Law News

Company Pushes for Dismissal in Whistleblower Case

By Celia Ampel |

A medical equipment company is looking to get a whistleblower case tossed after a plaintiffs lawyer was disqualified for doing previous legal work for the defendant.

Miami-Dade County Judge Diana Gonzalez-Whyte

Judge Gonzalez-Whyte Set Sights on Law at Young Age

By Carlos Harrison |

Becoming the first Colombian-American judge elected in Florida has special meaning for Diana Gonzalez-Whyte, who was inspired to pursue a law career after facing discrimination.

Judge John Patrick Contini

Another Broward Judge Facing Ethics Charges. Why Email is the Culprit This Time

By Samantha Joseph |

The state Judicial Qualiifications Commission filed ethics charges against Broward Circuit Judge John Contini.

Scott Rothstein's Zenith watch- the most accurate watch made

Last of the Bling: Rothstein Remnants Ready for Auction [Slideshow]

By Julie Kay |

The final auction of luxury items once owned by Ponzi scammer Scott Rothstein will feature a 12.08-carat canany yellow diamond hidden by Rothstein's wife from federal agents.

Foreclosure Law Firm Shuts Down in Deerfield Beach

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa and Julie Kay |

The owner of the Law Offices of Elizabeth R. Wellborn said she is closing her Deerfield Beach foreclosure law office after 12 years.

Mauricio Macri

Attorneys See More Favorable Business Climate in Argentina Thanks to Election of New President

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Professionals in Argentina and the United States are counting on reforms to expand investment and the business environment in the Latin American country.

Court Rejects Attorney Fees on Enforcement of 1998 Homeless Pact

By Noreen Marcus |

A renewed fight over enforcement of a 17-year-old agreement on the treatment of homeless people in Miami went to court in 2014, but a federal appeals court rejected attorney fees in the latest round of litigation.

In-House Job Openings Can be Tricky to Fill

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Companies first look in-house, then general counsel tend to look regionally and in their industries with networking plays a sizable role.

Bar Exam Pass Rates Drop Across the Country

Bar exam passage rates sank in several big states, indicating a drop in the qualifications of students amid fewer law school applications.

Peter Prieto

Law Firms Fight Over $562,316 in Costs in Stiefel Securities Fraud Case

By Julie Kay |

Lawyers for Podhurst Orseck are accusing Greenspoon Marder lawyers of egregious conduct by filing the charging lien after withdrawing from the case before trial.

Bernie Madoff

Federal Judge Approves $125M Madoff Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

A New York federal judge approves the settlement with Citco Group for victims of Bernard Madoff's Ponzi scheme.

Lynn-St. Thomas Law Link on Fast-Track Program

By Julie Kay |

St. Thomas University School of Law has entered into a 3+3 partnership with Lynn University to allow students to get their undergraduate and law degrees in six years rather than seven.

Bruce A. Katzen

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit over Attorney Fees

By Julie Kay |

Miami attorney Bruce Katzen has reached a confidential settlement with Wells Fargo Bank after suing the bank for $1.6 million in attorney fees.

Meenu Sasser

Who's the Most Highly Regarded Judge in Palm Beach County?

By Samantha Joseph |

Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser is one of the most highly regarded jurists in Palm Beach County, according to a Palm Beach County Bar Association survey.

Attorney Ervin Gonzalez

Lyft Sued in Death of Motorcyclist

By Celia Ampel |

The ridesharing company Lyft is facing a wrongful death lawsuit after one of its drivers allegedly crashed into a Miami motorcyclist.

Supreme Court: 13 New Judges Needed in South Florida

By Celia Ampel |

Florida needs 24 new judgeships statewide, mostly owing to an increased workload in county courts, the Florida Supreme Court reports.

Judge Set Penalties in Boca Raton Precious Metals Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

A federal judge orders Sentry Asset Group and its owner to pay $378,000 for fraudulent precious metals sales.

Defense Verdict on Motorcyclist's $14M Request for Damages

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Department of Transportation and companies responsible for a Key Largo utility box defeated the lawsuit filed by a motorcyclist who crashed into the box on a grass median in Key Largo.

Judge Keeps Alive Mayor's Bid for Attorney Fees

By Celia Ampel |

Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi defeats the town's motion to dismiss his lawsuit seeking attorney fees for successfully fighting to regain his seat after defeating public corruption charges.

Compounding Pharmacies, Physicians Facing Federal Scrutiny [COMMENTARY]

By Bernard M. Cassidy |

Attention has focused on high-priced pain creams of questionable value produced at compunding pharmacies, writes attorney Bernard M. Cassidy.

Judge Puts Stop Light on Red Light Camera Cases

By Julie Kay |

A Miami judge stays hundreds of thousands of red light camera tickets and asks the Third District Court of Appeal to take a look at the issue.

State Asks Federal Court to Dismiss Seminoles' Lawsuit

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

In the latest twist in dueling lawsuits over blackjack in Florida, Gov. Rick Scott's administration is asking a federal court in Tallahassee to dismiss a legal challenge filed last month by the Seminole Tribe.

Sugar cane field burns in Florida.

Sierra Club Asks EPA to Review Sugarcane Field Burning

By News Service of Florida |

The environmental law firm Earthjustice files a petition challenging the air pollution created when cane fields are burned before harvesting.


Doubtful Settlement Extends Commercial Foreclosure Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys who wrongly assumed they'd reach an agreement canceled trial in a long-running foreclosure dispute over unpaid assessments at a Weston business park.

Bill Would Limit Bad Group Homes, Improve Placement Options

By Howard Talenfeld |

For more than 15 years since the privatization of child welfare in Florida, the Florida Department of Children and Families has contracted with lead agencies like ChildNet and Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe Inc. to operate the system of care that has all too frequently relied upon substandard, dangerous group home placements, and sometimes even placements in motels, hotels, shelters or offices.

Howard Srebnick

Lawyer Howard Srebnick: Heavy Prep, Stress for Two Supreme Court Arguments

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorney Howard Srebnick shares what he's learned from delivering two oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Gordon Rees Ends Fee Fight With Alex Rodriguez

New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez has settled a dispute over $380,000 in attorney fees incurred by Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani related to the firm’s representation of him in a performance-enhancing drug scandal.

State Rep. Katie Edwards Joins Arnstein & Lehr

By Julie Kay |

The Plantation Democrat joins Chicago-based Arnstein & Lehr as an of counsel in its Fort Lauderdale office.

Peter Palermo

Retired U.S. Magistrate Judge Peter Palermo Dies at 97

By Julie Kay |

The federal magistrate served longer than any other in the Southern District of Florida.

Bankruptcy Alert: Leveraged, Prepackaged and Dangerous

By Charles M. Tatelbaum |

The recent rash of Chapter 11 filings deemed to be "prepackaged"—the secured lenders "purchase" the company in an equity for debt swap that's often the result of a failed leveraged buyout (LBO)—highlights the perils and pitfalls facing trade vendors, unsecured creditors and shareholders of a leveraged buyout entity, writes Charles M. Tatelbaum.

DBR Recognizes Top In-House Attorneys, Law Firm Litigators

The Daily Business Review is honoring five general counsel's offices and eight law firm litigation departments in an annual contest.

Tony Robbins

Injunction Dropped Against Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins' Tech Help

By Samantha Joseph |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Jonathan Pollard helps reverse a noncompete injunction against an IT company looking to do business with famed motivational speaker Tony Robbins.

How an Exploding Corona Beer Bottle Led to a $300,000 Award

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami jury awarded $301,000 to Joey Malvaes, who had an experience that was indeed "miles away from ordinary" after taking a Corona Extra bottle out of its case at a family Christmas party in 2013, which then exploded in his hand.

Case Tests Open Records Application to Business Booster

By Noreen Marcus |

A high-profile case tests for the first time whether a business-expansion group that's a government contractor must comply with Florida's public records law.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Supreme Court Evaluates Consumer Expectations Test in Strict Liability Claims

By Armando G. Hernandez |

While at first glance an asbestos case may seem not to have much relevance to other product cases (such as automobiles, recreational products, appliances and so forth), Aubin has mass appeal because it involved tensions between the consumer expectations and risk utility tests, as well as other issues involving causation.

Sally Yates.

Updated: The Yates Memo's Chilling Effect on FCPA Self-Disclosure

By Alison Tanchyk and Melissa M. Coates |

The Justice Department has beefed up its stance on white-collar crime in corporate America under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, write attorneys Alison Tanchyk and Melissa M. Coates.

Judge Ivan F. Fernandez, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

Foreclosure Case Revived on Missing Trial Notice

By Celia Ampel |

Nationstar Mortgage deserves a new trial in a foreclosure case after the clerk's office send a trial notice email into electronic oblivion by mistake.

Jeffrey Epstein

Attorney's Suit Against Billionaire Allowed as Long as Justices Say It's OK

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA rules Fort Lauderdale attorney Bradley Edwards can pursue his malicious prosecution claim against convicted billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, but there's a hitch.

Changes Proposed for Florida's Alimony, Child Timesharing Laws [COMMENTARY]

By Lori Barkus |

The Florida Legislature is being asked to modify alimony and child timesharing laws once again, writes attorney Lori Barkus.

Judge Discards Privilege in Geico Bad Faith Case

By Celia Ampel |

A retrial is ordered in a bad faith claim against Geico after a federal judge erases the company's attorney-client privilege claim to more than 100 pages of documents.

Ocwen, Nationstar Pay $217 Million to Settle Force Placed Insurance Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami federal court approves a combined $200 million settlement with mortgage servicers Ocwen and Nationstar over a home insurance scandal.

Akerman Launches Fraud, Recovery Practice

By Celia Ampel |

Partners Michael Goldberg and David Spector will lead an Akerman team that will litigate fraud cases, manage settlement funds for fraud victims and help banks, insurers and retailers detect fraud.

Department of Justice.

The Yates Memo's Chilling Effect on FCPA Self-Disclosure [COMMENTARY]

By Alison Tanchyk and Melissa M. Coates |

Florida Legislators Want to Regulate, Not Ban Fantasy Sports

Amid growing scrutiny of the fantasy sports industry, two top Florida Republicans announced they have filed legislation that would make it clear that betting on fantasy sports is legal.

Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas

Miami Jury Awards $2M to Royal Caribbean Crew Member

By Samantha Joseph |

The jury award goes to a former Royal Caribbean crew member who developed kidney trouble at sea and didn't understand what doctors found when she was treated in Portugal.

Congressman Joaquin Castro

Congressman Castro: Latin America Lacks Attention From Congress

By Review staff |

Democratic Congressman Joaquin Castro of San Antonio tells a Miami legal summit that he wants relations between the U.S. and Latin America to focus more on trade and other economic opportunities than the negatives of immigration, drugs and corruption.

100 Montaditos

100 Montaditos Chain Emerging From Bankruptcy With Cash From Parent

By Samantha Joseph |

The sandwich restaurant chain emerges from bankruptcy in Miami with a $2.5 million cash injection from its Spanish parent.

Dade Medical Student Sues for Tuition Refund

By Celia Ampel |

Dade Medical College is facing litigation from at least one former student following its abrupt Oct. 30 shutdown.

Diaz Reus Opens California Office for Latin American, Asian Clients

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-based Diaz Reus is expanding to gain more flexibility dealing with existing clients.

Pam Bondi

Attorney General Bondi Won't Ask Court to Block Pot Measure

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who loudly opposed a medical marijuana measure that appeared on the 2014 ballot, is staying on the sidelines this time around.

Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building.

Special Report: Judicial Transparency

Judicial ethics rules encourage judges to get out and mingle with the bar and the public. At the same time, those rules place restrictions on judges' relationships off the bench to minimize conflicts of interest—real or perceived.

Firms File for $457,219 in Fees for Florida Same-Sex Marriage Fight

By Noreen Marcus |

Two Jacksonville law firms are asking a Tallahassee federal judge to approve fees of $500 an hour in the successful fight for same-sex marriage in Florida. Bills from other firms are expected.

Miami-  Miami-Dade criminal court is still using a 23-year-old computer system. The county is still studying the needs of the system’s 10,000 users and will make a recommendation in January to the leaders of the criminal justice agencies.

Miami-Dade Agonizes Over Criminal Court Computer Upgrade

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade County is working to update its criminal court computer system, which has not seen substantial upgrades since it was installed in 1992.

Escrow Scam: From Penthouse Living to Federal Prison

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami Beach real estate lender George Kalivretenos is going from a penthouse suite to federal prison for seven years in an escrow scam.

Judge Edward Newman

Judicial Profile: NFL Veteran Moonlighted in Law School, Landed on a Different Bench

By Carlos Harrison |

Former Miami Dolphins guard Ed Newman started law school while still in the pros and moved on to the Miami-Dade County Court bench.

Florida, Alabama Senators Join Forces, Wade Into River Battle

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

In a move that could help boost recovery of troubled Apalachicola Bay, U.S. senators from Florida and Alabama have asked a Senate panel to intervene in what they call "the Army Corps of Engineers' ongoing mismanagement" of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin.

Opponents of New Expert Witness Rule Rely on Outdated Authority [COMMENTARY]

By Christopher Johnson |

More than two decades of case law development outweigh outdated fears of a change in Florida expert witness standards, writes attorney Christopher Johnson.

Andrew M Smulian

Akerman Revenue Grows by 4 Percent, Profit by 8 Percent

By Julie Kay |

Miami-based Akerman reports growth in revenue and profits in the year ended Oct. 31.

Judge Alan O. Forst, 4th Distict Court of Appeals.

Court Rejects Ban on Online Posts by Neighbor Against Miramar Officer

By Julie Kay |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal rules a Broward judge went too far in barring a man from posting online comments and photos about a police officer he accused of mistreatment.

Biscayne Bay at 900 Biscayne Blvd.

Condo Builder Gets $23M Insurance Award for Repair Work

By Noreen Marcus |

No one wanted to pay for the repair work on the steel at the 63-story 900 Biscayne Bay condo tower. A federal judge orders ACE American Insurance to pay up.

Geico Loses $14.5 Million Award to Injured Miami Motorist

By Julie Kay |

A jury awards $14.5 million to a Miami chiropractor who suffered permanent back injuries in a collision with an uninsured motorist near the Golden Glades interchange in 2004.

Sean Penn

'Empire' Creator Pays Sean Penn's Costs to Get Defamation Case Moving

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorneys for "Empire" creator Lee Daniels agree to move his $10 million defamation claim with Sean Penn to New York state court, paying Penn in the process.

Court Orders Review of Punitive Damages in Broward Smoker Case

By News Service of Florida |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal orders s do-over by either a judge or jury after $30 milllion was awarded in a Broward Circuit Court smoker case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco.

Media Breach-of-Contract Case Produces $58M Verdict

By Celia Ampel |

The Miami-Dade jury award goes to media company Caribevision in a breach-of-contract case.

El Faro cargo ship which sank in the Caribbean during Hurricane Joaquin.

South Florida Lawsuit Filed in El Faro Sinking

By Celia Ampel |

A Fort Lauderdale attorney files South Florida's first lawsuit against the owner of El Faro, whose 33 crew members died when the ship sank in Hurricane Joaquin.

Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire Soffer's Chopper Crash

By Julie Kay |

Miami aviation attorney Steven Marks settles a malpractice suit with an insurance company seeking to recover a $2 million payment in a helicopter crash involving billionaire developer Jeffrey Soffer.

Judge Backs Billing Verizon $2.9 Million for Using FPL Poles

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Power & Light Co. wins a $2.9 million final judgment against Verizon Florida LLC in Miami-Dade Circuit Court over unpaid bills.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Justices Consider Sales Tax on Internet Flower Sales

By Noreen Marcus |

American Business USA Corp. in Wellington, which uses its website to receive orders for out-of-state deliveries, was hit with a $137,000 tax bill.

Arkansas Professor Named Florida A&M Law Dean

By Julie Kay |

University of Arkansas Little Rock's Angela Epps is named dean of Florida A&M School of Law in Orlando, beating out 28 other applicants.

Florida's Democratic Senate Primary Will Be Long and Nasty

Sen. Bill Nelson delivered the biggest understatement during a weekend-long state Democratic Party convention that was supposed to fire up activists for next year's election.

Commentary: Latinas Face Long Odds in Law

Latinas’ share of the labor force has nearly doubled over the last 20 years. However, they continue to face a significant wage gap, earning less than Latinos, white women and white men.

Special Report: The Guantánamo Bar

As the Obama administration enters its final year, lawyers keep up the pressure to close the prison.

Managing Partners Overwhelmingly Optimistic About Future

By Julie Kay |

Florida managing partners see nothing but sunny skies these days, but they're prepared for challenges in the future, based on the Daily Business Review's annual managing partners survey.

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Bar Discipline: Three South Florida Attorneys Disbarred; Eight Suspended

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplines 11 South Florida attorneys, disbarring three and suspending eight.

Judge Michael Gates

Judicial Profile: Vietnam Injury, Recovery Pushed Michael Gates Into Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward Circuit Judge Michael Gates was recovering in the hospital after being shot in Vietnam when he met his wife and decided law would be his career after the military.

Don't Bring Your Guns to the Dorms, Not at UCF at Least

By News Service of Florida |

A state appeals court rejected arguments by a gun-rights group that sought to overturn a University of Florida ban on firearms in residence halls and other university housing.

Hector Lombana

Lawyer-Judge Rift Comes to Front in Judicial Race

By Julie Kay |

A well-funded family law attorney backed by judicial kingmaker Hector Lombana is challenging first-term Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Revives $6.6M Asbestos Award Against Union Carbide

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court quashes a lower court decision in an asbestos case and reinstates a $6.6 million judgment for a former construction supervisor with mesothelioma.

An End to Florida's 'No-Fault' Auto Insurance System?

By News Service of Florida |

The state insurance commissioner said the time might be right to end Florida's "no-fault" auto insurance system, but lawmakers aren't expected to focus on such a change during the 2016 legislative session.

Jared Spector, right, with Jorge Labarga, Florida Supreme Court justice.

He Scored the Highest on the Florida Bar Exam. And he Didn't go to Law School in Florida

By Julie Kay |

Meet Jared Spector, 26, the highest scorer in the latest Florida Bar exam, who beat out 2,687 other people and was asked to speak at the Florida Supreme Court official induction ceremony.

Walgreens at 100 Lincoln Road

Walgreens' Lincoln Road Deal Rejected by 3rd DCA

By Samantha Joseph |

It turns out 100 Lincoln Road is not the "corner of happy and healthy" for the Walgreen Co., after the Third DCA blocked its $28 million deal in Miami Beach.

Not Helping Policyholder With Claim Costs GEICO $9.6 Million

By Celia Ampel |

GEICO General Insurance Co. was ordered to pay $9.6 million after one of its car insurance policyholders successfully sued the company for bad faith.

The Intersection of Cuba and the FCPA

By Aryeh Kaplan |

The easing of U.S. restrictions against Cuba entice businesses to explore new markets, but Americans need to know about the breadth of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act before venturing south, writes attorney Aryeh Kaplan.

Women in Big Law Are Losing Ground

NAWL's survey is out—and the picture for women is bleak.

John Morgan

Report: Tampa Is Nation's Top TV Legal Ad Market

By Julie Kay |

Orlando-based Morgan & Morgan and Fort Lauderdale's James Sokolove Law Firm are national leaders in TV ad spending, a U.S. Chamber Institute for legal Reform report says.

DBR Announces Finalists for Most Effective Lawyers Honors

The Daily Business Review has selected finalists in 12 categories for its annual Most Effectve Lawyers recognition program.

Jungle Island is an interactive zoological park on Watson Island, Miami.

Lawsuit Claims Jungle Island Charges More to Accommodate Disabled

By Celia Ampel |

A fair housing nonprofit is suing Jungle Island and the city of Miami for charging $2,200 for a ramp for an event honoring people with disabilities.

What Are Considerations for Same-Sex Couples After Marriage Legalization?

By Mitchell K. Karpf |

Legalization of same-sex marriage nationally raises questions about same-sex divorce and the role of prenutpial agreements in marital planning, writes attorney Mitchell K. Karpf.

Lauderdale Firm Gives $1M to Nova Law Library

By Julie Kay |

Nova Southeastern University has named its law library the Panza Maurer Law Library in honor of the Fort Lauderdale law firm that donated $1 million for scholarships.

Scott Rothstein

Rothstein 'Verifier' Gets Two and a Half Years for Misleading Investors

By Samantha Joseph |

A federal judge in Fort Lauderdale sentences Michael Szafranski to three years in prison for helping attract new investors for law firm chairman Scott Rothstein as his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme was sinking.

Robert Sheres and Howard DuBosar

Chase Customers Claim $2 Million Loss in Vault Robbery

By Celia Ampel |

A family who lost jewelry and cash worth more than $2 million during a Chase Bank robbery in Boca Raton is suing the bank for negligence and breach of contract.

 8989 Okeechobee Blvd.

Publix, ABC Fighting Supermarket Liquor Sales Bill

By News Service of Florida |

Companies with vested interests in standalone liquor stores like Publix and ABC are opposed by other big retailers pushing for supermarket liquor sales.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Federal Court Strikes Indefinite Detention for Mentally Disabled

By Noreen Marcus |

A decision favoring a mentally disabled man's request to review conditions restricting him at a Gainesville group home opens the door for potentially thousands of people to live freer lives.

EU Privacy Update: 5 Stories That Will Impact U.S. Organizations with European Ties

The year 2015 was an active year in the evolution of EU privacy law, and could set the stage for further issues down the line.

Bank Records Are Soooo Reliable that the Evidence Code Does Not Apply

By Evan Rosen |

A state appeals court finds 'trustworthiness' in mortgage lenders' records after the foreclosure crisis, writes attorney Evan Rosen.

Developer Gary Cohen

Aventura Dispute Over Condo Plans Heading to Trial

By Samantha Joseph |

Claims stay alive in a lawsuit by residents challenging plans to develop a condo tower that would carry traffic through their affluent single-family neighborhood.

Federico Moreno

MDL Judge Hears Takata Air Bag Dismissal Motions

By Celia Ampel |

Attorneys for Takata and several major automakers argue vehicle owners who allege they took an economic hit by buying cars with defective Takata air bags should take advantage of a mass recall.

Michael Hanzman

From Beginning, Judge Hanzman Targeted the Courtroom

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Michael Hanzman said he always wanted to do litigation after interning with a circuit judge during college.

Marc Shiner, attorney for Judge Cynthia Imperato (on far right)

Judge Imperato Could Face $20,000 Fine, Suspension

By News Service of Florida |

A state judicial disciplinary panel recommends a three-month suspension and a $20,000 fine for Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato following her drunken-driving conviction.

Andy Gardiner

Florida State Senate President and House Speaker Target Fantasy Sports

By News Service of Florida |

Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner is exploring what the state can do to shut down daily fantasy sports, even as federal prosecutors are probing the online industry that has taken the nation by storm and drawn accusations of illegal gambling.

United Way Appeals to Legal Community

John Sumberg of Bilzin Sumberg writes about United Way being supported by 34 law firms and nearly 500 Miami lawyers.

Outback Outpost: Diaz, Reus & Targ Creates Alliance With Australiam Firm

By Julie Kay |

Miami-based Diaz, Reus & Targ has announced a strategic alliance with Austrralian firm Holman Webb Lawyers to capitalize on increasing cross-border work between Latin America and Australia.

Lawsuit Challenges Natural Label on American Spirit Cigarettes

By Celia Ampel |

A Fort Lauderdale law firm is bringing a class action lawsuit against the makers of Natural American Spirit, alleging its cigarettes are fraudulently advertised as "natural" and "organic."

Whistle-Blower Suit Targets Biomet Medical Equipment Maker

By Julie Kay |

A fired sales representative formerly with a Palm Beach Gardens subsidiary of an medical equipment maker Biomet files a whistle-blower lawsuit in New York state court.

Sean Penn

Miami Attorneys Represent Lee Daniels in Beef With Sean Penn

By Celia Ampel |

Miami lawyers are defending Lee Daniels against a $10 million defamation lawsuit filed by Sean Penn.

Berger Singerman Marks 30th Year With $300,000 in Donations

By Julie Kay |

Berger Singerman celebrates its 30th anniversary by giving $300,000 in donations to 30 charities in the Floirda cities where it has offices.

Black Lawmakers Want Independent Review of Police Shooting

By News Service of Florida |

Outrage over the fatal shooting of a Boynton Beach man by a Palm Beach Gardens police officer reached the state Capitol, as members of the black legislative caucus called for an independent review of the man's death.

Can Noncompete Agreements Be Enforced If They Cause Substantial Economic Harm?

By Paul O. Lopez |

A federal appeals court allows a financial hardship inquiry when evaluating noncompete agreements under Florida law, raising the stakes for employers, writes attorney Paul O. Lopez.

Couple Claims AAA Overcharges on Hotels

By Celia Ampel |

A Palm Beach County couple is leading a federal class action suit against AAA and Auto Club South, claiming they were charged hundreds of dollars in hidden fees.

Third District Court of Appeal

Court Refers Do-Nothing Appellate Attorney to Panel

By Celia Ampel |

The Third District Court of Appeal gives a Miami lawyer a slap on the wrist for failing to work on a case after his clients stopped paying.

Ex-Roetzel Attorney Sues Firm Over Noncompete Clause

By Julie Kay |

A former litigation practice group leader at Roetzel & Andress in Naples has filed suit against the Ohio-based law firm, accusing it of trying to enforce a noncompete agreement banned by the Florida Bar.

Statute of Limitations Applies to Everyone, Even Lenders

By Bruce Jacobs |

A case before the Florida Supreme Court asks whether mortgage lenders can get a second chance at foreclosure beyond the five-year statute of limitations, writes attorney Bruce Jacobs.


Clarion Call for Changes to Outdated Association Documents

By Michael E. Chapnick |

Outdated community association covenants and declarations mean foreclosing lenders can skip paying past owners' overdue fees, writes attorney Michael E. Chapnick.

Stand Your Ground Revision Passes Senate Committee

Three gun bills that will be considered during Florida's legislative session next year continue to pass through Senate committees.

$20 Million Agreement Approved on Beck's Beer Labeling

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. Magistrate Judge John O'Sullivan approves the final settlement with Anheuser-Busch in a class action alleging the packaging misled U.S. consumers about where the beer is brewed.

Donald Trump.

Class Action Zeroes In on Trump for Club Refunds

By Celia Ampel |

Former members of the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club & Spa Jupiter dropped the club from a class action lawsuit alleging their deposits should have been refunded when Donald Trump took over.

Third Try: Bill Would Limit Access to Employees' Private Social Media

By April Boyer and Yamilet Hurtado |

A social media privacy bill introduced in the state Senate would safeguard the private social media accounts of employees and job applicants, write attorneys April Boyer and Yamilet Hurtado.

Panel Urges Going Back to Frye Standard for Expert Testimony

By Julie Kay |

A major battle is brewing between supporters and opponents of a stricter standard for expert testimony in Florida state courts.

Miami Suit Says Winning at FanDuel or Draft Kings Just a Fantasy

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida is getting a piece of the litigation action against embattled fantasy sports sites with the lawsuit filed in Miami federal court.

Five Lawyers Create Real Estate Firm

By Julie Kay |

The lawyers have joined forces to create a community association, real estate and banking law firm, Backer Aboud Poliakoff & Foelster, with offices in Boca Raton and Miami Beach.

After Shuffling Homes, Legal Aid Group Needs More Money

By Samantha Joseph |

The Miami office of Lawyers for Children America, which advocates for foster children, needs help to overcome a $45,000 funding shortfall.

Connecticut's Day Pitney Expands to Florida

By Celia Ampel |

The 300-attorney firm acquired the seven-attorney Chapin, Ballerano & Cheslack trust and estates firm with offices in Boca Raton and Delray Beach.

Protest for the legalization of medical marijuana

Stage Being Set for Another Marijuana Vote

By Noreen Marcus |

The state attorney general's office is asking the Florida Supreme Court to review the wording of a medical marijuana legalization referendum, and another measure is in the works.

Judge Olga Levine

Judicial Profile: Judge Levine Fell in Love With Gainesville, Criminal Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward County Judge Olga Levine's passion is devoting her legal life to helping children.

Alan M. Dershowitz argues at the Appellate Division

Dershowitz's Attack Stance Softens During Deposition

By Noreen Marcus |

Civil rights lawyer Alan Dershowitz, a defendant in a defamation case, initially used the deposition to attack the plaintiff lawyers.

John Olson, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge

Makeup on a Pig Can't Help Make This Bankruptcy Case Any Prettier

By Jason Schultz, Special to the Review |

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge John K. Olson in Fort Lauderdale questions the underpinnings of a Chapter 11 case in colorful language, and the parties quickly agree to a dismissal.

Key Biscayne Back in Court Fighting Boat Show

By Celia Ampel |

A legal battle over the Miami International Boat Show seemed near resolution, but Key Biscayne has added to its complaint against the city of Miami.

Reciprocity Voted Down by Florida Bar Board of Governors

By Julie Kay |

The board rejected reciprocity and admission by motion on a unanimous voice vote.

The Century Tower at the University of Florida

Sanchez Becomes First Hispanic Chair of UF Law Support Group

By Julie Kay |

Miami attorney Oscar Sanchez, a 25-year partner at Akerman, is the first Hispanic chair of the board of the University of Florida Law Center Association.

Tips for Becoming an Invaluable Rainmaker

By Julie Talenfeld |

At every law firm, accounting practice or other professional services provider, practitioners are expected to bring in fee-paying clients. But what separates those who do the work from those who are admired, even revered, for being rainmakers generating business that builds the bottom line?

 Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Scott and Legislature Could Collide Again Over Budget

Setting up another potential tug-of-war over spending, Gov. Rick Scott vowed to push for another hefty package of tax cuts in the coming year.

2014-  The West Palm Beach-based Island Co. trademarked phrase, “Quit your job. Buy a ticket. Get a tan. Fall in love. Never return.”

Kendall, Kylie Jenner and PacSun Sued over Trademark

By Celia Ampel |

A West Palm Beach apparel company is suing PacSun and Kendall and Kylie Jenner for alleged trademark infringement.

Marlins Park

Marlins Park Construction Lawsuit Claims Ejected

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge dismissed two employment claims filed by construction workers who helped build Marlins Park.

Alan M. Dershowitz argues at the Appellate Division

Dershowitz Claims Alleged Sex Victim Tried to Extort $1 Billion

By Noreen Marcus |

Retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz says he was used as an example in a $1 billion extortion plot targeting retail magnate Les Wexner.

Fantasy Sports: Rounding Up the Top Stories from the ALM Network

According to estimates, more than 57 million Americans play and wager on fantasy sports making it a $27B annual business. With the rise in popularity comes a slew of legal and workplace issues.

South Florida marine photographer Tony Ludovico is suing an apparel company for selling board shorts and other items using his copyrighted image Portrait of a Bull.

Seeing Blue Spots? They Might Be From Copyrighted Photo

By Celia Ampel |

Port St. Lucie marine photographer Tony Ludovico is suing the Pelagic apparel company that allegedly lifted his copyrighted "Portrait of a Bull" mahimahi image.

4th DCA

Broward Sheriff v. Fort Lauderdale: City Wins Appeal

By Celia Ampel |

A state appeals court rules Fort Lauderdale has sovereign immunity that could block bills for unpaid services provided by the Broward County sheriff's office.

Florida Capital

Lauderdale Attorney Gary Farmer Running for State Senate

By Julie Kay |

Fort Lauderdale trial lawyer Gary Farmer, former president of the Florida Justice Association, has filed to run for Florida Senate, but already has a strong challenger.

Robyn Crawford

Top-Performing Law Grad Becomes Prosecutor at 20

By Julie Kay |

Meet 20-year-old Robyn Crawford--one of the youngest people to graduate from law school, pass the Florida Bar and land a job as a state prosecutor.

Bullying in the Workplace: A Staggering Phenomenon

By Kelly Kolb |

Workplace bullies increase health costs, decrease productivity, force out good employees and harm customer perceptions. That make it imperative for employers to identify and deal with them, writes attorney Kelly Kolb.

DBR Recognizes 20 'Women in Law' Legal Powerhouses

By Review staff |

Twenty honorees are honored at the Daily Business Review's second annual Women in Law recognition luncheon at the JW Marriott Miami.

Bernard Shapiro

Carlton Fields Seeks $1 Million in Fees in Guardianship Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Carlton Fields Jorden Burt wants more than $1 million in fees and costs for work in a guardianship case called the talk of Miami-Dade's probate court.

Judges Sides With Obamacare Enrollment Agency Founders on Sale

By Celia Ampel |

Attorney Robert Fernandez, who said the case had a "soap opera of a fact pattern," argued his clients were misled into signing away majority control of their company.

IP Lawyers: Clients Shouldn't Suffer from Uber's Problems

By Noreen Marcus |

Three Fort Lauderdale attorneys claim Gainesville's Uber Promotions has a yearslong lead on the California-based ridesharing company in the transportation field.

Sayfie Opens Lauderdale Lobbying Office for Ballard Partners

By Julie Kay |

Justin Sayfie, publisher of the Sayfie Review pollitical website, joins Ballard Partners as managing partner of its new Fort Lauderdale office.

Jeff Norkin

'Defiant and Contemptuous' Why This Attorney is Contesting his Disbarment

By Celia Ampel |

Disbarred Pompano Beach attorney Jeff Norkin is filing after his disbarment in a case where the Florida Supreme Court described him as "defiant and contemptuous."

Dale Dangremond and her attorney Tom Ice

Is This The Future for Law Firms? Ice Rolling Out Innovative Legal Representation Option

By Samantha Joseph |

Foreclosure defense attorney Thomas Ice is gearing up to launch a program to offer free legal services and allow clients to hire attorneys for piecemeal work, instead of entire cases.

Florida Supreme Court Wades Into Open-Carry Gun Battle

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court has accepted for review Norman v. State, a Fort Pierce case that tests the Second Amendment in Florida for the first time since McDonald and Heller wrought a fundamental change in the way the judicial system treats firearms possession.

Robert L. Andrews

Retired Broward Judge Andrews Dies at 74

By Julie Kay |

Longtime Broward Circuit Judge Robert Lance Andrews was known for his wit, colorful rulings handlebar mustache.

DCF, Senators Eye Ways to Bolster Child Protection Program

By News Service of Florida |

The chief of the Florida Department of Children and Families told lawmakers his agency is making progress at carrying out reforms but still has a long way to go.

Lawmakers Seek to Shield Seniors From Shady Guardians

By News Service of Florida |

A Southwest Florida lawmaker is renewing a push to better protect elderly Floridians from unscrupulous guardians who take control of seniors' assets.

Bob Graham

Panel: Bickering Could Hurt Next Constitution Revision

By Celia Ampel |

Former members of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission worry the next group could be too political to be productive.

$11 Million Award Goes to Women Hurt in Drag Race Crash

By Celia Ampel |

Two Colson Hicks Eidson attorneys won an $11 million verdict for two women injured by a driver who was allegedly drag-racing.

12 Worst Financial Advisors in America: 2015

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Unfortunately, there’s no shortage of crooks for our annual list of the dirty dozen.

Bank of America Settles Rothstein Lawsuit Days Before Trial was to Begin

By Julie Kay |

Bank of America has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by investors in Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme days before trial was to begin.

Why the 4th DCA Says Judge Shouldn't Have Released Photos in Woman's Fall

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal sides with Port St. Lucie, which has withheld photos of the scene where a woman fell up to her knee on a uncovered sewer valve access pipe.

Judge Veronica Diaz

Judicial Profile: Veronica Diaz Wanted to be a Judge Even as a Child

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Veronica Diaz said she wanted to be an attorney "from the time that I could understand what an attorney was."

Alan M. Dershowitz argues at the Appellate Division

Dershowitz, Opponents Offer to Settle Defamation Case Tied to Sex Scandal

By Noreen Marcus |

In an apparent tactical move, retired Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz offers to settle a defamation case filed against him by a Fort Lauderdale lawyer and a Utah law professor.

James Lawrence King

Can't Touch This: No Restitution Do-Overs in Fraud Resentencing

By Celia Ampel |

Federal judges can't eliminate convicted fraudsters' obligation to pay restitution in exchange for cooperation in another case, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rules.

Judge Lynn Rosenthal's mugshot

More Fallout From DUI Arrest, Broward Judge Rosenthal Stepping Down

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Circuit Judge Lynn Rosenthal is stepping down from the bench Oct. 31 in the fallout from her arrest for driving under the influence, leaving a courthouse vacancy unlikely to be filled before January.

Ex-TD Bank Officer Pleads Guilty in Rothstein Fraud

By Julie Kay |

Former TD Bank executive Frank Spinosa pleads guilty to fraud conspiracy in Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

End of the Line for the HUD-1 Settlement Statement

By Danny Hertzberg and Jerri Hertzberg Bassuk |

Danny Hertzberg and Jerri Hertzberg Bassuk describe the implications of the newly mandated form for residential real estate closings.

This Court Case Could Unshackle Americans From Student Debt

When Robert Murphy said he wanted to try to get his student loan debt erased, the person overseeing his bankruptcy case told him he had a better shot of getting hit by a bus. Now he's closer than ever to victory.

Justice Access Commission Offers First Recommendations

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice calls for technological improvements and rule changes to expand free legal services in a world of limited resources.


Appeals Court Gets Tired of Foreclosure Service Challenges

By Samantha Joseph |

A Fourth DCA panel upheld Palm Beach Circuit Senior Judge Eli Breger's finding that a certified process server followed state law when he served a foreclosure lawsuit on two homeowners.

Judge: Florida Bar Attorney Advertising Rules Are Flawed

By Julie Kay |

A federal judge allows Florida law firms to advertise specialties even without board certification in a lawsuit brought by West Palm Beach plaintiffs firm Searcy Denny.

Is Fantasy Football Interfering With Your Company's Reality?

By Lisa McGlynn |

Consultants estimate $14 billion in lost productivity due to fantasy football, but in-house leagues can be good for employee engagement. Employers should be aware of the ins and outs before deciding whether to get involved, writes attorney Lisa McGlynn.

Protest for the legalization of medical marijuana

Cloudy Time Line for Medical Marijuana Leads to Frustration

By News Service of Florida |

With the Department of Health unable to say when licenses will be issued in the state's new medical-marijuana industry, a House Republican blasted delays in carrying out a 2014 law billed as helping children with severe epilepsy.

House Leader Casts Doubt on Background-Check Bill

By News Service of Florida |

The chairman of a key House panel says a controversial bill about background checks for workers at after-school programs won't get a hearing "in its current form" from his committee.

Judge Drops Graduates' Deception Class Action Against Florida Coastal School of Law

By Celia Ampel |

A federal judge dismisses a class action filed by graduates alleging the Jacksonville law school misled them about their job opportunities after graduation.

Ramon A. Abadin

Florida Bar President: Reciprocity Is Dead for Now

By Julie Kay |

Florida Bar President Ramon Abadin acknowledged reciprocity is likely a dead issue this year.

Review Recognizes In-House Counsel Departments of Year

By Review staff |

Five general counsel and their staff will be honored at an event next month in Miami.

Sharon Bock, Clerk of Courts Palm Beach County

Bock: Budget Cuts Won't Trim Domestic Violence Services

By Jason Schultz |

The Palm Beach County legal community renews commitments to fight domestic violence.

Kenneth Welt, senior trustee, United States Bankruptcy Court

Pilot Program in Bankruptcy Selling Houses, Skipping Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

Bankruptcy trustee Ken Welt says he can't meet demand for a pilot program selling houses in bankruptcy and converting no-asset properties into distributions for secured and unsecured creditors.

The Kelley/Uustal attorneys, standing, L to R, Kimberly Walk, Robert Kelley and Cristina Pierson. They are representing taxi certificate holders

Taxi Drivers Sue Over Rules to Make Life Easier for Uber, Lyft

By Celia Ampel |

Taxi drivers are suing Broward County, for regulatory changes to accommodate Uber and Lyft ridesharing services.

01/25/12-- Miami-- Richard A. Sharpstein, with Jorden Burt LLP.

Fundraiser to Benefit Homeless in Memory of Late Miami Attorney

By Julie Kay |

The late Miami criminal defense attorney Richard Sharpstein will be remembered with a fundraiser benefiting homeless people on Oct. 18 in Miami Beach.

Employee Social Media Privacy Gets Senate Panel Backing

By News Service of Florida |

Most employees and job seekers could refuse to turn over private user names and passwords for social media sites without retribution, under a revived measure approved by a Senate panel.

Rodney Thaxton

Fundraiser Set Thursday in Memory of Late Miami-Dade Assistant PD Thaxton

By Noreen Marcus |

A scholarship fundraiser is set Thursday in memory of the late Miami-Dade Assistant Pubic Defender Rodney Thaxton, who died 20 years ago.

Single-Parent Birth Certificates Challenged by Former Partners

By Samantha Joseph |

A landmark divorce case challenges Florida's birth certificate statute, which lists only one parent for same-sex couples.

William Ruggiero

How he Won $3.2M for his Client in Two-Truck Turnpike Collision

By Celia Ampel |

A Fort Lauderdale attorney won a $3.2 million verdict for a client who suffered orthopedic and brain injuries after a tractor-trailer accident.

Todd Falzone

$1 Million Settlement Reached on Highway Sign Mix-Up

By Celia Ampel |

An engineering company ends six years of litigation by agreeing to a $1 million settlement with the family of a postal worker who died in a collision on the job.

William E. Gladstone and Judge Bertila Soto,

Retired Miami-Dade Judge Gladstone Dies, Known for Juvenile Service

By Julie Kay |

Retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge William Gladstone, who dedicated his life to children's issues and lived to see a new children's courthouse in Miami named after him, died at 85.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

Why the Eleventh Circuit Let Georgia Execute Inmate

By Noreen Marcus |

FIU's Karen Gottlieb praised Judge Adalberto Jordan's dissent while viewing the majority's ruling with disbelief. "To summarily deny her even the possibility of going forward was quite extraordinary," Gottlieb said.

New State Law Targets Cyber Attacks From Outside and Inside

By Matt Grosack |

Florida businesses benefit from a new deterrent to combat harm or loss caused by unauthorized access to protected computer systems, writes attorney Matt Grosack.

How he Took Advantage of Little-Used Precedent to win $34M in Divorce

By Celia Ampel |

A former oil executive must pay his ex-wife $34 million for a five-week delay in transferring company stock to her. West Palm attorney Jeff Fisher persuaded a judge to rely on a little-used precedent for damage calculations.

Robert C. Furr

Lawyer Compensation: Billing Rates Remain Firm With Limited Increases

By Story by Mary Welch Research by Richard Hallman Special to the Review |

An overview of law firm compensation may show that a lawyer in South Florida probably has less of a chance at a substantial raise than a fast-food worker.

Judge Leslie Rothenberg

Rothenberg to Become 3rd DCA Chief Judge in 2017

By Julie Kay |

Judge Leslie Rothenberg will become chief judge of the Third District Court of Appeal when she succeeds Richard J. Suarez in 2017.

Lincoln Road

One Day Late on Lincoln Road Rent, and You're Outta Here

By Samantha Joseph |

A South Beach landlord will double its rent after evicting a tenant to make room for Steve Madden's shoes.

Judge Rosa C. Figarola

Love for the Constitution Empowers Judge Figarola

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Rosa Figarola spent 18 years in the public defender's office before being appointed to County Court in 2000 by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.

4th DCA

4th DCA Affirms $10 Million Award Against Continental Tire

By Samantha Joseph |

Nine days after arguments, the Fourth District Court of Appeal upheld the verdict for a Palm Beach Gardens woman whose car rolled over three times on Interstate 95.

 Gov. Rick Scott

Criticism of Governor Scott's Judicial Appointments Misplaced

By Levi G. Williams Jr. |

Criticism of Gov. Rick Scott for his alleged failure to make diverse appointments to the Miami-Dade bench fails when the full list of appointments is presented, writes attorney Levi G. Williams Jr.

Robert Gilbert

Gilbert Moves to Kopelowitz Ostrow From Grossman Roth

By Julie Kay |

Robert "Bobby" Gilbert, who led Grossman Roth's class action and complex business litigation practice, is joining Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert as a name partner.

Ann and John Bender

Ann Bender's Story has Been Told on CBS and CNN. Carlton Fields Attorneys Win Her Acquittal for Murdering Husband

By Celia Ampel |

Sonia Escobio O'Donnell of Carlton Fields Jorden Burt helped win an acquittal of an American woman accused of murdering her husband in Costa Rica.

10/01/15-    Miami-  Attorney Paul Kunz of the Bander Law Firm .

His Son is in Kindergarten, so why is he Suing the School District?

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami attorney Paul Kunz said a lawsuit was the only way he could get his child's kindergarten class down to 18 students.

Why Norman Braman is Giving up on SkyRise Lawsuit

By Celia Ampel |

Auto magnate Norman Braman withdraws as a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the city of Miami over a $9 million subsidy for the planned SkyRise tower in downtown Miami.

Michael Higer

Berger Singerman Partner Running for Florida Bar President-Elect

By Julie Kay |

Miami litigator Michael Higer is getting a lot of questions about his view of reciprocity.

Uber iPhone app.

Hearing Officer: Uber Drivers Aren't Employees

By Celia Ampel |

Uber is on the road to defeating a state decision that its drivers should be considered employees, not independent contractors.

Appellate Ruling Protects Buyers of Homes Sold As Is

By Oscar R. Rivera |

A state appeals court rules sellers are obligated to disclose known hidden defects even when houses are sold as it, writes attorney Oscar R. Rivera.

IRS Is Providing More on Account Holders to Foreign Countries

By Eduardo Arista |

The Internal Revenue Service has a deadline this week to deliver more information on foreigners with U.S. bank accounts to their home countries, writes attorney Eduardo Arista.

Jacqueline 'Jackie' Schwartz is all smiles on election night

Suspension Set for Miami-Dade Judge Schwartz

By Celia Ampel |

County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz will be suspended without pay starting Nov. 6 for ethics violations.

Which Will Work? Court Chooses New York Version Over Argentina

By Celia Ampel |

The Third District Court of Appeal calls for better definitions in Florida probate law in a dispute over wills made in New York and Argentina.

Third District Court of Appeal

3rd DCA Slaps State With Fees for 'Deadbeat Dad' Label in Case of Mistaken Identity

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal sides with a man wrongly accused of being a deadbeat dad. The state Revenue Department was off by a middle initial.

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Eight South Florida Attorneys Disciplined for Ethics Violations

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disbarred two South Florida attorneys and imposed lesser punishment on six others.

9th Circuit Rejects Pay for Student-Athletes

Judge Jay Bybee's decision says colleges can cover the full cost of attendance, but scraps compensation for use of players' names, images and likenesses.

Chartwell Law Offices to Acquire Florida Boutique

Chartwell Law Offices is set to acquire the 22-lawyer Florida law firm Wadsworth Huott, bringing Valley Forge-based Chartwell to more than 110 attorneys, including 40 in the Sunshine State. The merger is expected to go into effect Oct. 5.

Florida Plaintiffs Attorneys Oppose Reciprocity

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Justice Association is the latest legal group to come out in opposition to recirprocity proposals by the Florida Bar.

Sharon Bock, Clerk of Courts Palm Beach County

Better Have Patience: Palm Beach Clerk Cutting More Corners After Budget Cut

By Samantha Joseph |

Brace yourself for unpleasant surprises at courthouses in Palm Beach County, with the clerk's office projecting docketing delays of up to eight days.

Michael Schlesinger

Fight Over Big Estate Draws Fire for Running Up Legal Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal rules on a landmark guardianship case involving a doctor and his in-laws, and an estate of $12 million that allegedly has been drawn down to $6 million by legal fees.

Ex-TD Bank Exec Agrees to Plead Guilty in Rothstein Scandal

By Julie Kay |

Former TD Bank executive Frank Spinosa agrees to plead guilty to fraud conspiracy next month for his role in disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein's Ponzi case.

4 Ways Law Firms Can Get in Front of Insider Data Breaches

While law firms are taking steps to improve their perception, not focusing on the data breach war at home is a huge misstep.

New State Law on Subpoenas Changes Financial Privacy Framework

By Daniel Stabile and Bryan Wells |

The new law carves out an exception to the general rule that a financial institution is obligated to fully comply with a properly issued subpoena.

Three Lauderdale Lawyers Open Aviation Firm

By Julie Kay |

The lawyers in the niche practice of business aviation have joined forces to open Lapayowker Burgess.

Federico Moreno

Takata Air Bag MDL Judge Denies Stay, Sets Dismissal Hearing

By Julie Kay |

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno won't delay the air bag multidistrict litigation while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration looks into allegations of product defects, deaths and injuries.

New Law Requires More Specifics in Construction Defect Pre-suit Process

By Commentary by Phillip J. Harris |

Amendments taking effect Thursday change the state law to require more details and early confidentiality, writes attorney Phillip J. Harris .

Stephen F. Rosenthal

Judge Sends Bucs' Case Over MRSA Infection to State Court

By Celia Ampel |

A former Tampa Bay Buccaneer who claims he contracted a drug-resistant staph infection at the team's training camp wins the right to pursue his claim in state court.

Harvey Ruvin, Clerk of Courts, Miami-Dade County

Clerks' Budget Cuts Extend Into New Budget Year

By Samantha Joseph |

There's no relief in sight for South Florida clerks of court, whose offices face multimillion-dollar budget shortfalls.

Laura M. Watson

Saga Continues: Ex-Judge Watson's Ethics Case Heads Back to Florida Bar for Disciplinary Action

By Julie Kay |

Bounced from the Broward circuit bench by the Florida Supreme Court, Laura Watson now faces Florida Bar disciplinary action that could result in the suspension or loss of her law license.

Chief Justice Ricky Polston at Bar luncheon

Florida Supreme Court Justices Strengthen Waiver Rule in Prenuptials

By Noreen Marcus |

A recent Florida Supreme Court ruling means that prenuptial contracts don’t need to be so carefully worded to include every possible situation.

Three Plaintiffs Attorneys Form Miami Law Firm

By Julie Kay |

Manuel Dobrinsky and Randy Rosenblum left their former firm and joined forces with Miami solo practitioner Dan Dolan to form Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum.

Dewey: 10 Lessons Lost

National news organizations began working on stories about the verdicts in the Dewey & LeBoeuf case long before the jury’s deliberations ended. “What are the lessons?”

Take Down: Attorneys Advising Clients to Clean Up Social Media Pages

By Brian M. Karpf |

A Florida Bar committee offers guidance to attorneys on what clients should do about their embarrassing and unflattering social media posts, writes attorney Brian M. Karpf.

Miami Mortgage Lender Gets 11 Years for Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

The owner of a Miami mortgage company has been sentenced for running a $64 million mortgage fraud scheme.

Cornerstone of Justice: 50 Years of Legal Services

Marcia Cypen, executive director of Legal Services of Greater Miami Inc., recognizes 50 years of achievement by the legal aid group.

Five Companies Settle, One Left for Trial in Asbestos Case

By Celia Ampel |

Ford Motor Co., Honeywell International Inc. and three other companies have settled with the estate of a Florida woman who died of mesothelioma after alleged asbestos exposure.

Howard Forman

Contenders to Replace Retiring Broward Clerk Howard Forman Include His Wife

By Julie Kay |

Five candidates have filed to run for Broward clerk of the courts, including the incumbent's wife, the former Broward Democratic Party chair and the Broward public defender's administrator.

Miranda Soto, with Shook, Hardy & Bacon, Sabrina Ferris, with Greenberg Traurig, and Alexandria Bach Lagos, honoree, with Shook, Hardy & Bacon. At DBR's 2015 Rising Stars event held at the Rusty Pelican.

After Hours: Rising Stars 2015

The Daily Business Review held its 2015 Rising Stars event at the Rusty Pelican in Key Biscayne.

Carlisle's Co-Founder Wants Trial on Housing Fraud Charges

By Samantha Joseph |

Carlisle Development co-founder Lloyd Boggio, who is accused of misusing $26 million in federal tax credits and grants, wants his day in court on federal fraud charges.

Alberto Milian being sworn in

Judicial Profile: Early Ordeals Forged Milian's Path to Bench

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Alberto Milian fled Cuba as a child and saw his dad overcome injuries in a bombing that ripped his father's legs off.

Courts Weight Insurance Coverage for Defective Construction

By Ronald L. Kammer |

Two federal courts offer guidance on insurance coverage for defective construction claims, writes attorney Ronald L. Kammer.

Alan B. Levan is the former head of BankAtlantic

$5.8 Million in Fraud Penalties Ordered Against BBX, Alan Levan

By Celia Ampel |

BBX Capital and its chairman, Alan Levan, are ordered to pay a combined $5.85 million for fraud as bad loans brought down Fort Lauderdale-based BankAtlantic.

Eight Law Firms to be Honored for Top Litigation Work

By Review staff |

The Daily Business Review will recognize eight law firms in the third annual Litigation Department of the Year Awards at a ceremony Nov. 17 in Miami.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Wants to Ban Nonlawyer Referrals

By Samantha Joseph |

The court rejects a Florida Bar proposal that would have allowed lawyers to accept referrals from agencies not owned by attorneys.

Florida Bar Examiners Oppose Reciprocity

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Board of Bar Examiners and the Palm Beach County Bar Association are the latest groups to come out against allowing out-of-state lawyers to practice in the state without passing the bar exam.

Heated Romance Cools Quickly After Sheriff's Office Worker Accuses Sergeant of Giving her Herpes

By Samantha Joseph |

A co-worker sues a Palm Beach Sheriff's Office sergeant she claims infected her with herpes.


'Holy Copyright!' Batmobile Protected Against Replica Seller

A federal appeals court has found that two famous versions of the Batmobile were protected under the copyright for the original Batman comic strip held by DC Comics.

George Sigalos

Boca Raton Company Wins Nearly $1 Million from Child Care Franchisee

By Celia Ampel |

A childcare franchisee has appealed a Fort Pierce federal judge's order awarding nearly $1 million to the franchisor, finding that the franchisee was responsible for the failure of a daycare center.

Miami Developer Pleads Guilty in $30 Million Affordable Housing Scam

By Samantha Joseph |

Matthew Greer, former CEO of Carlisle Development Group, pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit theft of government money in a fraud involving 10 low-income housing developments.

4th DCA

Gay Student Allowed In-State Tuition After Marrying Florida Resident

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal sides with a gay student seeking in-state tuition based on marriage in Massachusetts to a Florida resident.

Carlos J. Martinez

Bill Would Expand Records Sealing

By Julie Kay |

Florida legislators, state attorneys and public defenders are working to get minor criminal records and juvenile records expunged so people can get jobs and housing.

Robert F. Kohlman

Attorney Seeks to Revive Defamation Suit Against Venezuela Company

By Celia Ampel |

Robert Kohlman wants to revive a defamation suit for his client, who he says was the target of an attempt "to muzzle a free press."

Lauderdale Firm Sues Volkswagen Over Emissions Test

By Celia Ampel |

The Schlesinger Law Firm sues on behalf of a Beetle owner over the growing scandal over emissions software.

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff

Bankruptcy Judge Lifts Sanctions Against Duane Morris Partner Lida Rodriguez-Taseff

By Samantha Joseph |

Judge John Olson Tuesday lifts sanctions imposed on Miami attorney Lida Rodriguez-Taseff in a dispute between partners trying to redevelop Plantation's Fashion Mall.

Alex Acosta

FIU Leads State in Bar Passage Rate

By Julie Kay |

Florida International University College of Law has, for the third time, achieved the highest Florida Bar exam passage rate in the state, with a passage rate of 89 percent.

Ted Wells.

Ted Wells on the Other Side of the Microscope. Fired Miami Dolphins Coach Says NFL's Lawyer Defamed Him

By Julie Kay |

Fired Miami Dolphins offensive line coach James Turner blames the attorney commissioned by the NFL to write a report on Miami Dolphins bullying for making him a scapegoat.

11th Circuit Court of Appeals

11th Circuit Revives Nursing Interns' Unpaid Wages Claim

By Noreen Marcus |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that claims for unpaid wages could be pursued by students who took part in a 16-month clinical program to work as a registered nurse anesthetist.

U.S. Federal Trade Commission.

FTC Consent Decrees Are Best Guide to Cybersecurity Policies

By Jon L. Mills and Pedro M. Allende |

The Federal Trade Commission lays out its cybersecurity expectations in consent decrees, attorneys Jon L. Mills and Pedro M. Allende write.