Florida

  • February 01, 2024

    Models Say Atlanta Clubs Stole Glamor Shots For Promo

    A group of models filed a pair of lawsuits in Georgia federal court Thursday accusing two Atlanta-area clubs of illegally lifting photos from their social media accounts and using them to promote their respective venues online.

  • February 01, 2024

    Hertz Controllers Saw $126M In Short-Swing Profits, Suit Says

    The controlling shareholders of car rental company Hertz Global Holdings Inc. were hit with an investor suit in New York federal court alleging they realized at least $126 million in short-swing profits by selling their shares shortly before the company's directors greenlit a $2 billion stock repurchase program.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ex-Trump Org. CFO Faces Possible Perjury Charge, Mulls Plea

    Donald Trump's longtime top financial officer Allen Weisselberg is in plea negotiations related to potential perjury charges stemming from his testimony in the New York attorney general's civil fraud trial, according to a source familiar with the matter.

  • February 01, 2024

    Publicis Reaches $350M Opioid Settlement With All 50 States

    Publicis Health LLC settled a lawsuit on Thursday with all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and several U.S. territories for $350 million over claims that it helped exacerbate the opioid crisis through its work with Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer behind OxyContin.

  • February 01, 2024

    Meme Stock Investors Want To Revive Suit Against Apex

    Meme stock investors asked the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday to revive their suit looking to hold broker-dealer Apex Clearing Corp. liable for trading losses, arguing that the lower court erred in determining that Apex did not owe any duty to the investors.

  • February 01, 2024

    Dentons Adds Venture Tech Pro From Nelson Mullins In Miami

    Dentons announced Thursday it is continuing recent growth in its venture capital and emerging companies practice with a new partner in Miami who comes from Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP and specializes in matters involving Latin America and Brazil.

  • February 01, 2024

    Greenberg Traurig Hires Ballard Spahr's Ex-Fintech Leader

    Greenberg Traurig LLP announced the addition of the former co-leader of Ballard Spahr LLP's financial technology and payment solutions team on Wednesday, touting its new shareholder's experience helping consumer finance industry clients get approval to put new fintech products on the market.

  • February 01, 2024

    Possible Bias Spurs New Trial In Royal Caribbean Injury Suit

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday ordered a new trial for a passenger who sued Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. after she tripped and injured herself on a ship, saying the trial court should have investigated further when it found out one of the jurors was related to an employee of the cruise line.

  • February 01, 2024

    Paralegal's Pay Suit Proceeds Without Collective Claims

    A paralegal can proceed with her wage and retaliation claims against the criminal defense law firm she worked at, but her collective allegations can't stand after a Florida district judge kept a magistrate judge's recommendations to deny the firm's bid to toss the suit.

  • February 01, 2024

    Fla. Nursing Home Mogul Reaches Plea Deal With Feds

    Florida nursing home mogul Philip Esformes, whose conviction on various healthcare fraud-related charges was left alone by the U.S. Supreme Court, has reached a plea deal with prosecutors on pending healthcare fraud charges against him, a Florida federal court revealed Thursday.

  • January 31, 2024

    Laundry Card Biz Secures At Least $40M In Deal With Rival

    A company that makes payment cards for laundry services says that it is settling a patent lawsuit in Florida federal court with an Oregon software business, with the agreement involving paying out "a base license of $40 million."

  • January 31, 2024

    Judge Won't Force Florida Trans Coverage Pending Appeal

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday denied a motion to enforce a June ruling that invalidated a state ban on Medicaid payments for puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones for the treatment of gender dysphoria, noting a pending appeal before the Eleventh Circuit. 

  • January 31, 2024

    Fla. Judge In Ethics Probe Says Rival Can't Avoid Deposition

    A Florida state court judge charged with ethics violations urged a disciplinary panel to reject a campaign rival's motion to avoid a deposition over statements made leading up to the election for a local court position, saying information is being sought about his conduct when he was a candidate.

  • January 31, 2024

    11th Circ. Skeptical Of Bid To Nix Retail Heiress's Award

    The Eleventh Circuit appeared disinclined on Wednesday to vacate an arbitral award finding the grandsons of a retail store heiress liable for mismanaging her $70 million fortune based on the tribunal chair's failure to disclose a lawsuit she filed against State Farm, which had recently hired one of the grandsons.

  • January 31, 2024

    Bombardier Beats Black Ex-Technician's Race Bias Suit

    Airplane maker Bombardier defeated a Black former technician's lawsuit alleging he was given less lucrative assignments because of his race, with a Florida federal judge ruling he failed to show he was expected to do things that other employees were not.

  • January 31, 2024

    11th Circ. Weighs Legality Of Grant Contest For Black Women

    A conservative group asked the Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday to reverse an order rejecting its bid to temporarily block an Atlanta-based venture capital firm from operating a grant contest for Black female business owners, arguing that the contest violates civil rights law and is not a protected form of speech, as the firm claims.

  • January 31, 2024

    Fla. Man Avoids Jail In Telemedicine Fraud Suit

    A Florida resident did not receive prison time during a federal court hearing Wednesday and instead was sentenced to a period of supervised release for his role in a company that prosecutors say was built to scam insurers into paying millions of dollars for prescriptions that patients didn't need.

  • January 31, 2024

    'Glad I'm Not In The House': GOP Sens. Wary Of Ousting Mayorkas

    The House Republican-led efforts to impeach U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas advanced to the full chamber early Wednesday, but those efforts may face headwinds from unenthused Senate Republicans.

  • January 31, 2024

    Ex-Chair Of 1 Global Gets 5 Years For $250M Ponzi Scheme

    The former chair of 1 Global Capital LLC was sentenced Wednesday to five years in prison for his role in orchestrating a more than $250 million Ponzi scheme that attracted investors by falsely hyping the profitability of his business.

  • January 31, 2024

    Fla. Justices Tell State Bar To Eliminate Diversity Funding

    The Florida Supreme Court has directed the state bar to stop spending money on diversity and inclusion initiatives, the high court and the Florida Bar each confirmed to Law360 on Wednesday.

  • January 31, 2024

    No Fee Win For Condos After Midcase Appeal, 11th Circ. Told

    The Eleventh Circuit should not grant attorney fees to two Florida condominium associations that persuaded the court to reject Empire Indemnity Insurance's bid to avoid appraisal, the insurer told the court, arguing their victory over the insurer's appeal doesn't entitle them to recover those costs.

  • January 31, 2024

    State Farm Policyholder Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Class Suit

    A State Farm auto policyholder urged the Eleventh Circuit to revive her proposed class action accusing the insurer of unlawfully denying coverage for medical expenses, saying a Georgia federal court's interpretation of the medical payments provision went against precedent and the policy language.

  • January 31, 2024

    Ex-BigLaw Atty Blasts Revived Social Media Blitz Against Him

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder suing a social media influencer for allegedly lying about his nightmarish divorce now claims the influencer is back at it, posting videos asking for donations to fight the $150 million defamation lawsuit by "a man" who "abused his wife and kids," just as a Florida federal judge mulls whether to dismiss the case.

  • January 31, 2024

    Disney Loses Free Speech Suit Against DeSantis

    A Florida federal judge Wednesday rejected claims from Disney that Gov. Ron DeSantis stepped on its free speech rights by replacing a local oversight board with company critics in retaliation for Disney's opposition to the governor's "Don't Say Gay" law that restricts teaching about gender and sexual orientation in public schools.

  • January 30, 2024

    Gun Industry Avoids 'Gamechanging' 1st Circ. Mexico Ruling

    The First Circuit's recent decision to revive a suit by Mexico seeking to hold Smith & Wesson and other gunmakers responsible for thousands of weapons trafficked south of the border was a blow to the industry but not nearly as "gamechanging" as it could've been, experts said.

Expert Analysis

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    Participating In Living History Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My role as a baron in a living history group, and my work as volunteer corporate counsel for a book series fan association, has provided me several opportunities to practice in unexpected areas of law — opening doors to experiences that have nurtured invaluable personal and professional skills, says Matthew Parker at the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • State Privacy Laws: Not As Comprehensive As You May Think

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    As more U.S. states enact privacy laws, companies must be aware that these laws vary in scope and content, meaning organizations should take a stringent approach to compliance by considering notice, choice and data security obligations, among other requirements, says Liisa Thomas at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Circuit Rulings Confirm Ch. 11 Trustee Fee Refund Trend

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    Recent Ninth and Eleventh Circuit rulings that Chapter 11 debtors are entitled to refunds for unconstitutional bankruptcy trustee fees paid under the Bankruptcy Judgeship Act support a developing trend in debtors' favor, making it likely that courts considering the same question will follow suit, says Adam Herring at Nelson Mullins.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Offshore Wind Auction Results Portend Difficulties In Gulf

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    Results of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recent auction of the Gulf of Mexico lease areas tell different stories about the future of offshore wind in the U.S., with the Gulf’s low interest suggesting uncertainty and the Mid-Atlantic’s strong interest suggesting a promising market, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • Key Provisions In Florida's New Insurer Accountability Act

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    Florida's recent bipartisan Insurer Accountability Act introduces a range of new obligations for insurance companies and regulatory bodies to strengthen consumer protection, and other states may follow suit should it prove successful at ensuring a reliable insurance market, say Jan Larson and Benjamin Malings at Jenner & Block.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • The 7 Most Notable FCRA Cases Of 2023 So Far

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    Both consumer reporting agencies and furnishers should take note of Fair Credit Reporting Act decisions by federal district and appellate courts so far this year, especially those concerning dispute processing and the distinction between legal and factual inaccuracies, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • 3 Factors That May Complicate Jury Selection In Trump Trials

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    As former President Donald Trump prepares to face four trials in Georgia, Florida, New York and Washington, D.C., judges and attorneys in these venues may find it challenging to seat fair and impartial juries for several key reasons, says Richard Gabriel at Decision Analysis.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

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