Florida

  • February 07, 2024

    TradeStation To Pay SEC, States $3M Over Crypto Lending

    State and federal securities regulators on Wednesday unveiled a $3 million set of settlements with TradeStation Crypto Inc. to resolve claims that the crypto-focused brokerage failed to register its interest-earning program for digital assets as a security.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Justices Hesitant To Limit Abortion Ballot Measure

    Florida's justices on Wednesday seemed skeptical of the state attorney general's argument that a ballot measure seeking to preserve abortion access is misleading, saying it would put an "impossible burden" on amendment proposals and would force the court to wade into a political question that should be left to voters.

  • February 07, 2024

    Trump Trial Judge Gets Little Info On Exec's Alleged Perjury

    An attorney for Donald Trump and his companies' former chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg told the New York state judge presiding over their civil fraud trial Wednesday that she could not respond to "unsubstantiated" reports that the ex-CFO was in plea negotiations for allegedly lying on the stand, citing her ethical obligations.

  • February 07, 2024

    Judge Says Antitrust Claims Against Suns Owner Fall Short

    A magistrate judge has recommended that a Florida federal court toss a mortgage broker's antitrust case against the owner of the NBA's Phoenix Suns and his company United Wholesale Mortgage, saying the claims fail to allege competition was blocked.

  • February 07, 2024

    Surgical Robot Co. Sued Over Internal Burns, Death Of Patient

    A widower is suing Intuitive Surgical Inc. in Florida federal court, alleging the company hid a defect in its da Vinci surgical robots that allowed electricity to arc during his wife's surgery, burning her small intestine and leading to her death.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Utility Board Ignored Grid Upgrade Costs, Ratepayers Say

    Florida's electricity ratepayers on Wednesday told the state's high court that a public utility board misread a statute requiring it to evaluate companies' plans to strengthen the power grid against severe weather, saying the cost-effectiveness of upgrades wasn't considered before a vote to pass expenses onto customers.

  • February 07, 2024

    No Defense Owed For $500K Defects Dispute, Insurer Says

    A GBLI Global Indemnity unit does not owe coverage to a general contractor and subcontractor in connection with a Clearwater, Florida-area couple's bid for more than $500,000 in damages for construction defects, the insurer has told a Florida federal court.

  • February 07, 2024

    South Fla. Resort Heads To Liquidation After Failed Sale

    A Florida bankruptcy judge took no issue Wednesday with converting a West Palm Beach, Florida, resort's insolvency case to a Chapter 7 liquidation of its assets after a $102 million Chapter 11 sale fell through last year.

  • February 07, 2024

    REIT Raises $672M IPO At Low End While Insurer Pulls Plans

    Senior housing real estate investment trust American Healthcare REIT Inc. rose in debut trading Wednesday after pricing a $672 million initial public offering at the bottom of its range, while insurer The Fortegra Group Inc. canceled its offering given market conditions, revealing mixed signals about the nascent IPO recovery.

  • February 07, 2024

    Investor Wants Fla. CBD Co.'s Atty DQ'd In Fraud Suit

    An investor in a Florida health goods company asked a federal judge Wednesday to disqualify an attorney from representing a company principal, saying the attorney should instead testify at trial because he knows about relevant contract negotiations.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Aircraft Co.'s Claims Narrowed In Hurricane Coverage Suit

    A Florida federal judge pumped the brakes on some of a Florida aircraft company's claims against its insurer related to its relocation in 2017 after Hurricane Irma, saying the company can't introduce previously concealed damages in the nearly $250,000 dispute. 

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Courts' Fines And Fees Trap Poor In Debt, ABA Finds

    The public defense group of the American Bar Association on Wednesday released a comprehensive report lambasting the fines and fees system in Florida's county-level misdemeanor court system, recommending the courts eliminate so-called user fees and establish an "ability-to-pay standard."

  • February 07, 2024

    NBA, McCarter & English Roped Into Voyager Crypto Fight

    The fallout from the collapse of Voyager Digital Holdings Inc. has widened as investors in the bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange filed a proposed class action against the NBA and the law firm McCarter & English for their roles in boosting the company before its implosion.

  • February 06, 2024

    Disney Settles Job Offer Dispute Linked To Fla. LGBTQ Law

    The Walt Disney Co. told a California federal judge Tuesday that it has settled a lawsuit by a former British Petroleum executive claiming Disney withdrew a job offer after it criticized Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay law.

  • February 06, 2024

    Mast Capital Snags $600M Construction Loan For Miami Tower

    Florida real estate development and investment firm Mast Capital said Tuesday it has secured a $600 million loan for the construction of Cipriani Residences Miami, a condominium tower to be built in the city's Brickell neighborhood.

  • February 06, 2024

    Siemens' $13.2M Verdict Upheld In Coal Equipment Dispute

    A Florida federal judge has upheld a $13.2 million award in favor of Siemens Energy Inc. after the Eleventh Circuit revived a dispute over coal gasification equipment, saying the company wasn't being unfair in its agreement with a Canadian oilfield services business.

  • February 06, 2024

    Cano Health DIP Gets Initial OK Without $23M Lender Fees

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday delayed approving $22.5 million in fees payable to post-petition lenders in the Chapter 11 case of primary care group Cano Health Inc., saying the company didn't show the fees were required to induce lenders to participate in a $150 million debtor-in-possession loan package.

  • February 06, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Cayman Fund Liquidators Appeal Is Too Late

    The Eleventh Circuit said Tuesday that foreign liquidators can't fight a distribution plan in the wind-down of an embattled Florida investment firm's Caymans-based feeder fund, saying they let their chance to do so go by.

  • February 06, 2024

    11th Circ. OKs Big Lots Widow's $9.6M Win Against Grandsons

    The two grandsons of the Big Lots founder's widow owe her estate $9.6 million for mismanaging her fortune, an Eleventh Circuit panel ruled Tuesday, refusing to overturn an arbitration tribunal award after finding that its chairperson had no conflict of interest and that a virtual final hearing was appropriate in the case.

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge Will Screen Ex-CEO's Filings In Stimwave Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge said Tuesday he will require the ex-CEO of Stimwave Technologies and two of her relatives to seek permission from the court before submitting anymore filings in the medical device maker's Chapter 11 case.

  • February 06, 2024

    Mosby Guilty On One Count Of Lying For Fla. Mortgage

    A federal jury in Maryland on Tuesday found former Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby guilty of lying on mortgage applications for one of her two Florida vacation homes, but not guilty on the application for the other home.

  • February 06, 2024

    Real Estate Rumors: Valley National, Carlyle, Peachtree

    Valley National Bank is said to have loaned $21.3 million for a self-storage project in Florida, a Carlyle Group venture has reportedly paid $265 million for a Manhattan luxury rental tower and Peachtree Group has reportedly loaned $34.5 million for a student housing complex in Florida.

  • February 06, 2024

    Builders Ask Judge To Rethink Monetary Relief For Fees Suit

    Builders urged a Florida state judge to reconsider two "'overarching'" rulings that they claim denied monetary relief for their proposed class action against the city of Miami over allegedly illegal building permit and inspection fees.

  • February 06, 2024

    DeSantis Wants Out Of Voters' Prosecutor Suspension Suit

    Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has urged a judge to toss a suit by two Florida voters over his suspension of elected prosecutor Monique Worrell in August, saying they don't have standing to bring the claims.

  • February 06, 2024

    Deal Reached To Fund E-Bike Co.'s Ch. 11 Admin Expenses

    An e-bike rental company and creditors have struck a budget agreement for administrative expenses after the company urged a Florida federal court to give final approval for $25.1 million in debtor-in-possession financing to fund operations through its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings.

Expert Analysis

  • Preparing Law Students For A New, AI-Assisted Legal World

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    As artificial intelligence rapidly transforms the legal landscape, law schools must integrate technology and curricula that address AI’s innate challenges — from ethics to data security — to help students stay ahead of the curve, say Daniel Garrie at Law & Forensics, Ryan Abbott at JAMS and Karen Silverman at Cantellus Group.

  • General Counsel Need Data Literacy To Keep Up With AI

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    With the rise of accessible and powerful generative artificial intelligence solutions, it is imperative for general counsel to understand the use and application of data for myriad important activities, from evaluating the e-discovery process to monitoring compliance analytics and more, says Colin Levy at Malbek.

  • Young Thug Case Spotlights Debate Over Lyric Admissibility

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    A Georgia court’s recent ruling, allowing prosecutors to use some of rapper Young Thug’s lyrics in his conspiracy trial, captures the ongoing debate about whether rap lyrics are admissible, with courts often stretching the boundaries of the federal evidence rules, say Amy Buice at Smith Gambrell and Emily Ward at Continuum Legal Group.

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • How Fla. Bankruptcy Ruling May Affect Equity Owners

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    A Florida bankruptcy court’s recent ruling in Vital Pharmaceuticals — which rejected the Third Circuit’s Majestic Star decision that determined a bankrupt corporation’s flow-through status was not protected by the automatic stay — may significantly affect how equity owners can mitigate the impact of flow-through structures in bankruptcy, say Eric Behl-Remijan and Natasha Hwangpo at Ropes & Gray.

  • Cos.' Trade Secret Measures Must Adjust To Remote-Work Era

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    Several recent cases demonstrate that companies need to reevaluate and adjust their trade secret protection strategies in this new age of remote work, says Stephanie Riley at Womble Bond.

  • Safe-Harbor Period Change Could Hinder TCPA Compliance

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    A proposed rule change under consideration by the Federal Communications Commission would require businesses to honor do-not-call requests within 24 hours of receipt for calls and texts that are subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and companies have already called it unreasonable, say Aaron Weiss and Danny Enjamio at Carlton Fields.

  • How Justices Could Rule On A Key Copyright Statute

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    Attorneys at Manatt discuss how the U.S. Supreme Court may choose to address a fundamental accrual issue in Warner Chappell Music v. Nealy, which precedents the court may look to in analyzing the issue and the challenges copyright claimants may face going forward.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Insurers Should Prepare For 'Black Swan' Climate Disasters

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    As rapid climate change results in increased risk of casualties and property loss from rare, severe weather events, the insurance industry should take five crucial steps toward evolving and continuing operations, including advanced analytic techniques and investments in alternative energy sources, say Stephen Brown and Irena Maier at Wilson Elser.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • Compliance Primer: Foreign Investment In US Real Property

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    The rise in foreign investment in U.S. real property, especially agricultural land, has led to increased national security concerns, meaning it’s important to understand reporting requirements under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act and state-level statutes, and to monitor legislative proposals that could create more stringent reporting and review processes, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Opinion

    Justices Should Nix Section 230 Immunity For Tech

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to decide two new cases that present another opening to curtail the broad immunity enjoyed by tech company-owned social media platforms under Section 230, and it's long past time for online publishers to be treated the same as traditional ones, says Douglas Mirell at Greenberg Glusker.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

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