Florida

  • February 09, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA NIL Rule Lives; Dartmouth Players Win

    In this week's Off The Bench, a Tennessee judge sends mixed signals to the NCAA in the fight over its NIL recruiting ban, Dartmouth's basketball players tally a win for college athletes' unionization efforts, and DraftKings tries to stop rival Fanatics from benefiting from a former executive who switched sides. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • February 09, 2024

    CORRECTED: 11th Circ. Says Guilty Plea Sinks Appeal In Investment Fraud Case

    The Eleventh Circuit declined to take up the appeal of a man who pled guilty to wire fraud after being accused of stealing investment funds from a wealthy widow, ruling that his plea was unconditional. Correction: A previous version of this story misidentified the defendant and had an incorrect case number and counsel information. The errors have been corrected.

  • February 09, 2024

    US Gun Cos. Will Ask Justices To Toss Mexico Trafficking Suit

    Smith & Wesson, Glock, Baretta and other gun companies said during a hearing Friday that they will turn to the U.S. Supreme Court after the First Circuit revived a suit by the Mexican government that seeks to hold the firearms industry responsible for thousands of trafficked weapons.

  • February 09, 2024

    Owens Corning To Buy Door-Maker Masonite In $3.9B Deal

    Ohio-based construction materials manufacturer Owens Corning said Friday it has inked a $3.9 billion agreement to buy Tampa, Florida-based door-maker Masonite International Corp., just weeks after the latter company's earlier effort to buy PGT Innovations Inc. fell through.

  • February 08, 2024

    Walmart Settles With EEOC Over Fla. Worker Harassment

    Walmart has resolved a lawsuit brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, agreeing Thursday to train supervisors at a north Florida facility on how to prevent sexual harassment after an employee alleged the company mishandled her complaints about a co-worker and fired her in retaliation.

  • February 08, 2024

    M&T Bank's Freeze 'Crumbled' Fla. Law Firm, $1.5M Suit Says

    A Florida law firm has sued M&T Bank for $1.5 million in Tampa federal court over allegations that the bank "crumbled" the firm's business by unreasonably restricting its trust account during a recent chargeback dispute.

  • February 08, 2024

    Cannabis Co. Sues Colorado Regulators Over Tracking Rules

    A Colorado company that makes edible cannabis products has sued state regulators over what it describes as a confusing series of regulatory moves in recent months regarding the tracking of cannabis products and their insistence on the use of a particular tracking device through a state contractor.

  • February 08, 2024

    Del. Chancery Questions Broker's 'Ornate' Board Control Fix

    Bylaw amendments adopted by insurance broker BRP Group Inc. in response to a shareholder's complaint that its co-founders wielded too much control over the company's board may have "narrowed" the problem but did not necessarily eliminate it, a Delaware Chancery Court vice chancellor said Thursday at a hearing in Wilmington.

  • February 08, 2024

    Fla. Justices Won't Reconsider Apex Doctrine Rule

    The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday refused a request from the state's attorney general to reconsider part of a decision formally adopting the apex doctrine, which makes it harder for opposing litigants to depose top officials, and extending its application to the private sector.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ga. Judge Hits Medicare Fraud Duo With 37-Month Sentences

    A Georgia federal judge on Thursday sentenced a man and woman to 37-month prison sentences for their role in a scheme that used their marketing company to trade doctors' medical device orders and rip off Medicare for more than $1.5 million.

  • February 08, 2024

    11th Circ. Won't Undo State Farm's Shooting Coverage Loss

    The Eleventh Circuit refused Thursday to hear State Farm's challenge to a lower court decision ordering it to cover an $877,660 judgment for a gas station employee shot on the premises that he obtained against his employers, finding it lacked jurisdiction since the decision wasn't final or immediately appealable.

  • February 08, 2024

    11th Circ. Keeps Nissan's Win In Mechanics' Wage Suit

    Nissan can escape a proposed wage and hour collective action brought by dealership mechanics because it didn't jointly employ them, the Eleventh Circuit said Thursday, upholding a Florida federal court's decision in favor of the car manufacturer.

  • February 08, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: HGI, Lion Development, Kushner

    An affiliate of Harbor Group International is believed to be the buyer of two apartment complexes near Denver for $132.5 million, a Lion Development venture has reportedly spent $16.5 million on a Miami development site and Kushner Cos. is said to have sold a pair of multifamily properties for $14.7 million.

  • February 08, 2024

    GolfNow And NBC Hit With Class Action Over Data Sharing

    GolfPass subscribers have hit GolfNow LLC and NBC Universal Media with a proposed class action claiming the companies collect and share consumers' personally identifiable information with Meta without their consent.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-UPS Worker Urges 11th Circ. To Save Retaliation Suit

    A former United Parcel Service package handler and Teamsters union member in Florida has pressed the Eleventh Circuit to reinstate a retaliation lawsuit over his termination after sustaining a knee injury, saying he was fired while recovering but not properly notified until months later.

  • February 08, 2024

    Investor Denies Making Yacht Buy To Hide Truth Social Gains

    A Florida venture capitalist on Thursday denied laundering insider-trading proceeds via the purchase of a $14.7 million yacht, after prosecutors alleged in Manhattan federal court that he illegally profited from a secret plan to take Donald Trump's Truth Social company public.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Must Revamp Social Media Defamation Suit

    The social media influencer facing a $150 million defamation lawsuit claiming he misrepresented an ex-Greenberg Traurig LLP attorney's nightmarish divorce can breathe a sigh of relief — for now — as a Florida federal judge tossed the suit Thursday after finding it is "far longer than it needs be," but said most of it can proceed if refiled properly.

  • February 08, 2024

    OpenAI Asks 11th Circ. To Uphold Fee Ruling

    OpenAI urged the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a federal judge's decision not to dock it attorney fees for attempting to remove a Georgia radio host's defamation lawsuit to federal court, saying it had "an objectively reasonable basis for removal."

  • February 08, 2024

    States Back ND Lawmaker's Bid To Overturn VRA Ruling

    More than two dozen states are backing an Eighth Circuit bid by North Dakota Secretary of State Micheal Howe to overturn a ruling that affirmed Voting Rights Act violations, arguing that despite the law's clarity, the district court allowed private plaintiffs to challenge a redistricting plan.

  • February 08, 2024

    McDonald's Ends Suit Accusing Managers Of Racist Abuse

    McDonald's and a franchisee have resolved a race bias suit from Black former workers who said their managers called them "ghetto" and "smelly" and fired one of them for complaining about it, according to a filing in Illinois federal court.

  • February 08, 2024

    NY Judge Scolds Trump Attys For Response To Perjury Query

    The New York state judge overseeing Donald Trump's civil fraud trial on Thursday chastised defense attorneys for their "misleading" response to his demands for information about reports of possible perjury by defendant and key trial witness Allen Weisselberg.

  • February 07, 2024

    Hose Co. Says Patent Battle Raises Ethical Questions

    A company that sells flexible, retractable hoses has told the director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that a rival's latest legal maneuver in their decadelong patent war "presents a substantial threat to the integrity of the patent system."

  • February 07, 2024

    EDTX Eclipses WDTX As Top Patent Venue

    The Eastern District of Texas in 2023 surpassed the state's Western District as the most popular venue for patent litigation nationally, now that patent cases are no longer automatically assigned to a prominent judge in Waco, according to new data from Lex Machina.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Ex-Judge Seeks Lighter Penalty Over Inflated Finances

    A former Florida county court judge urged the state's high court on Wednesday to impose a minimum one-year rehabilitative suspension for inflating campaign finances rather than disbarment, arguing that other attorneys have received lighter punishments under comparable circumstances.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Judge Won't Toss Miami City Atty Real Estate Scheme Suit

    A Florida judge on Wednesday refused to toss claims accusing the husband of Miami's city attorney of running a scheme to pressure homeowners into below-market sales, rejecting arguments that the suit was filed too late.

Expert Analysis

  • Property Owner Considerations Around Electric Vehicle Bans

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    In light of a property management company's recent ban on electric vehicles in Canada, it's worth considering how similar bans might fare in Florida and other U.S. states, and the legal ramifications that could potentially arise, say Gerardo Ortega and Gary Kaleita at Lowndes.

  • Breaking Down High Court's New Code Of Conduct

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently adopted its first-ever code of conduct, and counsel will need to work closely with clients in navigating its provisions, from gift-giving to recusal bids, say Phillip Gordon and Mateo Forero at Holtzman Vogel.

  • Trump NY Fraud Trial Shows Civil, Criminal Case Differences

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    Former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial currently unfolding in New York provides a reminder that civil bench trials can be just as damaging, if not more so, than criminal prosecutions, due to several key elements of civil litigation procedure, says retired attorney David Moskowitz.

  • Opinion

    Legal Profession Gender Parity Requires Equal Parental Leave

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    To truly foster equity in the legal profession and to promote attorney retention, workplaces need to better support all parents, regardless of gender — starting by offering equal and robust parental leave to both birthing and non-birthing parents, says Ali Spindler at Irwin Fritchie.

  • Opinion

    Activist Short-Sellers Are The Dark Knights Of Wall Street

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    While so-called activist short-sellers have been subject to increased scrutiny in recent years, these investors work in the shadows like Batman to expose fraud on Wall Street, often generating leads that may move regulators to take action, say attorneys at Labaton Sucharow.

  • Series

    Writing Thriller Novels Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Authoring several thriller novels has enriched my work by providing a fresh perspective on my privacy practice, expanding my knowledge, and keeping me alert to the next wave of issues in an increasingly complex space — a reminder to all lawyers that extracurricular activities can help sharpen professional instincts, says Reece Hirsch at Morgan Lewis.

  • What Lawyers Must Know About Calif. State Bar's AI Guidance

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    Initial recommendations from the State Bar of California regarding use of generative artificial intelligence by lawyers have the potential to become a useful set of guidelines in the industry, covering confidentiality, supervision and training, communications, discrimination and more, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Industry Must Elevate Native American Women Attys' Stories

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    The American Bar Association's recent research study into Native American women attorneys' experiences in the legal industry reveals the glacial pace of progress, and should inform efforts to amplify Native voices in the field, says Mary Smith, president of the ABA.

  • A Year-End Look At Florida's Capital Investment Tax Credit

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    Notwithstanding the Walt Disney Co.’s feud with Gov. Ron DeSantis this year, Florida's capital investment tax credit will continue to make the state a favored destination for large corporations, particularly in light of the new federal alternative minimum tax and the Pillar Two top-up tax, says Alan Lederman at Gunster.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: Tracking MDL Geography

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    In recent years, the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation has predominantly selected states east of the Mississippi River as venues for new MDLs — but with half of the proceedings it has created in recent months venued in Arizona and California, the panel is not neglecting the western part of the country, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • Understanding Discovery Obligations In Era Of Generative AI

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    Attorneys and businesses must adapt to the unique discovery challenges presented by generative artificial intelligence, such as chatbot content and prompts, while upholding the principles of fairness, transparency and compliance with legal obligations in federal civil litigation, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • An Overview Of Circuit Courts' Interlocutory Motion Standards

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    The Federal Arbitration Act allows litigants to file an immediate appeal from an order declining to enforce an arbitration agreement, but the circuit courts differ on the specific requirements for the underlying order as well as which motion must be filed, as demonstrated in several 2023 decisions, says Kristen Mueller at Mueller Law.

  • The Case For Post-Bar Clerk Training Programs At Law Firms

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    In today's competitive legal hiring market, an intentionally designed training program for law school graduates awaiting bar admission can be an effective way of creating a pipeline of qualified candidates, says Brent Daub at Gilson Daub.

  • Attorneys Have An Ethical Duty To Protect The Judiciary

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    The tenor of public disagreement and debate has become increasingly hostile against judges, and though the legislative branch is trying to ameliorate this safety gap, lawyers have a moral imperative and professional requirement to stand with judges in defusing attacks against them and their rulings, says Deborah Winokur at Cozen O'Connor.

  • AI Can Help Lawyers Overcome The Programming Barrier

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    Legal professionals without programming expertise can use generative artificial intelligence to harness the power of automation and other technology solutions to streamline their work, without the steep learning curve traditionally associated with coding, says George Zalepa at Greenberg Traurig.

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