Florida

  • December 03, 2019

    Military Families Say Mold In Homes Caused Health Issues

    Five military families are slamming a set of private companies that own and manage their housing at Florida's MacDill Air Force Base with a proposed class action blaming the businesses for mold in their homes and resultant health problems.

  • December 02, 2019

    Judge Refuses To Toss Palm Steakhouse's Bankruptcy

    Minority shareholders of the Palm steakhouse brand seeking to collect a $119.5 million judgment against two majority shareholders lost their latest request to have a judge toss the company's bankruptcy Monday, as the judge said she did not see the majority shareholders' recent personal bankruptcy filings as reason to do so.

  • December 02, 2019

    Feds Hit With 1st Challenge Over EB-5 Program Changes

    A Florida-based company that assists foreign investors has lodged the first challenge to the Trump administration’s overhaul of the EB-5 investor visa program, accusing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security of ignoring the economic impact of the changes.

  • December 02, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Atlas, Regions Bank, Riverstone

    Atlas Capital is reportedly paying $79.5 million for a Manhattan building, Regions Bank has reportedly loaned $37 million for a mixed-use project in South Carolina, and Riverstone Capital Group is said to have dropped $19.6 million on a Florida retail center.

  • December 02, 2019

    Ex-Player, NFL Turn Up The Heat In $1M Benefits Dispute

    A yearslong dispute in Florida federal court over the true cause of a former NFL player’s injuries — and whether he was entitled to more than $1 million in league benefits paid out because of them — is coming to a head, with each side accusing the other of lying as they vie for quick wins.

  • December 02, 2019

    Attys Seek $1.7M Fees In $5M BofA Overdraft Class Deal

    A group of Bank of America customers and class counsel are seeking awards of approximately $1.7 million for their efforts negotiating a nearly $5 million deal to resolve claims the bank wrongly charged account holders overdraft fees for everyday transactions with "gig economy" merchants like Lyft and Grubhub.

  • December 02, 2019

    Pfizer Claims No Link To Generic-Drug Price-Fix Plot

    Pfizer Inc. is seeking to exit the sweeping Pennsylvania multidistrict litigation alleging it conspired with other major drugmakers to keep generic prices high, as the branded drugmaker said its only ties to the allegations stem from a subsidiary, and that's not enough.

  • November 27, 2019

    Apple Moves To Hang Up Iphone Users' FaceTime Suit

    Apple urged a Florida federal judge to ax a proposed class action, arguing that the iPhone 4 owners who accused the company of intentionally making FaceTime nonfunctional for iOS 6 and older operating systems took too long to file the claims.

  • November 27, 2019

    SEC Shuts Down Alleged $5M Stock Fraud Targeting Seniors

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims a Palm Beach-based company purporting to develop radiation protection products has been targeting seniors in a $4.9 million penny stock fraud scheme.

  • November 27, 2019

    Injured Couple Wants In On Zip Line Operator's Row With AIG

    A couple injured during a Caribbean zip line tour asked a Florida federal judge to let them intervene in an insurance coverage suit brought by the tour operator against AIG Insurance Hong Kong Ltd., saying they have an interest in the case's outcome.

  • November 27, 2019

    Airlines Seek To Escape Helms-Burton Suit Over Cuba Airport

    American Airlines and Chile's LATAM Airlines have called for the grounding of a Miami man's Helms-Burton Act lawsuit over their use of Cuba's José Martí International Airport, which he claims to rightfully own, raising arguments over an exception in the law for "lawful travel" and challenging the law's constitutionality.

  • November 27, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Chetrit, Huntington Industrial, Minto

    Developer Isaac Chetrit has reportedly landed a $210 million loan for a Manhattan property, Huntington Industrial Partners is reportedly planning to build two warehouses in Garland, Texas, and homebuilder Minto is said to have sold 35 acres in Florida for $12.3 million.

  • November 27, 2019

    Bitmain Can't 'Complain' About US Suit, Crypto Co. Says

    Florida cryptocurrency company United American Corp. fought back Tuesday against Chinese crypto firm Bitmain Technologies Ltd.'s request to be dismissed from a U.S. antitrust suit, telling a Florida magistrate judge that it did its best to serve the foreign company before the deadline and that the defendant's connection to the U.S. was plain to see.

  • November 27, 2019

    Headaches Abound As States Try To Clarify CBD Landscape

    While the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautiously builds a science-backed framework to regulate the sale of CBD products, states and localities are stepping in to fill the gap. But experts say this patchwork approach is creating more anxiety than relief.

  • November 27, 2019

    Schools Poised To Open New Front In Opioid MDL

    Some of the nation's biggest school districts are suing major drug companies over student learning disabilities and other problems allegedly linked to the opioid crisis, portending a potentially enormous new front in the multidistrict opioid litigation.

  • November 26, 2019

    FTC Secures $3.2M Judgment Against Fla. Telemarketer

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday inked a $3.15 million default judgment against a telemarketer that the Federal Trade Commission sued for peddling bogus credit card services through robocalls.

  • November 26, 2019

    Carnival Should Face Recruiting Co.'s $1.5M Suit, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge has recommended trimming several counts from a Philippine company's suit alleging that Carnival Corp. owes it more than $1.5 million for unpaid recruiting and lobbying services, but found the cruise line cannot steer clear of claims for breach of contract.

  • November 26, 2019

    Fla. Judge Recommends Keeping $28.7M Award Row Alive

    A controlling shareholder in a Chilean wine company and a Florida company accused of being his alter ego should not be able to escape claims against them by an investor seeking to enforce a $28.7 million arbitral award, a federal judge has recommended.

  • November 26, 2019

    Bitcoin 'Inventor' Battles Order To Give Up Half His Bitcoin

    The self-proclaimed inventor of Bitcoin is fighting a sanctions order to give up half of the bitcoin he mined before the death of his business partner, saying Monday that the order is essentially a "judgment of liability without trial."

  • November 26, 2019

    Mednax Urges Fla. Court To Toss 'Cut-And-Paste' Investor Suit

    Health care services company Mednax again pushed a Florida federal court to permanently dump a proposed class action accusing it of painting an overly rosy picture of its acquisition strategy prospects after the suit was dismissed last month for presenting “boilerplate” securities fraud allegations.

  • November 26, 2019

    Esformes Can't Use Frozen Assets For Appeal, Feds Argue

    A Florida federal judge should deny convicted nursing home mogul Philip Esformes' bid to access frozen assets to pay lawyers for an appeal because the funds are now subject to a lien to satisfy a recently imposed $44.2 million forfeiture and restitution judgment against him, federal prosecutors argued.

  • November 26, 2019

    SoftBank Leads $140M Investment In E-Commerce Co. Vtex

    A fund managed by SoftBank Group is leading a $140 million capital injection into Sao Paulo-based Vtex, the developer of a cloud-based e-commerce platform used by retailers including Sony, Coca-Cola and Nestlé, the companies said Tuesday.

  • November 25, 2019

    Zip Line Co. Fights Sanctions In Coverage Row With AIG

    A zip line operator urged a Florida federal court Monday to reject a sanctions request by the Hong Kong arm of AIG, saying the insurer was wrong to argue there's no basis for the lawsuit relating to a yearslong dispute over coverage for a $66.5 million personal injury award.

  • November 25, 2019

    Fla. High Court Urged To Review Use Of Land Buying Funds

    Environmental groups urged the Florida Supreme Court on Monday to consider their suit challenging lawmakers' allocations of hundreds of millions of dollars that a 2014 constitutional amendment directed to the state's Land Acquisition Trust Fund, saying this could be the court's only chance to address a “vital issue of constitutional construction.”

  • November 25, 2019

    PBGC Scores Win In 'Difficult' Pension Plan Termination Case

    A Florida federal judge has said the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. can pursue payment from a coalition of businesses linked to a now-defunct company that took years to finally terminate its pension plan after it closed shop, even though the judge noted the shuttered company was the plan’s sole contributing sponsor.

Expert Analysis

  • Texas Could Take Page From Mass.'s Judicial Selection Book

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    As Texas and other states review their judicial election processes, they would be well served by taking guidance from Massachusetts' Governor’s Council system, which protects the judiciary from the hazards of campaigning, says Richard Baker of New England Intellectual Property.

  • Federal Laws Continue To Hinder State Sports Betting Trend

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    Even as Colorado last week joined a growing wave of states legalizing sports betting, federal laws designed to assist states in gambling enforcement remain a roadblock to commonsense legislation and state cooperation in this area, says Dennis Ehling of Blank Rome.

  • Genetic Testing Gold Rush Gives Rise To Fraud Allegations

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    As Medicare payments for genetic testing rise, recent federal indictments over related fraud schemes suggest that a crackdown is already underway, says Alexander Owens of Pietragallo Gordon.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McKeown Reviews 'Conversations With RBG'

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    Reading Jeffrey Rosen’s "Conversations With RBG: Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life, Love, Liberty, and Law" is like eavesdropping on the author and his subject while they discuss how the restrained judicial minimalist became the fiery leader of the opposition, says Ninth Circuit Judge M. Margaret McKeown.

  • State Net

    States' Vaping Bans Face Legal Hurdles

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    With a still-developing outbreak of lung injuries linked to vaping, and e-cigarette bans in some states already blocked by courts, regulatory maneuvering over this issue is likely to be a major policy concern in the months to come, says Dave Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • Developments In State Taxation Of Nonadmitted Insurance

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    Not all states have updated their direct insurance procurement tax laws to take full advantage of the Nonadmitted and Reinsurance Reform Act, diminishing their ability to tax some insurance transactions, as highlighted by the New Jersey Tax Court's recent decision in Johnson & Johnson v. Director, Division of Taxation, say Zachary Lerner and Stephen Anastasia of Locke Lord.

  • Retaining Federal Jurisdiction After Fed. Circ. License Ruling

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    Following the Federal Circuit's recent holding in Inspired Development v. Inspired Products that unjust enrichment claims pertaining to a license agreement did not arise under federal patent law, parties can keep jurisdiction on their side by drafting licensing agreements with an eye toward litigation and carefully selecting claims to assert, say Jeffrey Whittle and Christopher Limbacher of Womble Bond.

  • 2 FTC Cases Take A Stand Against Online Endorsement Fraud

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    Businesses involved in e-commerce should take careful note of the Federal Trade Commission's recent cases against Sunday Riley Modern Skincare and Devumi, because until now consumer protection agencies have struggled to govern fake reviews and false indicators of brand value online, says Brad Elbein at Culhane Meadows.

  • An Inside Look At PFAS Regulatory Action: Part 2

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    In the final part of this video series, Charles Knauss and Daniel Grucza of Hunton outline approaches companies can take to deal with litigation over per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, as federal and state regulations and laws around PFAS are in flux.

  • An Inside Look At PFAS Regulatory Action: Part 1

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    In the first part of this two-part video series, Charles Knauss and Daniel Grucza of Hunton discuss how Congress is exploring regulatory action for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and how states are already beginning to implement their own regulations for the chemicals.

  • Opinion

    Flat-Fee Legal Billing Can Liberate Attorneys

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    Replacing hourly billing with flat-fee arrangements, especially for appellate work, will leave attorneys feeling free to spend as much time as necessary to produce their highest quality work, says Lawrence Ebner of Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Spoliation Rule Remains Ambiguous Despite Amendments

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    Although the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were amended to provide a uniform standard of culpability for spoliation, cases with similar facts are still reaching differing results because the rule does not specify how a court should evaluate a party's intent, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton.

  • State Net

    Data Privacy Laws, Hackers Put Cyber Insurance In Spotlight

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    The California Consumer Privacy Act and other state data privacy laws have not only motivated companies to rethink how they manage consumer data — they also have many organizations thinking more than ever about cyber insurance coverage, says Rich Ehisen of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • 5 Trends Influencing RFPs For Law Firms

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    Requests for proposals, the standard tool of companies evaluating law firms, are becoming better suited to the legal industry, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Being There For Families In Trouble

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    My parents' contentious, drawn-out divorce was one of the worst experiences of my life. But it taught me how to be resilient — and ultimately led me to leave corporate litigation for a career in family law, helping other families during their own difficult times, says Sheryl Seiden of Seiden Family Law.

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