Law News

$27.5M Settlement Reached in Fontainebleau Las Vegas Bankruptcy

By Noreen Marcus |

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A. Jay Cristol signed a settlement that ends litigation brought by the trustee against Jeffrey Soffer and his family's Turnberry companies.

Protest for the legalization of medical marijuana

GOP Senator Offers Medical Marijuana Plan

By News Service of Florida |

Less than three months after Florida voters narrowly rejected a plan to legalize medical marijuana, a Republican senator Monday filed a bill that would allow patients to get pot if they suffer from diseases such as cancer, AIDS, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis.

Palm Beach Circuit Rule Would Redefine Abandoned Cases

By Samantha Joseph |

Local Rule 9 would consider civil, family, probate and guardianship cases abandoned if not set for a hearing and heard within 90 days.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Judge Marcia Cooke

Middle Class Getting Squeezed Out of Courts. So What is Being Done About it?

By Julie Kay |

Florida must do a better job of providing the poor and working middle class with legal representation, said a panel of judges and legal experts at a Legal Services Corp. seminar in Miami.

Rothstein Fallout: Ex-TD Bank Exec Accepts Banking Industry Ban

By Julie Kay |

Frank Spinosa, who faces indictment for his role in disbarred lawyer Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme, agrees to a lifetime ban from the securities and banking industry in a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Who Gets to Keep Court Registry Fee? Miccosukee Tribe Does in This Case

By Noreen Marcus |

A state appeals court rules the tribe should get back its $72,000 fee spent successfully appealing a $4 million judgment.

Jonathan Minsker

Kasowitz Benson Names Minsker Co-Managing Partner in Miami

By Julie Kay |

Jonathan Minsker has relocated from the New York office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman to become co-managiing partner in Miami.

Shumaker Loop Names First Hispanic Managing Partner in Tampa

By Samantha Joseph |

Julio Esquivel takes over managment of the Tampa office after 18 years with the firm.

Appeals Court Upholds Performance Pay Law

By News Service of Florida |

An appeals court upheld a controversial law more closely tying teachers' pay to how well students do on tests, ruling that the Legislature didn't give too much leeway to the Florida Department of Education to decide how to implement the measure.

Dennis Bailey

Nationwide Experiences Give Judge Bailey Perspective

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward Circuit Judge Dennis Bailey said his sons' autism helps him "appreciate the frailty and complexity of the human condition," and makes him a better judge.

Civil Legal Aid: Ensuring Equal Access to Justice

By John G. Levi |

We must ensure that all sources of funding for civil legal aid—local, state and federal—are sufficient to preserve and honor the fundamental ideal of justice.

Lisa Maxwell, Christine Stephens-Maxwell holding Satori, Judge Lisa Small, and attorney Elaine Johnson James

Same-Sex Marriage: Court Rules Genetics Not Required for Parenthood

By Noreen Marcus |

A Palm Beach Circuit judge rules the spouse in a same-sex marriage is "irrefutably" a legally recognized parent.

Three women waiting for an elevator on the Miami Tower parking garage.

Iconic Miami Tower's Broken Elevators Anger Tenants and Law Firms

By Julie Kay |

Tenants at the iconic 47-floor landmark are irate about broken city-owned elevators serving the office building's garage. Twenty-minute waits have become commonplace.