Florida

  • June 17, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Rialto, Inter Miami, Baywood Hotels

    Rialto Capital Advisors has reportedly provided some relief for the borrower of $300 million CMBS debt for a Florida hotel, Inter Miami CF's owners are said to be eyeing a massive mixed-use project near Miami International Airport, and Baywood Hotels has reportedly landed a $31.3 million loan for a Miami project.

  • June 17, 2020

    Panamanian Co. Wins Enforcement Of Awards Against Imax

    A Panamanian media company can collect two arbitral awards confirming a $20 million settlement with Imax, a Florida district judge ordered Tuesday, after the Canadian film company reiterated arguments it had made previously to the court in a failed motion to vacate.

  • June 17, 2020

    Hertz Trading Halted After SEC Balks At Ch. 11 Stock Sales

    Trading in shares of bankrupt Hertz Global Holdings Inc. halted Wednesday after U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Jay Clayton noted during a televised interview that agency staffers had issues with the car rental company's plans to sell up to $1 billion in stock while in Chapter 11.

  • June 16, 2020

    Atty Accused Of Microcap Scheme Barred From Penny Stocks

    A Florida federal judge barred a lawyer and her husband from serving as an officer or director of a public company and trading penny stocks in judgments entered Tuesday in a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission case over a pair of microcap schemes.

  • June 16, 2020

    Fla. Ex-Judges Say Crash Case Isn't Vehicle For Rule Change

    A group of former Florida judges urged the Florida Supreme Court Monday to not use a case over a fatal truck crash to change the state's summary judgment standard, arguing that any change to the standard should go through the established rules process.

  • June 16, 2020

    Disney Investor Says Sexism Claims Warrant Peek At Books

    Citing "numerous indicia" of gender-based discrimination and harassment at The Walt Disney Co., an investor sued the entertainment goliath in Delaware's Chancery Court on Tuesday seeking access to a range of company records for potential litigation.

  • June 16, 2020

    Fla. Businesses Seek Class Cert. Over Water Main Break

    Fort Lauderdale businesses forced to temporarily close last year when a water main broke and allegedly caused hundreds of millions of dollars in economic damages asked a judge this week to grant class certification in their suit against Florida Power and Light and the contractors they say are responsible.

  • June 16, 2020

    Tribe Member Can't Get NextEra Kan. Wind Farm Work Paused

    A D.C. federal judge on Tuesday refused to immediately halt construction on a Kansas wind farm despite claims the project has not been properly vetted for potential harm to a local tribe and agricultural community, saying the case is unlikely to succeed in her court.

  • June 16, 2020

    Music Rights Group Exec Assails Spotify Counterclaims

    The 21-year-old behind a music rights organization suing all the major players in music streaming and broadcasting for allegedly boycotting his organization asked a Florida federal judge Monday to toss Spotify's "procedurally defective, legally deficient" counterclaims against his unfair competition allegations.

  • June 16, 2020

    11th Circ. Revives Suit Over Child's Fall On Carnival Cruise

    The Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday revived a negligence suit against Carnival Cruise Line brought by the mother of a 3-year-old who fractured her skull in an onboard fall, finding that a Florida federal judge failed to give proper deference to the family in making her rulings.

  • June 16, 2020

    Centra Tech Co-Founder Cops To $25M Crypto Scheme

    A co-founder of cryptocurrency company Centra Tech Inc. on Tuesday admitted to charges of conning investors in a $25 million initial coin offering to fund a digital currency payment card he and others falsely claimed was backed by major payment processors including Visa Inc.

  • June 16, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: ECI Group, GFI Capital, Neology Life

    ECI Group is reportedly hoping to build apartments at a Florida golf course, GFI Capital is said to have bought a majority stake in a New York hotel for $110.5 million, and Neology Life Development Group has reportedly purchased a Miami development site for $3.6 million and hopes to build apartments and retail there.

  • June 16, 2020

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

    As a civil rights reckoning unfolded across the nation in the form of protests and calls for reform this past week, the COVID-19 pandemic's impact wove itself into the fray. Massachusetts is offering testing for those who attended large gatherings, while a California jobs recovery task force declared the coronavirus crisis an opportunity to reimagine society.

  • June 16, 2020

    Investor Says Beef With Burger King Should Stay In Fla.

    An investor told a Florida appellate court on Tuesday that its suit against Burger King over the foiled sale of several franchised restaurants in Germany should stay in Miami court, arguing the German forum selection clause in the franchise agreement does not apply in this case.

  • June 16, 2020

    Suit Says Turbine Co. Owes $291M For Seized Cuban Port Use

    The original owner of a port seized by Cuba's communist government says a Chinese wind turbine manufacturer and companies it worked with owe $291 million for using its confiscated property to deliver products to the island's largest wind power project.

  • June 15, 2020

    Fed. Circ. Backs PACER In Atty's Suit Over Opinion Fees

    A Florida-based attorney seeking to slash PACER fees suffered another blow Monday when the Federal Circuit unanimously affirmed a district court's dismissal of his lawsuit alleging the government-run PACER system improperly charges users for viewing judges' opinions.

  • June 15, 2020

    Fla. Cannabis Co. Taps BigLaw Vet As Chief Legal Officer

    Florida medical cannabis company Bluma Wellness Inc. has tapped former BigLaw litigator and securities attorney Chris Polaszek as its chief legal officer and corporate secretary.

  • June 15, 2020

    Centene Settles Hep C Class Suit

    A Florida federal judge has approved a settlement ending a class action by hepatitis C patients who said health insurance company Centene denied them coverage of drugs that cure the liver disease.

  • June 15, 2020

    Split 11th Circ. Scraps Miami Jail's COVID-19 Injunction

    The Eleventh Circuit on Monday vacated a preliminary injunction ordering Miami-Dade County, Florida, to take certain steps to curb the spread of COVID-19 at a county jail, ruling that the trial judge wrongly determined that the jail's social distancing efforts are insufficient and constitutes "deliberate indifference."

  • June 15, 2020

    US Trustee Asks Court To Block Comcar Sale To Ex-Director

    The U.S. Trustee's Office has asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge to deny trucking fleet owner Comcar Industries' proposed sale of its flagship division, saying the company is seeking to transfer assets to an ex-board member for an unspecified price.

  • June 15, 2020

    Carnival Says Heir Can't Bring Claim Over Cuban Port

    Carnival told a Florida federal judge on Monday that a man who inherited a claim to a Cuban port confiscated by the Castro regime does not have the right to sue the cruise line under the Helms-Burton Act because he did not hold the rights to the claim in 1996 when the statute was enacted.

  • June 15, 2020

    High Court Won't Hear Drug Price-Fixing Discovery Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from generic-drug makers to review a discovery dispute between them and states attorneys general and drug buyers suing over an alleged industrywide conspiracy to fix generic-drug prices.

  • June 15, 2020

    Real Estate Rumors: Centerstate, Fairstead, Crescent Heights

    Centerstate Bank has reportedly loaned $11.5 million for a Florida retail property, Fairstead is said to have landed $33.1 million in financing for a Florida affordable housing property, and Crescent Heights is reportedly hoping to build a pair of mixed-use towers in Miami.

  • June 12, 2020

    Sam's Club, Tramontina Escape Wolfgang Puck Cookware Suit

    A Florida federal court handed down judgments Friday in favor of Sam's Club and cookware maker Tramontina in a rival's $15 million lawsuit accusing them of interfering with its attempts to secure a sales deal with Costco after Sam's Club stopped carrying its Wolfgang Puck-branded products.

  • June 12, 2020

    Robbins Geller To Lead Norwegian Cruise Investor Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday appointed Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP as lead counsel for a consolidated proposed securities class action accusing Norwegian Cruise Line of downplaying the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic to prospective customers.

Expert Analysis

  • Making Law Firm Panels Work For The Cost-Conscious GC

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    General counsel may be tempted to resort to matter-level requests for proposals in the wake of the COVID-19 economic crisis, but alternatively, a singular, global RFP process — to select a panel of law firms for all legal needs — can reduce legal spend while fostering long-term relationships, say Vivek Hatti, formerly at Avis Budget Group, and Jaron Luttich at Element Standard.

  • #MeToo's Unexpected Implications For Shareholder Litigation

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    Attorneys at Debevoise discuss forms of shareholder litigation arising from the #MeToo movement, some early cases expressing skepticism of the claims, and recent actions that suggest renewed interest by plaintiffs and increased risk for companies.

  • Pandemic Presents Teamwork Test For Law Firms

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    To ensure smooth operations during these uncertain times, all members of the law firm team — leaders and partners, diversity and talent professionals, associates and other staff members — need to commit to their unique roles and intensify support for colleagues, says Manar Morales, president and CEO at the Diversity & Flexibility Alliance.

  • Major Trends In COVID-19 Business Interruption Lawsuits

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    A look at the business interruption insurance lawsuits filed across the country in connection with COVID-19 losses reveals three ways policyholders are arguing for coverage, as well as a variety of approaches to the issue of virus exclusions, say Lee Siegel and Ryan Maxwell at Hurwitz & Fine.

  • 10 Tips For Virtual Hearings Before Regulatory Agencies

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    A virtual regulatory hearing may involve unfamiliar and glitchy technology — and without the benefit of interpersonal contact with the judge, commissioners or staff, it can feel like talking to an empty room. Tara Kaushik at Holland & Knight offers keys to better online hearings, culled from her own recent experience.

  • Workers' COVID-19 Injury Claims May Not Hold In Court

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    Employees filing workplace injury claims related to COVID-19 in court to avoid potential challenges in the workers’ compensation system may find it difficult to prove intent or gross negligence if the company followed applicable safety guidelines, say attorneys at Hoguet Newman.

  • 8 Tips For Retaining An Expert During COVID-19 And Beyond

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    Caroline Crump at Exponent and Natalie Baker Reis at Medical Research Consultants outline some strategies for creating a successful attorney-expert team, including unique considerations for pandemic-related closures and economic uncertainties.

  • 4 Personal Jurisdiction Questions Defendants Should Ask

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    In recent years, plaintiffs have crafted ever more creative theories to bring their claims in the courts they prefer, but defendants can defend against those claims just as creatively, by challenging plaintiffs — and courts — to answer key jurisdictional questions, say Alexandra Cunningham and Elizabeth Reese at Hunton.

  • What It's Like To Move From Army JAG To BigLaw

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    Lawyers who have served in the U.S. Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps can provide tremendous value to law firms, but the transition to firm life has its challenges, says former JAG attorney Vinnie Lichvar, now at Snell & Wilmer.

  • How Law Firms Can Maximize COVID-19 Insurance Coverage

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    Law firms struggling due to the pandemic should identify relevant insurance policies and provisions, be mindful of notice requirements that could interfere with coverage, and push back against policy exclusions, say Robin Cohen and James Smith at McKool Smith.

  • Missteps To Avoid In Marketing COVID-19 Antibody Tests

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    With federal guidance on developing COVID-19 antibody tests changing weekly, and with state attorneys general watching closely, companies providing or facilitating such tests should remember that even in this dynamic environment, certain advertising principles stand firm, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Opinion

    States Must Act To Cut Auto Insurance Rates During COVID-19

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    Auto insurers are experiencing a massive windfall due to fewer accidents during the pandemic, without returning a fair portion of those gains to consumers, so state regulators should use their authority to right this wrong, say law professors Da Lin and Daniel Schwarcz.

  • Virtual Caucuses Can Improve The Mediation Process

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    Both during the current crisis and in the future, integrating virtual, private caucuses between the mediator and each party into the mediation timetable would create an overall superior process, says mediator Marc Isserles at JAMS.

  • Beware WARN Act Liability For Pandemic-Related Layoffs

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    Two early class action claims that allege violations of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act portend a wave of litigation questioning whether certain decisions to terminate employees were unforeseeable, necessary, or truly caused by COVID-19, say Barbara Roth and Tyler Hendry at Herbert Smith.

  • Legal Risks Facing Retailers Amid Pandemic Market Shifts

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    The COVID-19 crisis is changing the way consumers shop, but retailers that are adapting to stay competitive should consider the state and federal law risks associated with auto-renewals, product giveaways, retail installment contracts, and other currently popular programs, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

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