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Andrew C. Hall of Hall, Lamb and Hall.

'Polish Jewish Don Quixote' Has Plenty of Litigation Causes

By Carlos Harrison |

Veteran Miami litigator Andrew C. Hall is a Holocaust survivor who is known for taking on the cases of terrorism victims.

Karen Hollihan, public relations committee for the Interamerican Institute for Democracy.

Miami Woman Sues TeleSur for Defamation After Documentary Links Her to CIA

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

TeleSUR, a global television network supported by six left-of-center Latin American countries, is being sued for defamation by a Miami woman who says the network aired a fake documentary that called her a CIA agent out to destabilize democracy in Ecuador.

Judge Finds Feds Lack Standing in ADA Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

A federal judge dismissed a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against Florida in what the state's counsel called a test case of the DOJ's authority to bring discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Man's Murder in High-Crime Complex

By Celia Ampel |

The former owners of a Tampa apartment complex agreed to pay $1.8 million to the family of a visitor who was shot and killed.

Seven Law Firms Recognized for Litigation Achievements

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review recognizes Florida law firms for legal achievements in the past year.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

Economic Claims by Toyota Owners With Takata Air Bags Allowed to Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

Toyota owners with Takata air bags saw most of their economic loss claims against the automaker go forward Thursday.

 8989 Okeechobee Blvd.

Appeals Court Rules Against Publix, Town in Zoning Case

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court ruled against Publix and Cutler Bay in a zoning dispute that began as a landlord-tenant spat.

Broward Judge Told to Step Aside in Sentencing Row

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court said Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry should have recused when a defendant sought to challenge his sentence as overly harsh.

Sharon Bock, Clerk of Courts Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Clerk's Office Honored for Guardianship Fraud Program

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach County's Clerk & Comptroller office uncovered more than $5.1 million in unsubstantiated disbursements, missing assets and fraud in the probate court's guardianship program, earning it recognition at the 4th World Congress on Adult Guardianship held Sept. 14-17 in Berlin.

Jeffrey Bartel of Berger Singerman.

Former NextEra Exec Joins Berger Singerman in Miami

By Gina Passarella |

Jeffrey Bartel will continue in his role as chairman of investment advisory of Hamptons Group while taking his land use, real estate and government affairs-focused law practice to Berger Singerman.

Walker Tower

'Willful' Fraud by Lawyer Results in Sanctions Against Client

By Celia Ampel |

A Coral Gables lawyer falsified documents and disobeyed an asset injunction, a judge found.

Trustee Tests New Tactic in Construction Bankruptcy

By Samantha Joseph |

The debtor, construction executive Donald Kipnis, is challenging the trustee's bid to invoke the IRS' power to pursue assets outside the state's statute of limitations.

ABA Pro Bono Award Going to Baker's Vigil

By Staff report |

Baker & McKenzie executive director Angela Vigil in Miami has been named the recipient of an American Bar Association award for her pro bono work.

Pam Bondi, Florida attorney general. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Bondi Breaks Silence on Trump Donation, Cites Misreporting

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

The attorney general says her office received only one complaint about Trump University that she didn't know about before getting a $25,000 political donation from Donald Trump.

City Attorney Victoria Mendez.

Five-Home Miami Development Puts City Attorney on Hot Seat

By Carla Vianna |

Miami city commissioners are set to vote on hiring a private attorney to investigate accusations against City Attorney Victoria Mendez over a planning issue.

The Green Library at Florida International University's Modesto A. Maidique campus

FIU Leads on Florida Bar Passage Rates

By Celia Ampel |

Florida International University had the highest Florida Bar exam passage rate for the third time in a row.

Late DBR Reporter Julie Kay Honored by Florida Bar

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Florida Bar posthumously honors the veteran Daily Business Review reporter with the Susan Spencer-Wendel Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding legal journalism.

Latin America

How Latin America's Legal Markets Are Evolving

By Nicholas Bruch, Senior Analyst ALM Legal Intelligence |

ALM Intelligence’s Latin American 50 Report shows that independent domestic firms hold more than two-thirds of market share, measured by headcount, in every Latin American legal market.

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

How Justice James E.C. Perry Will Be Remembered

By Noreen Marcus |

His eloquent concurrence in a redistricting case reminded readers of a time when Americans "had to fight and die for the privilege" of voting.

NSU Names Associate Law Dean for Diversity

By Staff report |

Law professor Elena Maria Marty-Nelson becomes the first dean for diversity, inclusion and public impact at Nova Southeastern's Shepard Broad College of Law.

One-Firm Career Takes Hilarie Bass to Greenberg Traurig, ABA Leadership

By Carlos Harrison |

The Miami attorney has spent 35 years with a single law firm but kept moving up, now serving as co-president.

Ira J. Coleman.

New McDermott Chairman on Miami and the Pursuit of Happiness

By Susan Beck |

A look at the personal side of McDermott's new Miami-based chairman Ira Coleman.

Logo at the new Shutts & Bowen office located at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Shutts & Bowen, Partner Move to Dismiss Investors' Antitrust Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

Shutts & Bowen and partner Kevin Cowan are fighting an antitrust lawsuit with a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. They are among 14 defendants in a suit by investors alleging they rigged bids in a real estate deal.

Judge Frank A. Shepherd, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

Fla. City Prevails in Land Rights Challenge to Rezoning

By Celia Ampel |

A murky constitutional question about property owners' rights during rezoning led to strong dissent within a Florida appellate court Wednesday.

Judge Martha Warner.

$8M Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds Reversed on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court reversed an $8 million verdict in an asbestos case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and industrial manufacturer Crane Co.

Chris Altenbernd, former judge in Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, now with  Carlton Fields.

Court Dumps Negligent Security Case After Agreeing to Review

By Noreen Marcus |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal decided to reconsider a case after the Florida Supreme Court issued instructions, then backed off. That restores a $1.8 million award in a double murder at a Plantation apartment complex.

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis

Fla. Supreme Court Strikes Down Law That Disqualified Mayoral Candidate

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court invalidated a state elections law that kept a Miami Gardens mayoral candidate off the ballot because of a bank error.

Will Election End Florida's Judicial Emergency?

By Celia Ampel |

As the election looms, partisan plays keep seats empty on Florida bench. One nominee has waited more than 18 months for a confirmation hearing.

 Tania Galloni.

Earthjustice Hires Public Interest Veteran to Head Florida Operations

By Meredith Hobbs |

Earthjustice has hired Tania Galloni as its new managing attorney for Florida, succeeding David Guest, who retired in June after 12 years in the role.

Fior Pichardo de Veloz.

Woman Files Suit After Being Misidentified as Male in Jail

By Samantha Joseph |

A 50-year-old woman from the Dominican Republic is suing the Miami-Dade Corrections Department, claiming jail staff examined and photographed her genitals before misidentifying her as male and incarcerating her with more than 40 men.

Stephen F. Rosenthal

Court Defers Sovereign Immunity Question in Red-Light Camera Case

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal appeals court didn't jump at a chance to decide a Florida red-light camera case with litigation pending in federal and state courts.

Rivero Mestre attorneys Andres Rivero, left, and Charlie Whorton.

United Health Expands Hepatitis C Drug Coverage to Settle National Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

United Healthcare agreed to expand its coverage of hepatitis C drugs as part of a nationwide class action settlement valued at more than $300 million.

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

Justice Perry Leaving Florida Supreme Court

By Samantha Joseph |

Justice James E.C. Perry, the Florida Supreme Court's fourth black judge who grew up under Jim Crow laws in North Carolina, has announced his retirement.

David Spector, left, will succeed Andrew Smulian as chairman and CEO of Akerman.

Akerman CEO Smulian to Hand Over Reins in 2018

By Roy Strom and Samantha Joseph |

Andrew Smulian is set to be replaced by David Spector, a 45-year-old partner whose swift rise inside the firm mirrors its performance in the market.

Holland & Knight Names New Leader of West Palm Beach Office

By Gina Passarella |

The 1,200-lawyer law firm tapped a former statewide prosecutor to lead the West Palm Beach office, one of three for the firm in South Florida.

Bernard Shapiro

Court Upholds Ruling Finding Millionaire in Guardianship Fight Competent

By Samantha Joseph |

An expensive guardianship fight involving a wealthy real estate developer has ended after a failed appeal.

Courvoisier Courts condominium at 701 Brickell Key Blvd, Miami.

Miami Condo Manager Claims Retaliatory Firing

By Carla Vianna |

KW Property Management — one of the largest property management companies in the state — is facing a Miami whistleblower lawsuit and disgruntled residents in another tower it manages.

DBR Recognizes Top In-House Attorneys

By Staff report |

The Daily Business Review will recognize eight legal departments at a Nov. 10 event in Miami.

Howard Forman

Coworkers Remember Late Clerk's Office Employee

By Samantha Joseph |

Colleagues pay tribute to longtime Broward clerk's office employee Lisa L. Foreman, who was found dead with her family at her Lauderhill home.

State's Elder Affairs Department Shielded From Lawsuit

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is shielded from a lawsuit filed by a former state ombudsman for long-term care residents who was fired after she made critical comments about the operation of the program, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

Stephen Shiver

Fired Manager Claims Opa-locka Public Corruption

By Samantha Joseph |

Fired City Manager Roy Stephen Shiver is suing Opa-locka alleging wrongful termination, discrimination and violation of Florida's Whistleblower's Act.

U.S. Signs On To Hague Child Support Treaty

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The U.S. has formally ratified a convention that is expected to make it harder for a parent who owes child support to hide abroad.

Elio F. Martinez of Espinosa Trueba Martinez.

Mix of 'Perry Mason,' Baseball Blends Into IP Lawyer

By Carlos Harrison |

Intellectual property attorney Elio Martinez is a man with a mission — visit every major league ballpark. He's well on his way, ticking off 24 of 30 venues.

Brad Edwards

Negligent Security Suit Filed in Home Invasion Slaying of Halliburton Heir

By Celia Ampel |

The victim's widower is suing security companies at a Davie gated community in the home invasion slaying of a Halliburton heir. The suspect made a daring courtroom escape weeks earlier.

Maria Elena Perez

Court Orders 91-Day Bar Suspension for Nevin Shapiro's Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

Coral Gables attorney Maria Elena Perez has temporarily lost her law license for ethics violations in her representation of University of Miami scandal figure Nevin Shapiro and another client.

UM Law Clinic Gains Class Action Settlement Funds

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The University of Miami School of Law's investor rights clinic receives $107,282 from the settlement of a class action lawsuit against Regions Bank related to U.S. Pension Trust's fraudulent sale of unregistered securities in the 1990s.

Murder Conviction Overturned In 1986 Killing

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

More than 30 years after the body of a woman was found partially clad with 36 stab wounds, a state appeals court Wednesday ordered a new trial for a man convicted of first-degree murder and sexual battery.

Receiver Reaches $13.3 Million Settlement With Citibank

By Lisa Rathke |

A receiver overseeing two ski resorts at the center of a fraud investigation says a $13.3 million settlement with Citibank will subsidize operations at one of the resorts and a newly opened hotel at the other and pay contractors and vendors.

Rachel Siler and attorney Matthew Dietz.

Beach Condo Sued by Woman in Wheelchair for FHA Discrimination

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami Beach condo association is accused of trying to turn away a tenant on moving day and retaliating against her afterward because of her disability.

Partner Joins Law Firm Expanding in Colombia

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Carlos Padilla moves from Bogota's Castro Leiva Rendon Criales to growing global firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uria.

Richard Edlin, Patricia Menendez-Cambo and Paul Maher, with Greenberg Traurig.

Greenberg Traurig Names 3 Vice Chairs, Including Miami Partner

By Gina Passarella |

Patricia Menendez-Cambo is among the vice chairs named by the law firm as it expands its leadership.

Ruben Diaz Jr.

Grupo Pellas GC Moves Back to Hughes Hubbard

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Ruben Diaz Jr. leaves the Nicaragua-based conglomerate to take a new post as co-chairman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed's Latin America practice in Miami.

Pam Bondi

Trump Seeks Distance From Donation Supporting Florida AG

By Michael Biesecker |

Donald Trump spoke to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi before his charity cut a 2013 check to support her re-election effort, but his campaign said Tuesday the two never discussed whether her office would join a lawsuit against Trump University.

Meenu Sasser

Judge Becomes Finalist for Bench Same Day Appellate Court Reverses Her

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser had two notable achievements in one day — she became a finalist for an appeals court opening and was reversed by the same court.

Judge Cory Ciklin

Law Firm Fights Off Malpractice Suit, But It May Reappear

By Samantha Joseph |

Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel successfully argues improper venue on appeal to defeat a legal malpractice suit tied to a bank's collapse.

Judge Linda Ann Wells, Third District Court of Appeal.

Court: Probate Claim Is Too Late to Establish Paternity

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court rules against a 51-year-old man who never established who his father was until he wanted a cut of his estate.

Thomas Sabatino Jr.

Most Top Florida GCs Make $1 Million-Plus a Year

By Michael Seemuth |

A review of compensation for 30 general counsel at publicly traded Florida companies shows 23 earning seven figures a year.

GC Compensation Chart

The best-paid general counsel are ranked according to total based on salary, bonus, stock awards, options awards, non-equity incentive plan compensation, change in pension value and nonqualified deferred compensation earnings, and all other compensation.

GC Compensation: $1 Million—and Wanting More

In the Daily Business Review’s general counsel compensation special section, articles look at how much Florida GCs pull in—and how much they think they should.

The Ins and Outs of Online Data Collection in Latin America

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Attorney Luis Salazar offers tips for pinning down contracts when online data is collected in Latin America.

Gary D. Fox

Florida Supreme Court Extends MedMal Law to Suicide

By Noreen Marcus |

The court rules a jury should decide the foreseeability of suicide in the case of a depressed woman who died the day after getting new medication.

Kenneth Welt, senior trustee, United States Bankruptcy Court

Panasonic Among Defendants in Antitrust Suit Over Capacitors

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami lawsuit by trustee Kenneth Welt accuses Panasonic Corp. and Sanyo of price rigging.

Tropical Storm Hermine

Gulf Storm Shutting Down Florida Courts

By Staff Report |

Tropical Storm Hermine is closing courts from the Tampa Bay area to the Florida Panhandle.

Marlene Gordon of Bacardi.

Self-Determination and Drive Take Gordon to Top Legal Post at Bacardi

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Growing up in rural Jamaica, Bacardi North America Vice President and General Counsel Marlene Gordon found inspiration in her overachieving mother.

Ryan O'Quinn of with DLA Piper.

Miami Ex-Prosecutor Joins DLA Piper's White-Collar Group

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper is expanding its white-collar practice in anticipation of increased federal regulatory scrutiny of the health care and securities industries and foreign corruption.

Tim Canova.

With Canova Loss, Two Law Profs Left in Bid for Congressional Seats

By Karen Sloan |

The trio of law professors hoping for a seat in Congress is now a duo.

Attorneys Guy Lewis and Michael Tein,

Lewis Tein Sues Miccosukee Tribe in New Turn in Legal Saga

By Celia Ampel |

Miami firm Lewis Tein is striking back against the Miccosukee Tribe after years of what judges have ruled frivolous litigation.

Former Miami Mayor Joe Carollo.

Court Sides With Ex-Miami Mayor in Doral Whistleblower Case

By Noreen Marcus |

South Florida political legend Joe Carollo comes out ahead in his beef with Doral city officials about his corruption claims against them while he was serving as city manager.

South Florida Lawyer Given Prison Sentence for Child Porn

By Brian Baxter |

David Rothenberg, a former lawyer at Conroy Simberg and Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer was sentenced Friday to 17.5 years in prison after pleading guilty in June to child pornography charges.

 Marc Wites, of Wites & Kapetan and Scott Silver and David Silver of Silver Law Group.

Investors Suing Cryptsy CEO Certified as Class

By Samantha Joseph |

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra certified a class in a lawsuit against digital currency exchange, Cryptsy, and CEO Paul Vernon.

Havana, Cuba.

Hispanic Bar Forms Cuba Task Force

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Hispanic National Bar Association wants a greater voice in U.S.-Cuba rapprochement and is launching a task force to review the countries' changing relationships.

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown

Despite Indictment, US Rep. Brown Trying to Stay in Office

By Gary Fineout |

U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown, who more than two decades ago became one of the first blacks elected to Congress from Florida since reconstruction, is battling to stay in office amid a criminal indictment and a revamped district that includes thousands of new voters.

Peter Prieto of Podhurst Orseck.

Prieto Plays at Top of His Profession in High-Profile MDL Cases

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami attorney Peter Prieto rose high in law firm management before redirecting back to the courtroom.

Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola.

PwC Settles $5.6B Negligent Auditing Case Mid-Trial

By Celia Ampel |

PricewaterhouseCoopers on Friday settled a multibillion-dollar negligent accounting case for an undisclosed amount.

Appeals Court Ruling Raises Red Flags for Foreclosure Attorneys

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys warn a new appellate ruling on Florida's lis pendens statute could hurt investor interest in distressed properties.

Takata, Michelin Prevail in Highway Rollover Crash

By Samantha Joseph |

A jury returned a defense verdict for seatbelt manufacturer Takata Corp. and tire maker Michelin North America Inc. after attorneys for two disabled victims injured in a rollover crash asked for $80 million in damages.

Lawyers Adam Filthaut, left, and Robert Adams.

Two Tampa Lawyers Disbarred for Setting Up Opponent's Bust

By Noreen Marcus |

The attorneys are permanently disbarred for arranging their opponent's drunken-driving arrest during trial. The target lost his trial bag for hours before he was released from jail.

Miller & Chevalier Chartered Hires New Partner For International Compliance Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Miller & Chevalier Chartered has hired Alejandra Montenegro Almonte as a new parter in its international practice.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Judge Refuses to Halt Miami-Dade Judicial Primary Race

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch’s efforts to kick his election challenger Marcia Del Rey off the ballot are rebuffed by another judge.

Peter A. Quinter with GrayRobinson.

Lawyers to Importers: Think a Free Trade Agreement Means Duty Free? Think Again!

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Importers taking advantage of free trade agreement exemptions must be prepared to document whether every button and string on a dress qualifies under the agreement. They aren't always prepared.

Trump Asked Governor to Name Lawyer to Broward Circuit Bench

By Gary Fineout |

The appointment of Fort Lauderdale attorney Jose Izquierdo came through in May, 13 days after Trump's recommendation.

Florida Firms Among Top Recruiters in NYC This Year

By Christine Simmons |

Head count in the New York offices of Florida-founded firms have grown this year as firms look to hire corporate attorneys to help with real estate and finance work coming to Florida.

Jaret Davis of Greenberg Traurig in Miami.

Florida Law Firms Catch Startup Fever

By Nell Gluckman |

Greenberg Traurig is working with a European startup accelerator to give young health care companies in Miami a boost. Not to be outdone, Greenspoon Marder has launched its own partnership with an accelerator in South Florida, also with the intent of coaxing startup growth. 

Broward Judge Elijah Williams

From Public Housing to the Bench: The Rise of Judge Elijah Williams

By Samantha Joseph |

Defense attorneys say Judge Elijah Williams, the first black man appointed to the Broward Circuit bench in more than two decades, is changing the lives of minors appearing before him in juvenile court.

Judge Rules Miccosukees Must Pay Taxes to IRS

U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga rules against a member of the tribe in a case that should apply to all.

Development Decisions Trigger Miami Initiative on Right to Sue

By Carla Vianna |

If passed, a question on the November ballot would grant citizens standing to sue the city of Miami if it violates its own charter.

Scott N. Wagner is a partner in Bilzin Sumberg's litigation group and leads Bilzin Sumberg's e-discovery practice.

Antitrust Attorney Deals With Impact of Economic Theory on Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Scott Wagner got an undergraduate degree in political economy knowing he would be heading to law school.

Pam Bondi

Florida AG Goes After Alleged Foreclosure Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says in a new suit that a network of fake foreclosure defense firms duped homeowners and lawyers across South Florida.

 Angela Corey (AP Photo/Rick Wilson)

State Attorney Who Charged Zimmerman Could Lose Election

By Gary Fineout |

State Attorney Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the losing case against Groge ZImmerman, faces two strong challengers in this month's primary.

Eric Aaronson, Matthew Coglianese, Neil Schiller

Arnstein & Lehr Expands in South Florida with Three Lawyers

By Roy Strom |

The West Palm Beach additions include Neil Schiller, a municipal and government partner, who joins the Chicago-based firm from Becker & Poliakoff.

Pulse nightclub mourners gather at a vigil held in front of the Dr. P. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando, Fla. Photo: Loren Elliott/Tampa Bay Times via AP.

News Outlets Fight for Release of Mass Shooting 911 Calls

By Terrance Harris and Mike Schneider |

Attorneys for almost two dozen media groups argued in federal court in Florida that a lawsuit demanding the release of 911 calls involving the mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando should be moved back to state court.

Reitred Fourth DCA Judge W. Matthew Stevenson

Fourth DCA Judge's Retirement Puts Spotlight on Judicial Diversity

By Celia Ampel |

The retirement of Fourth DCA Judge W. Matthew Stevenson leaves a spot open on a mostly white, male bench.

SEC: Company Duped Investors With Bogus News Releases

By Samantha Joseph |

A West Palm Beach company portraying itself as a high-powered arms manufacturer duped investors while operating out of a virtual office with about $509,000 in cash, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Donald Trump.

Trial Ends in Trump Club Membership Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

A $5 million trial against a Donald Trump-owned golf club in Jupiter ended Tuesday with the judge asking for proposed judgments by Sept. 16.

The panel included, from left to right, Al Dotson of Bilzin Sumberg, Maria Juncadella of Fairchild Partners, Mayanne Downs of GrayRobinson, Barbara Black of JLL and Florida Bar President Bill Schifino.

Panel Sees Gender Bias in Law, Real Estate Industries

By Carla Vianna |

Legal and real estate professionals discuss the issues surrounding the steep gender gap found in both industries.

High Court Tapped in Case of Mayoral Candidate Booted From Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court was asked Wednesday to consider whether Miami Gardens legally disqualified a mayoral candidate whose filing fee check was returned.

John Timoney. YouTube

Former Miami Police Chief John Timoney Dies at 68

By Associated Press |

A former colleague credits Timoney with taking the department "leaps and bounds forward."

An miner shouts slogans during a protest on the outskirts of El Alto, Bolivia, where protestors have placed stones on the highway to block traffic, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. Hundreds of independent miners have placed large stones on three principal highways blocking traffic that leads into Bolivia's capital city. Independent and state miners have been staging rival protests for months for control of the Colquiri tin mine, which is 100 miles (160 kilometers) south of La Paz. (AP Photo/Juan Karita)

Glencore Begins Arbitration Against Bolivia Over Mine Nationalization

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mining and commodities producer Glencore International has begun arbitration proceedings against Bolivia for its nationalization of properties since 2007.

 Florida A&M University College of Law.

New Vote Set After Florida A&M Law School Bungles Student Election

By Karen Sloan |

A would-be student government president at Florida A&M University has taken to the courts to stop a university-wide revote after the law school botched the initial election.

Daynard, Richard- President, Tobacco Control Resource Center, Inc., and Chair, Tobacco Products Liability Project, Northeastern University Law School, Boston Mass. Editor of the Tobacco Products Litigation Reporter.

Another Florida Court Scorns Stale Engle Tobacco Defense

By Noreen Marcus |

The Second District Court of Appeal lines up with others on a preemption issue heading for the Florida Supreme Court in November.

Hotels in 10 States, DC May Have Been Hacked

Hyatt, Sheraton, Marriott and Westin hotels report malware may have been collecting data since March 2015.

Alan A. Lips,  partner, Gerson Preston Klein Lips Eisenberg Gelber.

Argentina's Tax Amnesty: A Q&A With Gerson Preston's Alan Lips

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Argentina's tax amnesty law is luring residents with unreported assets abroad to rethink their tax structures and consider joining the nation's formal economy.

Florida Referral Rule Change for the Avvo, LegalZoom Age

By Celia Ampel |

Proposed changes to the Florida Bar rule governing for-profit lawyer referral services went to the Florida Supreme Court on Monday.

Adrian Delancy.

Miami Native Survived Hurricane Trauma, Stumbled Into Bankruptcy Law

By Carlos Harrison |

After family trauma following Hurricane Andrew, Adrian Delancy kept going, finished law school and focused on corporate litigation.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Sitting Miami Judge Files Suit to Keep Election Challenger Off Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch has filed a lawsuit to keep his election opponent Marcia Del Rey off the ballot in the Aug. 30 judicial election.

David Podein, partner at Haber Slade in Miami. Courtesy photo.

Attorneys to Condo Associations: Zika Litigation Won't Bite

By Samantha Joseph |

What are condo associations, homeowners' associations and other multifamily boards to do as Zika spreads across South Florida? Not too much, say real estate attorneys, who caution against creating liability where none exists.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.

Real Estate Developer Latest to Be Sued Over Doomed Fashion Mall

By Samantha Joseph |

Bankruptcy trustee Ken Welt accused a real estate developer of fraud, self-dealing and usurpation of corporate opportunities.

David Craven and Saichang Xu.

Sandler Travis Hires Two Chicago Attorneys From Newly Shuttered Riggle & Craven

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Leading Chicago trade law firm Riggle & Craven is dissolving, and two attorneys including a founding partner have joined the Chicago office of global firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Court Rejects Citizens Appeal on Edie Laquer Claim

By News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case lets stand a lower court decision in favor of the high-powered real estate broker.

Still from the film

Sony Prevails on Appeal in Tortious Interference Case

By Celia Ampel |

Sony Pictures won an appeal against a Miami man who sued over a movie based partially on his life.

Hedge Fund That Fed Ponzi Scheme Scores on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA revived a malpractice suit against a firm representing a feeder fund in disbarred attorney's Scott Rothstein $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

Maria Elena Perez

Bar Referee Recommends Suspension for Ponzi Schemer's Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

A referee's report recommends 91 days' suspension for a Coral Gables attorney found guilty of multiple ethics violations.

Venezuelan Currency

Venezuela Central Bank Drops Appeal in Case Against Financial Website

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Venezuela's central bank has withdrawn its appeal of a lawsuit it filed against an online publication that publishes the Venezuelan black market exchange rate.

Beth Tanis of King & Spalding, left, writes notes as Steven Thomas of Thomas Alexander & Forrester gives his opening statement in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola, right.

As Trial Begins, PwC Claims Bank Fraud Was Well-Hidden

By Celia Ampel |

At opening statements in a $5.6 billion trial against PricewaterhouseCoopers, lawyers tussled over how hard a fraud at Colonial Bank would have been to catch.

Bill Carvalho, in-house counsel of Yahoo!

Latin America Spurs South Florida In-House Counsel Network

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida in-house counsel share international expertise, especially when dealing with Latin America.

Judge Blake Honored With Chief Justice Award

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake has received the Chief Justice Award for Judicial Excellence.

Ryan Bailine, left, and Nancy Lash, right.

Public-Private Partnership Leads to Transit Land Lease

By Carla Vianna |

Greenberg Traurig attorneys Ryan Bailine and Nancy Lash negotiate a $40 million ground lease and development agreement for a major transit-oriented project in Miami-Dade County.

Judge Adalberto Jordan.

Florida Supreme Court Gets Construction Defect Insurance Question

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal appeals court asks the Florida Supreme Court whether it's right for an insurance company to balk at paying legal costs on pre-suit construction defect claims.

Youtube screenshot of of Puppy Armour creator Silvio Schillen.

Under Armour Files Suit Over 'Puppy Armour' Dog Athletic Wear Line

By Samantha Joseph |

Sports apparel manufacturer Under Armour Inc. doesn't want its name going to the dogs—the company is suing the creators of Puppy Armour, a line of athletic wear for canines.

Gentile Made Switch From Special Ed to Construction Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Construction attorney Mindy Gentile couldn't wait to get out of Kansas City, Missouri, and she left for South Florida three days after her college graduation.

Opa-locka Officials Face Corruption Charges

By Samantha Joseph |

Two former public officials face bribery and extortion charges in Opa-locka, a city in northern Miami-Dade.

Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola.

PwC, Plaintiff Point Fingers Ahead of Opening Statements in Negligent Auditing Trial

By Celia Ampel |

Opening statements are set for Tuesday in a $5.5 billion case against accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Bank of New York Mellon headquarters

Foreclosure Case Tips to Borrower on Service of Process

By Samantha Joseph |

The Bank of New York Mellon came out on the losing side of a foreclosure case over its strategy after five failed attempts to serve court papers on a corporate borrower.

Suit Against Officer Who Shot Unarmed Autistic Teen Moves Toward Trial

By Celia Ampel |

A Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy is not protected from litigation after he fatally shot an unarmed teenager, an appellate court ruled Wednesday.

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First Amendment Lawyer Julin Decamps Hunton & Williams for Gunster

By Gina Passarella |

Longtime First Amendment attorney Thomas Julin has left Hunton & Williams after 16 years to join Florida-focused business law firm Gunster.

Florida A&M University entrance.

Florida A&M Faces Wave of Discrimination Claims

By Samantha Joseph |

A spate of whistleblower lawsuits accuse historically black university of discriminating against white and older employees in its police department.

Verdict Overturned on Appeal Based on Attorneys' Comments to Jury

By Samantha Joseph |

Closing arguments at trial led to an appellate court's reversal of an $11 million award in a drunken driving case.

Miami Attorney: FSU Law Professor's Ex-wife Played No Role in His Killing

By Curt Anderson |

Criminal defense attorney David O. Markus denies the family of professor and law blogger Dan Markel was involved in the murder-for-hire plot.

From left to right: Arthur J. Dichter, Partner; Grace C. Lopez, COO; Sarah B. Jacobson, Associate; Steven L. Cantor, Managing Partner; Kathryn von Matthiessen, Partner; Sharon Dresser, President High Street Retail ,USA; Paul J. D’Alessandro, Jr., Associate

Cantor Law Firm Moves Miami Office

By Carla Vianna |

The Cantor Group law firm has ditched Miami's Brickell Financial District for Coconut Grove.

Melanie May

Appeals Court Reverses $13K in Attorney Fees in Divorce Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Coral Springs attorney Jordan R. Jordan scored a $13,000 victory in his five-year divorce battle.

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Judge Rules Against Beach Condo Board That Balked

By Carla Vianna |

The redevelopment of a rundown Miami Beach property caught in litigation for four years may finally come to fruition.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judges Jennifer Bailey, Scott M. Bernstein and Chief Judge Bertila Soto at the new lactation room at the Miami-Dade County Courthouse.

New Addition to Miami-Dade Courthouse: A Lactation Lounge

By Celia Ampel |

The Miami-Dade County Courthouse designated a private room for breastfeeding moms to promote work-life balance for female attorneys.

Richard C. Wolfe, of Wolfe Law, with his client Genesis Davila.

Suit by Dethroned Beauty Queen Could Hinge on Proving Actual Harm

By Samantha Joseph |

The ugly turn at the Miss Florida USA pageant could mean a battle to show real damages for dethroned beauty queen Génesis Dávila, who filed a $15 million defamation suit against pageant organizers Monday.

Eleventh Circuit Judge Beverly Martin. Photo by Tony Benner/Omega Media Group

US Supreme Court Takes on Shotgun Sentencing Appeal

By Noreen Marcus |

The treatment of requests for resentencing by the Atlanta federal appeals court will reach the U.S. Supreme Court in its next term.

Bruce Rogow

Collector Suing Ferrari After Bid to Buy Rare Car Is Rejected

By Samantha Joseph |

A South Florida businessman seeking to buy a LaFerrari Spider convertible—a limited-edition luxury vehicle valued up to $2 million—has filed a defamation lawsuit against Ferrari North America after the automobile maker rejected his $1 million deposit for one of the most expensive cars in the world.

Carolyn Lamm, Partner, White & Case.

Panama Canal Dispute Heard in Miami, But Miami Attorneys Nowhere In Sight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A hearing by an international arbitral tribunal in Miami concluded Friday on the first claim in the billion-dollar Panama Canal expansion dispute. It's being handled by out-of-town attorneys.

Karen Schapira, Lee F. Lasris and Jodi B. Laurence.

Greenspoon Marder Acquires Florida Health Law Boutique

By Gina Passarella |

Greenspoon Marder, which has grown by about 20 lawyers and several offices since the start of the year, has continued its expansion, this time with the addition of a South Florida health law boutique.

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Feds Move to Seize Home of Disbarred Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

Federal prosecutors have launched a criminal foreclosure suit against ex-attorney Stephen Ziegler, who was convicted of participating in Mutual Benefits Corp.'s $1 billion Ponzi scheme.

Bankruptcy Partner Brian Gart Joins Akerman

The veteran bankruptcy attorney specializes in distressed financing and is a former chair of the Florida Bar business law section.

Genovese Stumbled on an Opportunity in Bankruptcy Law and Flourished

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami bankruptcy attorney John Genovese followed a mentor and wound up specializing in bankruptcy cases with fraud in the background.

Florida Supreme Court Disciplines 15 Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplined 15 South Florida attorneys, including five who were disbarred, the Florida Bar announced Friday.

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NextEra Agrees to Buy Texas Electric Giant Oncor for $18.4 Billion

By Will Weissert |

The parent of Florida Power & Light agrees to buy 80 percent of Texas' largest electric utility in a bankruptcy sale.

Miami Foreclosure Case Reversed, Remanded to New Judge by Appeals Court

By Samantha Joseph |

A judge's decision to strike years of pleadings by a witness suspected of lying during a foreclosure bench trial led to a reversal on appeal.

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Argentina Continues Its Bond Binge

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

It is a robust time for bonds coming out of Argentina, where national and local governments have issued at least $20 billion in bonds over the past four months as the country looks to capital markets to improve its infrastructure and economy.

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Suit Claims 'Pokemon Go' Terms of Service Are 'Deceptive'

By Samantha Joseph |

A new lawsuit claims the 'Pokemon Go' game sweeps users' private data while players chase virtual characters.

Greenspoon Marder, GrayRobinson Work Craft Brewery Deal

By Gina Passarella |

The law firm represented the two sides in Caribbean-based ANSA McAL's purchase of Indian River Beverage.

Judge Dismisses Manslaughter Charge Against Broward Deputy

By Curt Anderson |

Circuit Judge Michael Usan rules for a deputy asserting a stand-your-ground defense in the shooting death of a black man with an air rifle.

State, Seminoles in Dispute Over Banking Card Games

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |
Detra P. Shaw-Wilder of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Miami.

Lawyers Who Struck Secret Fee Deal Can't Shield Their Income

By Samantha Joseph |

Two attorneys implicated in the case that brought down Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson lost a bid to stop garnishment.

White & Case Advises on Solar Project in Chile that Will Power Subway System

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

White & Case advises SunPower in $200 million deal to build a solar power plant in Chile that will power Santiago's subway system.

Robin Rosenberg

Jupiter Solo Practitioner Faces Sentencing After Tax Troubles

By Samantha Joseph |

A trust and estate attorney pleads guilty to hiding revenue and filing false tax returns.

Judge Thomas Logue, Third District Court of Appeal.

Noting District Split, Appellate Panel OKs Red Light Camera Programs

By Celia Ampel |

Red light camera programs secured approval from a Florida appellate court Wednesday, setting off a circuit split that could propel the issue to the state's high court.

IRS Removes Some Restrictions on Income From Cuba

By Commentary by James W. Spencer |

A change in Internal Revenue Service rules means a lower effective short-term tax rate on income U.S. taxpayers earn in Cuba, writes James W. Spencer.

What's Up in Cuba a Year After Florida Bar Group Visit?

By Commentary by Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez |

Much has changed since the Florida Bar international law section visited Havana, but more changes are needed before U.S. investment becomes commonplace, writes attorney JEnnifer Olmedo-Rodriguez.

Stephen N. Zack.

Businesses Across the Florida Straits Dancing a New Dance

By Commentary by Stephen N. Zack |

Stephen Zack, a Cuban exile and former American Bar Association president, discusses the complicated dance for US businesses looking for trading partners in Cuba.

Dennis J. Olle.

What's the Future of Hospitality and Tourism in Cuba as US Embargo Loosens?

By Commentary by Dennis J. Olle and Jason P. Jones |

Tourism and hospitality are the early beneficiaries of warmer U.S. relations with Cuba, but the speed of change may be slow, write attorneys Dennis J. Olle and Jason P. Jones.

Even With Diplomatic Relations, A Tale of Two Cubas

By Commentary by Andrew C. Hall |

Even with normalization, there is no resolution for U.S. judgments and claims against Cuba, writes attorney Andrew C. Hall.

Thinking Ahead: Practical Considerations as Trade Between US, Cuba Evolves

By Commentary by Eduardo Palmer |

With business ties developing between the United States and Cuba, international arbitration is a good option for addressing potential legal disputes.

Aymee Valdivia, with Holland & Knight.

Cuba-Trained Attorneys in US Help Navigate Deals as Relations Thaw

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cuban lawyers who have pursued additional U.S. law degrees say their legal experience in Cuba offers value to U.S. clients.

In this May 2, 2016, file photo, Carnival's Fathom cruise line ship Adonia arrives from Miami in Havana, Cuba. (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa, File)

Cuba Special Report: Making Deals, Doing Business, Hitting the Beach

In the Daily Business Review’s Cuba special section, articles focus on dealmaking, taxes, diplomacy and other topics.

Steve Witten, left, and Still Hunter III, right, of Institutional Property Advisors.  Courtesy photo.

Marcus & Millichap Registers 350 Buyers for Multifamily Sales

By Mary Hladky |

A $77 million Boca Raton sale closes first in a multifamily portfolio deal.

Is Bitcoin Money? Judge's Ruling Reignites Regulation Questions

By Samantha Joseph |

New legislation on digital currency could soon follow a Miami-Dade judge's landmark ruling that Bitcoin isn't money.

Trump-Owned Golf Club Heading to Trial Over Membership Deposits

By Celia Ampel |

One of Donald Trump's golf clubs lost a summary judgment scuffle with former members. The case is set for trial next month.

Aaron Delgado, Daytona Beach Florida. Website Photo

Florida DUI Defense Lawyer Asks What About Pot?

By Noreen Marcus |

After the U.S. Supreme Court weighs in on warrants in drunken-driving cases, the Florida Supreme Court is asked to remand a case on breath tests.

Mike Colodny, Amy Koltnow and Wes Strickland.

Colodny Fass Plans for Next Generation, Creates Executive Team

By Roy Strom |

Shareholders Amy Koltnow and Wes Strickland join Colodny Fass' executive team.

Miami Judge Rules Bitcoin Not Same as Money in Criminal Case

By Staff and wire reports |

Judge Teresa Mary Pooler ejects money laundering allegedly tied to bitcoin transactions.

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Florida Bar Files Complaints in Miccosukee Tribe Saga

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar filed formal complaints against Bernardo Roman III and Jose "Pepe" Herrera for pursuing frivolous claims on behalf of the Miccosukee tribe.

Bruce Katzen, right, and Jamie Zuckerman, left, partners with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine.

Will Dispute Lead to Potential Prison Time for Multimillionaire's Widower?

By Celia Ampel |

The dispute between a Broward multimillionaire's sons and her husband over her estate has led to an international battle.

Genovese Joblove & Battista hired Dan Zabludowski, left, as Of Counsel, and John Arrastia, right, as partner.

Two Attorneys Join Genovese Joblove & Battista

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Genovese Joblove & Battista made two new hires in its international practice.

Driven Automobile Attorney Finds Road to Success

After losing his dealership to Hurricane Andrew, Robert Zinn decided to start over again as a lawyer representing automobile dealers.

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Jones Day Plays Role in Latin American Loan Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Argentine subsidiary of a Chilean energy company has taken a $150 million loan to expand offshore oil and gas exploration and production in Argentina. The banks were advised by Jones Day.

Judge Mardi Levey Cohen

Appeals Court Further Slashes Workplace Bias Award

By Samantha Joseph |

A former municipal water treatment plant operator's $762,250 award was greatly reduced on appeal.

Judge Richard J. Suarez, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

Court Reduces Standard for Lis Pendens Discharge

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal provided clarity in a decision Wednesday on discharging lis pendens in real estate disputes.

Gabriel Britti, Roee Ben-Moshe and Ronnie Issenberg of Marcus & Millichap in Miami.

'Wendy's Brokers' Find Niche With Fast Food Chain

By Carla Vianna |

A Marcus & Millichap team has found a sweet spot in today's retail market: Wendy's restaurants.

A shopkeeper displays two packs of cigarettes with newly-released warning labels against smoking in Montevideo, Uruguay. (AP Photo/Marcelo Hernandez)

Plain Packaging and Stricter Tobacco Labeling Expected to Spread in Latin America

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Latin American countries may be more emboldened to enact bolder anti-tobacco legislation after Uruguay succesfully defends itself against tobacco company investment lawsuit.

Bruce Rogow

Appellate Court Slashes $2M From Award to Former Firm Partner

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has wiped out most of a $2.3 million award that attorney Patrick J. Casey won from his former firm.

Multidistrict Denture Cream Dispute Unravels on Appeal

By Noreen Marcus |

Some product liability cases end with the parties collaborating on a resolution, while others grind on for years until one side falters and the other conquers. Multidistrict litigation over denture cream with zinc that allegedly hurt users is getting resolved both ways.

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Probate Court Critic Should Pay for Breaching Settlements, Estate Guardian Says

By Samantha Joseph |

Lubell Rosen partner Liz Consuegra Messianu petitioned for sanctions against an outspoken critic of the probate court's guardianship system amid an ongoing dispute over a multi-million dollar estate.

Look from above the street at a yellow taxis turning right at the old city of Cartagena. Credit: LSP1982/

Holland & Knight Advises Colombian Bank on Road Project

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight advised Colombian infrastructure bank on $74 million loan enhancement for a, $850 million road project that will connect the cities of Cartagena and Barranquilla.

Miami-Dade Judge Jerald Bagley.

New Delay in Lengthy Dispute Over Legal Fees in 2 Trials

By Samantha Joseph |

A fight over attorneys' fees continues in a Miami-Dade courtroom in the case of a pregnant woman wrongly suspected of being a drug trafficker.

Suit Alleging Fraud in Crypt Sales Certifies as Class Action

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson certified a class alleging The Gardens of Boca Raton defrauded Jewish clients who purchased burial space.

Florida Officials Fight to Keep Lethal Drug Records Secret

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

Lawyers representing seven Arizona death row inmates want information about the drugs used in Florida's lethal-injection procedure, but corrections officials are asking a judge to keep the documents secret.