Florida

  • July 17, 2024

    Top Florida Real Estate News In 2024 So Far

    EDITING (Q) -- Catch up on the hottest real estate news out of Florida so far this year, from alleged zoning abuse and bankruptcy to a brewing condo crisis and a seven-figure highway expansion. 

  • July 17, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Tells ParkerVision To Close Fla. Case Before Appeal

    The Federal Circuit has ordered ParkerVision and Qualcomm to make a Florida federal judge explicitly end counterclaims in long-running infringement litigation between the two before continuing with ParkerVision's appeal.

  • July 17, 2024

    Fed. Gov't Can't Slip Suit Over Affordable Housing Loan

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge has refused to dismiss a company's suit alleging the federal government violated a loan agreement and now owes the company for the taking of its property.

  • July 17, 2024

    Hogan Lovells, Saul Ewing Exit Camshaft's, Byju's Ch. 11 Fight

    Two law firms representing Camshaft Capital Fund LP and principal William Morton in the bankruptcy actions tied to the Chapter 11 of education tech company Byju's Alpha have petitioned a Delaware judge to approve their withdrawal as counsel, citing undisclosed Camshaft party failures to "uphold their obligations."

  • July 17, 2024

    YouTube Gets $92K In Costs Over Nixed Anti-Piracy Suit

    A Florida federal judge granted YouTube more than $92,000 in legal costs after the company defeated copyright claims by a movie producer who said the platform failed to remove all videos from his large collection of Mexican and Latin American films.

  • July 17, 2024

    Ogletree Deepens Miami Bench With Fox Rothschild Labor Pro

    Labor and employment law firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC announced Wednesday that it has added a partner in Miami with decades of experience who joined from Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • July 16, 2024

    Trump Special Prosecutor Ruling Could Find Favor On Appeal

    When U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon dismissed the criminal case against former President Donald Trump in Florida over what she said was an unconstitutional appointment of a special prosecutor, she staked out a position that few other jurists have taken, but that could find support among some appellate judges, experts said.

  • July 16, 2024

    Carnival Can't Get Out Of Woman's Cruise Ship Fall Suit

    A Florida federal judge won't dismiss a woman's claims against Carnival Corp. over injuries she suffered from a fall on one of the cruise line's ships that she blames on an "undetectable" slope on a walkway between decks.

  • July 16, 2024

    Cannabis Patients And DOJ Offer Dueling Reads On Rahimi

    A group of Floridians and the U.S. Department of Justice have advanced dueling interpretations of whether a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on gun laws justifies stripping medical cannabis patients of their right to bear arms.

  • July 16, 2024

    Florida's 'Mother Teresa' Pleads Guilty To $190M Ponzi Scheme

    Johanna Garcia, the former MJ Capital CEO known as "Mother Teresa" in Florida, pled guilty Tuesday to one count in the indictment accusing her of running a $190 million investment Ponzi scheme through the company.

  • July 16, 2024

    Ex-CBD Exec Gets $533K In Fla. Investment Fraud Suit

    A Florida federal judge has awarded $533,600 to a former executive of a CBD company who alleged he was duped by his family members into investing, following a jury trial that ended with a mixed verdict.

  • July 16, 2024

    States, Legal Orgs. Urge Justices To Halt Biden's Debt Relief

    A U.S. Supreme Court challenge to the Biden administration's latest student debt relief program received backing from seven Republican-led states and a trio of legal groups that assert the estimated $475 billion plan exceeds the executive branch's authority.

  • July 16, 2024

    Pillsbury's Miami Litigation Leader Jumps To Sidley

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP's Miami litigation practice group leader, who describes himself as "fanatically passionate" about trial work, has hopped over to Sidley Austin LLP as a partner in the firm's commercial litigation and disputes practice.

  • July 16, 2024

    Miami-Dade Tries To Nix Seaquarium Operator's Eviction Suit

    Miami-Dade County has asked a federal judge to toss a lawsuit from the operator of the Miami Seaquarium, which claimed the county is evicting it after its CEO responded to a "disrespectful" email from an official concerned about manatees held at the aging facility.

  • July 16, 2024

    The 2024 Diversity Snapshot: What You Need To Know

    Law firms' ongoing initiatives to address diversity challenges have driven another year of progress, with the representation of minority attorneys continuing to improve across the board, albeit at a slower pace than in previous years. Here's our data dive into minority representation at law firms in 2023.

  • July 16, 2024

    These Firms Have The Most Diverse Equity Partnerships

    Law360’s law firm survey shows that firms' efforts to diversify their equity partner ranks are lagging. But some have embraced a broader talent pool at the equity partner level. Here are the ones that stood out.

  • July 16, 2024

    ABC Asks Judge To Toss Trump's Defamation Suit

    ABC News has urged a Florida federal judge to toss former President Donald Trump's defamation lawsuit against ABC News, arguing that statements made by television host George Stephanopoulos regarding writer E. Jean Carroll's two lawsuits against Trump were true.

  • July 15, 2024

    JetBlue-Spirit Flyers Seek $20M Atty Fees Following DOJ Win

    The private plaintiffs who challenged the failed JetBlue-Spirit merger asked a Massachusetts federal judge to award their counsel at least $20 million in fees, saying they "substantially contributed" to the U.S. Department of Justice successfully squashing the deal and are the prevailing party in their case.

  • July 15, 2024

    Judge Keeps Most Of TM Suit Against Musk's X Corp. Intact

    Elon Musk's Twitter rebrand X Corp. suffered a setback Monday when a Florida federal judge kept intact most of a trademark infringement complaint by X Social Media LLC, an advertising agency for attorneys, with only one claim dismissed from the suit.

  • July 15, 2024

    Lululemon's Sustainability Ads Are 'Greenwashing,' Suit Says

    Lululemon's global "greenwashing" marketing campaign has lied to consumers that its products and businesses are eco-friendly while the athleisure company has continued to have a negative impact on the environment, a lawsuit in a Florida federal court said.

  • July 15, 2024

    North Carolina Cases To Watch In 2024: A Midyear Report

    The second half of 2024 will see the North Carolina Business Court tackle media rights in one of the country's largest collegiate athletic conferences while state justices weigh the scope of hospital immunity under the Tar Heel State's COVID-19 emergency law.

  • July 15, 2024

    Fiat Chrysler Gets More Infotainment-Defect Claims Slashed

    A Michigan federal judge has further slashed a consolidated proposed class action alleging that certain Chrysler minivans and sedans had malfunctioning infotainment systems, axing some claims under Illinois and Pennsylvania consumer protection laws but allowing some claims under California and Florida law to proceed.

  • July 15, 2024

    11th Circ. Affirms Atty Fee Awards In Nursing Home Ch. 7

    The Eleventh Circuit found Monday a bankruptcy court didn't abuse its discretion when it awarded attorney fees to Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP, Fox Rothschild and a firm that merged with Venable for representing the Chapter 7 trustee in a nursing home operator's insolvency.

  • July 15, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Chancery Court news was full of fees and settlements last week, with three multimillion-dollar deals getting a court OK, and a daylong discussion over a potentially multibillion-dollar fee award for attorneys who got Tesla CEO Elon Musk's astronomical pay package thrown out. The court also banged the gavel in cases involving e-payment venture SwervePay and managed care company Centene Corp., and heard arguments from software company SAP SE and biotech Renmatix Inc.

  • July 15, 2024

    11th Circ. Affirms Yemeni Man's Removal After Marriage Fraud

    The Eleventh Circuit has affirmed the removal of a Yemeni citizen who fraudulently claimed he was married to a U.S. citizen, rejecting arguments that he has since legitimately married another U.S. woman who he now supports and that his removal proceedings should have been paused while he pursued other visa options.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Now More Than Ever, Lawyers Must Exhibit Professionalism

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    As society becomes increasingly fractured and workplace incivility is on the rise, attorneys must champion professionalism and lead by example, demonstrating how lawyers can respectfully disagree without being disagreeable, says Edward Casmere at Norton Rose.

  • Series

    Serving In The National Guard Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My ongoing military experience as a judge advocate general in the National Guard has shaped me as a person and a lawyer, teaching me the importance of embracing confidence, balance and teamwork in both my Army and civilian roles, says Danielle Aymond at Baker Donelson.

  • A Midyear Forecast: Tailwinds Expected For Atty Hourly Rates

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    Hourly rates for partners, associates and support staff continued to rise in the first half of this year, and this growth shows no signs of slowing for the rest of 2024 and into next year, driven in part by the return of mergers and acquisitions and the widespread adoption of artificial intelligence, says Chuck Chandler at Valeo Partners.

  • Accidental Death Ruling Shows ERISA Review Standard's Pull

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    The Eleventh Circuit’s recent accidental death insurance ruling in Goldfarb v. Reliance Standard Life Insurance illustrates how an arbitrary and capricious standard of review in Employee Retirement Income Security Act denial-of-benefits cases creates a steep uphill battle for benefit claimants, says Mark DeBofsky at DeBofsky Law.

  • Opinion

    States Should Loosen Law Firm Ownership Restrictions

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    Despite growing buzz, normalized nonlawyer ownership of law firms is a distant prospect, so the legal community should focus first on liberalizing state restrictions on attorney and firm purchases of practices, which would bolster succession planning and improve access to justice, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • Series

    Solving Puzzles Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Tackling daily puzzles — like Wordle, KenKen and Connections — has bolstered my intellectual property litigation practice by helping me to exercise different mental skills, acknowledge minor but important details, and build and reinforce good habits, says Roy Wepner at Kaplan Breyer.

  • 1st Gender Care Ban Provides Context For High Court Case

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    The history of Arkansas' ban on gender-affirming medical care — the first such legislation in the U.S. — provides important insight into the far-reaching ramifications that the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in U.S. v. Skrmetti next term will have on transgender healthcare, says Tyler Saenz at Baker Donelson.

  • Texas Ethics Opinion Flags Hazards Of Unauthorized Practice

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    The Texas Professional Ethics Committee's recently issued proposed opinion finding that in-house counsel providing legal services to the company's clients constitutes the unauthorized practice of law is a valuable clarification given that a UPL violation — a misdemeanor in most states — carries high stakes, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Julienne Pasichow at HWG.

  • Why High Court Social Media Ruling Will Be Hotly Debated

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    In deciding the NetChoice cases that challenged Florida and Texas content moderation laws, what the U.S. Supreme Court justices said about social media platforms — and the First Amendment — will have implications and raise questions for nearly all online operators, say Jacob Canter and Joanna Rosen Forster at Crowell & Moring.

  • In Memoriam: The Modern Administrative State

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    On June 28, the modern administrative state, where courts deferred to agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes, died when the U.S. Supreme Court overruled its previous decision in Chevron v. Natural Resources Defense Council — but it is survived by many cases decided under the Chevron framework, say Joseph Schaeffer and Jessica Deyoe at Babst Calland.

  • What Fla. Ruling Means For Insurer Managed Repair Programs

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    A recent Florida state court ruling in Fraga v. Citizens Property Insurance, holding that the insurer could not seek to add additional terms in its managed repair program consent form, should promote clear written contract terms that clarify the relationship between insurers, policyholders and contractors, says Chip Merlin at Merlin Law Group.

  • Opinion

    It's Time For Nationwide Race-Based Hair Protections

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    While 24 states have passed laws that prohibit race-based hair discrimination, this type of bias persists in workplaces and schools, so a robust federal law is necessary to ensure widespread protection, says Samone Ijoma and Erica Roberts at Sanford Heisler.

  • Series

    Florida Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q2

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    The second quarter of 2024 brought two notable bills that will affect Florida's banking and finance community across many issues, including virtual currency abandonment, cancellation of financial services on the basis of political opinions, and the exemption amount of motor vehicles, say Joshua Prever and Andrew Balthazor at Holland & Knight.

  • How To Clean Up Your Generative AI-Produced Legal Drafts

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    As law firms increasingly rely on generative artificial intelligence tools to produce legal text, attorneys should be on guard for the overuse of cohesive devices in initial drafts, and consider a few editing pointers to clean up AI’s repetitive and choppy outputs, says Ivy Grey at WordRake.

  • Opinion

    A Tale Of 2 Trump Cases: The Rule Of Law Is A Live Issue

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week in Trump v. U.S., holding that former President Donald Trump has broad immunity from prosecution, undercuts the rule of law, while the former president’s New York hush money conviction vindicates it in eight key ways, says David Postel at Henein Hutchison.

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