Florida

  • 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.

  • March 11, 2024

    US Appeals Corporate Transparency Act Ruling To 11th Circ.

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury is moving quickly to appeal an Alabama federal judge's ruling that the Corporate Transparency Act is unconstitutional, filing a notice of appeal to the Eleventh Circuit on Monday.

  • March 11, 2024

    Souped-Up Mustangs Overheated After 10 Min., Fla. Jury Told

    A group of drivers suing Ford Motor Co. told a Florida federal jury on Monday that the carmaker misled them on the high-performance capabilities of the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustangs they purchased, saying that the vehicles overheated after about 10 minutes of racing them on a track.

  • March 11, 2024

    Walmart Fails To Sink Feds' Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

    A Delaware federal judge on Monday kept alive a government lawsuit accusing Walmart of fueling the nation's opioid crisis, ruling that the company could be held liable for filling illegitimate prescriptions its compliance officers allegedly failed to flag for unwitting pharmacists.

  • March 11, 2024

    FTC, 10 States Sue 'Sham' Women's Cancer Fund

    The Federal Trade Commission and 10 state attorneys general have filed a federal complaint against a Pennsylvania-based cancer charity fund, calling the foundation a "sham" that deceived donors out of $18 million over five years.

  • March 11, 2024

    Trump Wants NY Trial Paused As Justices Weigh Immunity

    Donald Trump asked a New York judge to pause his hush-money case to await a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in a separate case on whether he is shielded from criminal charges by presidential immunity.

  • March 11, 2024

    DLA Piper Adds Cooley Atty To Co-Lead Capital Markets Team

    DLA Piper announced Monday it has added a former Cooley LLP partner with deep experience working with life sciences clients and in cross-border transactions to co-lead the firm's capital markets and public company advisory practice group.

  • March 11, 2024

    Fla. Voters To Decide On Homestead Exemption Increase

    Florida will have voters decide on a November ballot measure whether to create a constitutional amendment to index the homestead exemption to inflation under a joint resolution passed by state lawmakers.

  • March 11, 2024

    Fla. Tax Law Firm Fights Class Cert. In Wisconsin Fraud Row

    A Florida-based tax law firm has asked a Wisconsin federal judge to trim a proposed class action fraud suit launched by former customers claiming the firm solicited fees without performing work.

  • March 11, 2024

    Split 11th Circ. Won't Revive Doctor's Equal Pay Suit

    A split Eleventh Circuit panel backed the dismissal of a female obstetrician's suit claiming a hospital gave a male doctor better opportunities to earn bonus pay, saying the medical center put forward enough proof showing the male doctor's experience justified the difference.

  • March 11, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's Court of Chancery became a hot topic in New Orleans last week as litigators and judges at an annual convention acknowledged the First State's corporate law preeminence is under scrutiny. Back home, the court moved ahead on disputes involving Meta Platforms, Abercrombie & Fitch and Donald Trump.

  • March 11, 2024

    Insurance Worker Wants Full 11th Circ. Rethink In ADA Suit

    A former insurance worker urged the full Eleventh Circuit to rethink the company's win in her lawsuit accusing the business of abruptly firing her to sidestep healthcare costs related to her multiple sclerosis, saying there's evidence her disability played a role in her termination.

  • March 08, 2024

    Feds Slam Trump's Immunity Bid In Classified Docs Case

    The Special Counsel's Office has taken aim at former President Donald Trump's various attempts to dodge criminal allegations in Florida that he mishandled classified documents, in particular criticizing his "frivolous" presidential immunity argument as nothing more than a delay tactic.

  • March 08, 2024

    Real Estate Authority: SEC Climate Regs, State Of The Union

    Law360 Real Estate Authority covers the most important real estate deals, litigation, policies and trends. Catch up on key news from this week by state — as well as how President Joe Biden aims to improve affordable housing and what the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's new climate rule means for public real estate companies.

  • March 08, 2024

    Split NC High Court Reopens Embattled Realty Firm

    The North Carolina Supreme Court has temporarily lifted a business shutdown order on MV Realty amid the state's claims that the company imposed predatory fees, with a dissenting justice fearing that unshackling it could put homeowners at risk of losing their homes.

  • March 08, 2024

    Patent Case Over Air Conditioners For Boat Use Sinks At ITC

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has decided that a Swedish manufacturer of air conditioners for use on boats doesn't have a patent case against a handful of rivals based in Florida and China after all.

  • March 08, 2024

    Feds Win Houseboat Obstruction Suit Against Fla. Man

    The federal government scored a win in Florida federal court in its suit alleging former financial trader and self-described activist Fane Lozman's "floating home" is a structure that obstructs a navigable waterway, with the judge finding there is no genuine dispute that Lozman violated the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act.

  • March 08, 2024

    WaPo Scores Exit In Trump Media's $3.8B Defamation Suit

    A Florida federal judge on Friday tossed a $3.8 billion defamation lawsuit by former President Donald Trump's social media startup but gave the company another shot at supporting its claims that the Washington Post acted with malice in its reporting accusing the startup of securities fraud.

Expert Analysis

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Offshore Wind Auction Results Portend Difficulties In Gulf

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    Results of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recent auction of the Gulf of Mexico lease areas tell different stories about the future of offshore wind in the U.S., with the Gulf’s low interest suggesting uncertainty and the Mid-Atlantic’s strong interest suggesting a promising market, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • 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.

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