Florida

  • 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.

  • February 06, 2024

    NY Judge Wants Info On Perjury Probe Of Trump Lieutenant

    A New York state judge weighing the evidence in Donald Trump's civil fraud trial demanded more information Tuesday about reports that a key trial witness, former Trump Organization Chief Financial Officer Allen Weisselberg, is facing perjury charges for his testimony in the case.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ga. Doctor's Roundup Fight Revived On Remand

    An Eleventh Circuit panel on Monday revived on remand from the full Eleventh Circuit a Georgia doctor's lawsuit alleging Monsanto failed to warn of Roundup's alleged cancer risks, clarifying that the doctor's state failure-to-warn claim is not expressly preempted by federal law and Monsanto hasn't shown implied preemption.

  • February 05, 2024

    Ayahuasca Church Asks 11th Circ. To Rehear DEA Fight

    A Florida church has asked the Eleventh Circuit to reconsider a ruling affirming the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's denial of a request to use the psychedelic substance ayahuasca for religious purposes, arguing that the majority made a "precedent-setting error."

  • February 05, 2024

    Byju's Lenders Want To Claw Back $533M Hedge Fund Pay

    The U.S. arm of Indian technology giant Byju's told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Monday the subsidiary will use its Chapter 11 case to try clawing back more than half a billion dollars transferred to a hedge fund that provided a pancake house as its address in regulatory filings.

  • February 05, 2024

    Target Can't Toss Suit From Customer Who Slipped On Bag

    A Florida federal judge on Monday refused to throw out a suit against Target Corp. by a customer who alleges he slipped and fell on a loose plastic bag, saying a jury could look at the evidence and conclude the store's employees were, or should have been, aware of the hazard.

  • February 05, 2024

    Fla. Wants To Keep Clean Water Act Permit Review Powers

    Florida officials have told a D.C. federal judge that there would be substantial consequences if he pulls the state's authority to run a federal Clean Water Act permit program that has received thousands of project applications that are reviewed by more than 300 trained employees.

  • February 05, 2024

    Reynolds, ITG Say Philip Morris Can't Butt In To Del. Dispute

    After arguing for seven years over which company owes hundreds of millions to Florida under a 1997 settlement, Reynolds Tobacco Co. and ITG Brands LLC agreed on one point at a hearing Monday in Delaware: Philip Morris USA has no business butting into their Chancery Court dispute.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

  • Pickleball Makes Waves In Fla. Real Estate, With Risks In Play

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    Pickleball's burgeoning popularity in Florida is catalyzing a transformation in the state's commercial real estate market, but investors must take steps to navigate legal challenges related to noise, insurance and community dynamics, says Emmanuelle Litvinov at DarrowEverett.

  • Upcoming High Court ADA Cases May Signal Return To Basics

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    Recent cases, including Acheson Hotels v. Laufer, which will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in October, raise a fundamental question of whether Americans with Disabilities Act litigation has spiraled out of control without any real corresponding benefits to the intended beneficiaries: individuals with true disabilities, says Norman Dupont at Ring Bender.

  • 4 Business-Building Strategies For Introvert Attorneys

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    Introverted lawyers can build client bases to rival their extroverted peers’ by adapting time-tested strategies for business development that can work for any personality — such as claiming a niche, networking for maximum impact, drawing on existing contacts and more, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • Opinion

    3 Ways Justices' Disclosure Defenses Miss The Ethical Point

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    The rule-bound interpretation of financial disclosures preferred by U.S. Supreme Court Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — demonstrated in their respective statements defending their failure to disclose gifts from billionaires — show that they do not understand the ethical aspects of the public's concern, says Jim Moliterno at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.

  • What 11th Circ. Revival Of Deaf Employee's Bias Suit Portends

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    The Eleventh Circuit's recent Beasley v. O'Reilly Auto Parts decision, which created a circuit split involving the issue of linking accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to essential job functions, is a curiosity about the court's analysis at least and a potential game changer for employer duties at most, says John Doran at Sherman & Howard.

  • What Courts' Deference Preference Can Mean For Sentencing

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Vargas decision deepens the split among federal appeals courts on the level of deference afforded to commentary in the U.S. sentencing guidelines — an issue that has major real-life ramifications for defendants, and is likely bound for the U.S. Supreme Court, say Jennifer Freel and Michael Murtha at Jackson Walker.

  • For Tribes, Online Gambling May Soon Be A Safe Bet

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    The Bureau of Indian Affairs' proposed changes to the Indian Gaming Regulation Act would expressly allow tribes to execute compacts with states that enable online gambling and sports betting activities, strengthening tribes' ability to position themselves in the gambling industry despite protests from casino operators, says Blair Will at Hall Estill.

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