Florida

  • May 03, 2021

    Florida Gov. Signs Bill Banning Vaccine Passports

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill Monday that bans so-called COVID-19 vaccine passports, enshrining into law what he'd previously enacted through an April executive order, according to a release from his office.

  • May 03, 2021

    Fla. Farm Bill Ripped As Sly Attack On Sugar Industry Suits

    A farm rights bill signed into law by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is taking heat from critics as a targeted attack on a pending lawsuit against the state's multibillion-dollar sugar industry and a surreptitious move to block similar cases in the future by labeling them "nuisance lawsuits."

  • May 03, 2021

    Safeco Tells 11th Circ. Atty Fees Aren't Damages

    Safeco Insurance wants the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a lower court ruling that another insurer is time-barred from seeking attorney fees on a $1.6 million judgment stemming from a fatal motorcycle accident.

  • May 03, 2021

    Fla. Investment Adviser, Va. Atty Convicted Of $25M Scheme

    A federal jury in Virginia has convicted a Florida investment banker and a Virginia attorney of helping run a fraud scheme that bilked more than 300 victims, most of them elderly, out of $25 million.

  • May 03, 2021

    Fla. Legal Aid Orgs Confront Sweeping Proposed Changes

    Legal aid organizations are slated to urge the Florida Supreme Court this week against adopting measures that would radically shift how funds from interest on attorney trust accounts are doled out by the Florida Bar Foundation, which the organizations say could make it more difficult to provide services to low-income individuals.

  • May 03, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: RedSky, Morgan Stanley, Skywood

    A RedSky venture has reportedly sold two Miami development sites for $18.59 million, Morgan Stanley is said to have loaned $95 million for a New York mixed-use property, and a Skywood Properties venture has reportedly dropped $55 million on a New Jersey apartment complex.

  • May 03, 2021

    Investor Sues To Halt $1.4B Hilton Grand's Timeshare Biz Buy

    An investor in Hilton Grand Vacations Inc. has sued the timeshare company to block its planned $1.4 billion acquisition of competitor Diamond Resorts International Inc., arguing that a proxy statement supporting the merger omitted material information regarding the companies' financial projections.

  • May 03, 2021

    Florida's First Black Supreme Court Justice Dies At 88

    Florida lost a trailblazing pillar of its legal community on Friday in Tallahassee with the death of former Florida Supreme Court Justice Joseph W. Hatchett, the first Black member of the state's highest court.

  • April 30, 2021

    Fla. Privacy Bill Can't Cross Finish Line As Session Ends

    Florida lawmakers have fallen short in their bid to enact the nation's third comprehensive consumer privacy law, with the state's legislative session drawing to a close Friday without lawmakers being able to reach an agreement on whether consumers should be allowed to sue companies for alleged violations. 

  • April 30, 2021

    3M Hit With $7.1M Verdict In Earplug MDL Bellwether Trial

    A Florida federal jury hit 3M with a $7.1 million verdict Friday, most of it punitive damages, in the first bellwether trial in a massive multidistrict litigation involving military members' claims that their hearing was irreparably harmed because the company's combat earplugs didn't work.

  • April 30, 2021

    Hartford Wants To Cut Salon Owner's Virus Coverage Suit

    Hartford Casualty Insurance Co. urged a Florida federal court on Friday to toss a beauty salon's proposed class suit, arguing there is a growing consensus in the state that COVID-19 business interruption losses aren't caused by "direct physical loss or damage" to property.

  • April 30, 2021

    Cyprus Co. Looks To Enforce $7.6M Defaulted Loan Award

    A Cyprus-based company has asked a Florida federal judge to enforce a $7.6 million arbitral award it won two years ago against a Norwegian shareholder who defaulted on a $10 million loan meant for refinancing a Swiss corporation.

  • April 30, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Easton, Vornado, Housing Trust

    Easton Group has reportedly landed $24 million in financing for a Florida warehouse project, Vornado Realty Trust and Donald Trump have reportedly received $617 million in proceeds from a refinancing of a San Francisco office tower, and Housing Trust Group is said to be seeking additional density at a Florida multifamily property.

  • April 30, 2021

    Miami Man Gets Nearly 4 Years In Venezuela Oil Bribery Case

    A Florida federal judge sentenced a Miami businessman to nearly four years in prison Friday for his role in a $1.2 billion conspiracy to embezzle money from Venezuela's state-owned oil company.

  • April 30, 2021

    NHL Drops Proskauer After Judge's Rebuke In Retaliation Suit

    The National Hockey League said Thursday it's subbing out Proskauer Rose LLP as it fights a former Tampa off-ice official's retaliation suit, hiring new attorneys two weeks after a Florida federal judge chastised Proskauer lawyers for filing a "poorly disguised" reply brief without permission.

  • April 30, 2021

    Feds Recover $8.4M PPP Loan Issued To Florida Biz

    A family that allegedly engaged in fraud to secure an $8.4 million coronavirus relief loan for a Florida business has forfeited those funds by default, according to an order in Florida federal court.

  • April 30, 2021

    11th Circ. Won't Revive Madoff Victims' IRS Interest Suit

    A Florida couple swindled by Bernie Madoff could not bring a suit in a Florida federal court alleging the Internal Revenue Service owed them more than $400,000 in interest on late tax overpayment refunds, the Eleventh Circuit said Friday.

  • April 30, 2021

    11th Circ. Questions Fla. Medical Pot License Law

    An Eleventh Circuit judge on Friday questioned whether Florida's medical marijuana licensing law is an effort to help businesses violate federal law, while a nursery seeking a license argued that the greenlight to sell medical marijuana isn't equivalent to selling the drug.

  • April 30, 2021

    ADT Must Face Ex-VP's Whistleblower Suit In NJ

    The New Jersey state appeals court on Friday revived a whistleblower suit brought by a former vice president of security alarm company ADT LLC, ruling that more findings were needed to determine if the ex-employee's arbitration agreement with the company's predecessor was enforceable.

  • April 30, 2021

    Reed Smith Reps Payless In $1.2M Cybercrime Insurance Row

    Reed Smith LLP is representing Payless as the company sues an insurer in Florida federal court for allegedly breaching a contract and failing to indemnify the retailer after hackers impersonated company officials and made off with over $1.2 million.

  • April 29, 2021

    Ship Owner Says Fla. Wheat Dealer Owes $2M In Arb. Fight

    International ocean carrier Kondot has petitioned a New York federal court to enforce an arbitration award ordering a Florida commodity trader to post a $2 million bond as security for damages involving an incomplete wheat sale, saying the trader didn't post the bond on time.

  • April 29, 2021

    Fla. Pushes Back Name, Image Law Date In Anti-Trans Bill

    Florida lawmakers have pushed back the effective date of a law allowing college athletes to earn money from the use of their names, images and likenesses by a year to July 1, 2022, in a set of last-minute amendments to an education bill that also banned transgender athletes from participating in women's school sports.

  • April 29, 2021

    11th Circ. Won't Revive Moving Co.'s 'Nationwide' TM Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has refused to revive moving company Nationwide Van Lines Inc.'s trademark lawsuit over a rival's website domain name that included the word "nationwide," finding that a different company in the industry used a similar-sounding name before either of them.

  • April 29, 2021

    Staffing Platform ShiftPixy Files 4 SPACs Exceeding $1B

    Business staffing firm ShiftPixy Inc. filed initial public offerings for four special purpose acquisition companies that would raise $1.25 billion combined, hoping to acquire and take public multiple businesses, under guidance from Loeb & Loeb LLP.

  • April 29, 2021

    CDC Indicates US Cruises Could Restart In July

    The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday cruise lines may be able to resume sailing in U.S. waters by mid-July if they provide certain guarantees about vaccination rates among passengers and crew members.

Expert Analysis

  • Insurers May Be Estopped From Relitigating Pandemic Issues

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    The doctrine of offensive collateral estoppel may support policyholders in pandemic-related litigation against insurers that have already lost lawsuits concerning similar issues, says Micah Skidmore at Haynes and Boone.

  • Opinion

    Florida Construction Defect Proposal Unfair To Homeowners

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    Proposed changes to Florida’s Chapter 558 notice process would require homeowners alleging construction defects to clear costly hurdles and sign perjury penalty acknowledgements, which would favor builders by discouraging suits seeking recovery, say Nick Vargo and Greg Demers at Ball Janik.

  • 3 Cybersecurity Questions To Ask Before A Remote Mediation

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    Lawyers preparing to mediate or arbitrate a case through videoconference should take steps to ensure they and their alternative dispute resolution providers are employing reasonable security precautions to protect digital client data and conform to confidentiality obligations, say F. Keith Brown and Michael Koss at ADR Systems.

  • A Uniform Mediation Act Primer As States Continue Adoption

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    With Georgia expected to soon become the 13th jurisdiction to adopt the Uniform Mediation Act and with more states likely to follow suit amid widespread trial delays, practitioners should familiarize themselves with the act's conflict disclosure requirements and the boundaries of its confidentiality provisions, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Safeguarding Privileged Communications In A Remote World

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    With the pandemic ushering in remote collaboration tools, counsel must revisit fundamentals of the attorney-client privilege and the work-product doctrine, study cases involving email and other recent technologies, and follow 10 best practices to protect confidentiality, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • When Federal Courts Remand Eviction Actions Back To States

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    Bruce Falby and Paul Lewis at DLA Piper explore a recent trend of federal courts declining to adjudicate eviction cases removed from state court, even where there is diversity jurisdiction — and its implications for commercial tenants and landlords.

  • 4 Areas Of Cyberattack Vulnerability For Law Firms

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    Recent data breaches involving Goodwin and Jones Day show that cyberattacks are very real threats to the legal profession, especially in the era of remote work, so law firms should revisit common business practices that expose them to unnecessary risks, says Ara Aslanian at Inverselogic.

  • How To Help Your Witnesses Overcome Hindsight Bias

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    Witnesses facing tricky questions from opposing counsel often find themselves engaging in hindsight bias, when they use present knowledge to second-guess past actions, but these problematic thought processes can be overcome during deposition or trial preparation through tough questions and some catharsis, says Merrie Jo Pitera at Litigation Insights.

  • Opinion

    Last-Minute Trump Admin. Medicaid Letter Muddles Waivers

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    A Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services letter issued in the final days of the Trump administration and creating onerous hurdles for rescinding Medicaid Section 115 waivers is likely unlawful, but may allow states to delay the cancellation of waivers nonetheless, say Clifford Barnes and Devon Minnick at Epstein Becker.

  • NJ 'Reply All' Ethics Opinion Brings New Pitfalls For Attorneys

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    While a recent New Jersey ethics opinion rightly concluded that an attorney cannot claim an ethics violation when opposing counsel replies all to a group email including clients, it runs counter to stances taken by other states and presents new dangers of confidentiality breaches and unfiltered messages to opposing parties, says Roger Plawker at Pashman Stein.

  • Federal Gov't Can Learn From State Drug Pricing Efforts

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    Attorneys at Ropes & Gray explore state legislative efforts to regulate prescription drug pricing, and consider how the Biden administration and Congress might draw on states' experiences to craft a federal drug pricing policy.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: There's No Place Like Home

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    As parties in the Folgers Coffee Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation prepare to argue why the case should be held in their respective home states, the weight the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation gives to different factors in reaching its decision will be of interest to all MDL practitioners, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Bibas Reviews Rakoff's 'Why The Innocent Plead Guilty'

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    In "Why the Innocent Plead Guilty and the Guilty Go Free,” U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff catalogues the many ways our criminal justice system is broken, and in doing so, gives the public an intimate look into the thoughts, reasoning and personal experiences of a renowned federal judge, says Third Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas.

  • For Law Firm Digital Marketing, Less Is Sometimes More

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    Attorneys and law firms often look to cast the widest net possible and maximize online impressions, when they should be focusing their digital marketing efforts on fewer, better-qualified prospects, says Guy Alvarez at Good2BSocial.

  • Opinion

    A State Win In Bank Loan Suit Would Hurt Access To Credit

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    In California v. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a victory for state regulators arguing for the right to prohibit banks from acquiring loans made in other states that violate local interest rate caps will make it harder and more expensive for consumers to get loans as secondary credit markets recede, says William MacLeod at Kelley Drye.

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