Washington Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detention facility, drawing numerous objections as it asked a state employee questions related to an email banned from trial in which she said detainees aren't eligible for minimum wage.

  • June 10, 2021

    CVS Pricing Practice 'Cheated' Insured Drug Buyers, Jury Told

    Drug buyers leading a class action alleging CVS Pharmacy Inc.'s now-defunct discount program overcharged insured customers for generic drugs took the stand in a California federal jury trial Thursday, testifying that they believe CVS "cheated" them out of lower copays and lied about their insurance coverage for years.

  • June 10, 2021

    Utility Can't Recoup Gas Accident Settlement Under Fla. Law

    A split Florida Supreme Court found Thursday that a state law does not provide grounds for Peoples Gas System to recover money from a construction firm to cover a settlement it paid to one of the firm's workers who suffered injuries when he struck a gas line.

  • June 10, 2021

    Boies Schiller Beats Ex-Assistant's Age, Disability Bias Claims

    A Florida federal judge ended a former Boies Schiller Flexner LLP legal assistant's lawsuit claiming she was fired because of her age and anxiety disorder, finding Thursday that she lacked evidence to back up her disability bias claim and made procedural missteps with the rest of her case.

  • June 10, 2021

    RJR Faces Punitive Damages After Verdict In Cigarette Case

    A Florida jury found R.J. Reynolds partially liable Thursday for lung disease that caused $540,000 in damages to an entrepreneur and Winstons smoker, saying the man was 70% at fault for his injuries but nevertheless sending the case to a punitive damages phase.

  • June 10, 2021

    Hertz Gets OK For Ch. 11 Plan Providing $1B To Stockholders

    Car rental giant Hertz Global on Thursday gained approval for a Chapter 11 plan of reorganization returning $1 billion of value to shareholders, which a Delaware bankruptcy judge called "a remarkable result" about a year after the company had been staring down the edge of a liquidation cliff.

  • June 10, 2021

    Workers Sue Costco Over 'Ominous' COBRA Notice Language

    A former Costco employee lodged a proposed class action claiming he was warned away from signing up for continuing health care coverage after he was fired from his job, alleging the company used unnecessarily threatening language and left out key information.

  • June 10, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Black Lion, Webull, Darielle Singerman

    Black Lion Investment has reportedly paid $13.25 million for a Miami retail property, Webull Financial is said to be taking an additional 17,000 square feet in Manhattan and investor Darielle Singerman has reportedly bought a Florida office and warehouse property for $10.5 million.

  • June 10, 2021

    Saul Ewing Brings On Immigration Counsel In Miami

    Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP has hired a counsel over from Littler Mendelson PC to its global immigration and foreign investment practice, the firm announced this week.

  • June 09, 2021

    11th Circ. Upholds Fee Award In Chinese Drywall MDL

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday that court-appointed class counsel in the defective Chinese drywall multidistrict litigation could receive 45% of the total fees paid to attorneys who negotiated settlements for 497 Florida plaintiffs because their work on the common case helped lead to the individual recoveries.

  • June 09, 2021

    Bluegreen Dodges Timeshare Exit Co.'s False Ad Claims

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday dismissed a timeshare exit company's counterclaims against Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited Inc. after raising questions about standing to bring false advertising and deceptive trade practice claims in Bluegreen's suit accusing the company of running a scam.

  • June 09, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Frisbie Group, Wix, Hartz Mountain

    Frisbie Group is reportedly hoping to build two residential towers in South Florida, Wix is said to be on the hunt for as much as 60,000 square feet in the Miami area, and Hartz Mountain Industries has reportedly paid $63.33 million for an auto property in Florida.

Expert Analysis

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • How Trade Dress Law Has Evolved During COVID

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    As consumers return to in-store shopping and retailers shift strategies to boost products' shelf appeal, it's important to note that trade dress case law developments during the pandemic have emphasized a fine line between identity of brand and that of function, say Howard Hogan and Laura Mumm at Gibson Dunn.

  • NextEra Ruling Could Support Initial-Bidder Expense Claims

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    The Third Circuit’s recent broad decision that NextEra's unsuccessful merger bid for Energy Future Holdings could nevertheless benefit EFH's bankruptcy estate provides future stalking horse bidders substantial leverage and may establish an alternative way for them to recover transactional expenses, says Ronit Berkovich at Weil.

  • Smaller Firms Need Employee Wellness Programs, Too

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    As we emerge from the pandemic, small and midsize firms — which offer an ideal setting for companywide connection — should follow in the footsteps of larger organizations and heed the American Bar Association’s recommendations by adopting well-being initiatives and appointing a chief wellness officer, says Janine Pollack at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • How Ad Disputes Between Cos. Fuel Consumer Class Actions

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    Whether companies are bringing or defending claims of false advertising against competitors, they should recognize and anticipate the additional legal risk that may accrue from follow-on consumer actions, says Ross Weiner at Risk Settlements.

  • Stop Networking, Start Relationship Marketing

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    USA 500 Clubs' Joe Chatham offers four tips for lawyers to get started with relationship marketing — an approach to business development that prioritizes authentic connections — and explains why it may be more helpful than traditional networking post-pandemic.

  • What Attorneys Should Know About Fee Deferral

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    Milestone Consulting’s John Bair explores contingency-fee structuring considerations for attorneys, laying out the advantages — such as tax benefits and income control — as well as caveats and investment options.

  • Predictions On Pandemic's Lasting Impact On Legal Education

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    The pandemic accelerated the pace of technological change for legal education, and some of the changes to how law school courses are taught and on-campus interviews are conducted may be here to stay, says Leonard Baynes at the University of Houston.

  • 3 Approaches For Measuring Short Squeeze Trading Damages

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    In the ongoing multidistrict securities litigation over the impact of trading restrictions Robinhood imposed in response to January’s meme stock short squeeze, three proposed damages frameworks offer alternatives to the problematic approach of basing such estimates on lost trading opportunities, say consultants at Analytic Focus.

  • Lawyer Perfectionism Is A Disease We Can Control

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    The pursuit of perfection that is prevalent among lawyers can lead to depression, anxiety and other mental health impacts, but new attorneys and industry leaders alike can take four steps to treat this malady, says Liam Montgomery at Williams & Connolly.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your 2021 Summer Associates Succeed

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    Despite pandemic-related challenges this year, law firms can effectively train summer associates on writing and communicating — without investing more time than they ordinarily would, says Julie Schrager at Schiff Hardin.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For States To Enact Effective Marijuana DUI Laws

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    The increasing legalization of recreational marijuana spotlights the need for states to safeguard the public by developing laws to curb driving under the influence of drugs with uniform bright-line rules, along with more accurate testing and increased law enforcement training, say Laura Sedrish at Jacoby & Meyers and Victor Schwartz at Shook Hardy.

  • Weighing Ability To Pay Criminal Fines Amid FCPA Crackdown

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    As Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement is expected to increase under the Biden administration, companies facing scrutiny should assess the reasonableness of fines in the context of their capacity to continue operations, and the potential impacts of filing an inability-to-pay claim, say analysts at Charles River Associates.

  • Firms Should Use Surveys To Make Smart Legal Tech Choices

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    The utility of legal technology innovations may be limited without clear data and objectives from the outset, but targeted surveys can provide specific insights that enable law firms to adopt the most appropriate and efficient tech solutions, says Tim Scott at Frogslayer.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Location Is Central

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    The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation's recent decision to centralize lawsuits over coffee labeling in Missouri, rather than in the locations suggested by either the plaintiffs or the defendants, highlights how venue selection can be one of the most unpredictable aspects of MDL practice, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

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