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Venezuela Top Court Overrules Congress on Economic Emergency

By Associated Press |

Venezuela's Supreme Court overruled the opposition-controlled congress and granted broad decree powers to President Nicolas Maduro.

Puerto Rico Pushes Tax Incentives for Wealthy Amid Crisis

By Danica Coto, Associated Press |

Puerto Rico's government is trying to convince hundreds of wealthy investors to move to the U.S. territory, hoping they could help lift it out of a deepening economic crisis.

Benjamin Waxman

How Murky Video, Dead Lawyer Won a New Murder Trial

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court decided the trial lawyer of a nearly-16-year resident of death row so mishandled his defense as to render ineffective assistance of counsel.

Tech-Support Firms Agree to $49 Million in Settlements for Cleanup Software

By Celia Ampel |

The Federal Trade Commission and the Florida attorney general's office reached settlements totaling $48.7 million with Bost Software and related companies for allegedly offering deceptive tech support.

Senate Panel Seeks to Resolve Juvenile Detention Fight

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

After years of legislative and court battles, a Florida Senate panel approved a bill aimed at resolving a dispute about how juvenile-detention costs are shared between the state and counties.

Former UFC fighter Jon Fitch in 2010.

Legislature Passes Bill Exempting UFC Results From Request

By Joe Reedy, Associated Press |

When "The Ultimate Fighter" returns to Florida, the public won't be able to find out the results before episodes air.

Mark Aronson

Bankruptcy Trustee Sues Holland & Knight in Condo-Hotel Development Deal Gone Bad

By Celia Ampel |

Holland & Knight is facing a malpractice lawsuit alleging two Miami partners defrauded Lumber Liquidators owner Tom Sullivan.

Attorney Mark Schorr, of Mark B. Schorr, P.A.,  photographed at Hawks Landing in Plantation

Talenfelds Fight for Owners to Get Control of Upscale Plantation HOA

By Samantha Joseph |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Howard Talenfeld and his wife Julie are suing to allow residents to take control of the affluent Hawks Landing homeowner association.

Byrd F.

GrayRobinson Boosts Revenue, Net Income

By Julie Kay |

Orlando-based GrayRobinson reports growth in most financial areas in 2015, including a 4.6 percent bump in gross revenue.

KB Home Agrees to $94M Settlement on Defects

By Samantha Joseph |

A consent decree includes more than $23 million to settle claims over warranty coverage denied by the Los Angeles-based builder.

Gentile Child Support LLC in Oakland Park, Fl.

Broward Mediator Barred From Giving Legal Advice

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar served the owner of an Oakland Park child support help company with an order enjoining her from practicing law without a license.

Bar Groups Oppose Bill on Appellate Judge Term Limits

By Julie Kay |

Several bar associations in Florida have passed resolutions opposing a bill that calls for limits on appellate judges.

New Battle Brews in House and Senate Over Retirement System

By Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida |

The House State Affairs Committee narrowly approved a bill that could shift more public employees into a 401(k)-style retirement plan, setting up a clash with the Senate over pensions and death benefits for first responders.

House, Senate Remain Divided Over Death Sentencing Fix

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

The daughter of one murder victim and the mother of another pleaded with lawmakers not to require unanimous jury recommendations before death sentences can be imposed, pointing to their family members' cases as proof that unanimity is a bad idea.

PATH Act Encourages Foreign Investment in U.S. Real Estate

By Commentary by Carlos A. Somoza |

Attorney Carlos A. Somoza writes that while the new Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act aims to promote the growth of the U.S. economy and provide tax relief to U.S. taxpayers, foreign investors stand to benefit as well.

Salvador High Court Orders Civil Prosecution of Ex-President

By Marcos Aleman, Associated Press |

El Salvador's Supreme Court ordered a lower tribunal to open a civil prosecution against former President Mauricio Funes for possible illicit enrichment.

Pope Francis

Church Talks Help Make Cuba 'Perfect for Place for Negotiations'

By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press |

The heads of the Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches will hold a historic meeting in the threadbare international airport of an officially secular, communist-run tropical island.

Gambling Legislation Starts Rolling in Florida House

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

Florida's Republican-controlled Legislature finally took up legislation that would allow the Seminole Tribe of Florida to add craps and roulette at its casinos.

Vietnam Vet Sues VA Trying to Get Benefits Living in Cuba

By Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press |

Otto Macias' family is suing the U.S. government seeking to reinstate the his pension. They say President Barack Obama's loosening of the embargo offers the ailing 75-year-old a final chance to regain his benefits and win the recognition of the military service that his adopted country has denied him for 35 years.

What's Not to Like? Miami as Arbitration Seat

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Attorneys say Miami is increasingly the seat of choice for international arbitration cases with a Latin American element.

Florida Court Hears Case Challenging Abortion Law

By Joe Reedy, Associated Press |

Florida's First District Court of Appeal is deciding whether they should lift an order that blocked a state law requiring a 24-hour waiting period for abortions.

Ernest A. Kollra, of Ernest A. Kollra PA, was appointed judge in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court by Fl. Gov. Rick Scott.

Kollra, Ribas Named to Broward Circuit Bench

By Samantha Joseph |

Gov. Rick Scott appoints Ernest Kollra and Alberto Ribas to fill two vacancies left by circuit judges who were ousted for ethics violations.

Todd Michaels

$3 Million Settlement Reached for Family of Man Killed While Leaving Nightclub for Child's Birth

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida attorneys landed the negligent security settlement for the family of a 21-year-old who was fatally shot dead after learning his girlfriend was going into labor.

2/8/16-  Attorney Richard Lubliner of Greenstein & Associates in West Palm Beach

Valley National Bank Sues to Determine Control of Greenacres HOA

By Samantha Joseph |

A Palm Beach circuit judge is being asked to unravel fraud claims to determine which of two rival boards will control a homeowner association with about $500,000 in its accounts.

Poorad Razavi, attorney with Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin

Lawsuit Targets Honda Accord Air Bags Made by Continental

By Celia Ampel |

Two West Palm Beach law firms filed a nationwide class action against Honda over air bags that allegedly failed to deploy.

$3M in Penalties Set in Precious Metals Scam

By Celia Ampel |

A Coconut Creek couple was ordered to pay nearly $3 million in civil penalties and restitution for allegedly orchestrating a precious metals scheme.

Judge Cynthia Imperato (center). Her attorneys, Heidi Perlet and Marc Shiner are next to her.

Broward Circuit Judge Imperato Announces Retirement

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato, who was arrested in 2013 for drunken driving and subsequently disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court, plans to retire at the end of February.

LGBT Protections Stall in Senate Committee Over Restrooms

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

A bill that would bar discrimination in jobs and housing based on sexual orientation and gender identity stalled at its first-ever committee hearing in the Florida Legislature, but it is expected to be reconsidered.

Bill Requiring Unanimous Verdict for Death Penalty Advances

By Joe Reedy, Associated Press |

Legislation requiring a unanimous verdict from the jury to recommend the death penalty will head to the state Senate floor after passing a committee vote.

Pope Francis converses with 102 year old Sr Marie Mathilde at Little Sisters of the Poor in Washington, D.C. on September 23, 2015. Courtesy of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Pope's Visit to Violent Mexican City Highlights Broader Ills

By Maria Verza, Associated Press |

Mariana Yanez's disappearance is a story shared by all too many in Mexico and nowhere more so than Ecatepec, where Pope Francis is to hold the largest public event of his visit to Mexico when he celebrates Mass on an outdoor esplanade here on Sunday just miles from that canal.

02/08/16- White & Case partners Fernando de la Hoz, Carlos Viana, and associates Sean Williams and Thomas Pate, Miami.

White & Case Closes $400 Million in Peruvian Public-Private Road Financing

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Miami attorneys say the financing package is the first using international bank financing to fund a milestone-driven infrastructure project in Peru.

DLA Piper Advises on Dominican Fuel Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DLA Piper represents the seller, Putney Capital Management, in the sale of 130 Dominican Shell-licensed fuel stations to Total.

Diego Armando Maradona ( born 30 October 1960) is a retired Argentine professional footballer. He has served as a manager and coach at other clubs as well as the national team of Argentina.

Maradona's Miami Lawsuit Accuses Ex-Wife of Diverting $8 Million

By Celia Ampel |

Retired Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona is suing his ex-wife for allegedly stealing millions of dollars from him to buy South Florida real estate.

Hilarie Bass

Greenberg Traurig's Bass in Line to Take Charge of ABA in 2017

By Julie Kay |

Greenberg Traurig co-president Hilarie Bass has been selected president-elect nominee of the American Bar Association, which puts her in line to lead the 400,000-member organization in 2017.

Steven Sonberg

Holland & Knight Posts 8 Percent Revenue Growth

By Julie Kay |

The 1,044-lawyer, Miami-based Holland & Knight reports $744 million in gross revenue and profit per partner of $1.25 million.

Carlton Fields: Revenue Up, But Growth Slows

By Julie Kay |

The explosive growth experienced by Tampa-based Carlton Fields as it absorbed Miami firm Jorden Burt leveled off last year with gross revenue up 3.5 percent to $223 million.

Senate Seeks Unanimous Juries in Death Sentences

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

With executions indefinitely on hold in Florida, lawmakers are hurriedly considering legislation to address a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that struck down the state's capital sentencing law as unconstitutional.

El Salvador Arrests 4 Ex-Soldiers in Massacre of Jesuits

By Marcos Aleman, Associated Press |

Salvadoran police have arrested four former soldiers wanted in Spain for the 1989 murder of six Jesuit priests during the Central American country's brutal civil war, officials said. Five of the priests were Spanish and their killings sparked international outrage.

Tattoos on the Rebound in Cuba After Years Underground

By Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press |

Bent in concentration beneath the vaulted ceiling of his Old Havana studio, Mauro Coca draws a tropical bird in blue ink down the length of Julivic Marquez's arm.

Richard J. Ovelmen.Carlton Fields Jorden Burt.Shareholder.

Miami Took Man's Boat/Home, Now Fights Him in Court

By Noreen Marcus |

James Hoefling is suing the city of Miami after his sailboat that he lived on was junked by Miami in an "ugly boat" cleanup program.

02/05/16- Coral Gables- Adalberto Jose Jordan, Appeals Court Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, left, and Retired US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens,  at a UM Law symposium

Ex-Justice Stevens Weighs Hazards of On-Campus Speech

By Celia Ampel |

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens focused on students' legal rights at the University of Miami Law Review symposium.

Cory Ciklin

Appeals Court Backs $350,000 Tab for Derogatory Posts About Divorce Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

Derogatory online reviews about an attorney cost a client $350,000.

2/3/2016-  Miami- Miami-Dade County Judge Myriam Lehr, 11th Judicial District of Florida.

Myriam Lehr Moved From Mediation to Judging Disputes

By Carlos Harrison |

The daughter of a Holocaust survivor values a justice system that protects freedom and liberty.

Miami Brokerage Pays $1 Million to Settle Laundering Charges

By Celia Ampel |

Brickell Global Markets agrees with the Securities and Exchange Commission to settle charges that it violated anti-money laundering rules.

Panel's Alimony Overhaul Proposal on the Move in House

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A House panel signed on a proposal that would overhaul the state's alimony laws by doing away with permanent alimony and creating a formula based on the length of marriage and the incomes of both spouses to determine payments.

Mexican Court Rules Against Development in Cancun Mangrove

By Associated Press |

A Mexican court has issued an injunction blocking further work on a real estate project in the Caribbean coast resort of Cancun that activists say has almost killed a mangrove swamp at the site.

Committee Passes Judicial Term Limits, Now on to Full House

By Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida |

A plan that would limit Florida appellate-court judges and Supreme Court justices to two full terms in office passed the House Judiciary Committee on a party-line vote, sending the measure to the full House.

Judge: US Citizen Serving as Foreign Diplomat Can Face Trial

By Larry Neumeister, Associated Press |

A U.S. citizen serving as a foreign diplomat from the Dominican Republic is not immune from criminal prosecution in a United Nations bribery scandal, a judge ruled.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga delivering state of the judiciary address at Florida Bar conference.

In Historic Move, Labarga to Succeed Himself as Chief Justice

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga will serve a second consecutive term as chief justice, the first person to do so since the Civil War.

An Early Look at the 2016 Am Law 100

Ahead of The American Lawyer's final Am Law 100 and 200 rankings, see the latest early reports on 2015 financial results from The Am Law Daily and its regional affiliates.

Florida Bill Would Allow Military Force to Keep Out Refugees

By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press |

Florida's governor would be able to use military force to keep out immigrants or refugees from certain parts of the world under a bill passed by a House committee.

Richard Rosenbaum

Greenberg Traurig-BLP Merger Would Extend Growth Mode

By Julie Kay |

The news that Greenberg Traurig is in merger talks with British law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner extends the firm's long-term practice of growth through firm and practice group acquisitions.

02/04/16- Miami- Stefan Selig, undersecretary of commerce for international trade

Commerce Official Boosts Trade Pact for South Florida

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Commerce Undersecretary Stefan Selig promotes benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for South Florida.

Court Strikes Residency Rule for Write-in Candidates

By Celia Ampel |

A state law setting residency requirements for write-in county commission candidates is unconstitutional, the Florida Supreme Court rules.

Renters Eye Suburbs; Investors Follow Them

By Paul Bubny, GlobeSt.com |
03/22/12-- Miami-- John H. Genovese, of Genovese Joblove & Battista.

Genovese Joblove in Line for Opa-locka Financial Crisis Work

By Celia Ampel |

The Opa-locka City Commission is looking to retain Miami-based law firm Genovese Joblove & Battista to restructure its $8 million debt.

Florida House Passes Sweeping Immigration Measure

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

Saying Florida cities and counties must "follow the rule of law," the Florida House passed a sweeping immigration measure that would penalize those who don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities.

Health Officials Want More Zika Samples, Data From Brazil

By Maria Cheng, Raphael Satter and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press |

Brazil is not sharing enough samples and disease data to let researchers determine whether the Zika virus is, as feared, linked to the increased number of babies born with abnormally small heads in the South American country, U.N. and U.S. health officials say.

George Levin’s yacht that will be auctioned off as part of Rothstein estate.

Going Once: Remains of Rothstein's Haul Ready for Auction

By Julie Kay |

An estate that cost $9 million to building, a yacht called Clueless worth at least $1 million and a cache of jewelry are set for auction. They are the last of the big items seized in disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

2011- John Moore, partner with Pathman Lewis in Miami.

Suspended Owners Seek Cut of Surf Club Redevelopment

By Samantha Joseph |

A long-running dispute over the distribution of proceeds from the sale of the ritzy Surf Club has become "a test of wits" for the lawyers, according to club attorney Robert Zarco, who said former members filed a 227-page lawsuit with 30 causes of action to intimidate the other side.

Norwegian Cruise Line's Breakaway

Ex-NCL Exec, Virgin Settle Suit Over Cruise Plans

By Celia Ampel |

The former CEO of Norwegian Cruise Line agrees to settle a breach-of-contract lawsuit against Virgin Group.

UN Group: Arrest of Washington State Woman in Mexico Illegal

By Gene Johnson, Associated Press |

A United Nations panel has ruled Mexico's 2013 arrest and its continuing detention of a community police leader are illegal, raising hopes among her supporters she could be freed.

Lawmakers Seek Compensation for Deceased Florida State Player Darling's Family

By William March, Associated Press |

Two Florida legislators and a group of NFL players say this is the year the Legislature should finally compensate the family of Florida State University freshman football player Devaughn Darling, who died after overexertion during a workout in 2001.

11/15-  Marina Palms Yacht Club & Development North Tower, completed and mostly sold.

Not a Bubble or Crash: Experts Evaluate South Florida Condo Sales Slowdown

By Carla Vianna |

New condos may take longer to break ground as luxury sales dip and the cycle slows, but those getting construction loans are poised to remain on track this year.

US Bank sign on building

Appeals Court Reverses Premature Home Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal on Wednesday reversed a foreclosure judgment in a case that wasn't legally ready to be decided.

Abortion Restrictions Pass House Panel After Debate

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

After a passionate debate, a House panel approved a wide-ranging bill that would place more regulations on abortion clinics and address issues such as the sale or donation of fetal tissue.

Zachary A. Friedman and Gary Friedman of Friedman & Friedman, Coral Gables won top verdict for 2006 car crash

Attorneys Win $2 Million Award for Driver in Four-Car Pileup

By Celia Ampel |

A father-and-son attorney team won the verdict against State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance for a woman who was second in line in a four-car collision in 2006.

Haiti

OSA Mission Chief Hopeful Haiti Can Settle Political Crisis

By David McFadden, Associated Press |

After three days of meetings, the chief of a regional mission is hopeful but not necessarily confident that Haiti's political crisis can be resolved before the scheduled end of the president's term this weekend.

Agency Says Pro Stadiums, Racetrack Qualify for State Money

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has determined that three professional sports stadiums qualify for state sales-tax money.

Curtis Mase of Mase Lara

Ex-Cruise Worker Claims Carnival Covered Up Wrong Cancer Diagnosis

By Celia Ampel |

A former Carnival Corp. employee sued the Miami-based cruise line operator Tuesday for allegedly covering up a false diagnosis of testicular cancer.

Matthew I. Destry

Attorney Challenges Broward Judge Destry, Target of Change.org Petition

By Julie Kay |

Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Brian Greenwald is challenging Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry, who sentenced his young client to 60 years in prison for a probation violation.

State Corrections Officials Bring on New Prison Health Provider

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

State corrections officials have hired Centurion of Florida LLC to take over prison health services for more than three-fourths of Florida's 100,000 inmates after Corizon Health walked away from a five-year, $1.2 billion contract three years early.

Bill Would Let Rape Victims to Testify by Closed-Circuit TV

By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press |

Rape victims could be allowed to give testimony against their alleged attackers through a video recording, closed-circuit television or behind a two-way mirror under a bill that received its first committee approval Monday.

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff

Ex-Commissioner Sarnoff Joins Shutts & Bowen

By Julie Kay |

Marc Sarnoff, who was forced out of office in November by term limits, is a partner in ithe law firm's Miami office.

Bruce Fleisher, of Bruce H. Fleisher, P.A., Coral Gables

Justices Issue Stay After Debate Over Death Penalty Ruling

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court issued a stay Tuesday hours after lawyers for Cary Michael Lambrix argued more time was needed to review his case in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring the state's death penalty law unconstitutional.

View of Bogota center with the Santamaria bullring and the Andes mountains in the background.

As Peace Nears, Renewed Push to Free Colombian Rebel in US

By Joshua Goodman, Associated Press |

As negotiations to end Colombia's half-century conflict close in on a final deal, attention is turning to the fate of an aging bank manager turned leftist rebel who is being held at a U.S. maximum security prison alongside notorious terrorists.

Rep. Carlos Trujillo, R-Miami, presents the prison reform bill during session, Friday, April 24, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

House Subcommittee Panel to Take Up Death Penalty Proposal

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A House panel is slated to take up a death-penalty proposal, three weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Florida's death-penalty system giving judges—not juries—the power to impose death sentences is unconstitutional.

Ugo Colombo

Ex-Partners Claim the Other Pulled Out of Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Former partners Ugo Colombo and Masoud Shojaee are embroiled in a lawsuit over the proposed Collection Residences in Coral Gables.

Florida Capital

More Abortion Restrictions Advancing in Florida Legislature

By William March, Associated Press |

Anti-abortion forces in the Florida Legislature are advancing a handful of bills they say are aimed at protecting the health of women, but that opponents say aim to deny access to abortions.

Florida a Focus of 'Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances' Push

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

Advocates for changes in the criminal-justice system are taking their case to Florida, the fifth state on a "Fair Sentencing and Fair Chances" tour aimed at reducing the number of prisoners across the country.

10/16/12-- Miami-- Raoul G. Cantero, with White & Case.

Death Row Case May Reveal Life After Hurst

By Noreen Marcus |

Under the backdrop of the U.S. Supreme Court voiding Florida's capital sentencing scheme, the Florida Supreme Court hears a critical case concerning death penalty sentencing.

Caryn C. Schwartz is a county judge of the Miami-Dade County Court of Florida.

Judge Schwartz: From Teacher to Attorney to Judge

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Caryn Canner Schwartz followed her husband to the bench and is staying on after his retirement.

Marc A. Wites, w/Wites & Kapetan, Scott Silver and David Silver with Silver Law Group

Lawsuit Targets Delray Beach Digital Currency Exchange

By Samantha Joseph |

A Boynton Beach businessman is accused of absconding with $5 million from traders dealing in digital currency.

Senate Passes Stand Your Ground Expansion, Gun Bills

By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press |

Florida's stand your ground law would be expanded to give more protection to people using the self-defense claim under a bill passed by the Senate despite objections from Democrats who argued it could allow killers to walk free.

Five South Florida Attorneys Disciplined

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court has disciplined five South Florida attorneys, issuing three suspensions and two reprimands.

Juan Manuel Santos

Colombian President Santos Wants FARC Rebels Off Terror List

By Joshua Goodman and Jacobo Garcia, Associated Press |

President Juan Manuel Santos is asking the United States to remove the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia from its list of terrorist organizations and suspend drug warrants against guerrilla commanders to help him seal a peace deal with Latin America's oldest leftist insurgency.

Judge Ready to Approve $5M Michael Kors Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

A federal judge is set to give final approval to a $4.9 million class action settlement with Michael Kors Inc. for allegedly misleading price tags at its outlet stores.

received 1/29/16-  Alex Guillamont, head of Latin America and Caribbean for the Miami hub for Kennedys Law.

Insurance Firm Adds US Practice in Miami, Expands in Argentina

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Kennedys Law adds U.S. legal work to its Miami office and creates an association with a law firm in Argentina.

Demonstrations outside the U.S. Supreme Court on the day of arguments in the cases involving same-sex marriage, Obergefell v. Hodges. April 28, 2015. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL.

Sides Line Up in Tallahassee Over Pastor Protection Act

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

A debate is again building in the state Capitol about same-sex marriage as conservative lawmakers back a proposal known as the Pastor Protection Act.

Wendy Lumish

Minneapolis Firm Opening Two Florida Offices

By Julie Kay |

Products liability defense firm Bowman and Brooke is merging with Seipp, Flick & Hosley in Coral Gables and opening in Orlando.

Atlanta-based Fields Howell Opening in Miami

By Julie Kay |

The insurance coverage and litigation firm is opening its third office nationally with Armando Rubio, a former partner with Cole Scott & Kissane.

Venezuela Doctors Fume at Official Silence on Zika Virus

By Hannah Dreier and Jorge Rueda, Associated Press |

Venezuela's medical community is demanding the government publish statistics about the Zika virus and warning that the South American country, which borders nations that are hotbeds of the illness, could already be facing an epidemic.

Senate Panel Looks to Experts for Death-Penalty Fixes

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A Florida Senate panel heard from prosecutors, judges, public defenders and experts about how to fix the death-penalty process after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state's capital sentencing structure this month.

Nursery Files Lawsuit to Continue Cultivation of Marijuana

By Joe Reedy, Associated Press |

An Alachua County nursery filed a lawsuit to prevent any delays in the cultivation and dispensing of medical marijuana in northeast Florida.

01/28/16- Miami- Andrew Smulian serves as chairman and CEO of Akerman LLP. Here he stands in new office space at Brickell City Center.

Akerman Ready to Move Headquarters Across Town in Miami

By Julie Kay |

Akerman is ready to move into its new, state-of-the-art headquarters at Brickell City Centre, the largest mixed-use project in Miami history.

Association Lawyers Get New Florida Bar Certification

By Samantha Joseph |

A new Florida Bar certification spotlights specialists in condominium and planned development law.

Haiti

OAS to Send Special Mission to Haiti Amid Political Crisis

By David McFadden, Associated Press |

The threat of instability in Haiti prompted the Organization of American States to authorize a special mission to help the troubled nation find a way out of a simmering political crisis and set a new date for a runoff election.

01/22/15- Miami- Michael Budwick, of Meland Russin & Budwick, Barry Mukamal, trustee, with Kapila & Company, and Solomon B. Genet, with Meland Russin & Budwick.

Petters Ponzi Trustee Sets $160 Million Liquidation

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorneys at Meland Russin & Budwick help draw up a $160 million liquidation plan to help repay victims of Tom Petters' $3 billion Ponzi scheme.

Pedro A. Freyre

Attorneys See Wider Prospects for Cuba Trade

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Changes to U.S. regulations on exports to Cuba will improve competition, but compliance may keep some banks from offering financing, attorneys say.

Arguments, Instructions Sink Case Against State Farm

By Samantha Joseph |

Improper closing arguments and jury instructions in an uninsured motorist insurance case caused a reversal in State Farm's favor.

Secretary of State Detzner: Florida Ready for Big Election Year

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

The state's top elections official expressed confidence that Florida will be ready for the 2016 elections, starting with the March 15 presidential primary and going through the November general election.

Secret Miami-Dade Home Buyers? Read the GTO Carefully

By Commentary by Stanley Foodman |

Stanley Foodman notes the Treasury Department's order on reporting cash real estate deals in Miami-Dade County is narrower than some people think.

Florida Prisons Sued Over Treatment of Disabled Inmates

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A group representing disabled inmates has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Florida prison officials of discriminating against prisoners who are deaf, blind or confined to wheelchairs, in violation of the federal Americans with Disabilities Act.

Greenberg Traurig Adds IP Partner

Timothy Alger, who will work in East Palo Alto and Irvine, comes from Perkins Coie.

Costa Concordia

Miami Appeals Court Ejects Costa Concordia Case

By Celia Ampel |

Lawsuits filed by passengers on the Costa Concordia ship that ran aground and sank in Italy should be heard in that country, a state appellate court ruled Wednesday.

Supreme Court Alters Class Action Landscape

By Commentary by Mark J. Beutler |

Attorney Mark Beutler offers an overview of the latest U.S. Supreme Court cases on class action law.

Cuban flag hangs in the doorway to the Museo de Arte Colonial.

Obama Administration Loosens Cuba Embargo With New Measures

By Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press |

President Barack Obama is making his third attempt to spur U.S.-Cuba commerce despite an embargo that still prohibits most forms of trade with the island.

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization Inc. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate, speaks during a Liberty University Convocation in Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. Real Clear Politics average of recent opinion polls show Trump running marginally ahead of Senator Ted Cruz in Iowa but holding a bigger lead in New Hampshire. Photographer: Drew Angerer/Bloomberg

Trump Attorneys Fight Condo Deposit Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys for would-be condo buyers claim Donald Trump's legal team confused jurors about the real reason behind a failed Fort Lauderdale project.

Atlanta Firm Constangy Opens Miami Office

By Julie Kay |

Atlanta-based Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete opens in Miami, the law firm's third Florida office and 28th nationwide.

Attorneys Reach First Settlement in El Faro Sinking

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida lawyers helped negotiate a more than $5 million settlement with the owners of El Faro, the ship that sank in October during Hurricane Joaquin.

Judge Cynthia Imperato (center). Her attorneys, Heidi Perlet and Marc Shiner are next to her.

Imperato Must State Reasons to Remain as Judge by Feb. 15

By Celia Ampel |

Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato must show the Florida Supreme Court by Feb. 15 why she shouldn't be removed from the bench for a DUI conviction.

Jones Day Handles $126M Bond Issue for Mexican Wind Farm

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Demex Oaxaca 1, a Mexican subsidiary of Spain's Renovalia Energy, issued $126 million in bonds on the Mexican stock exchange and obtained a $12 million loan to refinance debt incurred in the construction and operation of a 90-megawatt wind farm in Oaxaca, Mexico.

Senators Support Stepped-Up Efforts to Test Rape Kits

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

Plans to speed up DNA testing in suspected rape cases are moving in the Legislature following revelations that thousands of evidence kits remain untested statewide.

Rally outside the Supreme Court protesting the court's decision to uphold the federal ban on

Committee Passes Bill That Would Ban Nearly All Abortions

By William March, Associated Press |

A House committee passed a bill that would ban nearly all abortions in Florida, but even backers of the bill say its chances of passage, or of surviving a court challenge if it became law, likely are slim.

View of Bogota center with the Santamaria bullring and the Andes mountains in the background.

UN OKs Mission to Monitor Future Cease-Fire in Colombia

By Cara Anna, Associated Press |

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution to establish a political mission to monitor and verify a future cease-fire in Colombia that would end Latin America's longest-running guerrilla conflict.

Tina M.Talarchyk

Marshals Stop to Arrest Lawyer Even After Judge Issues Stay

By Julie Kay |

Federal marshals showed up at the home of Palm Beach bankruptcy lawyer Tina Talarchyk to take her to jail but wound up leaving without taking her into custody.

Ilisa Halpern Paul, Drinker Biddle & Reath's chief lobbyist, turns her attention away from her iPhone and BlackBerry to jot some notes in a House cafeteria before her meeting with Rochelle Dornatt, the chief of staff to Representative Sam Farr (D-Calif.). July 17, 2012. Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL..

Will the iPhone Continue as Lawyers' Smartphone of Choice?

Although iPhone sales are predicted to decline, the smartphone remains wildly popular among lawyers.

Lawsuit Claims E-cigarette Exploded, Burned Naples Man's Throat, Lungs

By Celia Ampel |

Naples resident Evan Spahlinger was using his electronic cigarette normally when it exploded in his face last October, searing off his eyebrows and sending flames down his throat.

Lawyers for Condemned Man Cite 'Tectonic Shift' in Death Penalty

By Dara Kam News Service of Florida |

A U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down Florida's death-penalty sentencing structure is a "tectonic shift" that should be applied retroactively to all inmates on death row, lawyers for a convicted murderer scheduled to be executed in February wrote in court documents.

Tourist Boat Captain to Be Probed for Tragedy Off Nicaragua

By Luis Manuel Galeano, Associated Press |

Nicaragua's police, army and navy will investigate the captain of a tourist boat and his assistant for the deaths of 13 Costa Rican passengers killed when the vessel capsized in bad weather, a top government official said.

Courts Asks for Legal Aid Funding Suggestions

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court wants a group seeking to increase low-income Floridians' access to justice to be clearer about where funding for their plans would come from.

Saul Berenthal, co-founder of Cleber, a company that wants to make tractors in Cuba’s Port of Mariel.

Wariness in US About Cuba's Mariel Development Zone

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

U.S. companies are showing interest in the incentives offered by Cuba for businesses interested in opening at the Port of Mariel, but business climate concerns are still in play.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela Congress Shoots Down Maduro Bid for Decree Powers

By Andrew Rosati Bloomberg News |

President Nicolas Maduro failed to secure far-reaching powers he says he needs to address triple-digit inflation and Venezuela's deepest recession in over a decade as the National Assembly refused to pass his emergency economic decree bill.

San Mateo County Superior Court Judge Joseph Bergeron

Judge Admonished Over Treatment of Women

The state's judicial watchdog said a San Mateo judge had been disrepectful to female attorneys and staff, including an instance where he made a female prosecutor fetch him coffee.

Running Doesn't Just Promote Health; It Advances Networking

By Brendan Aloysius Barry |

Running offers a ready-made networking opportunity for professionals, writes attorney Brendan Aloysius Barry.

Doral Man Banned from Preparing Tax Returns

By Celia Ampel |

A Doral man has been permanently banned from preparing federal income tax returns for allegedly prepared false returns for 2010 through 2014.

01/22/15-  Miami- Drawbridge opens on Brickell Ave. in Downtown Miami.

Tired of Waiting for Miami Drawbridge? Help May Be Coming

By Carla Vianna |

Miami's Downtown Development Authority is pushing to cut aggravating rush-hour openings of the Brickell Avenue drawbridge.

Broward County Judge Louis Schiff is a baseball fan and wrote a book on baseball and the law.

Judge Louis Schiff Shows Passion for Law, Baseball

By Carlos Harrison |

The Broward County Court judge was a young New York Mets fan, worked for the Yankees farm club and has dotted his chambers with baseball memorabilia.

Prisoner Refuses to Leave Guantanamo as 2 Depart for Balkans

By Ben Fox, Associated Press |

A Guantanamo Bay prisoner who protested his indefinite confinement with a lengthy hunger strike has taken the unusual step of turning down a chance to finally leave the U.S. base in Cuba, rejecting an offer to be resettled in an unfamiliar new country.

Tina M.Talarchyk

Emergency Stay Granted to Bankruptcy Attorney Facing Jail

By Julie Kay |

Palm Beach attorney Tina Talarchyk has been granted an emergency stay in her bankruptcy court contempt case.

Paul Geller of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.

Boca Lawyer Only One From Florida Named to VW MDL Committee

By Celia Ampel |

Boca Raton attorney Paul Geller's resume is chock-full of one phrase: "largest-ever settlement."

4th DCA Favors Homeowners as It Plows Trhough Foreclosures

By Samantha Joseph |

Four foreclosure cases this week came out in favor of homeowners in the West Palm Beach-based Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Gaston P. Fernandez, with Hogan Lovells

This Mandarin-Speaking Miami Attorney, with Cuban Roots, is in High Demand

By Julie Kay |

Meet Gaston Fernandez, Hogan Lovells' latest of counsel in Miami. He speaks three languages, racked up 250,000 air miles last year and regularly flies to Latin American and China to negotiate big-dollar deals.

Richard Montes de Oca, managing partner of MDO Partners in Miami.

Latino Businesses Need to Firm Up Succession Plans

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A survey shows Latino business owners want to keep their companies in the family but are bad at planning for the inevitable.

Erik Kimball

Jewelry Store Owner Found in Contempt

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Erik Kimball ordered federal marshals to arrest a West Palm Beach jewelry store owner who withheld financial records after he was accused of misappropriating investor funds.

Department of Justice.

9 Common Misconceptions About the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

By Michael E. Hantman |

When it comes to the anti-bribery law, attorney Michael E. Hantman writes myths abound about enforcement.

Florida Sheriffs Association Pitches Alternative to Open Carry

By News Service of Florida |

Florida sheriffs proposed an alternative to a controversial bill that would let people with concealed-weapons licenses openly display firearms in public, but the proposal quickly drew opposition from Second Amendment advocates.

Eric Ginnis and H. Ross Zelnick

$1.35M Settlement for Seniors in Collision With Uninsured, Drunken Driver

By Celia Ampel |

Ginnis & Krathen attorneys secured the pre-suit settlement for three seniors whose car was rear-ended at an intersection by a drunken driver.

Daniel Gonzalez

Hogan's Gonzalez Heads Miami Arbitration Society

By Julie Kay |

Daniel Gonzalez, global head of Hogan Lovells' international arbitration practice group, is the new chairman of the Miami International Arbitration Society.

Tina M.Talarchyk

Palm Beach Bankruptcy Lawyer Faces Jail for Contempt

By Julie Kay |

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John Olson in Fort Lauderdale held attorney Tina Talarchyk in contempt of court and ordered her to jail pending payment of trust account money.

Natural Cycle: Foreclosure Law Firms Pulling Back

By Julie Kay |

As foreclosure work has dried up, lawyers on both sides of cases have watched their business plummet. Some courts have dismantled their foreclosure divisions.

Thomas Ice

Online Service Offers Free, Low-Cost Legal Representation

By Samantha Joseph |

Foreclosure defense attorney Tom Ice launched an online portal to offer free and low-cost legal services, including packages with per-minute prices.

Rudy Giuliani Jumps to Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig gets a high-profile boost in New York with the addition of Rudolph Giuliani and former federal prosecutor Marc Mukasey from Bracewell & Giuliani.

In a 2011 photo, a sign opposing the construction of a hospice facility on the Calusa Country Club golf course, sits in front of home that has backyard next to the course.

Developers Lose Appeal in West Kendall Golf Course Fight

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third DCA sided with Miami-Dade and neighbors looking to block redevelopment of a West Kendall golf course.

Greenspoon Marder Team Wins $15 Million in Foreclosure Case

By Celia Ampel |

Greenspoon Marder attorneys in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando win a deficiency judgment for a company that bought a foreclosed condominium property.

Cory Ciklin

Tobacco Issue Pits State Vs. Federal Court

By Noreen Marcus |

With a federal appellate court victory under their belt, Big Tobacco attorneys marched into a Florida state court and tried to leverage their winning argument. But their argument was a nonstarter with the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Some Employers Need to Vet Applicants for Personality

By Jason Brenner |

Coming off a $5 million settlement, plaintiffs attorney Jason Brenner recommends doing criminal background checks as well as a personality review when filling critical job openings.

Federal Judge Gives Green Light to Seminole Gambling Lawsuit

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

The Seminole Tribe's lawsuit against Florida over failed negotiations on a gambling deal is moving forward after a federal judge refused to toss the case.

Defense Puts In 100 Hours Fighting $715 Witness Tab

By Samantha Joseph |

A lender and a foreclosure defense firm spent thousands of dollars in a fight to determine who should cover less than $715 in court costs.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

New Rules Flows From Foreclosure Law Change

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Supreme Court formalizes changes in state law on foreclosure cases.

Michael Higer

Who Will Replace Michael Higer on Bar Board of Governors? Three Want to

By Julie Kay |

Three heavy-hitters are filing to run for the Florida Bar board of governors seat left vacant by president-elect Michael Higer, and the mud is flying.

3 Companies Shut Down in Loan Scheme

By Celia Ampel |

A Broward judge shut down three companies accused of operating a loan scheme.

Prosecutor Behind $250M in Settlements Joins Whistleblower Firm

By Julie Kay |

National whistleblower law firm Phillips & Cohen hires former 10-year federal prosecutor Jeffrey Dickstein to open a Miami office.

Four South Florida Lawyers, Firm Honored for Pro Bono Service

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida attorneys Lyndall Lambert, Jason Lazarus, Russell Miller-Thompson and Elisa D'Amico will receive Florida Bar pro bono awards, along with the Duane Morris firm.

Melanie May

Smoker Attorneys Flirted With Reversal of $75 Million Award

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA had strong words for plaintiffs attorneys who "pushed the envelope" in a high-dollar tobacco case.

Pam Bondi

State Attorney General Bondi Blasts GOP Bill on Medicaid

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi took a rare stance Wednesday: she personally criticized a Republican-backed measure because she said it would derail an ongoing lawsuit alleging Medicaid fraud.

French police officers look over a piece of debris from a plane in Saint-Andre, Reunion Island, on July 29, 2015. The wing was later found to be from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 that went missing March 8, 2014, with 239 people aboard while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

Podhurst Orseck Files Suit on Behalf of Family Against Malaysia Airlines

The family of one of three American citizens on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 sued the airline on Tuesday in federal district court in Washington.

Florida Inmate Facing Execution Files New Death Appeal

By Review staff |

Fort Lauderdale attorneys for a death row inmate facing execution Feb. 11 are the first to file a new appeal citing the U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring Florida's capital punishment law unconstitutional.

Third District Court of Appeal

Court Affirms Fees Award for Chasing Coverage Despite Policyholder Fraud

By Gregory D. Podolak and Geoffrey J. Miller |

The Third District Court of Appeal was unwilling to read a fraud exception into a law covering attorney fees in insurance cases, attorneys Gregory D. Podolak and Geoffrey J. Miller write.

Attorneys in Search of Solutions on CJA Funding

By Celia Ampel |

Public defenders, judges and others aired their concerns about the Criminal Justice Act program for paying private lawyers who represent defendants who can't afford them.

Uber Sued for Driver's Fatal Rollover Crash

By Julie Kay |

Uber is being sued by the parents of a 20-year-old Miami student killed in a rollover crash while using the ridesharing service.

Hogan Lovells

Hogan Lovells Positions Itself for Cross-Border Business

By Julie Kay |

For mega-law firm Hogan Lovells, the fifth largest in the U.S. by lawyer headcount, its focus is on Latin America and China.

Sonia Sotomayor

US Supreme Court: Florida's Death Penalty Unconstitutional

By Julie Kay |

The high court says Florida law is unconstitutional because it gives judges more power than juries in death penalty cases.

ALM Buys UK's Legal Week From Incisive Media

ALM has acquired the British publication Legal Week for an undisclosed price from Incisive Media, a U.K.-based business-to-business publisher.

Governor, Legislature Explore Health Care Transparency

Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature have found common ground on one important issue that impacts most residents: protection from price gouging at health care facilities.

It's Back to Work for GOP-Controlled Florida Legislature

When he stood before the Florida Legislature for the sixth time on Tuesday, Gov. Rick Scott repeated the same message he has given every year since he took office: It's all about jobs.

Samuel Alito, left, and Sonia Sotomayor, right.

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Florida Death-Sentence Procedure

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down Florida's death sentencing system, ruling that it improperly gives judges, rather than juries, the power to decide that a defendant's punishment should be death rather than life in prison. Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote the 8-1 decision in Hurst v. Florida, invoking the court's Ring v. Arizona precedent from 2002. The court said in Ring that facts resulting in an increase in a sentence to capital punishment must be determined by the jury.

New Miami City Drone Ordinance Here to Stay?

By Matt Grosack |

With a newly passed ordinance governing drone flights, Miami is a thought leader in local drone rulemaking, writes attorney Matt Grosack.

Laura M. Watson

Case Closed! US Supreme Court Won't Hear Ex-Judge Laura Watson's Ethics Appeal

By Julie Kay |

The U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear an appeal by former Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson, who was removed from the bench for misconduct when she was a lawyer.

Judgment Entered Against Parkland Credit Repair Companies

By Carla Vianna |

The stipulated agreement calls for a $7 million penalty, but all but $1 million will be suspended if the companies meet special conditions after being accused of ripping off consumers.

Keiser University at 2101 NW 117 Ave.

Keiser Accused of Turning Away Deaf Student After Admission

By Celia Ampel |

Keiser University in Fort Lauderdale is facing a lawsuit filed by a deaf woman who was admitted to the radiologic technology program and rejected when she showed up.

Docs V. Glocks: Physicians Challenge Third Gun 'Privacy' Ruling

By Noreen Marcus |

Physicians are once again trying to get the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to review a Florida law keeping physicians from talking to patients about gun safety.

Absentee Landlord Scammed When Someone Else Leased Homes

By Samantha Joseph |

Three men face fraud charges for allegedly tricking tenants into renting 80 houses in Broward and Palm Beach counties with papers listing a landlord with a similar name.

Realtors Push Lawmakers to Shrink Lease Tax, Fund Affordable Housing

By Carla Vianna |

The legislative agenda for Florida's real estate industry includes reducing a sales tax on commercial leases, increasing funds for affordable housing and capping a controversial estoppel certificate fee.

Cargill Office Center, located in Wayzata, Minnesota

Man Claims Wrongful Firing by Cargill Over Diabetes

By Celia Ampel |

A Port St. Lucie man with diabetes is suing Cargill, alleging the company fired him as a warehouse worker because he seemed shaky during his first week of carrying boxes.

Broward County Judge Martin R. Dishowitz

Broward Judge Dishowitz Leaving After 21 Years

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward County Court Judge Martin Dishowitz won't run for reelection this year.

One Expensive Cheap Thrill: Mandatory $5,000 Fine for Prostitution OK

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA found $5,000 is not too steep a price to pay for a misdemeanor prostitution penalty.

Empty courtroom

What Lawyers Need to Know in Presenting Their Case to a Judge

By Ronald C. Dresnick |

Former Judge Ronald Dresnick offers practical tips for the preparation and presentation of courtroom arguments.

Alan L. Weisberg

Surprise: Foreign Deals Can Come With US Taxes

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Many recent immigrants don't realize they have to pay U.S. income taxes on foreign income, and exchange rates can complicate the calculations.

Broward Judge Jack Tuter

Judge Ejects Class Action Against Stern's Foreclosure Company

By Julie Kay |

A Broward Circuit Court judge has thrown out an investor lawsuit filed against former foreclosure king David Stern and his publicly traded company, DJSP Enterprises.

Andrew D. Rafkin of the Law offices of Joseph C Kempe in Jupiter

Appeals Court Sides With Lender in Foreclosure Document Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

It turns out foreclosure defense attorneys can't hinge their cases on lenders' sloppy paperwork and failure to "firmly" attach allonges to mortgage notes.

Holland & Knight's new operations center in Tampa.

Holland & Knight Opens Operations Center in Tampa

By Julie Kay |

With 240 staffers, Holland & Knight joins a growing list of law firms separating their lawyer and staff offices.

Miami Dade County Court Judge Lourdes Simon

Little Girl With No English Grew Up to be Judge

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Lourdes Simon, whose mother died when she was 14, said she could've been before a judge like herself if not for her aunt taking her in.

Federico A. Moreno

Takata, Automakers Push Dismissal of Economic Loss Claims for Air Bags

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno in Miami has sticky legal questions to consider as he prepares his next rulings in the massive Takata air bag case.

Starbucks Faces Spilled Coffee Suit for Burns Requiring Surgery

By Celia Ampel |

A Pompano Beach man is suing Starbucks Coffee after an employee dropped hot coffee in his lap and burned his genitals.

Stuart Singer with Boies, Schiller & Flexner. Photo by Melanie Bell

PricewaterhouseCoopers Agrees to $55 Million Madoff Feeder Fund Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

Boies, Schiller & Flexner attorneys help negotiate a proposed $55 million settlement with two PricewaterhouseCoopers divisions for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Attorneys Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig of Pike & Lustig in West Palm Beach.

Court Reopens Lawsuit Against Prominent Receiver Kenneth Welt

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appeals court clears the way for a breach of fiduciary duty suit against noted receiver and bankruptcy trustee Kenneth Welt.

Weil Gotshal Miami managing partner Richard Morrison died of a heart attack at 57.

Weil Gotshal Miami Managing Partner Richard Morrison Dies

By Julie Kay |

The Miami managing partner for Weil, Gotshal & Manges is remembered as a selfless, even-keeled "lawyer's lawyer."

Solar panels photo from the Smart Solar Website

Solar Measure Looks Ready for November Ballot

By Samantha Joseph |

One million Floridians signed a solar energy petition for a constitutional amendment, but supporters and opponents disagree on who would benefit most -- consumers or utilities.

Baker Donelson Adds Nine Attorneys From Busch White

By Julie Kay |

Baker Donelson has picked up nine defectors from the law firm Busch White Norton, including five in Florida and four in Atlanta.

2011-  Mia Sanders suffers from intractable epileptic seizures that led her to obtain Harmony, a seizure service animal in 2009. (Harmony later died and she obtained a replacement service dog.) She has filed suit against Delvista Condominium for discriminating against her on the basis of disability and race by not allowing her a reasonable accommodation under Fair Housing Laws.

Disabled Woman Sues Aventura Condo Over Service Dog Access

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

An African-American woman who needs a service animal to alert her to seizures is suing her condo association and former property manager for discrimination.

Living area at the new residential unit at Camillus House for young female victims of human trafficking. The unit is meant to provide a cheery, child-like home where the young women can get counseling and recover.

Legal Community Supports Creation of Shelter for Trafficking Victims

By Julie Kay |

A 16-bed shelter for victims of human trafficking has opened at Miami's Camillus House with prodding from Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle and support from the legal community.

All Bets Off on Passage of Seminole Tribe Gambling Deal?

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

It's a sure bet that lawmakers won't sign off on a $3 billion agreement with the Seminole Tribe that Gov. Rick Scott handed over last month.

Mark Cereceda is a Chiropractor and owner of six Personal Injury Clinics in South Florida.

Ethics Complaint Moves Ahead of Miami Attorney Fee Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

A dispute over fees for Miami attorney Michael Libman must wait while the Florida Bar investigates an ethics complaint against him.

Judge John W. Thornton Jr.

Judge Thornton Drops Cases With Son at Stearns Weaver

By Celia Ampel |

Judges who are related to attorneys have choices about how to avoid perceived conflicts on interest.

Dominican Migrant Law Helps Some, Leaves Others Stranded

By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez |

Cresnel Ceus no longer lives in the shadows. For the first time in 15 years, the Haitian migrant can move about this country without fear of being detained at any moment. He can get a formal job and perform such routine acts as opening his own bank account and getting his own phone.

Broward County Judge Nina Di Pietro

Broward County Judge Changed Course from Medicine to Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward County Judge Nina Di Pietro grew up wanting to be a doctor, even though she rushed her way into the world without one.

Southern District of Florida to Start New Year with 5 Multidistrict Litigation Cases

By Celia Ampel |

Here's a look at the five multidistrict litigation cases consolidated in the Southern District of Florida.

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

3rd District Court of Appeal Overturns Decision to Increase Jury Award

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade jury was right to award just $5,000 in pain and suffering damages to a man who broke his neck because he healed unusually fast, an appellate court ruled Wednesday.

The Venezuelan government is trying to silence website dolartoday.com, based in Delaware, that publishes that nation’s black market currency rate. Publication of unofficial exchange rates is a crime in Venezuela..

Venezuelan Government Files Lawsuit Against Black Market Currency Rate Website

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

DolarToday moves to dismiss Venezuelan Central Bank's suit to halt its publication of the black market exchange rate.

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

3rd District Court of Appeal Upholds 1.5 Multiplier for Citizens Policyholder

By Samantha Joseph |

A small law firm claimed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. attempted to "run" it "into the ground" over a protracted court fight with a Miami homeowner.

Just One South Florida Attorney Disciplined

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplined just one South Florida attorney last month, compared to a previous average of eight.

An Airline passenger is instructed by a TSA agent while being scanned by a body scanner at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.

Miami Law Student Challenges Transportation Security Administration Order Involving Pat-Down Option for Travelers

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami law student is challenging a new Transportation Security Administration order that requires some travelers to pass through the body scanners without the option of a pat-down.

Judge Thomas Logue, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

3rd District Court of Appeal Rules Against Coral Gables Investor in Foreclosure Sale

By Samantha Joseph |

A Coral Gables-based investor found out too late that a property it purchased in foreclosure came with more strings than anticipated.

Florida Supreme Court.

Florida Supreme Court Makes Plans to Improve Its Communications

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

Pointing to issues such as the emergence of social media and efforts to build support for the judicial branch, the Florida Supreme Court on Monday released a multi-year plan to try to bolster communications about courts throughout the state.

Judge Donald M. Middlebrooks.

Court Revives Former Metlife Executive's Age Bias Claim

By Noreen Marcus |

When MetLife fired a 49-year-old executive and promoted his 42-year-old underling, the executive filed an age discrimination lawsuit. U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks ruled for MetLife. On Dec. 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit reversed Middlebrooks. The court revived the case brought by Robert Liebman, former managing director of MetLife's West Palm Beach and Boca Raton offices.

Solar Power, Medical Marijuana Top Amendment Proposals

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida voters in the November 2016 general election would face up to 30 questions at the polls.

Embattled Bankruptcy Attorney Claims Judge Targets Lawyers

By Julie Kay |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Bart Houston is facing a Florida Bar trial and possible disbarment after being accused by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge John Olson of embezzling funds from a law firm trust account.

Judge John Patrick Contini

Broward Judge Admits 'Undignified Conduct' in Dealings with Prosecutor

By Samantha Joseph |

Circuit Judge John Contini admits he violated rules of judicial conduct but denied other ethics charges leveled against him triggered by an email to a public defender.

Miami-Dade County Judge Robin Faber

Dad Persuaded Judge Faber to Try Law School

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Robin Faber said law school seemed like a viable option because he knew he wasn't going to sell furniture forever.

Miami Federal Court Becomes Hotbed for MDL Cases

By Celia Ampel |

The Southern District of Florida will see five multidistrict litigation cases proceed in 2016, including the giant Takata air bag case and about $1 billion in overdraft fee claims against Wells Fargo.

Daryl D. Parks

Attorney Not Rushing to Sue After Woman's Hospital Discharge Death

By Review staff |

A Tallahassee attorney whose firm has represented black families in high-profile national cases says he will take his time exploring all legal options before filing any lawsuits in the death of Barbara Dawson.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Court Backs Dismissal of Case Against Fired Miccosukee Lawyers

By Julie Kay |

A federal appellate court affirms the dismissal of a racketeering lawsuit filed by the Miccosukee Tribe against its former lawyers, Guy Lewis, Dexter Lehtinen and Michael Tein.

Five Ways to (Legally) Sun Yourself in Cuba

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Here are some of the easiest ways to arrange Cuba trips without fear of breaking the U.S.-Cuba trade embargo.

Daryl D. Parks

Woman Arrested for Refusing to Leave Hospital Dies of Blood Clot

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating after a black woman was arrested and handcuffed for refusing to leave a Florida hospital. She died after collapsing in the parking lot and going back into the hospital.

Florida Supreme Court

Court Rejects Workers' Comp Case, But Another Raises Same Issue

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Supreme Court has declined to hear a workers' compensation case challenging the constitutionality of the state's no-fault law, but another case from Hialeah is on tap for court review this spring.

Attorney Barry Silver, Unitarian Church

Rabbi's Lawsuit Claims Public Schools Lie About Violent Islamic Teachings

By Samantha Joseph |

An attorney and rabbi is suing the Palm Beach School District over its teachings about Islam and evolution.

Jeff Atwater

Lawmakers, CFO Atwater Look at Pulling Plug on 'PIP'

By News Service of Florida |

The state's personal-injury protection auto insurance system, known as "no-fault," would end in 2019 under proposals ready to go before lawmakers.

Now Is the Perfect Time to Review Business Plans

By Michele Lipson |

Accountant Michele Lipson offers 10 year-end planning strategies for law firms to help address short-term and long-term goals that lay the groundwork for future growth and profitability.

DLA Piper Closing Tampa Office

By Julie Kay |

DLA Piper, one of the largest law firms in the world, will be closing its Tampa office in early 2016 and transferring lawyers primarily to Miami.

Class Action Claims BJ's Overcharges on Sales Tax

By Celia Ampel |

BJ's Wholesale Club is facing a Florida class action for allegedly overcharging sales tax on discounted items.

4th DCA

Appeals Court Reverses Palm Beach Judge on Posting 'Snitch' Transcripts

A state appeals court reverses an order by Circuit Judge Jack Cox requiring the Palm Beach Post to remove content about a jailhouse informant from its website.

Union: Bonus Program Discriminates Against Some Teachers

The union that represents Florida's classroom teachers filed a complaint with state and federal agencies that contends a new bonus program unfairly discriminates against older and minority teachers.

Former Florida Chief Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr.

Florida Supreme Court Honors Florida's First Black Chief Justice

By News Service of Florida |

Former Chief Justice Leander Shaw, who died last week at age 85, lay in state Monday in the rotunda of the Florida Supreme Court as family, friends and colleagues paid their respects.

Chamber Lobbies for Expansion of Visas Targeting Brazilian Execs

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A Brazilian-American coalition plans to lobby Congress to put Brazil on E-1 and E-2 trader visa list.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Justices Take Up Workers' Comp Exclusivity

By Noreen Marcus |

Florida Supreme Court is looking at the constitutional question of whether the Legislature has whittled Florida's workers' compensation law to the point where it's both exclusive and ineffectual.

Barkett, Martinez Fraga Named to Arbitration Panel

By Julie Kay |

The White House has tapped two Floridians--former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Rosemary Barkett and Bryan Cave partner Pedro Martinez-Fraga--to serve on the Panl of Conciliators of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.

Unemployment

Locums Lawyers Fill Staffing Gaps for Firms, Legal Departments

By Jodi Laurence |

The legal industry faces many of the same staffing challenges present in other industries that require highly skilled, temporary workers, writes attorney Jodi Laurence.

Report: Four Big Firms Earned Millions From Suspect States

The Center for Public Integrity published a list of lobbying firms that advise countries with the worst human rights records, according to an index compiled by the Fund for Peace. Four Am Law 100 firms made the list for work they handled on behalf of Cameroon, China, Saudi Arabia and others.

Vitamin Maker Agrees to $39 Million Settlement on Fluoride Content

By Celia Ampel |

A West Palm Beach lawyer obtains a $39 million settlement against a Pennsylvania-based pharmaceutical company over the fluoride content in its chewable vitamins.

Ariadna Alvarez

Default More Likely for Puerto Rico Without Big U.S. Budget Help

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Puerto Rico's inabilty to seek bankruptcy protection could result in default and messy ad hoc litigation, experts say.

The outside offices of Elizabeth R. Wellborn, a foreclosure firm- 1701 W. Hillsboro No. 307, Deerfield Beach 33442

Deerfield Beach Foreclosure Firm Behind on Rent When Evicted

By Julie Kay |

Elizabeth Wellborn closed her Deerfield Beach foreclosure law firm after being evicted for nonpayment of $109,221 in rent, a lawsuit said.

Ex-TD Bank executive Frank Spinosa

Rothstein Banker Gets 30 Months for Handling Fraud Funds

By Julie Kay |

Former TD Bank executive Frank Spinosa gets 30 months in federal prison for helping disbarred law firm chairman Scott Rothstein bank his Ponzi profits.

Broward County Judge Kal Evans

Broward Judge Doesn't Forget Tough Upbringing

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward County Court Judge Kal Evans overcame growing up in a drug-infested neighborhood and spending a childhood Christmas in a homeless shelter.

Trial Ends With Speculation Judge Could Draw Senate Map

By Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida |

The final state redistricting trial in a nearly four-year legal battle over Florida's political boundaries ended with both sides trading charges of partisan gerrymandering, some of them the same accusations that have been hurled in court since the beginning.

Third District Court of Appeal

3rd DCA Rejects Zoning Change for North Miami Beach

By Celia Ampel |

The city should not have been allowed to rezone property for hotel and office buildings in an area dominated by low-rise construction, a state appeals court rules.

Roofer Tells Lawyer to 'Pay Your f---ing Bill!" and "Don't be a f---ing Schlub!' And That's Totally Fine

By Celia Ampel |

A roofer who used profanity when telling his lawyer-client to pay his bill defeats a lawsuit alleging he broke state law on debt collections.

Jorge Fors

Promoters Settle Suit Over Rights to Boxer

By Celia Ampel |

Former super featherweight boxer Rances Barthelemy agrees to settle a lawsuit filed by his former promoter over proceeds from a Miami bout.

Chuck Baumberger, National President, ABOTA

Miami Litigator Chuck Baumberger to Lead American Board of Trial Advocates

By Julie Kay |

Chuck Baumberger of Rossman, Baumberger, Reboso & Spier is set to become the first Miami president of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Same-Sex Couples Seek Ruling in Birth Certificate Dispute

By News Service of Florida |

Nearly a year after same-sex marriages started in Florida, a legal decision could be looming in a dispute about birth certificates for children of same-sex couples.

Canvas Miami is a new condo project by NR Investments currently in preconstruction at 1630 Northeast 1st Avenue in Miami.

Best Practices for Buyouts of Unit Owners at Older Condos

By Oscar R. Rivera |

A change in state law on condo terminations has led to a spurt in developer buyouts, writes attorney Oscar R. Rivera. He suggests some best practices.

US-Cuba Flight Deal Would Jump-Start Lagging Business Ties

The United States and Cuba are on the verge of a deal to restore regular airline flights, jump-starting economic relations that have languished despite a year of rapid progress on the diplomatic front, Cuba's top negotiator said on the eve of the anniversary of detente between the Cold War foes.

Michael Higer

Miami Attorney Higer to Lead Florida Bar in 2017

By Julie Kay |

Miami will have another Florida Bar president when Berger Singerman litigator Michael Higer takes over in mid-2017.

Elio F. Martinez, Jr., Jorge Espinosa and William R. Trueba, Jr.

Espinosa Trueba Expands With Martinez White Additions

By Julie Kay |

The Miami intellectual property law firm picks up six lawyers from Martinez, White & Viniegra to form a nine-lawyer IP boutique with a focus on advertising injury insurance defense.

Glen H. Waldman

Court Reverses $20M Marriott Verdict on Bahamian Marina Construction

By Celia Ampel |

Marriott International wins the reversal on claims over the ill-fated construction of a Ritz-Carlton resort in the Bahamas.

EB-5 Law Heading for Temporary Extension Without Changes

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Attorneys close to negotiations say the business-funding immigration law will be extended unchanged until September 2016 while work continues on proposed changes.

Pam Bondi

Attorney General Bondi Defends Medical Malpractice Limits

By News Service of Florida |

Pointing to the Legislature's efforts to address a "crisis," Attorney General Pam Bondi's office is urging the Florida Supreme Court to uphold a key part of a controversial 2003 medical malpractice law.

New Law Eases Public-Private Funding for Transportation Upgrades

By Frank M. Rapoport |

The new federal law could accelerate the delivery of South Florida projects in the discussion stage for years.

Special Report: Intellectual Property

The Review takes a look at several IP issues, including design patents, a little-known specie of intellectual property protection that can provide a broad reach of protection if approached with adept legal advice.

Doctors Will Challenge Panel's Latest Ruling on Florida Law Restricting Gun Talk

A lawyer for doctors challenging a Florida law that limits their ability to discuss firearms with their patients says he will once again ask the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to review the matter, saying that a three-judge panel's apparent difficulty in arriving at a rationale for its ruling against the doctors is indicative of the Florida law's unconstitutionality.

Bernardo Roman III

Miccosukees, Attorney Slammed Again. Another Judge Sanctions Them for Frivolous Suit Against Lewis Tein

By Julie Kay |

The Miccosukee Tribe of Florida and its former attorney, Bernardo Roman III, are being sanctioned for suing partners Guy Lewis and Michael Tein of Lewis Tein in Miami.

Manny Crespo

CABA President Manny Crespo Heading to Greenspoon Marder

By Julie Kay |

The outgoing Cuban American Bar Association president is leaving the Coral Gables law firm that bears his name to join Greenspoon Marder's Miami office, bolstering its real estate practice.

13 Challenges Filed Over Medical Marijuana Licenses

When Florida's Office of Compassionate Care named five nurseries to grow and distribute medical marijuana in the state, many expected there would be a few challenges filed, but not the more than a dozen that had landed by the deadline.

Robin Rosenbaum

Court Rules Cell Phone Abandoned in Child Porn Case

By Noreen Marcus |

U.S. Circuit Judge Robin Rosenbaum ruled the defendants abandoned their cell phone and therefore had no standing to challenge the phone's seizure.

Judge Gerald Tjoflat, U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

On Third Try, 11th Circuit Remains 2-1 Against Doctors' Challenge to Florida Law on Gun Talk

For the third time, a federal appeals court has issued a pair of opinions in a case brought by doctors challenging a Florida law that limits their freedom to discuss firearms with their patients.

Former Florida Chief Justice Leander J. Shaw, Jr.

Leander Shaw, Florida's First African-American Chief Justice, Dies at 85

By Celia Ampel |

Former Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Leander Shaw died Monday. He served on the court from 1983 to 2003.

Jose Ferrer

U.S. Judgment Holders Study Cuban Creditor Deal

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holders of U.S. court judgments think they are better off legally than an international creditors group that reached a landmark agreement with Cuba.

Criminal defense attorney Andrew Gerson was arrested, allegedly caught with handgun outside Walt Disney World

That's no Gun! 'Just my Genitalia.' Miami Defense Attorney Arrested for Trying to Bring Gun Into Disney World

By Celia Ampel |

Miami criminal defense attorney Andrew Gerson was accused of trying to enter the park with a loaded revolver in his waistband.

State Faces More Challenges on Medical Marijuana Licenses

By News Service of Florida |

Three nurseries rejected by health officials for medical marijuana licenses are challenging the licenses granted to Florida's first "dispensing organizations," with possibly more appeals on the horizon.

Suit Says Death Caused by Defective Hip Transplant

By Samantha Joseph |

Joseph Osborne said a hip replacement manufacturer's negligence put his client's mother on the operating table unnecessarily. The mother died during surgery.

Police Chief Association Will Back Revised Open-Carry Bill

By News Service of Florida |

Acknowledging "momentum" behind a proposal that would allow people with concealed-weapons licenses to openly carry guns, the Florida Police Chiefs Association said its board of directors had voted to back the controversial measure, as long as changes designed to protect law-enforcement officers are included.

Dyanne E.  Feinberg

Poetic Motion Wins Holiday Continuance

By Julie Kay |

Miami lawyer Dyanne Feinberg used a little poetry in her attempt to get Miami-Dade Circuit Judge John Thornton to approve a continuance of a trial scheduled for Jan. 4--and it worked.

Miami to Host Hispanic National Bar Conference in 2017

By Julie Kay |

Miami won its bid to host the Hispanic National Bar Association's prestigious corporate counsel conference in 2017, beating out cities like New York and Washington D.C.

HR Letter Didn't Ruin Pilot's Career

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami jury rules against a pilot who claimed a bad HR letter ruined his career.

Miami-Dade County Judge Diane Vizcaino

Judicial Aspirations Started Early for Judge Vizcaino

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade County Judge Diana Vizcaino became a prosecutor right out of law school and immediately made it her goal to become a judge.

Real-Life Encounters: The Elephant Not in the Room

By Ellen Leesfield and Pam Perry |

When settlement talks take a hard-line turn in mediation, an outsider is likely to blame. Attorneys Ellen Leesfield and Pam Perry suggest inviting the elephant into the room.

Mikki Canton, the architect and managing director of the City of Miami's EB-5 Regional Center

Latest Reforms to EB-5 Program Are Nearly Complete

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Reforms to the EB-5 visa program will increase oversight as well as increase costs to investors.

Alan B. Levan is the former head of BankAtlantic

Appellate Court Orders Alan Levan Must Step Down from Post

By Celia Ampel |

BBX Capital Corp. CEO and Chairman Alan Levan will have to step down this month, a federal appellate court ruled Thursday.

New Civil Courthouse Recommended in Miami

By Julie Kay |

A Miami-Dade county task force looking at options for a new civil courthouse voted Thursday to recommend a new $360 million courthouse be constructed.

Bernie Madoff

PwC Agrees to Settle With Madoff Victims

By Celia Ampel |

PricewaterhouseCoopers settled with victims of Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme who invested through feeder funds, wrapping up a more than $200 million case pursued by Fort Lauderdale attorneys.

Developer Gary Cohen

Developer's $225 Million Suit Against Aventura Neighbors Dismissed

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley dismissed a developer's $225 million lawsuit against homeowners opposing his private-island project.

Screenshot of Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz’s public reprimand before the Florida Supreme Court.

Teary-Eyed Judge Schwartz Reprimanded by High Court

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz is set to return to the bench after the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded her for ethics violations.

Peter Weinstein

Broward Hopes to Borrow Hours for Senior Judges in Foreclosure Cases

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Circuit Chief Judge Peter Weinstein plans to approach judicial circuits less affected by the housing crisis to borrow from their allocation of senior-judge days.

Scott Rothstein

Gibraltar Bank Shares Next on Rothstein Auction Block

By Julie Kay |

The trustee unraveling the Scott Rothstein Ponzi scheme will auction off 50,000 shares in Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust once owned by the jailed Ponzi scammer.

Gambling Deal With Seminoles Met With Scrutiny, Skepticism

By News Service of Florida |

Far from a sure bet, Gov. Rick Scott's $3.1 billion gambling deal with the Seminole Tribe of Florida is getting a tepid response from some legislative leaders, virtually guaranteeing that the proposal could require major changes to win enough support for passage.

Seth Miles

Grossman Roth Lawyers Leave to Start Own Firm

By Julie Kay |

Veteran Miami trial lawyers David Buckner and Seth Miles are leaving Grossman Roth after a decade to start their own law firm.

Venezuela Election Hints at More Capitalism for Latin America

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Following the Venezuela election, South Florida attorneys dealing with Latin America say they see the overall trend toward the political and economic right, and over time it may affect the flight capital that heads to Miami.

David Batista and Sara Levy

Insurer Wins $1.8 Million in Farm Stores Case

By Celia Ampel |

Greenberg Traurig's David O. Batista and Sara Levy won a $1.8 million final judgment against Farm Stores in a 16-year-old contract dispute case.

Nason Yeager Moves Headquarters to Palm Beach Gardens

By Julie Kay |

Nason Yeager Gerson White & Lioce has relocated its headquarters from West Palm Beach to Palm Beach Gardens, leasing 15,456 square feet at the Seacoast Banking Centre.

As Porn Actor, Dave Pounder's Image was Everywhere. Now as Math Tutor, David Mech Fights to Have Image Up

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal appeals court rejects a First Amendment appeal by a math tutor whose banners were removed from Palm Beach County public school campuses after his past as a porn star came to light.

This 4th DCA Ruling is a Win for Homeowners

By Samantha Joseph |

It turns out a bank can't substantiate a purported debt in a foreclosure by having a witness read the numbers off a proposed final judgment.

Dade County Courthouse

What was he Thinking? Man Tries to Bring Gun-Shaped Cigarette Lighter to Court

By Celia Ampel |

A man tried to bring a cigarette lighter shaped like a gun into the Dade County Courthouse.

Judge Leslie Rothenberg

Hialeah Street Vendors Looking to 'Progresar.' Want to Overturn Ordinance Barring them From Staying Put

By Celia Ampel |

A group of Hialeah flower sellers argued Monday that the Third DCA should overturn city restrictions that keep street vendors from staying in one place.

Shelby Highsmith

Retired Federal Judge Shelby Highsmith Dies at 86

By Julie Kay |

Judge Shelby Highsmith, who retired in 2008 after 17 years on the federal bench, died after a battle with Alzheimer's.

Tragic Deaths of Home-Schooled Kids Rarely Lead to New Rules

A Detroit brother and sister vanished more than two years before they were found dead in a freezer in their home, and an 11-year-old Florida girl disappeared more than a year before she, too, turned up in a family freezer. And a 7-year-old Kansas boy hadn't been seen for more than a month before authorities found the gruesome remains of a child in a pigsty inside his family's barn.