Florida

  • November 19, 2019

    11th Circ. Urged To Restore Verdict Against Ex-Bolivian Prez

    An Eleventh Circuit panel said Tuesday that it will need to scrutinize the trial evidence as it weighs an appeal urging restoration of an overturned $10 million jury verdict against a former Bolivian president and a defense minister over civilian deaths during protests in 2003.

  • November 19, 2019

    Suit Over Sandals' Fake Local Taxes Dismissed By Fla. Court

    A proposed class action accusing Sandals Resorts of charging fake local taxes to visitors of its Caribbean resorts has been dismissed by a Florida federal court, which said the case belongs in the country where the hotel is physically located.

  • November 19, 2019

    Fla. Bills Would Legalize Sports Betting Under State Lottery

    A Florida state senator has introduced legislation that would legalize sports betting in the Sunshine State after a landmark Supreme Court decision struck down long-standing federal restrictions on the practice last year.

  • November 19, 2019

    Construction Co. Can't Get Migrant Workers For Framing Work

    A South Dakota building framing company can't get certification for 35 H-2B workers because it didn't prove a peakload temporary need for additional helpers, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals has found.

  • November 19, 2019

    HIG Capital Rakes In $3.1B For 3rd Middle-Market PE Fund

    Private equity firm HIG Capital said Tuesday that it has clinched its third middle-market leveraged buyout vehicle after securing $3.1 billion from limited partners, with plans to target controlling investments in North America-based companies that the firm believes can benefit from its expertise and financial backing.

  • November 18, 2019

    'No Scheme, No Bribe,' Ex-Juror Says In Miami Developer Trial

    Two of Miami's most prominent real estate developers faced off in court Monday, with Ugo Colombo saying Craig Robins lacks evidence to back claims that Colombo bribed a juror to win a prior multimillion-dollar showdown over a private jet, while the former juror testified there was no plot whatsoever.

  • November 18, 2019

    Trio Admits To Roles In $5M Tribal Casino Embezzlement Plot

    Three of out eight people charged with helping to embezzle more than $5 million from the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming casino near Miami pled guilty Monday in federal court to playing roles in the alleged theft, which authorities say was achieved by tampering with electronic gambling machines.

  • November 18, 2019

    Prof Who Wrote Book On Drug Trade Broke Bad, Feds Say

    A University of Miami international studies professor and oft-quoted expert on drug trafficking and organized crime was arrested Monday and accused in New York federal court of participating in a Venezuelan money laundering scheme.

  • November 18, 2019

    Cruise Line Seeks Nix Of Suit Over Using Cuban Dock

    MSC Cruises has urged a Florida federal court to toss a suit from a Havana port’s ex-owner accusing the cruise line of trafficking in stolen property by using the terminal, saying that the former owner had failed to specify which acts constitute such trafficking.

  • November 18, 2019

    Law360's Tort Report: Personal Injury & Med Mal News In Brief

    A Florida Supreme Court case over dashcam evidence in car crash suits and a California school district's $28.5 million settlement over a special needs student’s catastrophic injuries lead Law360’s Weekly Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • November 18, 2019

    Carnival Pushes To Win Helms-Burton Suit Over Cuban Port

    Carnival has asked a federal court to throw out a Florida man's claim that he can sue the cruise line under the Helms-Burton Act for using Cuban port facilities confiscated by the Castro regime, saying he failed to make good on his inheritance of stock in the port.

  • November 18, 2019

    AmeriGas, Blue Rhino Get Prelim OK On $12.6M Antitrust Deal

    A Missouri federal judge gave propane giants Blue Rhino and AmeriGas an initial green light Monday to move forward with a $12.6 million bundle of retailer settlements, ending part of multidistrict litigation in which the companies were accused of fixing prices through an agreement to underfill tanks.

  • November 18, 2019

    $42M GM Oil-Guzzling Engine Deal, $3.4M Atty Fees Approved

    A Florida federal judge on Monday approved a $42 million settlement to end three suits alleging that General Motors sold defective, oil-guzzling engines while approving $3.4 million in fees and costs for the class' attorneys.

  • November 18, 2019

    11th Circ. Says More Info Needed For Cert. In DirecTV Call Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit last week dismantled a certified class of consumers that received unsolicited telemarketing calls from DirecTV but left the door open for recertification if the consumers can show more potential class members asked the AT&T subsidiary not to call them.

  • November 18, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Morgan Reed, CVS, Russell Galbut

    Morgan Reed Group is reportedly hoping to sell a Miami building for $33 million, CVS is said to be opening a store across from Wrigley Field, and Russell Galbut and his nephew are reportedly hoping to sell a Miami Beach hotel for $15.8 million.

  • November 18, 2019

    EB-5 Investors Accuse Feds Of Delaying Green Card Petitions

    More than 70 foreign investors in the Jay Peak ski resort projects, which have been tied to an alleged EB-5 investor visa fraud scheme, accused the government of delaying the processing of their applications to become full-fledged permanent residents.

  • November 18, 2019

    Burger King Customer Says Impossible Burgers Aren't Vegan

    Burger King sold a vegan customer a supposedly meat-free Impossible Whopper that was cooked on the same grill as traditional patties and became covered with meat byproducts, according to a suit filed Monday in Florida federal court.

  • November 15, 2019

    RJR, Phillip Morris Owe $157M To Smoker's Widow, Jury Says

    A pair of tobacco giants face a total $157 million verdict after jurors in a Florida state court granted the husband of a man who died of lung disease nine-figure punitive damages for their decades-long conspiracy to bury the risks of smoking.

  • November 15, 2019

    Geico Freed From $14.4M Verdict Over Catastrophic Fla. Crash

    A Florida state appeals court has overturned a $14.4 million trial judgment over a car passenger's devastating injuries in a crash, saying Friday the case was actually resolved years before trial when Geico, the driver's insurer, accepted a $10,000 settlement offer late on the day the offer was due to expire.

  • November 15, 2019

    Health Clinic Wasn't Negligent In Treating Woman, Jury Says

    A Florida jury has cleared an OB-GYN clinic of a patient's claims that its doctors’ negligence let her ectopic pregnancy slip through the cracks, causing her to lose her only Fallopian tube.

  • November 15, 2019

    Real Estate Rumors: Rockwood, Kushner, Landmark

    Rockwood has reportedly joined Deutsche Bank on a $365 million CMBS Manhattan loan, Kushner Cos. reportedly will need to renegotiate a $285 million New York loan with Deutsche and Landmark Cos. is said to have dropped $30 million on a Florida apartment complex.

  • November 15, 2019

    Fla. Hospital Keeps Trial Win In Patient Sex Assault Case

    A Florida appeals court on Friday affirmed a defense verdict in a suit seeking to hold a hospital liable for a patient’s sexual assault, saying the trial judge didn’t err by excluding hospital records regarding past sexual assault incidents.

  • November 15, 2019

    Exception To Attys' Fee Rule Misapplied, Fla. Court Says

    A Florida state appeals court ruled Friday that a lower court erred when it applied an exception to a general rule against awarding attorneys' fees incurred litigating the amount of a fees award and made such an award to a homeowner who prevailed in a mortgage foreclosure suit.

  • November 15, 2019

    CBD Retailer Says Dosage Suit Doesn't Show Actual Injury

    A Florida cannabidiol retailer has asked a federal court to toss a proposed class action claiming its products do not contain the advertised amounts of CBD, saying federal regulation allows some leeway for actual amounts of natural nutrients in dietary ingredients.

  • November 15, 2019

    Atlantic Salmon Farmers Snagged In US Cartel Probe

    Following raids from European enforcers earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division has opened a criminal investigation into allegations of collusion in the Atlantic salmon farming industry.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

  • Dorian Update: How State Laws Protect Service Members

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    In the wake of Hurricane Dorian's devastation, creditors should take note of the laws Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas have in place to protect members of the National Guard called to service as part of response efforts, say attorneys at Buckley.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

  • Consumer Class Standing Faces Uncertainty In 11th Circ.

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    An eventual resolution of whether unnamed class members are required to establish Article III standing by the Eleventh Circuit, together with its recent Telephone Consumer Protection Act decision in Salcedo v. Hanna, may alter the continued viability of TCPA class actions, as well as class claims brought under other consumer protection laws, say attorneys at Stumphauzer Foslid.

  • Early Sampling Of Electronic Info Is Underutilized In Discovery

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    The early and prompt provision of samples from all electronically stored information sources as a part of ESI protocol search methodology is consistent with the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and may allow for significant cost savings during discovery, says Zachary Caplan at Berger Montague.

  • State Net

    How Online Wagers Are Shaping States' Sports Betting Regs

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    Just over a year after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized sports betting nationwide, the industry is seeing an explosion of activity online, but the influence of entrenched gambling interests means that some states are only allowing bets to be placed in person at casinos and racetracks, says Dave Royse of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • The Factors Courts Consider In Deposition Location Disputes

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    In the absence of a federal rule governing deposition location, federal courts are frequently called on to resolve objections to out-of-state deposition notices. Recent decisions reveal what information is crucial to courts in making the determination, says Kevin O’Brien at Porter Wright.

  • Opinion

    NFL Discipline Process Shouldn't Apply To Off-Field Conduct

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    This week, the NFL opened an investigation into New England Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown after he was accused of sexual assault in a Florida federal court case, but the NFL should get out of the business of discipline for off-field behavior — for five reasons, says Ronald Katz at GCA Law Partners.

  • Gov't Win In AseraCare FCA Case Benefits Both Sides

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    While Monday’s Eleventh Circuit decision in United States v. AseraCare provides the government the opportunity to continue litigating its claims, False Claims Act defendants will undoubtedly take refuge in the less plaintiff-friendly falsity standard articulated by the court, say Derek Adams at Feldesman Tucker and Erica Blachman Hitchings at the Whistleblower Law Collaborative.

  • What To Consider Before Filing For A Rule 57 Speedy Hearing

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    Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 57 and its state counterparts provide a method for expediting claims for declaratory judgment that warrants closer attention than it has historically received from litigants and courts, say attorneys at Gibson Dunn.

  • Key US Tax Rules For Foreign Athletes And Entertainers

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    When Canadian Bianca Andreescu won the 2019 U.S. Open, she probably wasn’t thinking about how that affected her taxes, but it is increasingly critical for foreign athletes and entertainers to become educated regarding the United States’ taxation of their income, say Jason Dimopoulos and Thomas Linguanti at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Expanding The Meaning Of Diversity

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    My conservative, Catholic parents never skipped a beat when accepting that I was gay, and encouraged me to follow my dreams wherever they might lead. But I did not expect they would lead to the law, until I met an inspiring college professor, says James Holmes of Clyde & Co.

  • 11th Circ. Ruling May Mark Turning Point For TCPA Litigation

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    The Eleventh Circuit’s recent opinion in Salcedo v. Hanna, that a single text message doesn't constitute standing to sue under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, not only splits from at least one other circuit court, but it provides consumer-facing businesses a game-changing precedent to combat TCPA cases, say attorneys at Buchanan Ingersoll.

  • State Net

    Ransomware Poses Tough Choices For State, Local Gov'ts

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    This year, more than 70 state and local governments have been targeted by ransomware attacks. Despite a flood of legislation aimed at the problem, many state and local government information technology leaders still lack the funding and cybersecurity talent they need, says Korey Clark of State Net Capitol Journal.

  • A Win For Fla. Hospitals On Patient Safety Data Confidentiality

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    A Florida federal court's ruling in Florida Health Sciences Center Inc. v. Azar supports the argument that records properly submitted to patient safety organizations are protected patient safety work product, say Gavrila Brotz and Paul Borr of Tache Bronis.

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