Florida

  • February 28, 2024

    Fla. Judge OKs $43.5M Deutsche Bank Deal In Ch. 15 Case

    A Florida bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved a $43.5 million settlement between Deutsche Bank AG and liquidators for a group of Caribbean-based companies to resolve claims against the bank for its alleged role in a real estate Ponzi scheme targeting rich South Americans.

  • February 28, 2024

    Ga. Panel Brings Doctor In, Publix Out In Drug Allergy Case

    The Georgia Court of Appeals on Wednesday overturned a trial court ruling releasing a doctor from the professional malpractice suit of a patient who was hospitalized for nearly two weeks following an allergic reaction to a prescription drug but remained "unpersuaded" that Publix Super Markets Inc. was liable in the case.

  • February 28, 2024

    Seminole Sports Gaming Compact Worth $4.4B, Report Says

    An economic research agency in Florida estimated in a recent report that a gaming compact between the state and the Seminole Tribe of Florida that is currently pending certiorari review by the U.S. Supreme Court will garner $4.4 billion in new revenues for the state over the next six years.

  • February 28, 2024

    Senate Brings This Week's Fla. Judge Confirmations To Four

    The Senate on Wednesday confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judges Julie Sneed and Melissa Damian to the Middle and Southern districts, respectively, of Florida, bringing the total of Florida judges confirmed this week to four.

  • February 28, 2024

    Insurer Wins New Trial Due To Paralegal's Surprise Testimony

    An insurer will receive a new trial in its coverage dispute with two homeowners over damage caused by a water supply line failure, a Florida state appeals court ruled, finding the insurer was prejudiced by the trial court allowing a paralegal to testify as a surprise witness.

  • February 28, 2024

    CFPB, FTC Urge 11th Circ. To Rule Against 'Pay-To-Pay' Fees

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Federal Trade Commission have backed consumers battling mortgage servicer Ocwen over the legality of so-called convenience fees, urging the Eleventh Circuit to affirm that federal prohibitions apply to the charges.

  • February 28, 2024

    Homeowners Urge Judge To Toss 'Tactical' MV Realty Ch. 11

    A committee of homeowners who signed agreements with MV Realty told a Florida bankruptcy judge on Tuesday that the company filed for Chapter 11 as a maneuver to dodge a series of state actions seeking to void predatory deals with some 40,000 homeowners in 34 states.

  • February 28, 2024

    Earth, Wind & Fire Wants TM Win Against Cover Band

    The entity that owns the intellectual property of the musical group Earth, Wind & Fire asked a Florida federal judge on Wednesday to grant it a win on trademark infringement claims against a concert producer and a promoter, arguing their "Legacy Reunion of Earth, Wind & Fire Alumni" concerts created significant marketplace confusion.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Says Ermi Counterclaims In Qui Tam Case Can Stand

    A Georgia federal judge has refused to free Ermi LLC's former chief compliance officer from counterclaims the company lodged in response to her whistleblower suit accusing the company of fraud and retaliation, with the judge saying the company has adequately alleged breaches of fiduciary duty and contract claims.

  • February 28, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Late Filing Dooms Black Trucker's Bias Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit has refused to reinstate a lawsuit filed by a Black former truck driver for a waste management company who said he was unfairly berated by his supervisor and then fired after 30 years of service, saying he filed his pre-suit discrimination charge too late.

  • February 28, 2024

    Full 11th Circ. Won't Rethink Meadows' Failed Removal Bid

    The Eleventh Circuit declined Wednesday to give former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows another shot at removing his Georgia election interference prosecution to federal court, rejecting Meadows' bid for an en banc review of his unsuccessful appeal.

  • February 28, 2024

    Classified Docs Out Of Defense's Reach In Mar-A-Lago Case

    The Florida federal judge overseeing former President Donald Trump's criminal case over allegedly mishandling secret documents after leaving office ruled Wednesday that defense counsel can't see government motions asking to restrict classified information produced in discovery, a day after Trump's two co-defendants were prohibited from reviewing 5,100 pages of classified material.

  • February 28, 2024

    Trump Can't Freeze $465M Penalty But Can Seek Loans

    A New York state appellate judge on Wednesday refused to freeze the $465 million civil fraud judgment against Donald Trump while he appeals the award, but said the former president could take out loans to cover the cost of the judgment.  

  • February 28, 2024

    Nurse Wants Staff Co. Wage Suit Paused For 11th Circ. Appeal

    A nurse asked a Georgia federal judge to stay her proposed class action alleging a staffing firm lured nurses to work in Florida using unfulfilled wage promises, pending her appeal of a ruling denying her bid for class certification.

  • February 28, 2024

    Baker Donelson Hires Dickinson Wright IP Atty In Florida

    Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC has announced the hiring of a former Dickinson Wright PLLC member who spent more than 5½ years in that firm's Florida offices.

  • February 27, 2024

    SEC Accuses Ex-Tech CEO Of Social Media Fraud Scheme

    The former CEO and co-founder of digital advertising company Alfi Inc. was sued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday for allegedly making false and misleading statements on social media about the now-defunct company's financial performance to try and boost its stock price.

  • February 27, 2024

    J&J's CMO Says He Would've Pulled Talc If It Caused Cancer

    The chief medical officer at Johnson & Johnson told jurors Tuesday that his department's review of the scientific literature showed no link between baby powder use and ovarian cancer, saying he would have pulled the product from shelves if they'd found a link.

  • February 27, 2024

    11th Circ. Throws Shade On $40M Sunglasses Repair Deal

    The Eleventh Circuit has eliminated a $40 million settlement of class allegations that the Costa Del Mar sunglasses company deceived customers about its lifetime warranty, siding with objectors who said an inflated value of consumer vouchers in the deal prompted unreasonably large attorney fees.

  • February 27, 2024

    OpenAI 'Fails to Explain' Away Fee Bid, 11th Circ. Told

    A Georgia radio host is continuing to press his case that OpenAI owes him legal fees for its abortive bid to remove his defamation suit against the company to federal court, telling the Eleventh Circuit on Tuesday that there's ample grounds to send the case back to the district court level for the explanation he's owed.

  • February 27, 2024

    Fla. Judge Says Yacht Suit Doesn't Support Punitive Damages

    A Florida federal judge has recommended that punitive damages sought in a bad faith lawsuit against Travelers over failing to properly investigate a damaged yacht claim should be tossed, saying that the allegations don't support the higher standard needed to show malicious behavior or reckless disregard by the insurance company.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ousted Fla. Atty Eyeing Potential Run After 11th Circ. Ruling

    Suspended state prosecutor Andrew Warren said Monday he may revisit his decision not to seek reelection in light of the Eleventh Circuit ruling reviving his lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, asking the appeals court to speed up the appeal.

  • February 27, 2024

    Insurer Misled Lockheed On Contamination Suit, Court Told

    Lockheed Martin has told a Maryland federal court that its insurer "lured" it into believing for months that it would defend the company against claims that Lockheed's release of various toxic substances contaminated property and injured individuals near its Orlando, Florida, weapons manufacturing facility.

  • February 27, 2024

    Confirmation Of 2 Fla. Judges Eases Judicial Emergencies

    On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Becerra and David Seymour Leibowitz, corporate counsel for the Braman Management Association, to the Southern District of Florida.

  • February 27, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Taps Sarasota-Area Firm Attys For New Office

    Fox Rothschild LLP has widened its Florida footprint with the opening of an office in Sarasota and the addition of a three-attorney team from Blalock Walters PA.

  • February 26, 2024

    Feds, Fla. Oppose Sharing Power In Clean Water Act Program

    The federal government and Florida are now fighting over how much power each should get after a D.C. federal judge struck down the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to approve the Sunshine State's bid to assume authority over a key Clean Water Act permitting program.

Expert Analysis

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    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • A Rare Look At Judicial Interpretation Of LEG Exclusions

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    A Florida federal court’s order last month in Archer Western-De Moya v. Ace American Insurance and an earlier decision from a D.C. federal court offer insight into how courts may interpret defects exclusion clauses developed by the London Engineering Group — filling a void in case law in the area, says Jonathan Bruce at Holman Fenwick.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Why Fla. High Court Adopting Apex Doctrine Is Monumental

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    The Florida Supreme Court recently solidified the apex doctrine in the Sunshine State, an important development that extends the scope of the doctrine in the state to include both corporate and government officials, and formalizes the requirements for a high-level corporate official to challenge a request for a deposition, says Laura Renstrom at Holland & Knight.

  • 5 Lessons For SaaS Companies After Blackbaud Data Breach

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    Looking at the enforcement actions that software-as-a-service provider Blackbaud resolved with state attorneys general, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission in the past year can help SaaS companies manage these increasingly common forms of data breaches, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Legislative And Litigation Trends In Environmental Advertising

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    Companies that tout their products' environmental benefits can significantly reduce the risk that they will face allegations of greenwashing by staying up to date on related Federal Trade Commission guidance, state requirements and litigation trends, say Raqiyyah Pippins and Kelsie Sicinski at Arnold & Porter.

  • Preparing For DOJ's Data Analytics Push In FCPA Cases

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    After the U.S. Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it will leverage data analytics in Foreign Corrupt Practice Act investigations and prosecutions, companies will need to develop a compliance strategy that likewise implements data analytics to get ahead of enforcement risks, say attorneys at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Storytelling Strategies To Defuse Courtroom Conspiracies

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    Misinformation continues to proliferate in all sectors of society, including in the courtroom, as jurors try to fill in the gaps of incomplete trial narratives — underscoring the need for attorneys to tell a complete, consistent and credible story before and during trial, says David Metz at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • EDNY Ruling Charts 99 Problems In Rap Lyric Admissibility

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    A New York federal court’s recent ruling in U.S. v. Jordan powerfully captures courts’ increasing skepticism about the admissibility of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials, particularly at a time when artists face economic incentives to embrace fictional, hyperbolic narratives, say attorneys at Sher Tremonte.

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    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

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    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • The Legal Industry Needs A Cybersecurity Paradigm Shift

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    As law firms face ever-increasing risks of cyberattacks and ransomware incidents, the legal industry must implement robust cybersecurity measures and privacy-centric practices to preserve attorney-client privilege, safeguard client trust and uphold the profession’s integrity, says Ryan Paterson at Unplugged.

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