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Attorney Roy Black.

BuzzFeed Hires Roy Black in Russia Dossier Lawsuit

By Celia Ampel |

The famous Miami attorney adds the website to his roster of high-profile clients, which has also included Justin Bieber and Rush Limbaugh.

Bilzin Sumberg office in Miami.

Bilzin Sumberg Provides Office Space to Legal Services, Which Awaits Restoration of Power After Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod has jumped in to assist Legal Services of Greater Miami, providing the organization with office space while it remains without power.

Home Health Care Companies Protected by Noncompete Pacts

By Jason Grant |

Resolving a district split, the Florida Supreme Court rules home health employees are bound by noncompete agreements.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC office in Miami.

Buchanan Ingersoll Resolves Suit Over Arena Football Investment Advice

By Scott Flaherty |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has closed the book on a lawsuit alleging the firm didn't do enough to scrutinize a $19 million investment that a Tampa, Florida-area surgeon agreed to put into a local Arena Football League team.

Craig E. Leen, Coral Gables city attorney.

FPL Faces Litigation Over Hurricane Irma Power Outages

By Celia Ampel |

A class action was filed against Florida Power & Light Co. by two customers, and both Coral Gables and Pinecrest have both voted to explore suing the company in the aftermath of the storm.

Florida International University College of Law.

FIU is No. 1 on Bar Exam Pass Rate

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida International University College of Law was the top performer in the July 2017 General Bar Examination, which drew 3,247 applicants.

Hurricane Irma damage

Insurance Companies Accused of Misguiding Claimants

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, several attorneys and public adjusters who represent insurance policyholders are alleging that insurance companies and their agents are advising policyholders not to hire attorneys and public adjusters, an action that is not permitted under state law.

Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

First Lawsuit Filed Against Hollywood Hills Nursing Home

By Celia Ampel |

The lawsuit seeks to preserve the facility's records before they can be destroyed.

Wetlands next to the existing State Road 7 in Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach Sues Federal Government Over State Road 7 Extension

By Celia Ampel |

The lawsuit claims the project will harm the Grassy Waters Preserve, which provides drinking water for the city and a habitat for several endangered species.

Jonathan R. Gdanski.

Elder-Abuse Plaintiffs Attorneys Weigh In After Nursing Home Deaths

By Celia Ampel |

The deaths of eight Hollywood nursing home residents has attorneys calling for a closer look at the facility's owners and state regulations.

A woman walks in floodwaters in a Flagler County neighborhood after Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Alex Menendez via AP)

Florida Firms Tout Their Insurance Expertise to Drum Up Business in Wake of Hurricane Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Law firms that handle insurance claims are marketing themslves to hurricane victims, anticipating that a flood of insurance claim disputes will arise in the wake of the storm.

Miami-Based Akerman Linked to the Scandal Around Trump's FEMA Nominee

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-based Akerman reportedly participated in a lobbying dinner that caught federal investigators' attention, and fueled speculation of alleged unethical behavior by President Donald Trump's nominee for a top job at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fl-- 8/17/04-- J. Albert Diaz/Herald Staff--  A rainbow disappears in the horizon as day turns to night on Beeney Rd. where Hurricane Charley destroyed this home.

U.S. Attorney's Office Establishes Hurricane Fraud Task Force

By Celia Ampel |

The group of prosecutors will investigate claims of fraudulent charities, disaster relief claims and other schemes targeting Floridians as they recover from Hurricane Irma.

Miami Beach during hurricane Irma.

Florida Legal Aid Agencies Readying for Calls and Questions from Hurricane Irma Victims

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Many law firms and legal aid agencies were up and running Wednesday following Hurricane Irma, but lack of power and phone service kept some legal aid locations in the state from reopening.

Judge Robert J. Luck of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Here's Why A Court Asked Two Plaintiffs Not to 'Slay the Slain'

By Samantha Joseph |

Two homeowners who felt misled on a mortgage refinance sued the three companies involved — even after getting what they wanted.

Waves crash over a seawall at the mouth of the Miami River from Biscayne Bay, Fla., as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Miami.

After Irma, Florida Law Firms Quickly Get Back to Work

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Large firms with offices in Florida reopened some offices on Tuesday, two days after Hurricane Irma made landfall in the Florida Keys.

A woman walks in floodwaters in a Flagler County neighborhood after Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Alex Menendez via AP)

10 Ways South Florida Lawyers Can Help After Hurricane Irma

By Celia Ampel |

If you emerged from Hurricane Irma with a few downed trees but no major damage to your home or health, you might be wondering how to make yourself useful helping those who weren’t so fortunate.

A team of Florida Power & Light repair trucks parked and working in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood.

EPA Grants Pollution Waiver to Florida Utilities After Irma

By Michael Biesecker |

State and federal environmental regulators issued a blanket waiver for Florida electricity companies to violate clean air and water standards without penalty for the next two weeks.

A crane atop a building under construction in downtown is shown after it collapsed as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017, in Miami.

2 huge cranes atop Miami high-rises collapse in Irma's winds

By Jason Dearen, Adriana Gomez Licon and Jennifer Kay |

The cranes were among two dozen such heavyweight hazards looming over the city skyline as the monster storm powered across the state.

Hurricane Irma Putting Impact Windows to the Test

By Lidia Dinkova |

Irma promises to test hurricane-resistant windows installed since the last major storm hit South Florida.

From left, JC Abreu, Peter Gonzalez, and Jorge Abreu  install hurricane shutters at a home in Key Largo, Fla., in preparation for Hurricane Irma on Wednesday, Sept.  6, 2017.

Insurance Advice for Law Firms Hit by Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Law firms that suffer business interruption because of Hurricane Irma should document not only damage to their office and what they did to get up and running again, but also the number of referrals they would normally get during that time.

Hurricane Irma wind speed probability.

Irma on the Way: Still Time for Twitter

By Celia Ampel |

Florida lawyers are preparing ahead of the massive storm.

Aut Smith, 42, and Willie Young, 52, load up sandbags for the community at the City of Gainesville Public Works Department, Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 in Gainesville, Fla.

As Hurricane Irma Bears Down, South Florida Battens Down

Leaders in business and law draw from long memories of hurricanes past, and recent disasters, as they make way for one of the most ferocious storms to threaten Florida in recorded history.

Steinbeck Stepdaughter Wins $13M in Suit Over Movie Rights

By Associated Press |

A federal jury awarded John Steinbeck's stepdaughter more than $13 million in a lawsuit claiming the author's son and daughter-in-law impeded film adaptations of his classic works.

Florida Governor Rick Scott.

Dreamers Decision Creates Dilemma for Florida Republicans

By Dara Kam |

Gov. Rick Scott rejected the Obama approach but doesn't favor "punishing children for the actions of their parents."

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Filmmakers Defiant Over Lynyrd Skynyrd Film Rights

By Larry Neumeister |

A judge's finding that a new Lynyrd Skynyrd film violates a "blood oath" made by the band to not exploit the group's name following a fatal plane crash hasn't stopped the film's creators from threatening to distribute the film.

Roberto Martinez of Colson Hicks Eidson

Braman Audi Dealers Sue Volkswagen in West Palm Beach

By Celia Ampel |

The litigation is part of the fallout from the German automaker's emissions scandal.

Andrew C. Hall of Hall, Lamb and Hall.

No Conflict in Dispute Between Two High-Profile South Florida Attorneys, Court Rules

By Celia Ampel |

Andy Hall may continue to pursue litigation against Jeremy Alters despite previously representing him in a separate matter, an appellate court ruled.

Todd Paton, president, and Dhiren Chauhan, VP, Business Development, Paton Internet Marketing.

How a New Law Affecting Condo Associations Could Mean Brisk Business for Web Designers

By Samantha Joseph |

A new law set to take effect July 1 requires condo associations with 150 units or more to post their business records online so unit owners have easy access.

Florida State President John Thrasher.

University Panel to Review FSU Statues, Campus Names

By Lloyd Dunkelberger |

FSU President John Thrasher announces a review of all campus monuments to support "a more inclusive campus."

Tropical storm force wind speed probabilities- Hurricane Irma.

Lawyers' Lessons from Hurricane Andrew: 'We're Leaving'

By ALM STAFF |

We asked lawyers who'd been through Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago what lessons they learned about the impact to their practices and how changes in technology could blunt Hurricane Irma's impact.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Conrad & Scherer Firm Facing $20M Client Lawsuit

By Celia Ampel |

Wealthy investor Douglas Von Allmen and his family allege the firm never repaid a loan made in the midst of the Scott Rothstein litigation.

K. Michael Moore, chief judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

11th Circuit Warns Florida Judge to Balance Scheduling Needs With Fair Trial

By Jonathan Ringel |

A federal appeals panel rejected an appeal by a man caught with nearly eight kilograms of cocaine at the Miami airport but suggested the defendant had a valid complaint about one aspect of his trial.

Florida Law Firms Bracing for Impact of Hurricane Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida law firms were closely monitoring Hurricane Irma Wednesday.

First District Court of Appeals Judge Harvey Jay

Court Backs North Florida Track In Racing Dispute

By Jim Saunders |

Lackluster two-horse races met the legal requirements for running races at a pari-mutuel track, which should not be punished after trying to comply with state regulations, an appeals court rules.

Max Garcia, of Miami, waits in a line since dawn to purchase plywood sheets at The Home Depot store in North Miami, Fla., Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017. Florida residents are preparing for the possible landfall of Hurricane Irma, the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in recorded history.

Courts, Law Schools to Stay Closed Through Monday as Irma Nears

By Samantha Joseph |

State courts in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties will be closed Sept. 11 due to Hurricane Irma.

After Harvey, Insurance Drones Take to the Texas Skies for Adjusters

By Pat Eaton-Robb, Associated Press |

Insurance adjusters are bringing more drones with them than ever before as they head to Texas to assess the damage from Harvey.

Carlton Fields Attorney Nominated to Head EPA GC's Office

By Mike Scarcella |

Matthew Leopold is a Tallahassee attorney and former general counsel at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

 Zachary Friedman, Gary Friedman and John Seligman of Friedman & Friedman.

Jury Awards $11M to Elderly Man Blinded by Eye Injection

By Celia Ampel |

The jury found the surgeon who made the injection was acting on behalf of a South Florida medical center.

Deployed Takata airbag.

Honda Agrees to $605 Million Takata Air Bag Settlement

By Catherine Wilson |

The proposal filed in Miami federal court covers up to 16.5 million Hondas and Acuras made since 2001.

Jennifer Suzanne Carroll, Palm Beach Gardens.

Divided Supreme Court Rules on Ward's Right to Marry

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Supreme Court answered a certified question on the right of incapacitated people to marry.

Trainer with Orca in SeaWorld, San Diego

SeaWorld Seeks Restraining Order vs. Animal Rights Activists

By Julie Watson |

SeaWorld is seeking a restraining order against three animal rights activists who disrupted a killer whale show at its San Diego park last month in a protest led by actor James Cromwell.

Wells Fargo office

Wells Fargo Accounts Accord Called Into Question as Victims Grow

By Kartikay Mehrotra |

Wells Fargo & Co.'s disclosure that its salespeople opened significantly more potentially unauthorized accounts than previously stated may jeopardize the $142 million class action settlement with customers that won preliminary approval from a judge in July.

Ricardo Martinelli.

Ex-President of Panama to be Extradited on Wiretapping Charges, Miami Judge Rules

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. Magistrate Judge Edwin Torres rejected former President Ricardo Martinelli's attempt to stay in South Florida.

Attorney Convicted of DUI Disciplined for Failing to Complete Alcohol Treatment

By Celia Ampel |

The attorney failed to comply with a plan to combat alcohol abuse, the court found.

University of Florida president W. Kent Fuchs.

White Nationalist's Rejected Speech at UF Expected to Spawn Lawsuit

By Catherine Wilson |

The University of Florida expects to be sued for not hosting National Policy Institute president Richard Spencer. It just doesn't know when.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala

Gov. Scott Wins Legal Battle Against State Attorney Who Refused to Seek Death Penalty

By Celia Ampel |

The court found Scott acted within his authority when he reassigned cases from Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala.

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

Judge Allowed Defense to Mislead Jury in Med Mal Case, Court Rules

By Celia Ampel |

The Third District Court of Appeal reversed a judgment in favor of a radiologist sued for medical malpractice.

Joshua Samek and Robert Grossman of Greenberg Traurig.

Greenberg Traurig Advises Intec Pharma on $57.5M Offering

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A Greenburg Traurig team represented Intec Pharma Ltd. in a public offering that raised $57.5 million that the company intends to use to fund further clinical trials of a product that could improve the treatment of symptoms of advanced Parkinson's disease.

Alan M. Dershowitz argues at the Appellate Division

Famed Litigator Alan Dershowitz Defeats Accuser Seeking Sanctions

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court ruled against a woman seeking sanctions against famed litigator Alan Dershowitz.

facebook-page

Judges' Facebook Use Could Be a Question for Florida Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

An attorney wants the high court to decide whether a judge created the appearance of impropriety by "friending" a lawyer on Facebook.

Daniel Fernando Benavides of Shutts & Bowen.

This Easy-to-Miss Trademark Lawsuit Changes Rules for Condo-Hotel Unit Rentals

By Samantha Joseph |

Real estate professionals must operate under a new legal precedent when marketing private units in properties where branded hotels also operate.

R. Alexander Acosta testifies before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions during his confirmation hearing to become the next Secretary of Labor at the U.S. Department of Labor.  March 22, 2017.

Law School Alums Call for Labor Secretary Acosta to Resign, Saying He's 'Complicit' with Trump

By Karen Sloan |

While the FIU community generally gives Alex Acosta high marks for the seven years he served as dean, the group is unhappy with his silence regarding President Trump's hardline stance on immigration and controversial statements on race.

D. James Kennedy Ministries website.

Christian Ministry Files Suit Against Watchdog Group Over Hate Label

By Jay Reeves |

A Florida-based evangelical ministry is suing a liberal watchdog organization that called it a hate group because of its stance against LGBT rights.

Jonathan E. Perlman

Miami Judge Halts Alleged $26M Scam Targeting Inventors

By Celia Ampel |

World Patent Marketing allegedly duped potential entrepreneurs by touting nonexistent services and business relationships.

Pam Bondi

High-Profile DUI Case Spurs Battle Over Blood Tests

By Jim Saunders |

Attorneys for a Palm Beach County millionaire convicted of DUI manslaughter will go before the Florida Supreme Court this week to challenge state rules for testing blood-alcohol levels in drunken-driving cases.

Laura Ann Rosenberg, Dean, University of Florida Levin College of Law

UF College of Law Dean Laura Rosenbury Discusses Gender Bias in the Law

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

University of Florida Levin College of Law Dean Laura Rosenbury is an expert on gender bias issues in the legal profession.

State Court Judge Allows Individual Chinese Drywall Cancer Suit Despite Federal MDL

By Samantha Joseph |

A judge in Palm Beach County allowed an individual plaintiff to proceed with a claim linking cancer to Chinese-sourced drywall, despite defense arguments that ongoing multidistrict litigation, or MDL, barred the suit.

Robert Manning Strozier Library at Florida State University on September 13, 2016 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Florida State Seeks Dismissal of Library Shooting Lawsuit

By Lloyd Dunkelberger |

Florida State University is asking for a lawsuit filed by a former student paralyzed in a 2014 shooting at the university's Strozier Library to be dismissed, asserting the school is not liable for the "action of a madman."

Kathleen Deutsch.

Series of Aha! Moments Led Kathy Deutsch to a Career in Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Attorney Kathy Deutsch took up mountain climbing after she moved to the flatlands of South Florida, and after she got into the law.

Ultra music festival 2013.

Ultra Music Festival Licensor Wins Appeal Against Co-Founder's Brother

By Celia Ampel |

Before his death, Ultra co-founder Alex Omes argued his shares of the company were worth millions.

University of Florida's Law School Raised $4.5M Since May; Money to Fund Scholarships

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

About half the entering class of the University of Florida's Levin College of Law is receiving scholarship money this year, after an alumnus' $1.5 million fundraising challenge turned into a $4.5 million windfall for scholarships.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.

Prominent Litigators Square Off in Real Estate Fraud Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward real estate company Isram Realty is not backing down from a suit by a senior citizen who claimed it duped her into signing a $300,000 lease.

Residents Trounce Landowner Looking to Redevelop Lauderhill Golf Course

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court refused to cancel a restrictive convenant that prevents a landowner from redeveloping a Lauderhill golf course.

Left to right: Laura Reich and Clarissa Rodriguez, partners at Reich Rodriguez.

Two Miami Attorneys Form Women-Owned Litigation and Arbitration Firm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two former Tenzer lawyers who have been friends since high school have struck out on their own to open a women-owned commercial litigation and arbitration firm.

Circuit Judge Beatrice A. Butchko.

Judge's Facebook Friendship With Attorney Doesn't Require Recusal, Court Rules

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko is not disqualified from a case just because she's Facebook "friends" with an attorney in the matter, an appellate court ruled.

Ricardo Martinelli.

Miami Judge Set to Rule on Extradition for Panama's Ex-President

By Celia Ampel |

Former Panama President Ricardo Martinelli is accused of wiretapping political enemies using publicly owned equipment.

DLA Piper office in Miami, Florida (photo: J Albert Diaz)

DLA Piper Boosts Its Presence in Florida, Poaching Akerman Partner Christopher Oprison in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman partner Christopher Oprison, who was at one time a special assistant and associate White House counsel during the George W. Bush administration, has jumped to DLA Piper in Miami, the fifth major lateral hire to DLA Piper's Miami office in the past year.

Joanne Braddock Lambert.

Jackson Lewis Appoints Joanne Lambert as Managing Partner in Orlando

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Joanne Braddock Lambert, a partner at Jackson Lewis who has been with the firm for 17 years, has been named office managing partner in Orlando.

Armando G. Hernandez of Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell and Erica W. Rutner of Lash & Goldberg.

Game-Changer: Closely Watched Case Could Change Florida's Evidence Rules

By Samantha Joseph |

A closely watched multimillion-dollar suit before Florida's Supreme Court could change Florida rules on expert testimony.

Judge Frank M. Hull. Photo by John Disney/Daily Report.

Conviction Upheld in Tampa Bay Bin Laden 'Payback' Terror Plot

By Jim Saunders |

A federal appeals court upheld the conviction and 40-year prison sentence of a man convicted in a plot to carry out terror attacks in the Tampa Bay area as "payback" for the death of Osama bin Laden.

Funeral Set Tuesday for Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat

By Samantha Joseph |

A wake is set for Monday evening for retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat, with a funeral service scheduled for Tuesday.

Amazing scientific background - total solar eclipse in dark red glowing sky, supernatural phenomenon, Moon passes between planet Earth and Sun

Quoting 'You're So Vain,' Judge Declines to Postpone Trial for Eclipse

By Celia Ampel |

A government agent asked for a continuance based on his plan to visit the solar eclipse's zone of totality Monday.

Marijuana

Florida Cities Face 'All or Nothing' Choices on Medical Marijuana

By Dara Kam |

Florida cities and counties are in a dilemma about pot. State lawmakers approved regulations in June that left city and county officials with a Hobson's choice about the sale of medical marijuana in their communities.

Med-Mal Attorney Bonnie Navin Shows She's No One-Trick Pony

By Celia Ampel |

The work ethic a Kelley/Uustal attorney learned from her early days on a horse farm put her on a path to success.

L-R Andrew Hall, Brian Tannenbaum, Marlon Hill and Read McCaffrey

In Wake of Charlottesville, Florida Attorneys Discuss Lawyers' Duty to Speak Out

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The recent violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has raised the national consciousness about racism in the U.S., prompting many business leaders to respond and some to recall Martin Niemoller's famous quote about the importance of speaking out for others.

Can an Employer Fire a White Supremacist? It Depends

By Erin Mulvaney and Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

GrayRobinson's Tom Loffredo in Fort Lauderdale notes discrimination suits are possible if private employers don't fire openly racist or other discriminatory workers.

Beloved Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat Is Dying

By Samantha Joseph |

Former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat is dying after a nine-year battle with cancer, according to his son.

Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser.

Are White Men Better Jurors for Tobacco Companies?

By Samantha Joseph |

A tobacco case took a strange turn when attorneys focused on the race and gender of two white men struck from the jury.

Christopher Riley, CEO and founder of Tikd.

Florida Bar Investigates Traffic Ticket App After Legal Battle

By Celia Ampel |

A bar committee recommended litigation against Coral Gables startup Tikd for the unlicensed practice of law.

Takata airbag components presented before a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing on Nov. 20, 2014.

Judge OKs Takata Request to Halt Some Lawsuits Over Air Bags

By Randall Chase |

A Delaware bankruptcy judge on temporarily halted the prosecution of lawsuits filed by Hawaii, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands against Japanese auto-parts supplier Takata over its lethally defective air bag inflators.

Ervin A. Gonzalez.

Posthumous UM Law Review Credit Goes to Ervin Gonzalez

By Catherine Wilson |

The article on a Florida Supreme Court opinion was co-authored by attorneys from Colson Hicks Eidson and Siegfried Rivera.

Feds Pursue $15M Stolen in Oil-Gas Fraud With South Florida Recruiters

By R. Robin McDonald |

The SEC charges fraud organizers put some money aside to buy oil-drilling operations to make their high-earning scam appear real.

Fired UBS Adviser Reignites Palm Beach Scandal Over Rich Widow

By Neil Weinberg |

"Holy crap!" That's how Craig Price, a UBS AG senior vice president, told securities regulators he reacted when he saw the $2,600 tab for a client-development dinner he attended at an upscale Palm Beach restaurant. It wasn't the size of the bill that stunned him. It was who paid for it — an ailing, 90-year-old UBS client.

Abbe Bunt, left, and Joshua Dull

Demand for Real Estate and M&A Lawyers Strong in Florida Legal Market

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

South Florida recruiters are seeing a legal market hungry for real estate lawyers, especially at the senior partner level, while corporate M&A, private equity and health care practices are hot, too.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Jeff Sessions Chastises Sanctuary Cities During Miami Visit

By Celia Ampel |

Sessions praised Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez for directing jails to hold those sought by federal immigration officials.

Judge Barbara Lagoa.

Miami Luxury Real Estate Firm Accused of Sabotaging Rival

By Samantha Joseph |

Rival luxury real estate auction houses tussle over defamation.

Richard Spencer.

University of Florida Bans Appearance by White Supremacist; Lawsuit Likely

By Sue Reisinger |

The public university denies a request for Richard Spencer to speak on the Gainesville campus next month.

Century Tower and University Auditorium at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.

UF Rejects White Nationalist Event Request

By Jason Dearen |

University of Florida's president calls out the "racist rhetoric" of organizer Richard Spencer.

U.S. District Judge Brian M. Cogan of the Eastern District of New York

Questions About Attorney Fees Put El Chapo Defense in Limbo

By Tom Hays |

Private lawyers seeking to represent Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman in his U.S. drug-trafficking case failed to get assurances that they'll get paid, leaving the Mexican drug lord's defense in limbo.

07/27/12-- Miami--  The City of Miami seal.

Miami-Dade County Court Gains Two New Judges

By Celia Ampel |

Gov. Rick Scott selected a litigator and a prosecutor to fill vacancies on the bench.

Judge Thomas Logue, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

No New Public Funding for Miami Developer Linked to Housing Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

Bad news for Miami-based Pinnacle Housing Group LLC: A state appellate court refused to lift a suspension order barring it from receiving public funds.

Andrew Parnas.

A Mere Teen, This Young Man Is Heading to Law School

By Karen Sloan |

Thousands of new students are flocking to law campuses across the country this month to kick off their legal careers. It's safe to say that most all of them can legally order a beer at the bar. Not Boca Raton's Aaron Parnas.

Banco Francés headquarters, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Cleary Gottlieb and Davis Polk Advise on $400M Argentine Bank Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton represented a group of underwriters in a $400 million equity offering by BBVA Banco Francés S.A., a leading Argentine bank, that will allow the bank to take advantage of growth opportunities in the Argentine financial sector. Davis Polk & Wardwell advised BBVA Banco Francés.

Jamie Lewis Keith.

Florida Audit: Ex-GC May Have Altered Public Papers Criticizing Her

By Kristen Rasmussen |

As general counsel at the University of Florida, Jamie Keith may have altered and withheld requested public records and unlawfully used university funds to pay for outside legal counsel, an internal audit has found.

Adam M. Moskowitz of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton.

$39M Settlement Reached for Mortgage Insurance Kickbacks in Florida, New Jersey

By Greg Land |

A federal magistrate has preliminarily approved three settlements totaling nearly $15 million in a national class action accusing mortgage servicers of taking kickbacks from residential insurers.

Two Fowler White Attorneys Move to Kaufman Dolowich as Firm Continues Expansion in Florida

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two former Fowler White Burnett attorneys have jumped to Kaufman Dolowich & Voluck in Fort Lauderdale.

DLA Piper Partner Infante Joins Holland & Knight in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Emil Infante joined the firm's corporate and latin America practicies.

Joel Hirschhorn of GrayRobinson

'Diamond Joel' Hirschhorn's Drug Cases Segued Into White-Collar Practice

By Carlos Harrison |

The Miami attorney's practice has moved through phases — a coin seizure, pornography, cartel drug trafficking and white-collar cases.

Ken LaRoe, founder, board chairman and CEO of the holding company First GREEN Bancorp.

First GREEN Tests Banking Limits for Florida Marijuana Businesses

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Florida's First GREEN Bank has taken on a risk that most other banks have refused: opening accounts for medical marijuana dispensaries and the lawyers, doctors, and vendors that serve them.

Roy Altman of Podhurst Orseck

Class Action Lawsuit Claims Volkswagen CC Design Defect

By Jason Grant |

Podhurst Orseck partner Roy Altman files a lawsuit in Miami federal court alleging a tire-wearing alignment defect in VW's luxury midsize sedans.

Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner's Death Ruled a Suicide

By Brian Baxter |

Nearly three months after former Foley & Mansfield partner and federal prosecutor Beranton Whisenant Jr.'s body was found on a Florida beach, local police have determined how he died.

Funky Buddha’s craft beer.

Lawyers Toast Fees as Big Beer Courts Florida Brewers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Big Beer brands are buying up craft breweries and generating work for deal-thirsty lawyers.

CITGO Agrees to Settle Text Message Class Action

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

An $8.3 million agreement would resolve complaints over unsolicited text messages triggered by sweepstakes entries.

Broad and Cassel Names New Tallahassee Leader

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Real estate partner Bruce Wiener has been named managing partner of Broad and Cassel's Tallahassee and Destin offices, succeeding longtime office managing partner M. Stephen Turner.

Attorneys Guy Lewis and Michael Tein,

Court: Lewis Tein Can't Sue Miccosukee Tribe

By Catherine Wilson |

The Third District Court of Appeal rules Guy Lewis and Michael Tein cannot sue the Miccosukee tribe for destroying their Miami law firm.

Broward Jury Awards $11 Million in Customer's Death at Truck Dealership

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Attorneys Marc Wites and Harry Shevin win the award for the young daughter of a customer who was killed looking for a part at Rechtien International Trucks.

Privatization: Deaths Prove Failure of Child Welfare Experiment

Florida Children's First president Howard Talenfeld calls child welfare privatization a failed experiment.

Takata airbag components

Nissan Agrees to $98M Takata Air Bag Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Nissan joins four other automakers that have agreed to settle claims by owners of vehicles with faulty Takata air bags.

Investors Lose Again In Fraud Suit Against 'Foreclosure King'

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal rules that investors suing David Stern cannot pursue their case in state court after being dismissed by a federal judge.

Introducing the Daily Business Review's 2017 Top Women in Law

With South Florida as the proving ground, these 10 women became overachievers in a profession that has slowly made room for them over time.

Miami Attorney Practicing for 65 Years Is Known as Arbitration Pioneer

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Burton Landy took his time choosing to pursue a legal career and then became a force in Florida for international arbitration.

Cecilia Altonaga

SEC's $186M Case Can Proceed After Defendant's Death, Court Rules

By Celia Ampel |

A June U.S. Supreme Court decision does not change the SEC's ability to pursue its disgorgement claims against the estate of disgraced businessman David Brooks.

Firefighters

Firefighter Pay Raise Fight Goes to Supreme Court

By Jim Saunders |

After a divided appeals court sided with Gov. Rick Scott, a battle about his 2015 veto of pay raises for state firefighters could be decided by the Florida Supreme Court.

Donald Trump.

Trump-Supported Immigration Legislation Spurs Outcry

By Deepti Hajela |

The family-based immigration system would be completely upended by proposed legislation that got an endorsement from President Donald Trump on Wednesday.

Pam Bondi

State Defends Use of New Execution Drug Etomidate

By Dara Kam |

Attorney General Pam Bondi's office Thursday asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject an appeal from Mark James Asay, a Death Row prisoner whose scheduled Aug. 24 execution would be the first in more than 18 months in the state.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Warns of Email, Phone Scams

By Associated Press |

The court warns scammers are demanding money -- purportedly for courts -- by phone and email from vulnerable people.

Puerto Rico

US Control Board to Probe Puerto Rico Debt, Ties to Crisis

By Danica Coto |

A federal control board overseeing the finances of Puerto Rico's government said Wednesday that it will investigate the causes of the island's economic crisis as well as examine how its debt was issued and probe disclosure and selling practices.

Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Sessions: US Prosecutors Will Help Addiction-Ravaged Cities

By Andrew Welsh-Huggins |

The Justice Department will dispatch 12 federal prosecutors to cities ravaged by addiction who will focus exclusively on investigating health care fraud and opioid scams that are fueling the nation's drug abuse epidemic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday.

Stearns Weaver Opens Coral Gables Outpost

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Miami-based Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson has signed a 10-year lease to open a small Coral Gables office to help some clients avoid the drive to its headquarters in downtown's Museum Tower.

Gloria Allred.

Allred: Prosecutors Violated Privacy of Irvin’s Accuser

By Terry Spencer |

Attorney Gloria Allred blasted Florida prosecutors Wednesday, saying they violated the privacy of her client after the woman accused former Dallas Cowboys star Michael Irvin of sexual assaulting her last spring.

Miami's Lawson Center Courthouse Reopening Friday

By Catherine Wilson |

The family and domestic violence divisions will be back in business Friday and the probate division Monday.

Palm Beach Judge Kicks $405k Jury Award to $0 in Stock Case

By Celia Ampel |

The plaintiffs asked for up to $65 million.

Senate Sen. Bill Galvano

Claim Bills’ First Legislation Filed for 2018 Session

By Jim Turner |

A woman who died as a result of a Florida Highway Patrol officer using a Taser and a Tampa chef left disabled after a crash with a city water truck are among the subjects of "claim" bills filed Tuesday in the state Senate.

New Lethal Injection Drug Focus of Execution Fight

By Dara Kam |

It's not unusual for lawyers representing death row prisoners whose execution dates have been set to file last-minute appeals to try to get more time to argue about why their clients should be spared.

Miami's Lawson Courthouse Center Closed by Flooding

By Catherine Wilson |

The courthouse will stay closed at least through Thursday, and ceilings must be replaced in the first and 11th floors.

Judge Robert Scola.

Miami Federal Judge Freezes Out Refrigerator Lawsuit on Economic Loss Claims

By Celia Ampel |

The case highlights the challenges of showing consumers didn't get the benefit of their bargain.

Bitcoin

$30M in Bitcoin Ordered Returned in Cryptocurrency Class Action

By Angela Morris |

A federal judge has called for the return of 11,000 bitcoins, in a decision considered the first of its kind.

Hotel Asks Why Ex-Officer Wasn’t Arrested for Punching Valet

By Terry Spencer |

A Florida hotel manager is questioning why a former police officer has not been arrested for punching and knocking out a valet parking attendant during a dispute over an $18 charge.

A team of Florida Power & Light repair trucks parked and working in a Fort Lauderdale neighborhood.

Federal Appeals Court to Hear Arguments in Nuclear Cost Lawsuit

By Jim Saunders |

A federal appeals court is poised to hear arguments in a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a state law that has led to Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy Florida collecting money from customers for nuclear power projects.

Broward Judge Diaz Honored for Service

By Catherine Wilson |

Broward County Court Judge Robert F. Diaz receives a top award from the Florida Conference of County Court Judges.

Buyer Beware: Court Rules Against Investor Who Purchased $11 Million Fixer-Upper

By Samantha Joseph |

A divided court ruled against investors who claimed lenders duped them into purchasing 123 rundown condos.

Former Circuit Judge Laura M. Watson.

Court Rules Ousted Broward Judge Can't Sue JQC Members, Bar Prosecutors

By Celia Ampel |

A federal court tossed former Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson's lawsuit against attorneys who worked on her discipline cases.

Florida Health Care Admin Charged in $1B Medicare Fraud Case

By Associated Press |

A Florida health care administrator accepted bribes in exchange for helping a nursing home owner accused of orchestrating a $1 billion Medicare and Medicaid fraud scheme keep his license, federal prosecutors said.

Mauricio Macri

Argentina’s Bumpy Recovery May Spell Trouble for Macri Reforms

By Charlie Devereux |

There is one small problem with Argentina’s incipient economic recovery: consumers aren’t feeling it. And that spells trouble for President Mauricio Macri in congressional elections in October.

Michael McAuliffe, left, and Martin Reeder, right.

Atherton Gets New Name Partners with Prominent Pair

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Michael McAuliffe, a current judicial candidate and former top prosecutor for Palm Beach County, and commercial and media law litigator L. Martin Reeder Jr., whose clients include the cable giant CNN, have joined business litigation and trial law firm Atherton Law Group, prompting a firm name change.

Kenneth J. Reilly, with Shook, Hardy & Bacon.

Shook Hardy Prevails for Philip Morris on Nicotine Addiction Trial Question

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A Tampa jury sides with the cigarette maker in the case of a longtime smoker who died of lung cancer at 51.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Disciplines 3 South Florida Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

The suspensions included one attorney who pleaded no contest to a felony charge.

The office of acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin Greenberg obtains a guilty plea in an investment fraud.

South Florida Prosecutors Close Case on $23M Investment Fraud

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Pitchmen told victims that an ex-Apple CEO and the "Dog Whisperer" were financial backers in health care and smartphone gaming companies.

Jeffrey W. Gutchess.

A Law Firm for the Millennial Generation: An 'Edgy' Miami Firm Dares to Be Different

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

When many law firms are struggling, and grappling with what to do to attract and retain clients, AXS Law Group is branding itself as an edgy kind of different.

Robert Saunooke.

Miccosukee Tribe's Lawsuit Against Its Former Lawyer Unsealed

By Celia Ampel |

The lawsuit was filed under seal using a pseudonym to avoid "scuttlebutt and talk," the tribe's attorney said.

Ocwen Loan Servicing website.

Ocwen, Other Mortgage Servicers Get Poor Grades in Customer Service

By Samantha Joseph |

A bit of good news for embattled West Palm Beach-based Ocwen Loan Servicing: Its customer satisfaction score rose 11 points, according to a J.D. Power ranking.

Haliczer Transitioned From Dropout to Medical Malpractice Specialist

By Carlos Harrison |

The co-founder of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm dealt with plenty of rejection from employers and law schools before finding his way to a legal career.

War Room: Lead Attorneys Brace for Litigation Over Flint Water Crisis

By Samantha Joseph |

U.S. District Judge Judith E. Levy appointed South Florida attorney Theodore "Ted" Leopold and Michigan litigator Michael Pitt interim co-lead class counsel for residents suing over contaminated drinking water in Flint.

Holland & Knight Donates $100,000 to Miami Legal Services in Honor of Firm Founder

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight is honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of founding partner Chesterfield Smith with a $100,000 gift to Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.

 Attorney Michael J. Wrubel.

That Rare Foreclosure Opinion from the 3rd DCA? It Didn't Mention 'Standing'

By Samantha Joseph |

Wednesday's round of appellate decisions appeared to contain good news for defense attorneys seeking guidance on "standing." It didn't.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

DBR Recognizes 10 Top Women in Law

By Catherine Wilson |

The honorees will be recognized in a special report to be published Aug. 7.

Judge Martha Warner

16-Year Sentence Upheld for Wellington Millionaire in Drunken Crash

By Catherine Wilson |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal affirms the conviction of polo millionaire John Goodman after a retrial in a 2010 fatal collision.

Former Miami-Dade Judge Flores Is Running for Congress

By Samantha Joseph |

Former Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mary Barzee Flores is running for Congress to replace longtime U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, whose attorney-husband Dexter Lehtinen is an ex-Miami U.S. Attorney.

Marcos Jimenez

High-Profile Florida Litigator Marcos Jimenez Leaves McDermott to Form Own Firm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Marcos Jimenez, the well-known litigator and former South Florida U.S. attorney who is representing ex-Panamanian President Ricardo Montinelli, has left McDermott Will & Emery to strike out on his own.

Appeals Court Sides With Marcum Firm Over Barry Mukamal in Arbitration Battle

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court ruled against bankruptcy trustee and fiduciary Barry Mukamal in his suit against his former firm, Marcum LLP, and chairman and CEO Jeffrey Weiner.

Lisa Parker, legal assistant, center, joins others at a yoga class at Shutts & Bowen as part of the firm’s wellness program.

Florida Bar to Create Health and Wellness Programs for Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

As The Florida Bar embarks on creating a framework for a wellness initiative, several large firms in Florida already have wellness amenities

Former Prosecutor Andrés Rivero Fights the Feds

By Samantha Joseph |

Andres Rivero was on a yearslong winning streak when he learned a personal lesson about "shades of gray" that made him walk away from gleaming prospects and a coveted job.

Business in Cuba: Tech, Compliance, Opportunity

Trump's policy, tech's innovation and an island of opportunity make for interesting times in Cuba.

FordHarrison Names New Head of Jacksonville Office

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Management-side labor and employment law firm FordHarrison has named Amy R. Turci the managing partner of its Jacksonville office.

Takata airbag components presented before a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation at a hearing on Nov. 20, 2014.

'Edward Snowden of Honda' Should Testify in Takata Case, Special Master Recommends

By Celia Ampel |

A Honda engineer who was involved in a 1999 Takata air bag test and sent emails calling himself "a witness in the dark" to inflator problems should be compelled to testify, a special master recommended.

Frank Walker, Moises Melendez and Jonathan Kurry, GrayRobinson, Fort Lauderdale.

GrayRobinson Executes on Growth Strategy With Three New Hires

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

GrayRobinson's South Florida offices hired another three laterals with a mix of backgrounds as shareholders in the last month, moving forward on its stated plan to grow in lawyer head count in 2017.

G. Richard Strafer.

Miami Appellate Attorney Richard Strafer Dies at 66

By Celia Ampel |

Strafer contracted a mystery infection on a European cruise and told colleagues about his illness before going into a coma.

Doral Bank, 1451 F.D. Roosevelt Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fourth DCA: Foreclosure Initiation Not Enough to Show Irreparable Harm

By Samantha Joseph |

Initiation of foreclosure proceedings does not rise to the level of "irreparable harm" sufficent to justify a temporary injunction, the Fourth DCA ruled.

Rick Scott, governor of Florida.

Florida Governor Defends Right to Appoint Justices

By Brandon Larrabee |

Dismissing concerns of a constitutional crisis, lawyers for Gov. Rick Scott asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject a petition that seeks to bar Scott from appointing three new justices on his last day in office.

Fort Lauderdale Hotel Escapes $3.6 Million Verdict in Pregnant Woman's Death

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA found Riverside Hotel wasn't negligent in the death of a pregnant guest, killed when a drunk driver smashed a car into a poolside cabana.

Judge Lourdes Simon, left, and Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely, right.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Retires After Three Decades, Another Judge Moves Up

By Celia Ampel |

Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely is retiring July 31.

Accused Stalker Targets Broward Judges

By Samantha Joseph |

Todd Watson recorded himself leaving voicemails for several judges, whom he accused of criminal conduct.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.

Berkeley Law Grad Convicted of Multimillion-Dollar Fraud in Miami

By Celia Ampel |

The former Wall Street hedge fund employee stole his ex-coworkers' identities to get fraudulent loans, according to prosecutors.

Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen.

Lawyer's Ex-Wife Asks Court to Make New Wife Pay Her Legal Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

A Fort Lauderdale lawyer's ex-wife wanted to have his new spouse cover her court costs.

University of Miami School of Law.

UM Recognized for Music Law Programs

By Catherine Wilson |

Billboard magazine puts the University of Miami's School of Law on its list of the top 12 programs nationally.

Barry Mukamal and John Arrastia

How Attorneys Saved a Miami Gardens HOA — Before Getting It $11 Million

By Samantha Joseph |

Bankruptcy trustee Barry Mukamal "righted the ship" for a troubled homeowners' association before getting it an $11 million settlement.

How Unintended Consequences of a Federal Law Can Put Attorneys at Risk

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is designed to protect consumers, but it's doing the opposite for some attorneys.

Brian Pfeiffer.

White & Case Hires Financial Restructuring Partner from Schulte Roth

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

White & Case has lured away Schulte Roth & Zabel partner Brian Pfeiffer as part of an expansion of its global financial restructuring and insolvency practice.

James Grippando of Boies Schiller Flexner in Fort Lauderdale is a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Boies Schiller's James Grippando Wins Harper Lee Prize for Fiction

By Associated Press |

The Fort Lauderdale attorney is recognized for his 25th novel.

Akerman Continues Expansion of Labor and Employment Practice Group With Partners in New York, Denver, Miami, and Washington, DC

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

In the last 15 months, Florida-based Am Law 100 firm Akerman has added 17 labor and employment lawyers to that practice area across the U.S.

Another Partner Leaves Baker McKenzie in Miami, This One for Holland & Knight

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A second Baker McKenzie Miami office leader has left in less than a month, this one headed for Holland & Knight. Baker McKenzie has appointed a new Miami managing partner and financial partner.

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis.

Florida Justice Calls Scott's Citrus Canker Veto 'Road to Unfettered Monarchy'

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis tells the governor he is treating homeowners in a 15-year legal battle like "yo-yos."

Florida East Coast Railway.

Jones Day and Skadden Advise Lenders on Mexican Railway Company's Purchase of Florida East Coast Railway

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mexico Transportes, the largest railroad company in Mexico, has completed its purchase of Florida East Coast Holdings Corp., the owner of the Florida East Coast Railway, paying more than $2 billion.

Meet the Attorneys and Others Who Will Help Pick Federal Judges in Florida

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio and Bill Nelson announced their picks for Florida's federal judicial nominating commission.

Oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico

Board Seeks Supreme Court Review of Suit Against Energy Industry

By Kevin McGill |

A Louisiana flood protection board has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to revive its lawsuit seeking to make oil, gas and pipeline companies pay for decades of damage to coastal wetlands, hoping to reverse losses in the lower federal courts.

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg

Republicans Say They'll Move to Halt Consumer Watchdog Rule

By Kevin Freking |

Republican lawmakers have overturned more than a dozen regulations issued under President Barack Obama. Now, they're looking to do the same to a rule that would let consumers band together to sue their banks or credit card companies rather than use a mediator to resolve a dispute.

MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred conducts his annual #ASG Town Hall at #FanFest. 12 July 2016. Photo: Arturo Pardavila III via Wikimedia Commons

Umpire Set to Work MLB All-Star Game After Filing Bias Claim

By Todd Cunningham |

At tonight's Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Miami, umpire Angel Hernandez will work at first base. Hernandez recently sued MLB and commissioner Rob Manfred for racial discrimination.

Andy Pincus of Mayer Brown.

Latest TCPA Decision Eases Path to Court for Consumers, Deepens Circuit Split

By Amanda Bronstad |

Solidifying a growing circuit split in the wake of "Spokeo v. Robins," the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held on Monday that a single unsolicited call to a woman's cellphone was enough harm for her to sue under the U.S. Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

Sealed Lawsuit Against Ex-Miccosukee Lawyer Raises Questions

By Celia Ampel |

Florida courts have detailed rules requiring openness in litigation.

Judge Carroll Kelly Recognized for Domestic Violence Education

By Catherine Wilson |

The Miami-Dade County Court judge since 1999 is recognized by Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Deployed Takata airbag.

Man Dies When Air Bag Inflator Ruptures During Auto Repair

By Tom Krisher |

Another person has been killed in the U.S. by an exploding Takata air bag inflator, but this death wasn't the result of a crash.

Donald Trump.

ACLU Sues Trump Voting Commission in Miami

Civil rights activists are challenging President Donald Trump's commission on election fraud in Miami federal court.