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Florida Supreme Court Ruling on Attorneys is Bad News for Condo Associations

By Samantha Joseph |

Bad news for cash-strapped condo associations: The Florida Supreme Court upholds an opinion that bars community association managers from performing 20 tasks deemed to be the "unlicensed practice of law."

Coconut Creek Company Not Happy, Sues Disney over Battery Charger Name

By Celia Ampel |

Battery on the Go alleges Walt Disney Co. infringed on its trademark for the name PowerBar by allegedly selling battery chargers under the name Power Bar.

The Reason Carlos Concepcion is Leaving the Firm He Founded to Join Jones Day

By Julie Kay |

Jones Day has picked up three international arbitrators in Miami, further beefing up its Miami office, while Carlos Concepcion is leaving the law firm he founded two decades ago.

U.S. Internal Revenue Service building in Washington, D.C.

Data Breach Rocks the Internal Revenue Service

By Chris DiMarco |

The IRS estimates that $15 million in fraudulent refunds were issued as a result of compromised tax returns affecting 100,000 U.S. households.

Peter A. Quinter

Florida Bar Delegation Checking Out Opportunities in Cuba and DBR Reporter Julie Kay Will be There

By Julie Kay |

A Florida Bar delegation of more than 30 lawyers heads to Cuba for a four-day trip to learn about investment opportunities and Cuba's legal system, as well as to do a little touring.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Schlesinger

Judge John Schlesinger Said Jury Award was Not Enough and Then Did Something About it

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Schlesinger awarded more money for pain and suffering after an 88-year-old woman was struck by a Segway rider on an Ocean Drive sidewalk.

Delayed Land Sales Cost Title Insurer $4.5M Verdict

By Celia Ampel |

A West Palm Beach jury delivered a verdict against First American Title Insurance Co. for a policy breach that delayed progress on the development of a resort in the Bahamas.

Ethical Pitfalls for Litigators

By J. Randolph Evans and Shari L. Klevens |

For litigators the rules of ethics pose unique challenges. As zealous advocates, counselors, and courtroom orators, litigators must remain constantly vigilant to avoid ethical violations. For litigators, the application of ethical rules, standards, and obligations differs greatly from every other type of practice.

Your Arbitration Is Private, But Is It Confidential?

By Ronald Ravikoff |

Arbitrations are private but not necessarily confidential. Parties must take steps to protect sensitive information within the arbitration, writes mediator Ronald Ravikoff.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

Heeding the Lessons of the FTC Case Against DirecTV

By Robby Birnbaum and David Schnobrick |

A Ferderal Trade Commission case against DirectTV over offers of introductory teaser rates should serve as a wakeup call for subscription companies.

More Trouble for Defunct Butler & Hosch Law Firm. Employees File WARN Act Class Action

By Samantha Joseph |

Former employees are suing the Orlando-based foreclosure firm Butler & Hosch, which shut down without notice to its 700 employees.

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

Florida Barbershop Raid Case Leaves This Major Key Question Unanswered

By Alyson M. Palmer |

A civil rights case over a raid on a Florida barbershop has settled for $125,000, leaving unresolved a federal appeals question about whether law enforcement officers can be liable for constitutional violations committed by other officers.

Kenneth Welt, senior trustee, United States Bankruptcy Court

Trustee Demands Becker & Poliakoff Documents in Fashion Mall Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

Becker & Poliakoff fights the bankruptcy trustee's request to turn over emails in the Fashion Mall's Chapter 7 bankruptcy case.