Florida

  • February 15, 2024

    Fla. High Court Gives Law School Grads More Time To Practice

    Law school graduates participating in a practice program will now be able to stay in the program for longer and have another chance to pass the Florida Bar before their certification expires, according to a rule change published by the Supreme Court of Florida Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Cole Scott Faces DQ Bid In Fla. Crash Suit Over Atty

    Cole Scott & Kissane PA should be booted from representing the defendants in a car wreck lawsuit because it failed to disclose that a firm attorney formerly represented the plaintiff in a different crash case that has become an issue in the current one, the plaintiff told a Florida federal court Thursday.

  • February 15, 2024

    Ex-Beauty Store Worker Says Boss's Tirade Was Bias

    A former beauty supply store worker is suing her ex-employer in Florida federal court, alleging she was discriminated against and wrongfully terminated following a tirade by her supervisor over a memory loss disability, and says the business could owe $482,000 in back pay despite her working there for only a month.

  • February 15, 2024

    Trump Social Media Blank-Check Merger Gets SEC Approval

    The blank-check company looking to take former President Donald Trump's social media platform public has obtained approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to move forward with the long-delayed merger, according to a recent regulatory filing.

  • February 15, 2024

    8 Men Get Jail Time In $2M Hemp Wine Pump-And-Dump Ploy

    Ohio federal prosecutors have announced the convictions of eight men charged with participating in a pump-and-dump scheme meant to boost the Global Resource Energy Inc. stock price, which purportedly planned to offer hemp-infused wine.

  • February 15, 2024

    Starwood Capital Injects $850M Into Echelon Data Centres

    Real estate-focused private investment firm Starwood Capital Group on Thursday revealed that it acquired a 50% stake in Dublin, Ireland-based Echelon Data Centres through an $850 million investment, valuing Echelon at roughly €2.5 billion ($2.69 billion) in a deal built by three firms.

  • February 15, 2024

    Trump Gets March 25 Trial Date In NY Hush Money Case

    The Manhattan district attorney's hush money case against Donald Trump is on track to be the first of the former president's four criminal matters to go to trial, after a state judge on Thursday denied his motion to dismiss the charges and confirmed a March 25 date for jury selection.

  • February 14, 2024

    Split 11th Circ. Rules Against SEC On Penny-Stock Ban

    A "toxic lender" will have to disgorge nearly $1 million in profits made after he ran afoul of U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules on trading in penny-stock debt, but his behavior was not egregious enough to warrant a permanent ban from penny-stock markets, a divided Eleventh Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    Fla. Condo Says Chubb Unit Stalled On $7M Storm Claim

    A Florida Keys condominium has sued a Chubb unit over coverage related to $7.3 million worth of damage sustained during a 2017 hurricane, saying the company breached "industry standards" by dragging its feet on a claim and issued an amount less than what was needed for repairs.

  • February 14, 2024

    Enviro Orgs Planning EPA Suit Over Phosphate-Mining Waste

    A coalition of conservation, public health and environmental justice groups told the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency they plan to sue it for failing to respond to a 3-year-old petition asking for stronger regulations governing toxic and radioactive phosphogypsum waste generated by the fertilizer industry.

  • February 14, 2024

    Ex-US Diplomat Pleads Not Guilty To Spying For Cuba

    A diplomat who served on the National Security Council during the Clinton administration and as U.S. ambassador to Bolivia entered a not guilty plea Wednesday to charges that he secretly acted as an agent of the Cuban government for decades.

  • February 14, 2024

    French-Door Fridge Buyers Sue Whirlpool Over Broken Panels

    Refrigerator buyers claim Whirlpool Corp. designed its french-door fridges in such a way that causes the front-facing ice and water control panel to become totally useless, often resulting in an expensive repair or the consumer buying a new one, according to a complaint filed in Delaware federal court.

  • February 14, 2024

    Chancery Flipped SeaWorld Stock Claims, Ex-Execs Tell Court

    A Chancery Court judge "got it backwards" when he concluded that 19 former executives of SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. weren't entitled to vesting rights in connection with a 2017 stock sale, because he read the executives' separation and equity agreements out of order, an attorney for the executives told Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • February 14, 2024

    Fla. Judge Says 'Felon Ban' Doesn't Harm Voter Organization

    A Florida federal judge has tossed a challenge to a "felon ban" provision in a state law that prohibits people convicted of felonies from handling voter registration applications on behalf of third-party organizations, saying harms claimed by the League of Women Voters of Florida Inc. are speculative and self-imposed.

  • February 14, 2024

    MLS Says Coach Aimed At Wrong Org In Race Bias Suit

    Major League Soccer has told a New York federal court it should toss a race bias suit brought by a coach, arguing the organization is the wrong defendant and the coach should be suing the individual teams who denied him head coaching positions instead.

  • February 14, 2024

    Ref Says Suspended Fla. Atty Needs To Take Ethics Class

    An ethics referee on Tuesday recommended not reinstating a suspended Tampa attorney to the Florida Bar because he failed to complete the ethics training required by the 2021 order that suspended him for making unfounded claims of racial bias against judges and opposing counsel.

  • February 14, 2024

    Feds Get Pause Of Fla. Malpractice Suit Amid Criminal Case

    A Florida federal judge has put a malpractice lawsuit against a New York attorney on hold while federal prosecutors pursue a securities fraud case against the lawyer's former client in Pennsylvania.

  • February 14, 2024

    Miami Law Firm Not Covered In Overbilling Row, Judge Says

    An insurer does not have to defend a Miami law firm in a lawsuit accusing it of overbilling a client, a Florida federal judge has ruled, finding that the underlying allegations do not constitute professional services as defined by the firm's policy.

  • February 14, 2024

    11th Circuit Urged To Toss Ga. Developer's Truck Stop Suit

    Georgia's Rockdale County is asking the Eleventh Circuit to uphold its victory over a developer's suit against a local zoning ordinance that blocked his QuikTrip truck stop project near Interstate 20.

  • February 14, 2024

    Florida Man Gets 3 Years For Damaging Federal Courthouse

    A man who admitted that he broke into the federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Labor Day weekend 2022, smashing windows and causing water damage to the building, has been sentenced to three years in federal prison.

  • February 13, 2024

    PrizePicks Pays $15M To Settle NY Fantasy Sports Claims

    Daily fantasy sports operator PrizePicks has agreed to pay $14.9 million to settle allegations it offered fantasy sports contests to New York residents without a permit, the New York State Gaming Commission said Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    PR Giant Ketchum Sued Over Voyager's Celeb Crypto Promos

    A class of users of bankrupt crypto lender Voyager have sued public relations company Ketchum Inc. in Florida federal court over its work organizing a Voyager event with an NBA basketball team and other promotional materials, which the users say amounted to aiding and abetting the crypto platform's sale of unregistered securities.

  • February 13, 2024

    Wyndham Gets Default Win In Timeshare Exit Suit

    A Florida federal judge has granted Wyndham Vacation Ownership Inc. a default victory in its lawsuit accusing multiple companies of levying unnecessary fees to help customers exit their timeshares, after adopting a magistrate's report and recommendation when one company failed to respond.

  • February 13, 2024

    Voyager Investors Suing Mark Cuban Reach Deal With Gronk

    Investors suing billionaire Mark Cuban over his role in promoting now-bankrupt Voyager Digital Ltd. said Tuesday they had reached a tentative agreement with former NFL star Rob Gronkowski to stay claims tied to his social media posts and appearances boosting the cryptocurrency firm.

  • February 13, 2024

    Digitex CEO Let Unverified Users Trade Crypto, Gov't Alleges

    The founder of Digitex Futures Exchange was charged in Florida federal court over allegations he refused to implement policies designed to prevent money laundering on his cryptocurrency futures platform, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida said in a statement Tuesday.

Expert Analysis

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 7 Enforcement Predictions For US Export Controls, Sanctions

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    Federal agencies' assertions of coming increases in export-control and sanctions-violations enforcement are not new, but recent improvements in resources and inter-agency cooperation allow for certain predictions about how the administration’s latest approach to enforcement may be applied going forward, say attorneys at Akin.

  • 3 Types Of Evidence Excluded Pretrial In 2023 TM Cases

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    Dylan I. Scher at Quinn Emanuel reviews three areas of rulings on motions in limine from 2023 where parties successfully excluded evidence in a trademark dispute, for legal practitioners to consider for future cases.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge D'Emic On Moby Grape

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    The 1968 Moby Grape song "Murder in My Heart for the Judge" tells the tale of a fictional defendant treated with scorn by the judge, illustrating how much the legal system has evolved in the past 50 years, largely due to problem-solving courts and the principles of procedural justice, says Kings County Supreme Court Administrative Judge Matthew D'Emic.

  • Series

    Performing Music Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    The discipline of performing live music has directly and positively influenced my effectiveness as a litigator — serving as a reminder that practice, intuition and team building are all important elements of a successful law practice, says Jeff Wakolbinger at Bryan Cave.

  • 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.

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