Florida

  • May 05, 2021

    Developer Sees Claims Trimmed From $100M EB-5 Fraud Suit

    A Florida federal judge trimmed several counts, including a claim for civil theft that could carry damages, from a suit brought by two Chinese nationals alleging a real estate developer duped foreign investors out of $100 million through an EB-5 visa scheme.

  • May 05, 2021

    Sens. Urge FinCEN To 'Promptly' Roll Out Corporate Database

    A bipartisan group of senators on Wednesday filed a letter with the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network urging the agency to "promptly" roll out a new company ownership database hashed out under sweeping new anti-money laundering legislation.

  • May 05, 2021

    Ex-Venezuelan Oil Exec Gets 2 Years For Aiding $1.2B Scheme

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday sentenced the former finance director for Venezuela's state-owned oil company to more than two years in prison for his role in a $1.2 billion conspiracy to embezzle money from the company and launder it through sophisticated false-investment schemes in the U.S. and abroad.

  • May 05, 2021

    11th Circ. Urged To Reverse Roundup Failure-To-Warn Ruling

    A man who alleged Monsanto's Roundup caused his cancer pressed the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to flip a lower court's ruling that his failure-to-warn claim is barred by federal law, saying other courts have come to the opposite conclusion in an appeal challenged by other Roundup plaintiffs.

  • May 05, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Stiles, Acore Capital, Torburn Partners

    Stiles Corp. has reportedly sold a Florida office tower for $30.55 million, Acore Capital is said to have loaned $138.9 million for a mixed-use property near the White House and Torburn Partners has reportedly sold a Miami office building for $78 million.

  • May 05, 2021

    Fla. Pot Legalization, Taxation Fail In Legislature

    Several Florida bills meant to legalize and tax recreational cannabis died in committee, killing legalization hopes in that state this year even as cannabis proposals in other states have made big strides.

  • May 05, 2021

    Hertz Says New Ch. 11 Sponsor Bid Tops Centerbridge Deal

    Bankrupt car rental giant Hertz Global announced Wednesday that a competing bid from a prospective sponsor for its Chapter 11 plan beat the existing deal the company has with a group of sponsors led by Centerbridge Partners, triggering a potential auction if Centerbridge decides to counter the offer.

  • May 05, 2021

    Fla. Foreclosure Atty Fights Deutsche Bank's Sanctions Bid

    A Florida foreclosure defense attorney on Tuesday called a motion for sanctions by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. in Florida federal court untimely, as it came after the two parties agreed to dismiss the underlying lawsuit.

  • May 05, 2021

    MiMedx Slams Quinn Emanuel Fees As 2 Other Firms Settle

    MiMedx has accused Quinn Emanuel of seeking unreasonable fees, including for lawyers' luxury hotel stays and fine dining, as part of the cost of defending two former company executives who were convicted of securities fraud.

  • May 05, 2021

    Fla. High Court Indicates Changes Coming To IOTA Funding

    The Florida Supreme Court hinted Wednesday that changes to how funds from interest on attorney trust accounts are distributed will be coming, but the justices seemed open to tweaks that would lessen the blow of a proposal that legal aid groups say would cripple their abilities to serve low-income individuals.

  • May 05, 2021

    Jury Says Burger King Franchisee Owes $2M In ADA Suit

    A Florida federal jury said a Burger King franchisee should pay more than $2 million to a cashier who said she was fired after a month on the job because she had a tracheal tube visible at the front of her neck.

  • May 05, 2021

    Insurers Say Tennis Player's $9.9M Arbitration Isn't Covered

    The touring company for the Women's Tennis Association can't tap into coverage for an American professional tennis player's $9.9 million arbitration over the way antidoping blood tests are administered at tournaments, according to insurers' Florida federal suit.

  • May 04, 2021

    Heat's Butler Beats Ex-Marketer's Suit Over Nike Deal

    Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler's former marketing agency dropped a year-long lawsuit alleging it is owed nearly $1 million from the NBA star's $5 million endorsement deal with Nike, after Butler filed a petition with the California Labor Commission alleging that he is covered by a state law regulating the representation of entertainment artists. 

  • May 04, 2021

    'Creativity' Can't Save Fla. Restaurant's COVID Coverage Suit

    Chubb Ltd. unit Westchester Surplus Lines Insurance Co. on Tuesday secured another court victory for insurers in a wave of suits over denials of business interruption coverage claims arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, as a Florida federal judge found that a restaurant's inability to sufficiently allege physical property damage doomed its claims.

  • May 04, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Anecdote Candles, MetLife

    Lennar is reportedly hoping to build 75 townhomes at a former Florida golf course, Anecdote Candles is said to be leasing 7,200 square feet in Brooklyn and entities managed by MetLife Investment Management have reportedly sold three Miami office buildings for $110.14 million.

  • May 04, 2021

    Fed. Circ. OKs Mixed Finding On Micron PTAB Challenge

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday turned down arguments from Micron Technology to reverse a Patent Trial and Appeal Board decision that kept some claims alive in one of North Star Innovations' circuitry patents, finding that an older Japanese patent Micron asserted still failed to invalidate them.

  • May 04, 2021

    Orlando Major League Soccer Club Dodges OT Suit

    Major League Soccer's Orlando City Soccer Club will no longer face claims that it misclassified a former sales employee and denied her overtime pay, after the ex-employee filed notice in Florida federal court that she was dropping the suit.

  • May 04, 2021

    Movie Collection Owner Says YouTube Profits From Piracy

    A movie producer who claims to own the world's largest collection of Mexican and Latin American films has filed a federal suit in Miami accusing YouTube of deliberately promoting and exploiting piracy to generate traffic and revenue on the video platform.

  • May 04, 2021

    EEOC Tells 11th Circ. To Back Nurse's Race Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission urged the Eleventh Circuit to revive a Black nurse's race bias suit against an Alabama hospital, saying a lower court erred when it found the nurse hadn't faced severe or pervasive on-the-job harassment.

  • May 04, 2021

    DOJ Plans To Retry Remaining Charges Against Esformes

    Prosecutors said Tuesday they do not intend to drop the six pending charges against former Miami nursing home mogul Philip Esformes, whose sentence was commuted late last year by President Donald Trump.

  • May 04, 2021

    Meat Delivery Service Settles EEOC's Race Bias Suit

    JBS USA subsidiary Wild Fork Foods has settled a suit from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging it subjected a Hispanic employee to hostile treatment and forced her out after less than six months, the agency announced Tuesday.

  • May 04, 2021

    Private Prison Co. Drops Suit Against Netflix Over 'Messiah'

    Private prison operator The GEO Group Inc. has dropped its trademark and defamation fight against Netflix for using the prison company's logo in the fictional TV series "Messiah."

  • May 04, 2021

    Coronavirus Regulations: A State-By-State Week In Review

    In major pandemic reopening announcements, New Jersey and New York this week unveiled plans to completely lift capacity limits for businesses as COVID-19 cases trend downward and the states progress toward vaccination goals.

  • May 04, 2021

    Fla. Judge Accused Of Ditching Work Wants Ethics Panel DQ'd

    A Palm Beach County judge facing an ethics complaint for allegedly ditching work asked to disqualify the panel hearing her judicial ethics case Monday because of the members' relationships with the chief judge in her circuit, who will be called as a witness in the case.

  • May 04, 2021

    Hertz Confirms New Sponsor Offer In Seesaw Del. Ch. 11

    Hertz Global confirmed early Tuesday receipt of a sweetened sponsorship offer from the original plan backers for the bankrupt rental giant's Chapter 11, potentially setting up a final three-day deadline for a topping offer by the current leader and a potential auction on May 10.

Expert Analysis

  • ADA Ruling Highlights Circuit Conflict Over Web Accessibility

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent ruling in Gil v. Winn-Dixie, that a grocery chain need not make its website accessible to the blind because the retailer could be accessed in person, serves as a reminder of the irreconcilable differences among the circuit courts as to how websites figure, if at all, under Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act, says Donald Brown at Manatt.

  • Perspectives

    States Must Factor Race In COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization

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    In order to ensure equity and efficiency in controlling the pandemic, states should use race as a factor in vaccine prioritization — and U.S. Supreme Court precedent on affirmative action and racial integration offers some guidance on how such policies might hold up in court, say law professors Maya Manian and Seema Mohapatra.

  • Why The Future Law Firm Model Is Industry-Based Offerings

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    Multidisciplinary, industry-based groups at law firms allow for more holistic legal advice, lead to sustainable client relationships, and are likely to replace practice group monoliths at many firms, say Jennifer Simpson Carr at Furia Rubel, Timothy Corcoran at Corcoran Consulting and Mike Mellor at Pryor Cashman.

  • Anticipating Plaintiff Strategies After High Court TCPA Ruling

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    Now that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Facebook v. Duguid has narrowed the definition of automatic telephone dialing system, plaintiffs will likely look for new methods of applying the Telephone Consumer Protection Act and other old statutes in ways that Congress and state legislatures never intended, say Meredith Slawe and Mike McTigue at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Thought Leadership's Critical Role In Law Firm Diversity

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    Minority attorneys are often underrepresented in conferences, media interviews and other law firm thought leadership campaigns, which affects their visibility with potential clients and their ability to advance at their firms, says John Hellerman at Hellerman Communications.

  • 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.

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