Florida

  • April 15, 2021

    11th Circ. Says Epstein Victims Can't Bring CVRA Suit

    The full Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday that the Crime Victims' Rights Act does not give victims the right to sue if no criminal charges were ever filed, foreclosing a lawsuit by an alleged victim of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein claiming the government violated the law by keeping his victims in the dark about a nonprosecution agreement.

  • April 15, 2021

    Iron Maiden, Law Firm Say Civil Theft Suit In Fla. Is Off Key

    British heavy metal band Iron Maiden and a Chicago law firm argued Thursday that a Florida federal court is an improper venue for e-commerce platform Viral Style's lawsuit alleging that they stole $200,000 from its PayPal business account and said the company's claims are also deficient.

  • April 15, 2021

    Hertz Defends Ch. 11 Plan, Says Exit Needed By Summer

    Warning that it needs to hit the gas soon on its Chapter 11 plan to get the benefit of "hot" debt and equity markets and the approaching summer travel season, The Hertz Corp. urged a Delaware bankruptcy judge Thursday to reject current disclosure and financing objections.

  • April 15, 2021

    Chili's Customers Get Class Cert. In Data Breach Suit

    A Florida federal judge has certified a nationwide class and a California-only class of Chili's customers who claim the restaurant chain's negligence led to a 2018 data breach that compromised their credit card information.

  • April 15, 2021

    11th Circ. Spikes Former LabCorp Worker's Age Bias Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has backed the dismissal of an age bias suit from a former LabCorp manager who spent more than 40 years at the health care giant before she was fired, saying she couldn't overcome the company's assertion that she was fired after years of poor performance.

  • April 15, 2021

    Fla. High Court Won't Review $25M Cannabis Crash Verdict

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday said it will not take up an appeal seeking to reinstate a $25 million award to the families of three people killed by a driver who had ingested a synthetic cannabinoid, saying it declined to exercise jurisdiction on the case.

  • April 15, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Carlyle, Aldi, Arena Capital

    A Carlyle Group venture has reportedly sold a Florida apartment complex for $58 million, Aldi is said to be leasing 20,110 square feet in Brooklyn, and an Arena Capital Holdings venture has reportedly sold a Florida retail center for $10 million.

  • April 15, 2021

    Bursor & Fisher Makes Play To Lead Robinhood MDL

    Bursor & Fisher PA touted its experience in class actions and multidistrict litigation as well as multiple clients with significant financial interest as it made a bid Wednesday to lead multidistrict litigation over stock-trading app Robinhood's decision to block users from buying certain volatile stocks including GameStop.

  • April 15, 2021

    Judge Won't Dissolve Teamsters' Disney Local Takeover

    A union member cannot force the International Brotherhood of Teamsters to wrap up its control over a local that represents character actors at Walt Disney World, a Florida federal judge has ruled, saying a planned election for union officers and the COVID-19 pandemic justify keeping the arrangement.

  • April 15, 2021

    NHL Attys' Filing In Retaliation Suit Draws Judge's Icy Reply

    Proskauer Rose LLP attorneys defending the National Hockey League against a former Tampa off-ice official's retaliation claims received a stern warning Wednesday from a Florida federal judge, who said a "poorly disguised" reply brief lodged without permission "reflects negatively on counsel."

  • April 15, 2021

    Trans Ex-Fire Chief Tells 11th Circ. To Revive Bias Suit

    A former Georgia city fire chief has urged the Eleventh Circuit to reopen her bias lawsuit, saying the city fired her for being open about her identity as a transgender woman and the district court shouldn't have dropped her suit over a procedural error.  

  • April 15, 2021

    Lewis Brisbois Adds 2 Partners In Tampa From Hinshaw

    BigLaw firm Lewis Brisbois announced Wednesday the expansion of its Tampa outpost with the addition of two new partners hired over from Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP.

  • April 14, 2021

    Ill., Fla. AGs Can Intervene Over 'Unfair' $31M Keurig Deal

    A New York federal court has allowed the attorneys general of Illinois and Florida to object to the method of distributing a $31 million settlement to residents of their states in a case accusing Keurig Inc. of monopolizing the market for single-serve coffee pods.

  • April 14, 2021

    Surgical Co. Says Insurer's J&J Suit Coverage Is Still Disputed

    A surgical product distributor told a Florida federal court Wednesday that disputed facts over an alleged policy-drafting mistake must be sorted out before it can be determined whether Hallmark Specialty Insurance Co. must defend it against Johnson & Johnson's accusations that it sold counterfeit medical products.

  • April 14, 2021

    Fired Atty 'Lucky' To Get Reduced Fees In GM Ignition MDL

    A New York federal judge has found that an attorney who filed ignition switch claims against GM on behalf of a client who had fired him can collect just over $3,000 of the nearly $22,000 in fees and expenses that he was seeking, saying that given his actions, he was "lucky to get anything."

  • April 14, 2021

    Bipartisan Bill Would Prioritize Uyghurs For Refugee Status

    Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and Chris Coons, D-Del., introduced legislation that would prioritize Uyghurs and other minority groups in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region for refugee status in the U.S.

  • April 14, 2021

    Florida Grower Says Pot Co. Tilray Sabotaged Applications

    A Florida nursery has alleged in a new lawsuit that Canadian cannabis company Tilray pulled a "bait and switch" in 2015, promising to use its industry expertise to help the grower secure a low-THC medical marijuana license only to intentionally sabotage the application.

  • April 14, 2021

    Florida Court Breaks Up Class In Sales Tax Suit Against BJ's

    A state appeals court on Wednesday reversed certification of a class in a Florida woman's suit alleging that BJ's Wholesale Club illegally overcharges sales tax on certain discounted items, finding that her challenge must be brought against the state.

  • April 14, 2021

    Passengers Push For Jury Trial In Carnival COVID-19 Suit

    Princess Cruise Lines passengers have asked a California federal court to deny Carnival Corp.'s bid to ax their demand for a jury trial in their suit claiming the companies let passengers board a ship even though they knew people on a previous voyage had COVID-19 symptoms.

  • April 14, 2021

    Inventor's Trust Sues Ex-Partner's Brother Over Lost Bitcoin

    Self-styled bitcoin inventor Craig Wright on Tuesday opened another front in his battle with the brother of his deceased business partner when a trust affiliated with Wright filed suit claiming the brother destroyed documents and electronic data that contained information needed to access billions of dollars' worth of bitcoin owned by the trust.

  • April 14, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Last Mile, Harbor Group, Charles Urso

    Last Mile Investments has reportedly paid $18.5 million for a Florida retail plaza, Harbor Group International is said to have loaned $40 million for a Houston-area apartment complex and an entity tied to investor Charles Urso has reportedly sold a Florida warehouse for $10.56 million.

  • April 14, 2021

    Fla. Judge Facing Ethics Suit For Allegedly Ditching Work

    Florida's judicial ethics watchdog filed a complaint Tuesday against a Palm Beach County judge, who is currently embroiled in a blackmail dispute with an attorney, for allegedly failing to devote her full attention to judicial duties and taking unauthorized absences.

  • April 14, 2021

    Kelley Kronenberg Adds Ex-Greenspoon Employment Atty

    Kelley Kronenberg LLP has added a former Greenspoon Marder LLP attorney with years of employment and labor experience as a partner and business unit leader in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

  • April 14, 2021

    Marshall Dennehey Launches Rideshare Liability Group

    Philadelphia-based BigLaw firm Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin PC has launched a new practice group covering rideshare liability suits.

  • April 14, 2021

    Orlando Major League Soccer Club Hit With OT Suit

    Major League Soccer organization Orlando City Soccer Club is facing claims it misclassified a sports events manager and therefore denied her overtime pay, according to a new suit filed in Florida federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • 5 Attorney Business Development Tips For The New Year

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    Lawyers should remember that the basics of interpersonal relationships have not changed despite the completely virtual environment caused by the pandemic, and should leverage the new year as an excuse to connect with clients in several ways, say Megan Senese and Courtney Hudson at Pillsbury.

  • ERISA Exhaustion Defense Still Viable In Some Jurisdictions

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    A Georgia federal court’s recent decision in Fleming v. Rollins is a reminder that despite an ongoing circuit split, administrators facing fiduciary breach claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act can, in certain courts, still assert defenses based on plaintiffs' failure to exhaust a plan's administrative remedies, says Art Marrapese at Barclay Damon.

  • Minimizing Disruption To Clients During Law Firm IT Upgrades

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    For law firms planning overhauls in their information technology infrastructures in light of hard lessons learned from pandemic-era transition to remote work, there are five ways to ensure even the biggest tech upgrade has minimal impact on client service, says Brad Paubel at Lexicon.

  • Tips For Drafting Effective Amicus Briefs

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    Careful construction of an amicus brief's essential elements — including the table of contents, which determines whether a brief gets studied or skimmed — and the order in which they are crafted are key to maximizing a party's hoped-for impact on a case before the U.S. Supreme Court or other appellate courts, say Mark Chopko and Karl Myers at Stradley Ronon.

  • Bid Protest Spotlight: Key New Decisions And 2020 Highlights

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    In this month's bid protest roundup, Victoria Angle and Michaela Thornton at MoFo focus attention on four December decisions from the U.S. Government Accountability Office, provide a few takeaways from the GAO's fiscal year 2020 report and highlight five of last year's most important bid protests.

  • 5 Trends That Will Influence E-Discovery In 2021

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    Changes in the way people work and communicate — which the pandemic has accelerated — will continue to bring new e-discovery challenges and shifts in data recovery this year, says Brian Schrader at Business Intelligence Associates.

  • Opinion

    Congress Shouldn't Abrogate Section 230 Immunity

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    Before tinkering with Section 230(c) of the Communications Decency Act, which has served the country well but has been attacked for protecting internet platforms, Congress should consider how capably courts have addressed Section 230 issues, as illustrated by a Florida federal court's ruling last year, say Aron Raskas and Nicole Atkinson at Gunster.

  • How Relationship Partners Can Draft Winning RFP Responses

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    With law firms likely to see longtime clients roll out requests for proposal amid cost-cutting strategies this year, relationship partners can ensure they don't lose their clients by taking five critical actions during the response process, says Matthew Prinn at RFP Advisory.

  • Securities Litigation Trends That Will Matter Most In 2021

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    As the pandemic rages on, 2021 promises more COVID-19-related securities litigation, as well as significant developments in the law related to federal forum provisions; environmental, social and governance-based derivative lawsuits; disclosure standards; and the presumption of reliance in class certification, say attorneys at Willkie.

  • Law Firm Merger Predictions For 2021

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    After a brief break in the multiyear streak of increasing law firm mergers, 2021 seems poised for a return to normal, with acquisitions involving small firms — those with under 400 lawyers — likely to dominate, says Peter Zeughauser at Zeughauser Group.

  • Top 5 Considerations For Cannabis Franchising In 2021

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    As more states legalize marijuana, cannabis franchisors and franchisees looking to enter the market in the new year must be creative, cognizant of all applicable restrictions and able to quickly adapt to a constantly changing environment, says Alan Gold at the Law Offices of Gold & Parado.

  • 2020 ERISA Litigation Trends Hint At What's Ahead This Year

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    Trends from a record-setting year for Employee Retirement Income Security Act litigation show no signs of slowing down in 2021, with more excessive fee claims targeting smaller plans, health coverage continuation notice lawsuits, and challenges to defined benefit plans’ actuarial assumptions likely on the horizon, say attorneys at Groom Law.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Guests Of 2020

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    Popular legal industry guest articles this year included commentary on white privilege in BigLaw, the pandemic's outsize impact on female lawyers, and business development in a socially distanced world.

  • A Law Firm's Guide To Producing A Podcast

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    Courtney Hudson and Megan Senese at Pillsbury offer tips on how law firms can utilize podcasts to deliver important legal insights to clients in a COVID-19 world, and how to make the process stress-free for participating lawyers and guests.

  • 5 Important E-Discovery Trends And Developments In 2020

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    The rapid adoption of varied remote communication and collaboration tools during the pandemic created new information preservation and privilege considerations this year, while courts and regulators offered some guidance on technology-assisted review and the movement of data across borders, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper and Boehringer Ingelheim.

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