Florida

  • September 24, 2021

    Trump Fights Transfer Of Big Tech Censorship Suits To Calif.

    Former President Donald Trump is urging a Florida federal judge to dismiss requests by Twitter and YouTube to transfer his censorship suits against them to the Northern District of California, saying the forum selection clauses in their terms of service do not apply to governmental entities.

  • September 24, 2021

    Fla. Panel Says Trial Court Must Rule If Game Is Illegal Slot

    A Florida appeals court on Friday found that a game room's operators had brought a triable issue before a lower court when they sought a ruling on whether an electronic game that local officials said they had to stop offering actually qualifies as a slot machine and violates state laws.

  • September 24, 2021

    Dubai Developer Revealed As Bidder On Surfside Condo Site

    The opening $120 million offer for the site of fallen Champlain Towers South condominium in Surfside, Florida, came from Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based Damac Properties PJSC, one of the Middle East's largest real estate developers, a court filing revealed Friday.

  • September 24, 2021

    Pension Fund Unlikely To Get 2nd Shot At MiMedx Class

    A Georgia federal judge said Friday that he's likely to reject an effort by a pension fund to reopen a securities fraud class action against MiMedx Group Inc., saying there have been no new arguments raised since he dismissed the fund's claims for lack of standing.

  • September 24, 2021

    SPAC Investor Sues Over Post-Deal Slide Of Telehealth Co.

    A blank-check company stockholder whose shares began a deep nosedive immediately after its $1.35 billion reverse merger with digital health management venture UpHealth has sued sponsor Avi Katz and others in Delaware, claiming fiduciary duty breaches and unjust enrichment.

  • September 24, 2021

    Fla. Says Biden Immigration Policies Violate Law

    Florida told the Eleventh Circuit on Friday that two Biden administration policies temporarily narrowing the types of migrants prioritized for removal run afoul of the Immigration and Nationality Act's mandatory detention provision that requires detention of criminal noncitizens.

  • September 24, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Kolter Homes, Savanna, DR Horton

    Kolter Homes is reportedly hoping to rezone 466 acres in Florida, Savanna is said to have leased out 20,175 square feet in New York, and D.R. Horton has reportedly paid $7.31 million for a Florida development site.

  • September 24, 2021

    11th Circ. May Wait On High Court Ruling In Ga. Abortion Case

    Eleventh Circuit judges indicated Friday they are likely to stay Georgia's bid to revive its controversial abortion bill until the U.S. Supreme Court decides a Mississippi abortion case that challenges Roe v. Wade.

  • September 24, 2021

    Stroock Adds Experienced Litigation Partner In Miami

    Stroock & Stroock & Lavan LLP continued its active growth in 2021 with the addition of a Miami-based litigation partner with experience in a wide variety of disputes and arbitrations including prisoner class actions and EB-5 investment suits, the firm announced.

  • September 23, 2021

    Ga. Judge Takes Dig At Overcomplicated Drink Formula IP Suit

    A Georgia federal judge has chided counsel for lengthy pleadings in a drink formula trade secret suit between rival beverage makers even as he kept most of the case intact in a ruling that began by stating, "Lawyers sometimes make matters unnecessarily complicated."

  • September 23, 2021

    Judge Cautions About Harming Surfside Site's Value

    A day after a conditional "stalking horse" contract was signed for the site of fallen condominiums in Surfside, Florida, the state court judge overseeing related litigation cautioned Thursday against public statements questioning the property's fate, which he said would only hurt its eventual sale price and victims' recovery.

  • September 23, 2021

    Real Estate Rumors: Weiss Serota, Liakas Law, Janoura

    Weiss Serota has reportedly inked a deal for 12,138 square feet in Florida, Liakas Law is said to be leasing 13,445 square feet in New York, and an entity managed by investor Michael Janoura has reportedly bought a Florida retail plaza for $12.38 million.

  • September 23, 2021

    Ex-CBD Exec Gets Employer's Counterclaims Axed, For Now

    A Florida federal judge has granted a former CBD company executive's motion to dismiss counterclaims brought by his former employer, which alleged that he deceived the company into hiring him, finding the company's allegations weren't sufficiently specific.

  • September 23, 2021

    Shipbuilding Cos. Escape Faulty Navy Ship Pipes Suit

    A Florida judge closed the book on a couple who attempted to blow the whistle on U.S. Navy contractors who installed defective pipe fittings on nuclear submarines, saying that despite years of trying, they still lacked sufficient evidence.

  • September 23, 2021

    Spencer Fane Opens Fort Lauderdale Office

    Spencer Fane LLP has opened an office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, shifting two attorneys who specialize in real estate matters to the firm's second location in the Sunshine State, it has announced.

  • September 23, 2021

    Ex-Cruise Worker Says She Didn't Hide Preexisting Conditions

    A former cruise ship worker asked the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to reverse a judgment in favor of her employer, a shipboard spa contractor, in a dispute over health care costs, arguing she didn't intentionally conceal any preexisting conditions before taking the job.

  • September 23, 2021

    Contracting Co. Operators Charged In Agriculture Visa Case

    A Florida grand jury returned a six-count indictment against three employees at a labor contracting company that allegedly exploited and extorted migrant agricultural workers, harbored them after their visas expired and falsified documents to avoid federal scrutiny.

  • September 23, 2021

    Kelley Kronenberg Adds Atty To Expanding Insurance Practice

    Florida-based law firm Kelley Kronenberg continued its insurance defense litigation practice expansion Tuesday by adding a new partner in Miami.

  • September 23, 2021

    MTV Beats Trademark Suit Over 'Floribama Shore'

    A Florida federal judge ruled Wednesday that the MTV reality show "Floribama Shore" didn't violate the trademark rights of an oyster bar called the Flora-Bama, rejecting the case on First Amendment grounds.

  • September 22, 2021

    Texas Law Barring 'Viewpoint' Social Media Bans Challenged

    Two technology industry groups filed a federal suit Wednesday challenging a new Texas law that prohibits social media companies from banning users based on their "viewpoint," saying the law unconstitutionally restricts the platforms' speech rights.

  • September 22, 2021

    Providers Get Class Certification In Geico Underpayment Suit

    A Florida federal judge certified a class of health care providers Wednesday to pursue claims that Geico General Insurance Co. has engaged in a widespread practice of improperly underpaying personal injury protection claims in violation of its policy language.

  • September 22, 2021

    Fla. Appeals Court Reverses $10.5M Smoker's Award

    A Florida appeals court Wednesday reversed a $10.5 million jury award to a former Marine who lost his larynx after getting smoking-related cancer, ruling that the smoker's claims against Philip Morris are barred by Florida's statute of repose for fraud.

  • September 22, 2021

    US Trustee Challenges Constitutionality Of Purdue Releases

    The nondebtor, third-party releases included in Purdue Pharma's Chapter 11 plan are unconstitutional, the U.S. Trustee's Office has argued, asking a New York bankruptcy judge to wait until a higher court rules on the federal watchdog's challenge to the releases.

  • September 22, 2021

    Investors Say Robinhood's MDL Dismissal Bid Is Too Early

    Investors who allege Robinhood and other securities trading platforms colluded to freeze "meme stock" purchases in January slammed the companies' motion to dismiss their multidistrict litigation on Tuesday, telling the judge that they successfully alleged an antitrust conspiracy and arguing it is too early to dismiss the case anyway.

  • September 22, 2021

    Police Say Court Erred In Halting Bulletproof Vest Class Action

    A group of police associations and officers urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to revive their suit alleging a design defect in bulletproof vests made by Florida-based Point Blank Enterprises Inc., arguing the trial court made numerous legal errors in denying them class certification.

Expert Analysis

  • Perspectives

    One-Subject Rule Strategy Can Defeat Dangerous State Laws

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    Attorneys at Ulmer & Berne explain how single-subject rule violation claims can thwart certain unconstitutional or controversial state statutes and protect civil rights in the face of state governments under one-party rule.

  • Fla. Business Judgment Ruling May Benefit US Country Clubs

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    The recent Florida appellate court ruling in Share v. Broken Sound Club fills the void in case law applying the business judgment rule to country clubs, highlights the broad scope of authority granted to these clubs across the state, and carries potential nationwide industry benefits, say Eric Coleman and Ryan Roman at Akerman.

  • 3 Attorney Ethics Considerations For Litigation Funding

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    The growth of the litigation finance industry has generated questions on the obligations of counsel when their clients are seeking outside capital to fund litigation, which litigators must understand when providing information to a third-party funder and discussing legal strategy with a client, says Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • How ABA Opinion Shifts Alternative Biz Structure Landscape

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion approving lawyers' passive investment in nonlawyer-owned firms eliminates a hurdle for law firms wishing to scale their practice through alternative business structures, but aspiring investors should follow a few best practices, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: HPE Counsel Talk Effective Board Oversight

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    Governance teams can more effectively shape board oversight of environmental, social and governance issues by ensuring organizationwide agreement on the most relevant issues, building a materiality framework that reflects stakeholder input, and monitoring the integration of ESG into operations, say Rishi Varma and Derek Windham at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • How Websites Can Ward Off Novel State Law Wiretap Suits

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    As plaintiffs' legal theories surrounding wiretapping and the use of third-party analytics tools to collect data have evolved, with attorneys now filing privacy and security-breaching suits under state statutes, there are several strategies websites can employ to guard against these claims and defeat class actions, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Bankruptcy Eligibility Is Expanding For Small Biz Debtors

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    A Florida bankruptcy court's recent decision in Vertical Mac Construction expands the scope of "just enough" commercial or business activity for Subchapter V eligibility, and potential debtors should consider this evolving boundary, says Nicholas Koffroth at Fox Rothschild.

  • Series

    Insurance Commissioner's Agenda: Del. Tackles Mental Health

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    Delaware Insurance Commissioner Trinidad Navarro highlights the state's efforts to achieve insurance coverage parity for mental health care by confronting systemic stigma and penalizing disparate and restrictive insurance determinations.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Leidos GC Talks Social Responsibility

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    Recent criticisms of corporate commitments to stakeholders such as employees and communities — implicitly opposing environmental, social and governance initiatives — are fundamentally flawed and display a serious misunderstanding of contemporary investor priorities and dynamics, says Jerald Howe at Leidos.

  • Lessons In Crisis Lawyering 20 Years After 9/11

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    Dianne Phillips at Holland & Knight recounts her experiences as in-house counsel at a liquefied natural gas company in the tumultuous aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and details the lessons she learned about lawyering in a crisis, including the importance of careful forethought and having trusted advisers on speed dial.

  • Gulf Coast Offshore Wind: Opportunities And Challenges

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    A recent announcement from the U.S. Department of the Interior signals opportunities for clean energy developers on the Gulf of Mexico outer continental shelf, but offshore wind projects in the region will still face many environmental and technical hurdles, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Why Structured Data Is Increasingly Important To Your Case

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    During discovery, legal teams often overlook structured data — the rows of information found in financial ledgers and similar corporate systems — and consider it secondary to emails and other anecdotal evidence, but this common mistake could mean litigators are missing key elements of a dispute, say consultants at Alvarez & Marsal.

  • New Fla. Atty Fee Law May Be Boon To Property Insurers

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    A new Florida law designed to curb property insurance litigation should add some balance to a historically hostile environment for insurers by shifting the onus onto policyholders to prove entitlement to attorney fees, say attorneys at Zelle.

  • Opinion

    COVID Shows Reform Is Needed On State Vs. Local Authority

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    With Texas, Florida and a few other states seemingly bent on undermining city, county and school district public health authority to undertake COVID-19 measures such as mask mandates, the imperative to strengthen local government power through state constitutional amendments is critical, says Marissa Roy at the Public Rights Project.

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