Florida

  • March 14, 2024

    Fla. Atty Disbarred For Practicing Law After Suspension

    The Florida Supreme Court has disbarred an immigration attorney for practicing law while he was suspended after an investigation found he inappropriately texted and then fired women he worked with as an elected public defender.

  • March 14, 2024

    Camshaft Facing Daily Fine, Manager's Arrest In Byju's Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge hit hedge fund Camshaft Capital Fund with $10,000 in daily fines Thursday until it discloses information about the whereabouts of $533 million transferred out of bankrupt tech company Byju's, and ordered the arrest of Camshaft's sole officer for not appearing in court as directed.

  • March 13, 2024

    Robinhood Says Investors Shouldn't Get Discovery Extension

    Trading platform Robinhood has told a Florida federal court that it should not be required to produce documents requested by investors in their "eleventh hour" motion to extend discovery in a suit alleging investors were damaged when Robinhood suspended purchases of so-called meme stocks to avoid a purported liquidity problem.

  • March 13, 2024

    Judge Says Air Purifier Co. Risks $13M Claim Without Counsel

    A Florida bankruptcy judge on Wednesday told an Israel-based maker of air purification systems that it has three weeks to hire a new attorney and comply with discovery demands or its $12.8 million claim against the bankrupt Molekule Inc. will be stricken.

  • March 13, 2024

    Fla. Restaurateur Says Seller Broke $7.3M Colo. Home Deal

    A Miami restaurateur is suing an Aspen family trust for allegedly pulling out of a deal for him to buy a $7.3 million property in the Colorado mountain town, claiming they had no right to terminate the deal over their failure to obtain a demolition permit.

  • March 13, 2024

    Autism Claims Tossed In Lockheed Martin Toxic Land Suit

    A Florida federal judge has thrown out autism-related claims in a suit alleging Lockheed Martin Corp.'s weapons factory in Orlando leaked toxic chemicals, saying the science underlying the plaintiffs' expert's opinion "is just not there."

  • March 13, 2024

    Ex-CFO Raided Corporate Funds, Trulieve Suit Claims

    Florida's largest medical marijuana company, Trulieve, is suing its former chief financial officer in federal court, claiming he misused his corporate credit card, charging "hundreds of thousands of dollars" for expensive clothing, vacations and attorney fees and fraudulently received reimbursement for personal expenses.

  • March 13, 2024

    Florida Inmate Indicted For Threatening To Kill Federal Judge

    An inmate serving time in a Florida state prison for violent crimes has been indicted for allegedly sending letters on three dates last year that threatened to kill a U.S. district judge, prosecutors announced this week.

  • March 13, 2024

    Fla. Ex-Municipal Atty Alleges LGBTQ Discrimination

    A gay former town attorney for Pembroke Park, Florida, has launched a state lawsuit alleging that she was unlawfully fired as a result of "a campaign of discrimination and harassment" against her from a town commissioner on account of her sexual orientation.

  • March 12, 2024

    'Schrodinger's Gun' Beats ATF Bid To Defeat Pistol-Brace Suit

    A firearms retailer can move forward with its lawsuit challenging the Biden administration's rule change classifying pistols fitted with stabilizing braces as short-barreled rifles, a Florida federal judge ruled, saying the "bar for overcoming" a Second Amendment claim "has recently been raised — significantly."

  • March 12, 2024

    Binance Investors Must Wait To Depose Ex-CEO, Judge Says

    A Florida federal judge has said that the investors suing crypto exchange Binance over alleged money laundering and securities law violations don't need to rush to depose its former CEO, Changpeng Zhao, now that his criminal sentencing has been delayed.

  • March 12, 2024

    HUD Withholds Refunds Due To Homeowners, Suit Says

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development was hit Tuesday with a proposed class action in Florida accusing the agency of failing to refund homeowners $384 million in mortgage insurance premium overpayments when they terminated their government-backed mortgages early.

  • March 12, 2024

    Judge Tosses Defamation Suit By Meghan Markle's Half-Sister

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Meghan Markle brought by her half-sister over remarks made during an Oprah Winfrey interview and a Netflix documentary series, saying some of the statements aren't attributable to the Duchess of Sussex and others are protected opinion. 

  • March 12, 2024

    MV Realty Says NC AG Is Working For Real Estate Industry

    Embattled Florida-based real estate company MV Realty told the North Carolina Supreme Court the state's attorney general is "wielding the power of the state under the guise of consumer protection" to shut down the business at the behest of "entrenched real estate brokerage interests."

  • March 12, 2024

    2 Miami Police Employees Plead Guilty To COVID Relief Fraud

    Two former Miami Police Department employees, one of whom is the sister of ex-Miami Heat player Udonis Haslem, have pled guilty to felony charges for their roles in separate COVID-19 relief fraud schemes, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

  • March 12, 2024

    Gunmaker, Insurer Settle Coverage Of NY 'Ghost Gun' Suits

    A gunmaker accused by the New York attorney general and two cities of facilitating the creation of so-called ghost guns has reached a coverage settlement with one of its insurers, the parties told a Florida federal court Tuesday, leaving the gunmaker's coverage claims against another insurer still pending.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ghislaine Maxwell's Longshot Appeal Centers On Epstein Deal

    Jeffrey Epstein's Florida non-prosecution deal loomed large Tuesday in the Second Circuit as imprisoned socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, in what seemed like an unlikely bid for freedom, argued that it shields her from New York charges of trafficking girls for the deceased financier.

  • March 12, 2024

    Ex-Jaguars Employee Gets 6.5 Years For $22M Embezzlement

    A Florida federal judge sentenced former Jacksonville Jaguars finance employee Amit Patel to six years and six months in prison Tuesday after he pled guilty last year to embezzling more than $22 million from the team that was eventually used for online gambling.

  • March 12, 2024

    11th Circ. Says Golf Course Volunteers Aren't Owed Pay

    The Eleventh Circuit agreed with a lower court's dismissal of a wage lawsuit brought by attendants at a golf course owned by Palm Beach County, Florida, saying Tuesday that the workers were not owed wages under federal labor law because they knew they signed up for volunteer positions.

  • March 12, 2024

    Pharmacy Calls $11M False Claims Case A 'House Of Cards'

    A compounding pharmacy and its president trashed the Connecticut attorney general's $11 million false claims and kickback allegations against them as a "house of cards" that awarded "a sweetheart cooperation deal" to an alleged co-conspirator and improperly benefited private attorneys, calling instead for a judgment against the state.

  • March 12, 2024

    Businessman Hid $20M In Swiss Accounts, US Says

    A Brazilian-American businessman hid $20 million from the Internal Revenue Service over 35 years using accounts at Swiss banks including UBS and Credit Suisse, the U.S. government said in a criminal complaint that accuses him of conspiring to defraud the U.S. and lying to authorities.

  • March 11, 2024

    Lyft Wants Out Of Rape Survivor's 'Untimely' Negligence Suit

    Lyft Inc. has urged a California federal judge to toss a passenger's suit accusing the ride-hailing service of failing to protect her from a violent predator who raped her and got her pregnant, saying she filed the suit too late under both California and Florida law.

  • March 11, 2024

    Fla. Judge Says Campaign Speech Didn't Violate Ethics Rules

    A Florida state court judge charged with ethics violations is attempting to stop a disciplinary panel from presenting evidence that a speech she made during a campaign against a rival in 2022 violated the Florida Code of Judicial Conduct, saying that it's protected by the First Amendment.

  • March 11, 2024

    Fla. Biz Owner Says Insurer Left Co. On Hook For $12M Award

    The owner of a Florida Keys construction and landscaping company told federal jurors Monday that it made no sense for National Indemnity Company of the South to tender the policy limits to his employee involved in a fatal crash while leaving the company exposed and forced to go to trial, where it was hit with an $11.8 million judgment.

  • March 11, 2024

    Hertz Tells Chancery To Reject $4B Buyback 'Hindsight' Suit

    Hertz directors weren't certain when they authorized $4 billion in stock buybacks that it would transfer control of the company to a private equity-backed shareholder, an attorney for Hertz told Delaware's Court of Chancery on Monday, urging the court to toss a shareholder's lawsuit over the buybacks.

Expert Analysis

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    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

  • Strategic Succession Planning At Law Firms Is Crucial

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    Senior partners' reluctance to retire, the rise of the nonequity partner tier and generational differences in expectations are all contributing to an increasing number of departures from BigLaw, making it imperative for firms to encourage retirement among senior ranks and provide clearer leadership pathways to junior attorneys, says Laura Leopard at Leopard Solutions.

  • Maximizing Law Firm Profitability In Uncertain Times

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    As threats of an economic downturn loom, firms can boost profits by embracing the power of bottom-line management and creating an ecosystem where strategic financial oversight and robust timekeeping practices meet evolved client relations, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Strategic Consulting.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Reminds Attys That CBP Can Search Devices

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent Malik v. Department of Homeland Security decision adds to the chorus of federal courts holding that border agents don’t need a warrant to search travelers’ electronic devices, so attorneys should consider certain special precautions to secure privileged information when reentering the U.S., says Jennifer Freel at Jackson Walker.

  • Enforcement Of International Tax Reporting Is Heating Up

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    Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s February decision in Bittner v. U.S. changed how penalties for failure to report offshore accounts are calculated, recent developments suggest the government is preparing to step up enforcement and vigorously pursue the collection of resulting penalties, say Daniel Silva and Agustin Ceballos at Buchalter.

  • Avoiding The Ethical Pitfalls Of Crowdfunded Legal Fees

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    The crowdfunding of legal fees has become increasingly common, providing a new way for people to afford legal services, but attorneys who accept crowdsourced funds must remember several key ethical obligations to mitigate their risks, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • A Breakdown Of The New Florida Digital Privacy Law

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    The recently signed Florida Digital Bill of Rights has higher jurisdictional thresholds than other state data privacy laws, and incorporates unique provisions that expand opt-out rights, protect children online and prohibit government officials from moderating content, say attorneys at White & Case.

  • What Large Language Models Mean For Document Review

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    Courts often subject parties using technology assisted review to greater scrutiny than parties conducting linear, manual document review, so parties using large language models for document review should expect even more attention, along with a corresponding need for quality control and validation, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Series

    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.

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