• September 22, 2023

    Ex-Fla. Police Chief's Wrongful Termination Suit Is Tossed

    A federal judge on Friday tossed an ex-police chief's wrongful termination lawsuit, agreeing with the city of Fort Lauderdale that the former chief can't claim a breach of contract when he was employed at will, and holding that officials didn't violate the law in firing him over allegedly discriminatory hiring and promotions.

  • September 22, 2023

    SEC Suit Accuses 4 Of Taking Part In $196M Ponzi Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission sued four people connected to merchant cash advance business MJ Capital Funding LLC on Friday in Florida federal court on allegations they played a role in facilitating a $196 million Ponzi scheme, saying they helped raise money by selling unregistered securities and made misrepresentations to investors.

  • September 22, 2023

    Fla. Judge Again Rejects Bid To Block State Union Law

    A Florida federal judge on Friday rejected a renewed effort from a group of teachers unions to block a state law barring public sector unions from having dues deducted from members' paychecks, saying the change did not deprive them of their rights because they have other methods to collect dues.

  • September 22, 2023

    11th Circ. Not Convinced $2.67B Blue Cross Deal Was Bad

    The Eleventh Circuit didn't seem to be buying what objectors to a $2.67 billion antitrust deal with Blue Cross Blue Shield were selling Friday during oral arguments, where the panel heard from more than half a dozen attorneys, and one pro se litigant, on why they should or should not undo the settlement.

  • September 22, 2023

    Norfolk Southern Loses Fee Bid In CSX Dispute

    A Virginia federal judge has rejected Norfolk Southern Railway Co. and a smaller railroad's request for a total of $14 million in attorney fees after defeating antitrust claims lodged by rival CSX Transportation Inc., ruling that Norfolk Southern failed to prove it was entitled to reimbursement.

  • September 22, 2023

    Florida Watchdog Turns Up Heat On Fantasy Sports Outfits

    The Florida Gaming Control Commission has sent cease-and-desist letters to three online fantasy sports operators, warning that their businesses appear to be accepting illegal wagers, the watchdog agency confirmed Friday.

  • September 22, 2023

    Software Co. Asks 11th Circ. To Revive Licensing Deal Suit

    Arno Resources LLC urged the Eleventh Circuit on Friday to revive its suit accusing the former owners of a now-dissolved gaming company of violating a software development agreement by licensing the software to third parties, arguing that the lower court should not have dismissed the claims for lack of jurisdiction.

  • September 22, 2023

    Off The Bench: MSU Coach, Olympian Abuse, DC Stadium Bill

    This week's Off The Bench features a college football coach accused of sexual harassment fighting to keep his job, an Olympic medalist claiming that a U.S. team doctor sexually assaulted her, and Congress helping the nation's capital potentially lure back a beloved NFL team.

  • September 22, 2023

    SPAC To Liquidate After Failed Merger With Casino Owner

    Special-purpose acquisition company 26 Capital Acquisition Corp. plans to liquidate after its failed bid to acquire the owner of Philippines casino operator Okada Manila, ending prospects for a deal that was tied up in litigation after the SPAC accused its merger target of stalling.

  • September 22, 2023

    'Overzealous' Fla. Atty Gets Discipline For Criticizing Judge

    A Florida attorney received an admonishment and must attend ethics school after he "crossed the line" by unintentionally impugning a judge, an action in violation of Florida Bar rules, court records show.

  • September 22, 2023

    Fenwick, Celebrities Seek To Toss FTX Investors' Suit

    Fenwick & West LLP, several celebrities and others facing investor claims related to the collapse of cryptocurrency exchange FTX have asked a Florida federal court to dismiss the litigation against them.

  • September 22, 2023

    Florida Farmer Not Prevailing Party In Bias Suit, Judge Says

    A Florida judge said a farmer whose reverse discrimination lawsuit was mooted when the Biden administration ended an effort to provide debt relief to minority farmers during the pandemic is not entitled to government help with his attorney fees, affirming a magistrate judge's earlier finding.

  • September 22, 2023

    Bidder's Shortcomings Sank Shot At $489M Space Force Deal

    The U.S. Space Force reasonably excluded a small engineering company from the competitive range for an up to $489 million U.S. contract for work at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, the U.S. Government Accountability Office decided in an opinion released Thursday, finding the company lacked qualifications.

  • September 22, 2023

    Alabama Reps. Urge High Court To Uphold Congressional Map

    Republican members of Alabama's House delegation have urged the U.S. Supreme Court to stay a three-judge panel's order to redraw the state's congressional map amid a lawsuit from voters, arguing the issue they raise is one of "partisan gerrymandering" and not "racial gerrymandering."

  • September 22, 2023

    DLA Piper Adds Regulatory, Gov't Affairs Partner In Miami

    DLA Piper has hired an attorney to join its Miami office with nearly 20 years of experience lobbying for health care clients on federal laws and policy matters, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • September 21, 2023

    Fla. Jury Hears Openings In 'Take Care Of Maya' Med Mal Case

    Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital missed a crucial diagnosis for Maya Kowalski, the child at the center of the Netflix documentary "Take Care of Maya," and falsely imprisoned and abused her, which drove her mother to suicide, an attorney for the Kowalski family told jurors Thursday.

  • September 21, 2023

    Protection Extended For Afghan Students, Venezuelans In US

    The Biden administration said Thursday that it is extending immigration protections for Afghan students in the U.S. who are experiencing severe economic hardships due to continuous armed conflict in Afghanistan since the Taliban's takeover, acting a day after extending protection from deportation for nearly 500,000 Venezuelans.

  • September 21, 2023

    Fla. Man Pleads Not Guilty In $10M PPE Reselling Fraud

    A Florida man has pled not guilty to several fraud-related counts in connection to what prosecutors described as a scheme in which he took $10 million from an investor to fund bulk food and personal protective equipment reselling businesses and promised returns, although the operations never existed.

  • September 21, 2023

    Real Estate Rumors: Elton John, Albany Road, Penske Media

    Elton John is rumored to be leaving Atlanta after listing his condo for nearly $5 million, investment firm Albany Road Real Estate Partners has reportedly purchased nearly 30 acres in South Florida for $21 million, and Penske Media is said to be moving its headquarters after signing a 125,000-square-foot lease in Los Angeles.

  • September 21, 2023

    Hartford Unit Scores 11th Circ. Win In Opioid Coverage Row

    The Eleventh Circuit on Thursday upheld a Hartford unit's early win in an opioid drugmaker's coverage dispute, agreeing with an Alabama federal judge that the carrier was not provided with timely notice.

  • September 21, 2023

    Fla. Nurse Convicted In $200M Medicare False Billing Scheme

    A Florida federal jury has convicted a nurse practitioner for her role in a fraud ring that submitted more than $200 million worth of false claims to Medicare for genetic testing and medical equipment the patients didn't need, prosecutors said.

  • September 21, 2023

    Florida Court Sued For Refusing Disability Accommodations

    The Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida was hit with a lawsuit in federal court this week under the Americans With Disabilities Act by a woman who accused it of refusing to accommodate her disability during her divorce proceedings.

  • September 21, 2023

    EPA Air Plan Disapproval Must Fail, Alabama Tells 11th Circ.

    Alabama and two power providers told the Eleventh Circuit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in disapproving the state's implementation plan for federal ozone standards after wrongly finding Alabama's emissions are contributing to downwind air quality problems.

  • September 21, 2023

    11th Circ. Frees Insurers From Covering $54M Tenant Award

    Insurers for a pair of apartment management companies have no duty to cover a $54 million arbitration award over underlying claims of poor living conditions at a federally subsidized Georgia apartment complex, the Eleventh Circuit ruled, finding it was the management companies that breached their policies.

  • September 21, 2023

    Nonprofit Counters Atlanta In 'Cop City' Referendum Row

    A voting advocacy nonprofit group called on the Eleventh Circuit to affirm a Georgia federal court's ruling barring the enforcement of an Atlanta ordinance requiring signature gatherers for a referendum vote on a controversial "Cop City" training facility to be city residents.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • 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

    Excerpt from Practical Guidance
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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.

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