Florida

  • April 19, 2021

    R. Kelly Associate Cops To Torching SUV Tied To Accuser

    An associate of R. Kelly on Monday admitted to torching a vehicle connected to one of the jailed R&B singer's sexual abuse accusers, in what prosecutors say was a bid to intimidate the woman and sway her testimony.

  • April 19, 2021

    Pot Co. Jushi To Snap Up Mass. Operator In $110M Deal

    Multistate cannabis operator Jushi Holdings Inc. announced Monday that it will enter the Massachusetts marijuana market with the $110 million purchase of a company with two retailers and a manufacturing facility.

  • April 19, 2021

    Health First Faces New Monopoly Suit After 2016 Settlement

    A putative class action is accusing Florida hospital system Health First Inc. of continuing to monopolize the state's acute care market in violation of state and federal competition laws, almost four years after the hospital group settled a lawsuit with doctors to resolve similar antitrust claims.  

  • April 19, 2021

    Solar Tracking Co. Tops 4 IPO Launches Totaling $705M

    A solar tracking company and a trio of businesses from the medical device and biotechnology industries launched plans Monday for initial public offerings projected to raise $705 million combined under guidance from five law firms, bolstering April's already packed IPO calendar.

  • April 19, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: TA Realty, CBRE, Ivy Realty

    TA Realty has reportedly paid $25.8 million for a Florida warehouse, CBRE is said to be leasing nearly 7,800 square feet in Maryland, and Ivy Realty has reportedly paid $26 million for a Florida industrial property.

  • April 19, 2021

    Ex-Saul Ewing Attys Launch Boutique Gov't Affairs Firm

    A group of Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP lawyers have left the BigLaw firm to launch a Florida-based boutique government-affairs outfit focused on land use and development, the attorneys announced Friday.

  • April 19, 2021

    Florida Virtual Courtroom Directory Unifies Remote Access

    The Florida Supreme Court announced expanded and streamlined public access to remote state court proceedings Monday through the Virtual Courtroom Directory, a website where users can find virtual hearings as well as livestreams of in-person trials and oral arguments.

  • April 16, 2021

    Businessman Avoids Prison For Petroecuador Bribes

    A New York federal judge on Friday sentenced the owner of an oil and gas services company to probation over a bribery and money laundering scheme involving the payments of millions of dollars to officials of Petroecuador.

  • April 16, 2021

    Fla. Restaurant Tries New Tack In Bid For COVID-19 Coverage

    Confronted with a growing number of court rulings in favor of insurers that denied business interruption coverage claims arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, a Florida restaurant on Friday raised what it suggested was a new argument for why the lack of a virus exclusion in its policy may change that trend.

  • April 16, 2021

    11th Circ. Affirms Gizmodo Win In Ex-Trump Aide's Libel Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit ruled Friday that the fair reporting privilege protects reporting on sealed court documents, affirming a win for Gizmodo Media Group LLC in a libel suit over an article that detailed accusations that a former aide to President Donald Trump slipped a woman an abortion pill.

  • April 16, 2021

    Kossoff PLLC Attys Resign Amid Firm's Mounting Legal Woes

    Multiple attorneys have resigned from Manhattan real estate firm Kossoff PLLC and are missing paychecks, their counsel said Friday, as numerous clients come forward alleging that millions of dollars placed in the firm's escrow accounts have been misappropriated.

  • April 16, 2021

    Nursing Home Biz Gets OK For Ch. 11 Loan, Asset Auction

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday gave affiliates of nursing home chain Consulate Health Care permission to tap into $5 million in Chapter 11 financing and to solicit bids for their assets, but with a longer auction and more conditions on the loan than they asked for.

  • April 16, 2021

    Blind Fla. Consumer Asks 11th Circ. To Reconsider ADA Suit

    A blind Florida consumer has asked the Eleventh Circuit to reconsider its reversal of a district court finding that Winn-Dixie Stores' website violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, arguing the decision is inappropriate because the lower court didn't decide whether the site is a "public accommodation" under the ADA.

  • April 16, 2021

    Aon Hewitt Wants Out Of Florida Hospital's ERISA Suit

    Aon Hewitt Investment Consulting Inc. urged a Florida federal judge Friday to take a fact-finding role in a case accusing the company of incompetently handling a hospital's retirement plan, saying the hospital hadn't proven any company mismanagement.

  • April 16, 2021

    AdventHealth Seeks $1.5M After PPE Fraud Settlement Default

    Adventist Health System asked a Florida federal court Friday to award it more than $1.5 million after a California-based asset management company defaulted on their settlement to resolve the hospital system's fraud suit over a failed $57.5 million deal for personal protective equipment needed for the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • April 16, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Monroe, Empire State College, Melo

    Monroe Capital has reportedly landed $50.75 million for a Florida mixed-use project, Empire State College is said to be leasing 29,747 square feet in New York, and Melo Group is reportedly hoping to build a mixed-use project project in Miami.

  • April 16, 2021

    Atty Petitions Fla. Appeals Court Over Masked Testimony Rule

    A Miami trial attorney is appealing a decision by a Miami-Dade circuit judge that overruled a pretrial objection to requiring witnesses at in-person jury trials to wear masks.  

  • April 16, 2021

    CBD Maker Says Ex-Partners Can't Land Quick Win In IP Row

    A Florida CBD maker urged a federal judge Friday not to grant its former business partners' bids for quick wins in a trade secrets suit over misappropriating a secret CBD formula, doubling down on its claims that the companies conspired to steal its topical cream formula.

  • April 16, 2021

    Roger Stone, Wife Owe $2M Tax Debt, Feds Say

    Roger Stone, an associate of former President Donald Trump, and his wife owe late taxes, penalties and interest totaling nearly $2 million, according to a suit the U.S. government filed Friday in a Florida federal court.

  • April 16, 2021

    Hertz Ch. 11 Bidding War Reignites On Eve Of Disclosure OK

    The original equity sponsor for the Chapter 11 plan of car rental giant Hertz Global reemerged as a bidder to underwrite a multibillion-dollar financial restructuring of the company, leading a Delaware bankruptcy judge Friday to delay a hearing on the debtor's plan disclosure statement.

  • April 16, 2021

    Fla. Businessman Says Ex-Partner's RICO Claims 'Absurd'

    A Florida businessman has urged sanctions against his former partner in a real estate deal near Orlando International Airport, claiming the ex-partner and his counsel brought frivolous racketeering claims meant to avoid having to pay out on a multimillion-dollar jury verdict.

  • April 15, 2021

    Magistrate Judge Says Taser Rivals Can't Escape $7.9M IP Suit

    A Florida federal magistrate judge on Thursday recommended not tossing Taser's lawsuit against the alleged "true owner" of electrical weapons rival Phazzer and others, finding that Taser was not blocked from alleging that Phazzer was created to hide assets from an ex-wife.

  • April 15, 2021

    Nursing Home Biz Says It Needs Ch. 11 Loan To Survive

    Bankrupt affiliates of nursing home chain Consulate Health Care asked a Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday to approve $5 million in Chapter 11 financing and a $3 million asset bid that unsecured creditors had decried as unnecessary and too small, respectively.

  • April 15, 2021

    Nonprofit Accuses Darden Restaurants Of Sex And Race Bias

    Nonprofit advocacy group One Fair Wage has slapped Darden Restaurants Inc. with a discrimination suit in California federal court, accusing the operator of brands such as Olive Garden and the Capital Grille of subjecting workers to sexual harassment and racial bias due to its "subminimum" wage practices.

  • April 15, 2021

    IP Forecast: Ferring, Lupin To Face Off In Clenpiq Patent Trial

    Ferring Pharmaceuticals is scheduled to go head-to-head with generic drugmaker Lupin in a Delaware bench trial next week over patents connected to the first U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved prescription "ready-to-drink" colon cleanser — plus all the other major intellectual property matters that are on deck for the coming week.

Expert Analysis

  • Arizona May Have Nudged US Law Firms Toward Future IPOs

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    No U.S. law firm has its shares listed on a public stock exchange unlike some lucrative overseas counterparts, but by allowing nonattorneys to become stakeholders in law firms, Arizona may have paved the way for this to change should other U.S. states — particularly New York — follow suit, says Marc Lieberman at Kutak Rock.

  • FERC Order Bolsters States' Small Power Facility Authority

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    A recent Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order clarifying Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act rules should give states confidence that they will continue to enjoy significant discretion in regulating small power production facilities, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • The Challenges In Putting A Price Tag On Free Speech

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    The focus on nominal damages in last week's U.S. Supreme Court arguments in Uzuegbunam v. Preczewski points to the fact that quantifying harm in free speech violation cases is not only abstract but seemingly impossible, says Roy Gutterman at Syracuse University.

  • 4 Legal Industry Trends Litigation Financiers Are Watching

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    Some recent litigation developments demonstrate efforts by law firms and their clients to search for opportunities in the COVID-19 economic fallout, while others — such as the rise of contingency fee arrangements — reflect acceleration of tendencies that were already underway, says William Weisman at Therium Capital.

  • New Fla. Summary Judgment Rule Will Deter Forum Shopping

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    The Florida Supreme Court's recent amendment of the state's summary judgment standard to align it with that of the federal courts and most other states will improve judicial efficiency, reduce the cost and uncertainty of litigation, and help prevent forum shopping by plaintiffs with dubious claims, say Walter Latimer and Guy Noa at Fowler White.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Setting Well-Being Goals In 2021

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    In the face of rising client demands due to the pandemic and the changing regulatory environment, and with remote work continuing for the foreseeable future, lawyers should invest in their well-being by establishing inspiring yet realistic goals for 2021 — one month at a time, says Krista Larson at Morgan Lewis.

  • Federal Practice Takeaways From Spike Lee, Prince IP Ruling

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    The Second Circuit's recent ruling in Brandon v. NPG Records, barring copyright infringement claims already litigated in a Florida federal court in favor of Spike Lee and Prince’s estate, offers lessons on supplementary copyright registration and significant federal procedural issues, say Matthew Nelles and Adriana Kostencki at Nelles Kostencki.

  • Keyword Searches To Improve Your Privilege Doc Review

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    "Confidential" and other search terms commonly used to locate privileged documents during e-discovery are pretty ineffective, so practitioners should consider including specific types of keywords that are demonstrably better at targeting privilege, say Robert Keeling at Sidley and Rishi Chhatwal at AT&T.

  • Confusing Damages Issues In Florida 'Improper Fee' Case

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent decision in Fox v. Ritz-Carlton highlights the open question of what damages are available in "improper fee" cases under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, says Aaron Weiss of Carlton Fields.

  • ABA Approves Remote Practice, But Questions Remain

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    Lawyers working remotely during the pandemic while physically outside the jurisdictions in which they are licensed will find some comfort in a recent American Bar Association opinion sanctioning such practice, but there is ambiguity regarding the contours of what's allowed, say attorneys at Harris Wiltshire.

  • What To Expect From Securities Litigation In 2021

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    Attorneys at Alston & Bird explore expectations for this year's securities litigation landscape, including class actions related to COVID-19, whistleblower claims and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement activity.

  • Keys To Creating Standout Law Firm Thought Leadership

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    Whether geared toward a global audience or a particular client, a law firm's articles, blog posts and client alerts should strive to be original by harnessing a few editorial tools and following the right distribution sequence, say Steven Andersen and Tal Donahue at Infinite Global.

  • PPP Enforcement Issues To Watch In 2021

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    Derek Adams at Potomac Law, and Ellen London and Steven Deolus at Alto Litigation, examine the evolution of the Paycheck Protection Program, the impact of constant changes to eligibility and reporting rules, and enforcement developments to expect this year.

  • Perspectives

    Judges On Race: The Power Of Discretion In Criminal Justice

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    Judges should take into consideration the several points of law enforcement and prosecutorial discretion — from traffic stops to charging decisions and sentencing recommendations — that often lead to race-based disparate treatment before a criminal defendant even reaches the courthouse, say Judge Juan Villaseñor and Laurel Quinto at Colorado's Eighth Judicial District Court.

  • 5 Major Drug And Medical Device Developments In 2020

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    In addition to the increased activity and scrutiny COVID-19 brought to the drug and device industries in 2020, major developments included the continued momentum of snap removal and renewed U.S. Supreme Court interest in the scope of state courts' jurisdiction, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

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