Florida

  • April 27, 2021

    Fla. High Court Will Take Up Firms' Fee Dispute

    The Florida Supreme Court said Monday that it will consider Mintz Truppman PA's appeal of a decision stating the firm cannot pursue a state court lawsuit against Lexington Insurance Co. and Cozen O'Connor over an attorney fee award.

  • April 27, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Bank OZK, Rimadesio, BTI Partners

    Bank OZK has reportedly loaned $47.25 million for a Miami mixed-use project, Italian furniture company Rimadesio is said to be leasing 6,204 square feet in Manhattan and BTI Partners is reportedly hoping to build a roughly 1.9 million-square-foot mixed-use project in Hollywood, Florida.

  • April 27, 2021

    ADT Hits Amazon's Ring With TM Case Over Blue Lawn Signs

    Home security giant ADT Inc. is suing Amazon.com Inc.'s Ring for trademark infringement, claiming the company is confusing consumers by using similar blue lawn signs.

  • April 27, 2021

    Canadian Cannabis Co. Buys Florida CBD Biz For Up To $60M

    Canadian cannabis extractor Valens will pay as much as $60 million to purchase Florida-based CBD products maker Green Roads, the companies said Tuesday, in a deal guided by Stikeman Elliott, Foley Hoag and Greenberg Traurig.

  • April 27, 2021

    Brunch Chain Asks 11th Circ. To Serve Up Virus Coverage

    A Florida restaurant chain that owns 400 brunch places has urged the Eleventh Circuit to revive its suit seeking to force Zurich to cover its pandemic-related losses, saying a lower court erred by following the appellate court's previous unpublished ruling to deny coverage.

  • April 27, 2021

    Greenspoon Marder Adds Partner To Work In NY, Miami

    Greenspoon Marder LLP has added a partner who works out of New York and Miami with experience in corporate law and in representing professional athletes, the firm announced Tuesday.

  • April 27, 2021

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

    COVID-19 immunization developments were highlighted this past week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendation that states resume the use of the vaccine by Johnson & Johnson's Janssen unit following reports of people experiencing blood clots.

  • April 26, 2021

    Zurich Sends Burrito Chain's COVID Coverage Suit To Florida

    An Illinois federal judge on Monday allowed Zurich American Insurance Co. to transfer the Freebirds World Burrito chain's $100 million pandemic-related loss coverage suit to Florida, saying it would save judicial resources as Zurich has filed a "mirror-image" suit against the chain owner there.

  • April 26, 2021

    Fla. Privacy Bill Would Be Compliance 'Disaster,' Group Says

    An internet trade group that counts Google, Facebook and Amazon among its members is urging Florida lawmakers to refrain from enacting a consumer privacy bill that would give consumers more control over their personal data and could open the door to a flood of new lawsuits, arguing that the measure would be "disastrous" for both businesses and consumers. 

  • April 26, 2021

    Spirit, Customers Spar Over Bag-Fee Fraud Claims

    Spirit Airlines customers asked a New York federal judge Monday to certify their proposed class action alleging the airline pulled a bait-and-switch by slapping them with hidden carry-on bag fees, while Spirit countered that its pricing terms obliterate the customers' breach of contract claim.

  • April 26, 2021

    Pot Cos. Sue Miami Over Dispensary Permit Denial

    A pair of would-be medical marijuana dispensaries have asked a Florida state court to rule that they can set up shop in Miami without needing to go through the city, which has denied their efforts to do so on the basis of cannabis' federal illegality.

  • April 26, 2021

    Fla. Hedge Funder Charged With $40M Fraud

    A Florida investment adviser has been arrested on charges of lying to clients about his hedge fund to get them to pump $40 million into worthless investments, federal authorities said.

  • April 26, 2021

    11th Circ. OKs Dismissal of FCA Suit Against Ga. Hospice

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday upheld the dismissal of a whistleblower lawsuit against a Georgia hospice and associated medical providers, saying the two women who filed suit didn't cite a specific false claim made to the government.

  • April 26, 2021

    Colgate Consumers Win Cert. In Deodorant False Ad Suit

    A New York federal judge on Friday certified a trio of classes of consumers in the Empire State, California and Florida who've purchased certain Colgate-Palmolive Co. deodorant and toothpaste products, ruling that the consumers have successfully shown that a class action is the best route for addressing their false advertising claims.

  • April 26, 2021

    Hertz Gives Competing Ch. 11 Sponsor A Week For New Offer

    Bankrupt car rental giant Hertz Global asked a Delaware judge Monday for approval of a timetable under which a competing equity sponsor group can submit a new proposal challenging the current Chapter 11 plan while still allowing Hertz to move toward a June confirmation date.

  • April 26, 2021

    Justices Cool To Idea They Must Hear State V. State Suits

    The idea that the U.S. Supreme Court must hear lawsuits filed by one state against another has caught on with an increasing number of states and scholars, but the court's rejection of a suit from Texas seems to show that so far only Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas subscribe to that view.

  • April 26, 2021

    Amazon Owes OT Wages As Joint Employer, Drivers Say

    Drivers who deliver Amazon packages through subcontractors say the tech giant is on the hook for overtime violations, claiming in a Florida federal lawsuit that they are Amazon employees and an "integral" part of its business.

  • April 26, 2021

    11th Circ. Revives Atty's Suit Over His Disbarment In Fla.

    An Eleventh Circuit panel has vacated a Florida federal court's disbarment of an attorney in the Sunshine State after the lower court failed to sufficiently explain its ruling.

  • April 26, 2021

    Century 21 Department Store To Have Post-Ch. 11 'Rebirth'

    Attorneys for shuttered retailer Century 21 Department Stores told a New York bankruptcy judge Monday that the chain is slated to reopen in Manhattan after its former owners purchased the brand's intellectual property in the Chapter 11 case.

  • April 26, 2021

    BMW Avoids Sanctions Over Undisclosed Docs In Dealer Suit

    BMW has dodged a sanctions bid from a Florida-based dealer who accused the company of hiding information in their litigation over allegedly unfair franchise practices, but a federal judge ordered the carmaker to produce more documents related to a federal investigation.

  • April 26, 2021

    Akerman Adds 2 Ex-Nelson Mullins Partners In Tallahassee

    Akerman LLP announced Friday that two real estate partners from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, including an office managing partner, have joined the firm's Tallahassee location.

  • April 26, 2021

    High Court Wants Feds To Weigh In On Counties' VW Fight

    The U.S. Supreme Court asked the federal government Monday to weigh in on the appeal of a Ninth Circuit decision allowing Florida and Utah counties to sue Volkswagen over alleged anti-tampering law violations stemming from the 2015 diesel emissions-cheating scandal.

  • April 23, 2021

    Fla., Seminoles Sign Gaming Deal Authorizing Sports Betting

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Friday announced a new gaming compact with the Seminole Tribe of Florida that authorizes sports betting in the state, a provision that could land the compact in federal court.

  • April 23, 2021

    Health First Escapes Whistleblower, Antitrust Suits

    A Florida federal judge has tossed two cases against Health First Inc., one from a whistleblower accusing it of running a fraudulent kickback scheme and another from patients alleging that the hospital system monopolizes acute care services, though the patients can try again.

  • April 23, 2021

    BIA Mishandling Of Forged Letter Resurrects Removal Appeal

    The Eleventh Circuit has revived a Gambian man's bid to remain in the U.S., chiding the Board of Immigration Appeals for misrepresenting how attorney misconduct, including an alleged forgery, skewed his removal proceedings.

Expert Analysis

  • 6 Ways Legal Employers Can Help Pandemic-Weary Parents

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    Parenting during the pandemic has introduced a series of competing personal and professional obligations for attorneys and professional staff, and even organizations that are supportive of their parent employees can take steps to do better, says Meredith Kahan at Saul Ewing.

  • Questions Loom About DOJ Dismissal Power In FCA Suits

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    The Second Circuit's recent decision to grant a U.S. Department of Justice motion to dismiss a False Claims Act suit, without weighing in on the standard for assessing the agency’s decision, illustrates a significant trend, given an increase in agency dismissals and the expected uptick in FCA cases amid the pandemic, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Republican AGs Likely To Challenge Biden On Multiple Fronts

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    During recent presidential administrations, state attorneys general have challenged federal regulations and obtained nationwide injunctions against executive orders — and there is every reason to believe that Republican attorneys general will continue this trend, resisting Biden administration efforts on climate change, health care, immigration and more, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • 3 Degrees Of Legalization Show True Prevalence Of Cannabis

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    The three degrees of state marijuana legalization regimes throughout the U.S. show that cannabis is only fully illegal in three U.S. states and one territory — not 14 states as some counts indicate — and even in those places, there are stirrings of change, says Julie Werner-Simon at Drexel University's Thomas R. Kline School of Law.

  • Remote Working Tips For Lawyer Trainees And Their Firms

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    The prospect of joining a law firm during the pandemic can cause added pressure, but with a few good practices — and a little help from their firms and supervising attorneys — lawyer trainees can get ahead of the curve while working remotely, say William Morris and Ted Landray at King & Spalding.

  • Obtaining General Jurisdiction Over Out-Of-State Insurers

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    A series of recent court decisions illustrate the challenges of litigating against insurers in a state where neither party resides, and demonstrate alternate means of securing jurisdiction, says Richard Mason at MasonADR.

  • Compliance Lessons From Newest Fla. Privacy Class Actions

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    To prepare for a new slate of privacy class actions, brought under Florida’s wiretapping statute against retailers using tracking software, companies should be assessing the placement, display and content of their technology disclosures and user agreements, say Ian Ross and Jorge Perez Santiago at Stumphauzer Foslid.

  • What Biden's Ethics Pledge Means For Gov't Revolving Door

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    Attorneys at Nossaman look at how President Joe Biden’s ethics pledge goes beyond those of his predecessors by imposing post-employment shadow lobbying and golden parachute restrictions on his administration’s appointees — and how a House bill proposing expansion of federal ethics law could affect enforcement.

  • Opinion

    Punishing Bar Exam Policies On Menstrual Products Must Go

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    Law graduates across the states are sitting for the grueling two-day bar exam this week despite menstruation-related barriers, such as inadequate menstrual product and bathroom access, which could be eradicated with simple policy tweaks, say law professors Elizabeth Cooper, Margaret Johnson and Marcy Karin.

  • EPA Hazardous Pharma Waste Rule Has Wide Reach

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    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's soon-to-be-effective rule on hazardous waste pharmaceuticals may seem only relevant to health care entities, but its sweeping definitions could cover any business that dispenses over-the-counter medicines, say Andrew Stewart and Anushka Rahman at Sidley Austin and Renée van de Griend at Ramboll.

  • It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

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    The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

  • Opinion

    11th Circ. Should Reconsider Remote Arbitration Subpoenas

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    In light of the pandemic and resulting advancements in teleconferencing practices, the Eleventh Circuit should consider revisiting its 2019 ruling in Managed Care Advisory Group v. Cigna Healthcare, which mandated in-person hearings for third parties' subpoena compliance, says Suzanne Wynn Ockleberry at Wynn Arbitration.

  • Keys To Protecting Clients During Law Firm Dissolution

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    Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.

  • Legal Pitfalls HOAs Should Avoid When Using Drones

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    As drone technology becomes more advanced and accessible, more homeowners associations are beginning to use drones to enforce covenants, but they must be careful to avoid three areas of potential legal liability, say Gary Kaleita and Ty Pryor at Lowndes Drosdick.

  • How The Remote Sales Tax Legal Landscape Is Evolving

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    As the remote sales tax landscape continues to change, the pandemic-driven shift toward e-commerce will likely hasten the adoption, application and enforcement of remote sales tax laws by state and local authorities, says Liz Armbruester at Avalara.

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