Florida

  • 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.

  • February 05, 2024

    Fox Rothschild Adds Real Estate Vet In Miami Office

    Philadelphia-based firm Fox Rothschild LLP has welcomed a commercial real estate attorney with more than 20 years of experience to its Miami office, the firm announced Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    Music Publisher Asks Justices To Limit Copyright Damages

    Warner Chappell Music Inc. urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to limit the damages a plaintiff can recover in copyright ownership litigation to three years before a complaint is filed, arguing that the only time a party can extend that period is for instances involving fraud.

  • February 05, 2024

    Walmart Slip Suit Revived After Panel's Video Review

    A man who slipped on water at Walmart will get to continue his case after an Eleventh Circuit appellate panel overturned summary judgment in favor of the retail juggernaut, ruling that a jury could reasonably find water on the floor not only caused the slip but was there long enough for Walmart to fix the hazard.

  • February 05, 2024

    Fla. Bar Probing Scandal-Plagued Miami City Atty

    Miami City Attorney Victoria Méndez, who is being sued for allegedly running a scheme with her husband to pressure homeowners into below-market sales, is now also facing a Florida Bar investigation, a bar spokesperson confirmed Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    Kirkland Guides Thoma Bravo On $1.5B Everbridge Buy

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP-led Thoma Bravo has agreed to purchase Everbridge, represented by Cooley LLP, in a take-private deal that values the critical event management software company at approximately $1.5 billion, the companies said Monday.

  • February 05, 2024

    Healthcare Group Cano Health Hits Ch. 11 With $1.3B Debt

    Primary care group Cano Health Inc. has filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware bankruptcy court, saying it will be pursuing a prearranged double-track plan to either restructure its $1.26 billion in debt or seek a buyer.

  • February 02, 2024

    Real Estate Authority: Fannie, Freddie And Chevron Deference

    Law360 Real Estate Authority covers the most important real estate deals, litigation, policies and trends. Catch up on this week's key developments in California, Florida and New York — and on how a U.S. Supreme Court rollback of Chevron deference could affect Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

  • February 02, 2024

    NY Judge Urged To Force FBI's Release Of Epstein Docs

    Gossip site Radar Online urged a New York federal judge to "once and for all" reject the FBI's "recycled arguments" to withhold investigative records of the late Jeffrey Epstein, saying that it's not legally sufficient to refuse disclosure just because they could influence witnesses in a possible retrial for co-conspirator Ghislaine Maxwell

  • February 02, 2024

    Insurance Coverage Excluded In Condo Sale, 11th Circ. Told

    An insurance company urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to reverse a lower-court decision forcing it to provide coverage in a Florida condominium sale gone wrong, saying it was excluded from defending a claim against a real estate agent accused of converting the transaction's proceeds.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • What Panama Canal Award Ruling Means For Int'l Arbitration

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    As the prevalence of international arbitration grows, the Eighth Circuit’s recent decision in Grupo Unidos v. Canal de Panama may change how practitioners decide what remedies to seek and where to raise them if claims are rejected, says Jerry Roth at FedArb.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 5th Amendment Lessons From Trump Secret Docs Case

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    Former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago classified documents indictment reminds attorneys that responding early and relying on constitutional protections can help protect clients from obstruction charges while still allowing them to refrain from producing subpoenaed documents, says Marissa Kingman at Fox Rothschild.

  • Opinion

    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.

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