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Sean Penn, an American actor, left, and Lee Louis Daniels, an American film and television producer and director.

Sean Penn, Lee Daniels End Feud With Apology, Donation; Miami Lawyers Play Role

By Celia Ampel |

"Empire" creator Lee Daniels settles a defamation lawsuit filed by Sean Penn, apologizes and makes a donation to Penn's Haiti relief charity.

Court Finds Canker Appeal Isn't Ripe

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA calls out an "unripe" constitutional issue in long-running litigation over the mass removal of citrus trees.

Court Ejects Argentinian Soccer Suit Over Sovereign Immunity

By Celia Ampel |

A state appellate court dismisses a lawsuit over media rights to Argentinian soccer association games, finding the government of Argentina is an indispensable party and can't be sued.

The Green Library at Florida International University's Modesto A. Maidique campus

FIU Law School Adds Banking Compliance Program

By Julie Kay |

Florida International University School of Law is unveiling a one-year juris master's program geared to nonlawyers who want expertise in banking compliance.

State Examines Services for Foster Kids in Trouble With Law

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

Thousands of youths in Florida's child-welfare system have gotten in trouble with the law, and when they do, their caregivers often refuse to take them back.

Court Files Show Bid to Tar Slain Honduran Activist Caceres

By Freddy Cuevas and Peter Orsi, Associated Press |

For months before her death, environmental activist Berta Caceres complained of repeated threats warning her to stop leading protests opposing a hydroelectric project on her Lenca people's ancestral lands.

Judge Orders $6.8 Million in Sanctions for Tying Up Fortune

By Samantha Joseph |

A South Miami woman is ordered to pay her estranged husband millions of dollars in a protracted fight over a $100 million bank account.

Donald Trump.

Argentina Plays 'Trump' Card in Copa America Advertising

By Associated Press |

An Argentine TV commercial mocks the immigration rhetoric of presidential candidate Donald Trump by showing players stepping off a plane and fans passing through stadium turnstiles ahead of the upcoming Copa America championship in the United States.

Sheila Gonzales-Jonasz and Michael Brand, of Cole Scott & Kissane, Miami, Florida.

Retail Landlord Defeats Lawsuit in Pedestrian Death

By Celia Ampel |

Cole, Scott & Kissane lawyers won a defense verdict in a $3 million wrongful death case against a retail plaza in suburban Kendall.

Sitting, Mark Lopez, shareholder and Yosbel A. Ibarra, Shareholder; Co-Chair, Latin American and Iberian Practice Miami Greenberg Traurig. Standing are the firm’s Foreign Law Clerk Program participants. From left, Luciano Aguilera, Francisco Lombardi, Andres Parker, Cecilia Canepa, Carla Gonzalez, Victoria Burt and Vitor Araujo.

Greenberg Traurig Offers Training Program in Miami for Foreign Lawyers

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The one-year foreign law clerk program helps Greenberg Traurig expand its contacts in Latin America and gives foreign attorneys a leg up on a partnership at home.

Thomas R. Julin

Declassification of 9/11 Documents Expected Soon With Help From Hunton & Williams

By Celia Ampel |

Hunton & Williams lawyers say they set in motion an inquiry over 28 classified pages of documents from a report about 9/11.

Hulk Hogan.

Hulk Hogan Seeks Rematch With Gawker, Sues Over Transcript; Won $140 Million Verdict Over Sex Tape

By Tamara Lush, Associated Press |

Former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan has sued Gawker again, saying the gossip website leaked sealed court documents with a transcript that quoted him making racist remarks.

Argentina President Cristina Fernandez

Argentina Prosecutor Asks Probe of Ex-President and Son

By Associated Press |

A federal prosecutor asked that former President Cristina Fernandez and her son be investigated for possible illegal enrichment in connection to two businessmen accused of money laundering and tax evasion.

Legal Luminaries Join Amici in Death Sentence Case

By Noreen Marcus |

With two days to go until the Florida Supreme Court hears arguments in Hurst v. Florida, a coalition of legal luminaries is weighing in to urge the justices to turn all pre-Hurst death sentences into life sentences.

Joshua Krut, partner in Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert’s Boca Raton office.

Kopelowitz Ostrow Partner Assists in Acquisition of $10.5M Church

By Samantha Joseph |

Joshua Krut, partner at Kopelowitz Ostrow Ferguson Weiselberg Gilbert, represented developer Remy Jacobson on a $10.5 million acquisition in Miami's Design District.

Deaf Inmates Sue Miami-Dade Corrections for Lack of Interpreters

By Samantha Joseph |

A new federal lawsuit claims the Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation violates the rights of deaf inmates.

Judge Leaves Open Possibility of 3 Pot Licenses in Northeast

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Medical marijuana licenses given to two northeast Florida nurseries by state health officials cannot be challenged by a grower who lost out in the application process, an administrative law judge ruled.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuela Opposition Delivers Petitions to Remove President

By Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press |

The opposition turned in petitions to Venezuelan electoral authorities that it said carried signatures of 1.8 million voters seeking President Nicolas Maduro's removal in a nationwide referendum.

Peter D. Lopez and Randy Barcelo, with Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, Miami, Florida

Stearns Weaver Duo Represents Two Longtime Clients in Condo Project

By Mary Hladky |

Peter Lopez, who was assisted by real estate associate Randy Barcelo, was on familiar ground when Key International and 13th Floor Investments joined forces once again to build The Harbour, a luxury waterfront condominium in North Miami Beach.

H-1B Visas: A Scarce (Human) Resource

By Commentary by Nicolas Watkins |

It should come as no surprise that H-1B visas have been used up — yet again. If nothing changes, this is likely to be repeated next year, writes attorney Nicolas Watkins.

Latin American Companies Back New US Trade Secrets Law

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A new Defend Trade Secrets law may give Latin American companies reason to move computer servers to the United States.

Annie Hernanadez, CABA president, Holland & Knight

New Cuban American Bar Association President Talks Re-Engaging Membership, Visiting Cuba, Promoting Diversity

By Celia Ampel |

The Holland & Knight partner leading the CABA discusses the organization's goals, including a conference on Cuba that aims to draw businesspeople from across the country.

Matthew Whitman Lazenby, president and CEO of Whitman Family Development.

Cellphone Search Punctuates Bal Harbour Shops Expansion

By Carla Vianna |

A legal battle has been brewing between the founders of Bal Harbour Shops and Village Vice Mayor Patricia Cohen.

Tampa Capitalist Ventures Publicly Into Voucher Program

By Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida |

For years, Tampa venture capitalist John Kirtley has been a largely behind-the-scenes figure in Florida's de facto school voucher program.

Court Junks Attorney Fee Schedule, Rejects Challenge to Workers' Comp Law

By Commentary by Kimberly J. Fernandes |

The Florida Supreme Court rejected an attorney fee schedule in the workers' compensation law but rejected an umbrella challenge to the law itself.

Donald Trump.

Fears of Trump Drive Immigrants to Become Citizens

By Sergio Bustos, Associated Press |

On a recent Saturday morning in South Florida, 50-year-old Edgar Ospina stood in a long line of immigrants to take the first step to become an American.

 Gov. Rick Scott

Scott, Cabinet Go In-House for State Insurance Commissioner

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

The impasse over Florida's next insurance commissioner has ended.

How Law Schools Game the Rankings

Study finds that law school rankings encourage cheating, lying. So it makes perfect sense to pick law schools based on the ranking on U.S. News & World Report, right?

A Case of Domestic Terrorism? FBI Thwarts Plot Against Florida Jewish Center

By Curt Anderson |

The FBI has charged a man with plotting to bomb a South Florida Jewish center.

Barbara J. Pariente

Florida Supreme Court Workers' Comp Fee Ruling Signals Unease With Law

By Noreen Marcus |

The court decides two workers' compensation cases, ruling in one in favor of the plaintiffs bar on attorney fees. But one major case is still pending.

Broward County Judge Alan R. Marks

Broward Judge Marks Retiring This Summer

By Samantha Joseph |

Halfway through his second six-year term, Broward County Court Judge Alan Marks plans to leave the bench in June.

AutoNation Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Pembroke Pines, 13601 Pines Blvd., Pembrke Pines

Class Action Claims AutoNation Tacks On Unexplained Service Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

AutoNation faces a class action lawsuit in Broward Circuit Court claiming its service department charges cryptic shop supply costs.

Five South Florida Attorneys Disciplined, One Disbarred

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disbars one attorney, suspends two and reprimands two.

Miami- Bruce Jacobs, with Jacobs Keeley, PLLC

Even Bank Lawyer Says Pro-Lender Appeals Court Gets It Wrong

By Commentary by Bruce Jacobs |

The Florida Supreme Court needs to weigh in after the Third District Court of Appeal issued a pro-lender opinion that can only prolong the foreclosure crisis, writes foreclosure defense attorney Bruce Jacobs.

Administrative Judge Rejects Claim Against Abortion Clinic

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

An administrative law judge rejected a state agency's arguments that a Gainesville abortion clinic should be fined for performing second-trimester abortions without a proper license.

State Legal Bills Mount in Seminole Tribe Gambling Dispute

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Florida has paid more than $260,000 to private law firms in gambling lawsuits involving the Seminole Tribe of Florida, with the likelihood of hundreds of thousands of dollars more on the horizon.

Mason Pertnoy of Solowsky Allen.

Broward Judicial Candidacy Ends With Governor Planning Appointment

By Julie Kay |

Miami attorney Mason Pertnoy raised $17,000 to run for the seat held by former Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato, but Gov. Rick Scott now plans to appoint a replacement.

Broward Circuit Judge Ernest Kollra, Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Knowledge of Latin and Greek Paved Judge Kollra's Path to Law School

By Carlos Harrison |

Broward Circuit Judge Ernest Kollra comes from a coal-mining town but focused on Latin to prepare him for the LSAT vocabulary.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott in Miami.

Florida Governor Rick Scott Tries for Diversity on Bench, But Not a Top Priority

By Celia Ampel |

Gov. Rick Scott told a group of Miami-Dade lawyers and judges that diversity is not his top priority when it comes to choosing judges.

St. Petersburg Bar Association Plans Trip to Cuba

By Julie Kay |

Only nine of 1,000 members have signed up to participate in the St. Petersburg Bar Association's trip to Cuba in August.

Applications Sought for Palm Beach Judicial Opening

By Samantha Joseph |

The resignation of Palm Beach County Court Judge Laura Johnson leaves three openings on the bench.

Carnival Lawsuit Dropped After Policy Change on Cuba Cruises

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two Cuban-American are dropping their discrimination suit against Carnival Corp. after the cruise operator lifted a ban on bookings by U.S. citizens born in Cuba.

$1.53 an Hour for Attorney? Not in Florida, Court Says in Striking Workers' Comp Caps

By Staff and Wire Reports |

The Florida Supreme Court has removed attorney fee caps in workers' compensation cases, striking down a 13-year-old law.

Judicial Diversity Coalition Adds Prosecutors' Group

By Samantha Joseph |

The South Florida chapter of the National Black Prosecutors Association joins the Judicial Diversity Initiative, which is pressing for more black judges.

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

Esquire ... Or Not: Palm Beach Gardens Man Accused of Impersonating Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

A Palm Beach Circuit Court lawsuit alleges publicist Christopher J. Donahue represented clients in court on criminal charges without a law license.

Florida Bar Offers Gender Equality CLE

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Bar is offering an online continuing leqal education course on the lack of gender equality in the legal profession based on recent presentations around the state by bar President Ramon Abadin.

Jeff Atwater

Atwater-Scott Dispute Continues Over Insurance Chief's Exit

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

A disagreement about the pending exit of Florida's longtime insurance commissioner continued, as the state Cabinet prepares to again try to end an impasse about hiring a new commissioner.

Legal Groups and Businesses Battle Over Expert Witness Law

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

In a debate that includes major business and legal groups and raises separation-of-powers questions, the Florida Supreme Court will decide whether to reject a controversial 2013 law that tightened a standard for expert witnesses who testify in the state's courtrooms.

Victims of Chile Colony Hope German Documents Bring Justice

By Eva Vergara, Associated Press |

Victims of a secretive German colony in Chile hope that Germany's decision to declassify documents will help shine light on human rights abuses committed there.

Nicolas Maduro

Protests as Venezuela Embraceds 2-Day Workweek to Save Power

By Hannah Dreier, Associated Press |

Venezuelan cities cleaned up from a night of looting and fiery protests as government offices closed their doors for the rest of the week in the face of a worsening energy crisis that is causing daily blackouts.

Kendall Regional Medical Center, 11750 SW 40th St, Miami, Florida

Doctors Challenge Buyout Offer From HCA Hospital

By Celia Ampel |

Three doctors accuse Kendall Regional Medical Center of squeezing them out of a limited partnership worth more than $1 million each.

Venezuela Orders 2-Day Workweek to Stave Off Power Crisis

By Jorge Rueda, Associated Press |

Venezuela's public employees will work only on Monday and Tuesday as the country grapples with an electricity crisis.

Bruce Rogow

Court Reverses on Attorney Fees in Trump Hotel Flop

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA largely ruled against investors who claimed they were duped by misleading marketing for the failed Trump International Hotel & Tower in Fort Lauderdale but reversed on attorney fees.

Jeff Atwater

Gov. Scott, Atwater Remain in Standoff on Insurance Chief

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

Florida Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater refused to go along with Gov. Rick Scott's nominee for state insurance commissioner, maintaining an impasse over a high-profile appointment that they must jointly support.

Cuban Players Paid Smugglers $15 Million, Prosecutors Say

By Curt Anderson, Associated Press |

Cuban baseball players paid a South Florida-based smuggling ring more than $15 million to leave the communist island in secretive ventures that included phony documents, false identities and surreptitious boat voyages to Mexico, Haiti and the Dominican Republic, federal prosecutors say.

Nicolas Maduro

Venezuelan Council Paves Way for Petition to Recall Maduro

By Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press |

Venezuela's electoral council took steps to allow opponents of President Nicolas Maduro to try and initiate a recall referendum against the socialist leader.

In this July 15, 2011 photo, the buildings at the base of the Jay Peak Resort are seen from the gondola in Jay, Vt. The Vermont ski resort's expansion plans include converting offices in a main building a country store-style setting with a deli. The outside of the Austria Haus building at Jay Peak Resort, center, would be redesigned and the interior of the old dining room and kitchen inside would be renovated. (AP Photo/Caledonian Record)

Vermont Ski Resort Could Be Forced to Close Amid Fraud Probe

By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press |

A federal receiver appointed to oversee two Vermont ski resorts amid allegations of massive fraud says Jay Peak could close and Q Burke Mountain may not open without additional money.

Sheriff: 12 Saw Police Shooting of Black Man; None Talking

By Associated Press |

Twelve people have said they witnessed a local police department's fatal shooting of a black motorist over the weekend, but none has stepped forward to say what they saw, a Florida sheriff investigating the death said Monday.

Parents of Missing Mexican Students Slam Government Probe

By E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press |

The parents of 43 missing students who disappeared in September 2014 accused Mexico's government of lying to them, planting evidence and not adequately investigating the case.

Developer Minto PBLH LLC is at work on Westlake, a sprawling planned community with 4,500 residences, hotel, university, civic space and 2.2 million square feet of commercial space. It bought the property for $51 million in 2013, and won County Commission approval the following year for a zoning change.

Palm Beach Judge Nixes Challenge to Large-Scale Rural Community

By Samantha Joseph |

The ruling clears the way for developer Minto Commmunities to develop 3,800 acres in the Acreage.

Hardware Store Fight Brings $1.5M Trade Secrets Award

By Celia Ampel |

Akerman lawyers won a $1.52 million trade secrets verdict against a window and door hardware company whose revenues seemed unusually high.

Holland & Knight Advises on $16 Million Construction Loan

By Samantha Joseph |

The legal team represents developer Edgewater Two on construction financing for a midrise condominium in Miami's Edgewater neighborhood.

Florida's Tax Agency Drawing Firm From Gun Supporters

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

The state agency responsible for enforcing Florida's tax laws is drawing ire from gun supporters as well as from some elected officials.

Ray Taseff

Winner in US Supreme Court Houseboat Case Still Underwater

By Noreen Marcus |

On appeal, a former commodities trader whose houseboat was demolished by Riviera Beach is seeking reimbursement for his home and a new trial in a false arrest case.

Jay Kim, partner, with Ward Kim

First Asian-American to Join Florida Bar Board of Governors

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Bar board of governors gets its first first Asian-American member with the election of Fort Lauderdale attorney Jay Kim. Two other South Florida lawyers won runoff elections.

Fox Rothschild Adds 5 in West Palm Beach

By Julie Kay |

Fox Rothschild is absorbing a small law firm in Boca Raton and New jersey as its picks up four attorneys and a patent agent in West Palm Beach.

Minority Bar Groups Call for More Black Judges in Broward

By Samantha Joseph |

A coalition of voluntary bar associations is asking the Broward Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission to submit black attorneys' names to Gov. Rick Scott for consideration in judicial appointments.

U.S. Century Bank

Consent Decree Ends for Doral-based US Century Bank

By Carla Vianna |

The 18-branch bank announces regulators have lifted the consent order imposed five years ago over its capitalization and compliance.

Law Firms Rooted in Florida Climb Am Law 100 Rankings

By Samantha Joseph |

Greenberg Traurig had about $1.3 billion in gross revenue last year, compared with Holland & Knight's $744 million and Akerman's $337 million.

Rick Scott

Atwater Adds Miller, Blacklidge to Insurance Commish Interviews

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

Gov. Rick Scott and the state Cabinet on Tuesday will interview four applicants hoping to be the state's next insurance commissioner.

Eric Rosen, with Kelley/Uustal

$13 Million Award Against RJR for Late Smoker's Family

By Celia Ampel |

A Kelley/Uustal attorney won a $13 million verdict Friday against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco company.

Brickell House at 1300 Brickell Bay Drive, Miami.

BrickellHouse Residents Steamed About Malfunctioning Garage

By Samantha Joseph |

Residents of the 374-unit BrickellHouse tower are adding a construction defect claim to their lawsuit against developer Harvey Hernandez.

Miami- Abbey L. Kaplan, of Kluger, Kaplan, Sliverman, Katzen & Levine PL.

GCs Offer Tips on Tech, E-Discovery, Outside Hiring

By Celia Ampel |

General counsel for companies such as Lennar, Ryder System and Gulfstream Park offer legal tech solutions and tips for working with outside counsel.

Cuba Relents, Allows Cuban-Born Travelers on Historic Cruise

By Curt Anderson, Associated Press |

The Cuban government backs away from a policy barring Cuban-born Americans from the first Carnival Fathom cruise set for May 1.

Justices: Individuals Being Questioned Must be Told When Lawyer Is Present

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Individuals who are voluntarily being questioned by authorities have to be told when a lawyer is present, the Florida Supreme Court decided.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch, Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Miami-Dade Judge Bloch Dropped Entertainment Plans for the Law

By Carlos Harrison |

Jason Bloch focused on a career in entertainment as an undergraduate before finding the law.

Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio De Janeiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Legacy of Rio Olympics: Bike Lane Crashes Into the Sea

By Stephen Wade, Associated Press |

At the flame-lighting in the ruins of Ancient Olympia, Brazil's sport minister Ricardo Leyser tried to assure the world about the troubled Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

A vaccination

New DOH Hire Signals New Approach to Children's Health

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

In tapping a distinguished pediatrician as head of its children's medical programs, the Florida Department of Health signaled a new approach to caring for the state's sickest kids.

Court Rejects Legal Restriction in Workers' Compensation Cases

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

In a potentially far-reaching decision, an appeals court struck down a state law restricting a police officer from paying a law firm to help her pursue workers' compensation insurance benefits.

Renowned Cuban Pro-Reform Economist Fired as Chill Sets In

By Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press |

One of Cuba's most renowned advocates of economic reform has been fired from his University of Havana think tank for sharing information with Americans without authorization, among other alleged violations.

UM Law Students Doing Pro Bono Work for Startups

By Carla Vianna |

University of Miami law students get hands-on experience doing pro-bono work for South Florida startup companies.

Trump Towers I, II and III in Sunny Isles Beach. Trump Tower I is located at 16001 Collins Ave.

Condo Owners Claim Bad Construction at Trump Towers

By Carla Vianna |

Unit owners are suing the developers of the Trump Towers in Sunny Isles Beach, claiming several hundred alleged construction defects.

Miami- Bruce Jacobs, with Jacobs Keeley, PLLC

Home Foreclosure Fails on Ocwen Servicing Records

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Beatrice Butchko threw out loan servicer Ocwen Financial's records after describing the loan servicing transfer process as a "legal fiction."

A Chipotle Mexican Grill steak burrito is arranged for a photograph at the Sunset and Vine store in Hollywood, California, U.S., on Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

Chipotle GMO Class Action, in Miami Court, Survives Dismissal Motion

By Celia Ampel |

The class action lawsuit against Chipotle Mexican Grill over genetically modified food survived a motion to dismiss.

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

Holland & Knight Adds Trade and Arbitration Attorney in Bogota

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The law firm's Colombia office has expanded with the hiring of a Bogota international trade and arbitration attorney.

Jeremy Alters

Miami Attorneys Fight Over Fees on $2.87B Award Against Cuba

By Julie Kay |

Two Miami attorneys, once friends, are locked in a bitter battle over legal fees in a case against the Cuban government dating back to a 1959 suicide.

Turkey Point Nuclear Generating Station is a twin reactor nuclear power station located on a 3,300-acre  site 2 miles east of Homestead, Florida.

Court Rejects State Order for Two More Nuclear Units at Turkey Point

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court rejected a state siting order for adding two nuclear units at Florida Power & Light's Turkey Point plant near Homestead.

Law Firms in Miami, Spain Form Alliance on Cuba Practice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Miami's Carey Rodriguez Milian Gonya and Spain's Diaz-Bastien are working together on new business ventures in Cuba.

Panza Maurer Expands in Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale

By Julie Kay |

Panza, Maurer & Maynard opens a Coral Gables office, its third in Floriida, and expands its Fort Lauderdale headquarters to accommodate its growing health care division.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

State Farm, Medical Center Tangle About Cost Information

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court is ready to wade into a dispute between State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance and a major Jacksonville hospital about contracts and other documents that contain detailed information about how much the hospital charges for services.

In this July 15, 2011 photo, the buildings at the base of the Jay Peak Resort are seen from the gondola in Jay, Vt. The Vermont ski resort's expansion plans include converting offices in a main building a country store-style setting with a deli. The outside of the Austria Haus building at Jay Peak Resort, center, would be redesigned and the interior of the old dining room and kitchen inside would be renovated. (AP Photo/Caledonian Record)

Massive Fraud Claims, With Miami Developer Entangled, Reverberate in Remote Area of Vermont

By Lisa Rathke, Associated Press |

Sweeping development plans for a remote area of northern Vermont, a biomedical research plant, a hotel and conference center, an airport runway extension and big upgrades at two ski areas, brought the promise of jobs to a region that has some of the highest unemployment rates in the state.

Fidel Castro

Cuba's Aging Leaders to Remain in Power Years Longer

By Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press |

The former guerrilla fighters who founded Cuba's single-party government will hold power for years to come after a twice-a-decade Communist Party congress kept President Raul Castro and his hard-line deputy in the top leadership positions.

Opportunities and Risks for U.S. Businesses at the Port of Mariel

By Commentary by Dennis J. Olle and Jason P. Jones |

Attorneys Dennis J. Olle and Jason P. Jones review the risks and rewards of doing business in Cuba's Port of Mariel.

Jeff Herman and Dan Ellis of Herman Law in Boca Raton.

Settlement Follows $3 Million Award to Girl Molested at Preschool

By Celia Ampel |

The parents of a young girl who was allegedly sexually abused by a Coconut Creek preschool teacher won the award against the school's parent company.

ABA Opposes 'Stand Your Ground' But is Willing to Talk

By Celia Ampel |

The American Bar Association will host a discussion of "stand your ground" laws at a May meeting in Key West.

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.

Florida's Fight to Keep Gay Marriage Ban Could Be Costly

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

Florida's fierce fight to keep intact a voter-approved ban on gay marriage is going to wind up costing taxpayers.

Court Rejects Bid to Throw Out Florida Congressional Map

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

Florida's long, twisted legal drama over its congressional districts may finally be reaching its end after a panel of federal judges rejected a push by U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown to throw out the current district boundaries.

From left,  KevinFlanagan, Director, Americas Technology Consulting, Erez Kreiner, CEO, Cyber Rider, and Eduardo E. Cabrera, VP, Cybersecurity Strategy, Trend Micro. The panel on “Cybersecurity: The Imminent Threat” discussed how companies can stay ahead of the curve to keep information secure. As was part of the two-day eMerge Americas technology conference in Miami Beach.

Experts Warn of Cyber Threats From Insiders, Hackers Posing as Insiders

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cybersecurity experts suggest precautions that companies can take to help protect themselves from data breaches.

Leigh-Ann Buchanan

ABA Spring Meeting Panel to Discuss Stand Your Ground

By Celia Ampel |

The American Bar Association will host a discussion of stand your ground laws at a May meeting in Key West.

Gov. Rick Scott

Broward Health Gets New Attorney on Board

By Julie Kay |

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Shutts & Bowen partner Linda Robison to the Broward Health board, filling one of two seats left open when he suspended two members.

Family of Journalist Slain by Islamic State Sues Syria

By Curt Anderson |

The South Florida family of beheaded journalist Steven Sotloff is suing Syria in U.S. court, claiming the government supported Islamic State militants behind the killing.

CEO: Financial Tech Needs More Diversity, and Disruptions Help

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A securities-lawyer-turned-entrepreneur says a diverse financial technology workforce is needed to help address economic inequalities.

Stanley Marcus is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Two-Week Delay Costs Bank $6.2 Million in Bad Faith Case

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal appeals court rules for the operator of a defunct imaging company and against U.S. Bancorp in a case that hinged on filing deadlines.

Gov. Scott Signs Substance Abuse Treatment, Military Bills

By News Service of Florida |

Gov. Rick Scott signed two bills that are expected to help people get mental health or substance abuse treatment and make it easier for military personnel from Florida to vote. Scott also vetoed a controversial overhaul of alimony laws (SB 668).

Prison Health Changes Begin Taking Effect in 9 Facilities

By News Service of Florida |

A new prison health contractor began moving into nine North Florida facilities Saturday, an initial step toward providing care for more than 80,000 inmates, the state Department of Corrections said.

Resnick & Louis Opens Miami Office

By Julie Kay |

The Arizona-based law firm snaps up Akerman shareholder and litigator Robert Squire to head its new Miami office.

Jeffrey A. Neiman

Tax Attorneys See Reason for Clients to Worry About Panama Papers Inquiries

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Some tax attorneys are getting more calls from clients concerned about offshore accounts, and the attorneys expect more scrutiny to come.

Cole Schotz Expands to Florida With Boca Raton Office

By Julie Kay |

New Jersey-based Cole Schotz is the latest law firm to expand to Florida, opening in Boca Raton.

9 Lawyers, Including Partners, Leave Carlton Fields for Duane Morris

By Julie Kay |

Five Miami partners, including former Akerman president Robert Zinn, and four associates from Carlton Fields Jorden Burt are decamping for Duane Morris.

$1.1M Deal Settles Pain Clinic Whistleblower Case

By Celia Ampel |

West Palm Beach lawyers and the U.S. attorney's office negotiated a $1.1 million whistleblower settlement with a pain clinic accused of Medicare fraud.

Jorge Labarga

Labarga Attending White House Forum on Access to Justice

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga is one of six chief justices invited to the White House for an event on access to justice.

Dethroned Puerto Rico Beauty Queen Files $3 Million Lawsuit

By Danica Coto, Associated Press |

A beauty queen who was dethroned as Puerto Rico's representative at this year's Miss Universe contest after organizers accused her of having an attitude problem is taking her fight to court.

Cuckoo Clocks? Venezuela Shifting Time Hoping to Save Energy

By Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press |

Venezuela's government is changing the clock again as part of its efforts to stave off an electricity crisis.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Blake Pushed to Run for Bench by Judicial Scandal

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Stanford Blake filled one of the seats that opened after the Operation Court Broom corruption scandal.

The Miami skyline in 2014 with Brickell on the left and Downtown to the right.

Miami Luxury Condos, the Panama Papers and Foreign Judgments

By Commentary by Matthew Graham |

Attorney Matthew Graham explains the complexities of domesticating foreign judgments and searching the world for the money to pay them.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Bar's Family Law Section Welcomes Alimony Bill Veto

By Celia Ampel |

Gov. Rick Scott vetoes a controversial alimony and child-sharing bill, saying it put parents' desires before children's best interests.

Barbara J. Pariente

Justices Back Awarding Attorney Fees in Open-Records Cases

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court issued a broadly worded ruling that made clear public agencies are liable for paying attorney fees if they violate the state's open-records law.

Bullard: No Bowing Out of Newly Drawn Miami-Dade District

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

State Sen. Dwight Bullard put the kibosh on rumors that he'll bow out of his race in a newly drawn Miami-Dade County district that could pose an uphill battle for the incumbent.

Raquel A.

Share This: Digital Accounts Can Be Accessed by Family, Executors Under New Florida Law

By Samantha Joseph |

A new law effective July 1 will give relatives and executors access to social media accounts and other digital records after an account holder's death.

Solar panels photo from the Smart Solar Website

Supporters Set Stage for Upcoming Solar Energy Campaign

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

A group seeking to put existing solar-energy regulations into the state Constitution expects to spend "millions" in the coming months to promote the utility-backed amendment.

Jury: R.J. Reynolds Cigarettes Didn't Cause Smoker's Cancer

By Celia Ampel |

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. defeats a $37.5 million wrongful death lawsuit in the case of a Winston cigarette smoker who died of lung cancer.

In this July 15, 2011 photo, the buildings at the base of the Jay Peak Resort are seen from the gondola in Jay, Vt. The Vermont ski resort's expansion plans include converting offices in a main building a country store-style setting with a deli. The outside of the Austria Haus building at Jay Peak Resort, center, would be redesigned and the interior of the old dining room and kitchen inside would be renovated. (AP Photo/Caledonian Record)

SEC: Vermont Ski Resort at Center of EB-5 Visa Scam

By Celia Ampel |

A Key Biscayne man who owns the Jay Peak ski resort in Vermont is charged with securities fraud for allegedly misusing at least $200 million in funds raised through the EB-5 immigrant investor program.

Daddy Yankee

Panama Papers Reports Show Daddy Yankee Might Have a Way to Pay Millions Owed

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Reports on the Panama Papers alert Daddy Yankee's judgment holders to more companies that may hold assets. Yankee's lawyers deny he had accounts at the law firm where client records leaked.

The Las Bambas copper mine in Peru.

Fujimori's Accidental Rival Embraces 'Gringo' Label in Peru

By Franklin Briceno and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press |

Comedians in Peru ridicule his American accent and his long-standing ties to Wall Street anger some in an impoverished nation increasingly hostile toward foreign mining companies.

Holland & Knight Grabs International Arbitrator and Litigator Mamounas

By Julie Kay |

Holland & Knight, on a hiring spree in its Miami office, has picked up international arbitrator Joseph Mamounas, snagging him from Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod.

Bob Levy

Miami Lobbyist Bob Levy Dies at 67

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Longtime lobbyist Bob Levy, whose proteges included state lawmakers, dies at 67 after lengthy treatment for salivary gland cancer.

State Supreme Court Will Not Hear Challenge to UF Gun Policy

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

In a victory for the University of Florida, the state Supreme Court declined to take up a dispute about whether guns should be allowed in university housing.

Joseph Mamounas, partner, Holland & Knight.

Partner In, Partner Out at Bilzin Sumberg

By Julie Kay |

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axellrod has lost a partner in international arbitration and gained a partner in its corporate department.

10/26/12-- Miami-- Chief Judge Linda Ann Wells, Third District Court of Appeal.

Court Sides With Lenders in Prolonged Foreclosure Case

By Samantha Joseph |

The full Third District Court of Appeal in Miami sides with lenders on the time allowed to file a second foreclosure lawsuit on the same mortgage.

Steven Lippman

Convicted Attorney Featured as Speaker on What He Did Wrong

By Julie Kay |

Convicted and disbarred attorney Steven Lippman, a former law partner of Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein, plans to teach a CLE class on avoiding the trap he fell into.

Alvaro Mejer, Mejer Law, left, and Fernando Aran, Aran Correa Guarch & Shapiro.

Attorneys Win $2.5 Million in Fatal Poisoning of 21 Polo Horses

By Celia Ampel |

A West Palm Beach jury issued the award to the owners and insurers of horses killed by a tainted supplement.

Lawsuit, CABA Challenge Ban on Cruise Tickets for Cuban Natives

By Julie Kay |

A lawsuit filed in Miami federal court and the Cuban American Bar Association want to reverse a Carnival Corp. policy banning ticket sales on Cuba cruises to Cuban-born Americans.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Acrimony Over Alimony Heats Up Outside Governor's Office

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

The recent scene outside Gov. Rick Scott's office may have been even more acrimonious than the alimony bill awaiting his action.

Property Owner Barely Liable for Staircase Fall

A jury has sided primarily with a property owner in a premises liability case.

John E. Hall

Defense Verdict in Florida Trial Over Girl's Diabetes-Related Death

After a 2½-week trial, a Florida jury took less than an hour to clear an emergency room doctor and hospital of liability for the death of a 12-year-old girl stricken with a sudden and unforeseen diabetes-related complication.

Willie E. Gary

Willie Gary Blames Client's Extensive Injuries on Takata Air Bag

By Celia Ampel |

The high-profile Stuart litigator files a personal injury lawsuit seeking $250 million in damages from Takata and Honda over an allegedly defective air bag.

TotalBank Sues US Century Bank Claiming Client, Employee Raids

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-based TotalBank is suing its former CEO and his new employer, Doral-based U.S. Century Bank, for allegedly "raiding" its client list and officers.

David Halberstein, associate, and Oscar Rivera, shareholder, with Siegfried Rivera, Coral Gables

Attorneys for Buyer Closed $74M Office Deal With Bonus Acre to Develop

By Mary Hladky, Special to the Review |

Siegfried Rivera attorneys tied up the sale as well as $50 million in financing for a Doral office complex.

ABA Honors Ex-Coral Gables Mayor Slesnick

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Former Coral Gables Mayor Donald Slesnick is the recipient of this year's ABA solo and small firm division lifetime acheivement award.

Lou Mrachek and Greg Weiss with Mrachek Fitzgerald Rose Konopka Thomas Weiss in West Palm Beach

Luxury House Sale Defamation Suit Defeated

By Celia Ampel |

A real estate brokerage and attorney-homeowner defeat a $7 million defamation lawsuit over a newsletter testimonial.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil Congressional Committee Votes in Favor of Impeachment

By Jenny Barchfield and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press |

A congressional committee voted to recommend that the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff move forward, bringing the possible ouster of the embattled leader a step closer.

Judge Kevin Emas

JPMorgan Loses Foreclosure Appeal for Lack of Proof

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court found JPMorgan Chase Bank improperly won at trial despite a lack of "any document or other evidence to establish its foreclosure action."

Broward County Judge Nina Di Pietro

Di Pietro Named in JQC Complaint, Husband's Suspension Lifted

By Julie Kay and Samantha Joseph |

Broward County Court Judge Nina Di Pietro is named in a conflict of interest complaint filed with state judicial watchdogs, and a judge lifts her husband's suspension from the Broward Health board.

04/2012-- GrayRobinson in Miami.

Scott's GC Cerio Joins GrayRobinson

By Julie Kay |

Timothy Cerio, Gov. Rick Scott's general counsel, has rejoined GrayRobinson as a Tallahassee shareholder.

Mark L. Zientz, the Law Offices of Mark L. Zientz.

Justices Seem Unlikely to Overhaul Workers' Comp System

By Noreen Marcus |

A workers' compensation appeal that bubbled up through the administrative law process has trouble attacking the system.

David Petraeus.

US Asks Judge to Seal Files in Case Over CIA Sex Case Leaks

By Ted Bridis and Eric Tucker, Associated Press |

The Department of Justice urged a U.S. judge to keep secret many of the court records in the now-abandoned lawsuit over leaks in the investigation that led to the resignation of former CIA Director David Petraeus.

The Green Library at Florida International University's Modesto A. Maidique campus

FIU Hires Ring Bender's Castillo as General Counsel

By Celia Ampel |

Florida International University hires Ring Bender McKown & Castillo's Carlos Castillo to replace M. Kristina Raattama.

Mike Carroll

DCF Under Fire Over LGBT Conversion Therapy Rule Change

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

The Florida Department of Children and Families is under fire for backing off a proposal that would protect LGBT kids who live in group homes from discrimination, including so-called conversion therapy aimed at changing their sexual orientation.

The Green Library at Florida International University's Modesto A. Maidique campus

FIU, Nova Lead State on Bar Exam Passing Rate

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida International University was the top performer on the Florida Bar exam in February.

US, Goldman Sachs Reach $5B Settlement Over Risky Mortgages

By Eric Tucker, Associated Press |

Goldman Sachs agrees to pay $2.4 billion in civil penalties plus $1.8 billion to distressed borrowers in the sale of shoddy mortgages before the housing bubble burst.

$50,000 Punitive Award Given in Attorney Fee Dispute

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami jury tacked on $50,000 in punitive damages to an $800,000 verdict against a criminal defense attorney who didn't properly share fees with another lawyer.

Letter to the Editor: Bar Bias Article Perpetuates Dangerous Stereotypes

The president-elect of the Miami-Dade chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers objects to coverage of Florida Bar president Ramon Abadin's speech about gender bias in the legal industry.

Mexico: Austrian Lab Finds No Evidence of Missing Students

By Associated Press |

An Austrian laboratory has not found evidence that can confirm that remains found in a trash dump in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero belong to 43 students who disappeared in September 2014, authorities announced.

A security guard sit outside the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City, Sunday, April 3, 2016. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung says it has obtained a vast trove of documents detailing the offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism says the latest trove contains includes nearly 40 years of data from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The company didnít immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Reports: Panama Firm Usurped Name of Red Cross to Hide Money

By Raphael Satter, Associated Press |

The law firm at the center of the Panama offshore accounts scandal routinely usurped the name of the Red Cross and other charities to help obscure the origin of millions of dollars in questionable funds, two newspapers involved in the investigation reported Sunday.

Fee Fight Freezes $3.5 Million Award in Tobacco Case

By Julie Kay |

Coral Gables attorney Richard Diaz is suing former co-counsel Donald Fitzgerald of Miami, claiming he is holding up distributions to a smoker's widower and the five-member plaintiffs team.

<b>HAVANA SPRING:</b> At least six law schools have sent students to Cuba this semester.

Charting a Course for Cuba

At least six law school classes have gone to Havana so far this semester and more schools are planning visits now that the U.S. government has eased travel restrictions and renewed diplomatic relations.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Broward Health Dispute Reaches Court on Challenge by Suspended Chair

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Health's suspended chairman David Di Pietro asks a judge to throw out an executive order removing him from the board of the public hospital district.

Supreme Court Says 1936 Road Deal Requires State to Pay

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court ruled the state is required to pay $502,462 to CSX Transportation because of a legal settlement and expenses related to a fatal traffic accident on the road in 2002.

Jonathan E. Perlman

Judge OKs Payment to Victims of $68 Million Affinity Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

A West Palm Beach federal judge approves a receivership plan to repay victims of George Theodule's $68 million Ponzi scheme targeting fellow Haitian-Americans.

Cuba's Future Economic Model in Spotlight at Party Congress

By Christine Armario and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press |

One month after President Barack Obama's visit, islanders are now looking to Cuba's upcoming Communist Party congress for the clearest picture yet of how far their leaders will open the economy to deeper free-market reforms, if at all.

Use of Retired Judges in Foreclosures Draws Constitutional Questions

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

As Florida courts have struggled in recent years with a flood of foreclosure cases, retired judges have played a key role in reducing backlogs.

Bar Wants Disbarment for 3 Attorneys in PIP Case That Brought Down Broward Judge

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar pushed for three attorneys to be disbarred over the same secret settlement that led to Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson's removal from the bench.

At 789 Ft. the Four Seasons Hotel is the tallest building in Florida

Miami, Palm Beach Lead US Market for Office Rental Growth

By Carla Vianna |

Miami and Palm Beach are among the top 10 office markets nationwide in terms of absorption and rental growth.

Broward County Court Judge Peter Skolnik, 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida.

Stints as Songwriter, Flea Market Vendor Paved Path to Bench

Broward County Court Judge Peter Skolnik brought a colorful past to the bench.

A United States Border Patrol officer sits in his vehicle, surveying the new steel beam border fence overlooking the town of Nogales, Arizona.

Advocates in 2 States Act to Improve Treatment of Immigrants

By Russell Contreras and Amy Taxin, Associated Press |

Advocates took action on two fronts Wednesday to push for better treatment of immigrants in federal custody, claiming they are having their belongings taken by U.S. agents and are languishing behind bars because of unfair bond conditions set by judges and others.

Florida Supreme Court Mulls Tax Fight Over Pay Television

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court waded into a constitutional fight about a higher state tax rate for satellite-television companies than for their cable TV competitors.

Man on Death Row Seeks New Trial in Double Murder

By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press |

Lawyers for a Honduran immigrant on death row in the slaying of two neighbors implicates a relative of the victims in the 2004 killings.

U.S. Senior Judge Paul C. Huck Sr., left, and Judge Frank Shepherd

Judges, Lawyers Suing Riviera Country Club Over $75 Fee

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. Senior District Judge Paul Huck and Third District Court of Appeal Judge Frank Shepherd lead the list of plaintiffs suing the exclusive Riviera Country Club in Coral Gables over fees.

Scott Signs Repeal of Rarely Enforced 'Shacking Up' Law

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

For the first time since shortly after the Civil War, it is no longer a crime for unmarried men and women to shack up in the Sunshine State.

Florida Association for Women Lawyers Honors Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle

Photos from a Miami-Dade Florida Association for Women Lawyers event honoring Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle with the Women Making History award.

Michel Temer, Brazil's vice president, listens during an interview in New York, U.S., on Monday, April 3, 2014.

Top Brazil Court Orders Opening of Impeachment Against VP

By Associated Press |

The man who would take over if Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is impeached, Vice President Michel Temer, could now be running that same risk of impeachment.

Florida Reaches Settlement Agreement in Kids' Medicaid Case

By Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press |

Florida health officials have reached a settlement ending a decadeslong class-action lawsuit that alleged the state is violating federal mandates by failing to deliver critical health services to 2 million children on Medicaid.

Berger Singerman Awaits Payment After Dismissal From Hospital Probe

By Julie Kay |

Berger Singerman was terminated five weeks after it was hired to do an internal review of the troubled Broward Health agency.

Chief assistant public defender Nadine Girault Levy, Broward County

Minority Attorneys Frustrated at Governor's Bench Appointments

By Samantha Joseph |

Gov. Rick Scott's judicial appointees have been mostly white males.

Florida Bar President Ramon Abadin, partner, at miami firm, Sedgwick LLP

Florida Bar President Admits He Was Naive About Gender Bias

By Julie Kay |

Florida Bar president Ramon Abadin told a chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers that he expected a survey of female attorneys to show no gender bias, but 43 percent reported seeing it personally.

Honduras Suspends Police Brass Linked to Prosecutors' Deaths

By Associated Press |

Honduras' president said the government would suspend several top police officials amid mounting evidence they conspired to kill the country's top anti-drug prosecutor and two other prosecution employees several years ago.

U.S. Capitol.

Review Panel: Rep. Grayson Likely Violated Law, House Rules

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press |

A congressional review panel said there is "substantial reason to believe" that Democratic Rep. Alan Grayson of Florida violated federal law and broke House rules in a number of business and legal activities and in managing his congressional office.

Russell Pfeifer and Raul Chacon, with The Chartwell Law Offices

Defense Beats Boaters After Boat Engine Falls Off

By Celia Ampel |

Miami lawyers defeated a $2 million personal injury lawsuit against a boat manufacturer by showing the operator had likely tinkered with engine mounts to increase speed.

Jury Sides with E-Cigarette Company in Labor Case

A Miami company has been cleared of liability in an employment dispute case.

No Award to Woman Who Fell Over Store Cart

A discount retail chain has been exonerated in a premises liability case.

Financial Volcano About to Erupt in Puerto Rico

By Commentary by Charles M. Tatelbaum |

Attorney Charles M. Tatelbaum calls for constructive action to relieve Puerto Rico's financial crisis.

Roberta Bassegio, with Paul Hastings LLP, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Paul Hastings Opens Sao Paulo Office With 3 Attorneys

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The New York-based law firm will focus primarily on international transaction work.

Port of Miami

New Transportation Law Will Send More Money to Ports

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

More money will be floated yearly to the state's 15 seaports under a wide-ranging transportation bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

Dear Johns: Prosecutor Says 'We Need to Talk About Demand' to Curb Trafficking

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

A Washington state prosecutor told a Florida panel charged with fighting human trafficking that it must crack down on men who seek to buy sex from prostitutes.

Panama Rejects Money-Launder Label Following Documents Leak

By Juan Zamorano and Joshua Goodman, Associated Press |

Panamanians have long shrugged off their country's checkered reputation as a financial haven for drug lords, tax dodgers and corrupt oligarchs. If they're crooks, they've learned from the world's wealthy nations, they like to joke.

Tyco Fire & Security headquarters in Boca Raton at 4700 Exchange Ct #300

Tyco Cleared of Liability in $42M Eli Lilly Drug Heist

By Celia Ampel |

A Boca Raton-based security company defeats the lawsuit filed by National Union Fire Insurance to recover its outlay on a theft claim.

Gary Matzner and Marshall R. Burack, Kopelowitz Ostrow, Coral Gables.

Attorneys Advise on Hospital Purchase After Initial Deal Falls Through

By Mary Hladky |

Kopelowitz Ostrow partners guide the purchase of Hialeah's Palm Springs General Hospital after an initial bidder failed to close.

Don Stevens, managing director of loan originations at MHCapital Funding LLC in West Palm Beach.

MHCapital Exec Leads $15M Refinancing for Caribbean Resort

By Samantha Joseph |

Don Stevens of West Palm Beach-based MHCapital Funding arranged the nonrecourse first mortgage for Emerald Beach Resort in St. Thomas.

Retired Judge Altenbernd Joins Carlton Fields

By Julie Kay |

Newly retired Second District Court of Appeal Judge Chris Altenbernd has joins the Tampa-based law firm as a shareholder.

Attorneys Ricardo Corona Jr. and Ricardo Manuel Corona Sr.

JPMorgan Chase Loses Foreclosure Case at Fourth DCA After 5 Debt Sales

By Samantha Joseph |

Numerous transfers of a real estate debt muddied ownership and put JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. on the losing end of a foreclosure appeal.

Feds Could Block State Ban on Planned Parenthood Money

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

A new Florida abortion law seeks to ban Medicaid funding for family planning services at clinics that also offer elective abortions, such as clinics run by Planned Parenthood, but the federal government appears unlikely to allow that part of the law to take effect.

Guardian Ad Litem Program Reaches Volunteer Goal

By Associated Press |

Florida's guardian ad litem program has reached its goal of recruiting 10,000 volunteers.

Applications Sought to Replace Palm Beach Circuit Judge Smith

By Samantha Joseph |

The Judicial Nominating Commission is looking to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Judge Amy Smith.

A security guard sit outside the Mossack Fonseca law firm in Panama City, Sunday, April 3, 2016. German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung says it has obtained a vast trove of documents detailing the offshore financial dealings of the rich and famous. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalism says the latest trove contains includes nearly 40 years of data from the Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca. The company didnít immediately respond to a request for comment. (AP Photo/Arnulfo Franco)

Firm Linked to Panama Papers Targeted in Brazil, Could Face US Probe

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Mossack Fonseca, whose client records of offshore accounts are international media fodder, has been targeted by Brazil's anti-corruption investigators and may be open to U.S. inquiries.

Veteran Miami Officer Named Police Chief in Ferguson

By Jim Salter and Curt Anderson, Associated Press |

A veteran Miami police officer with two decades of experience dealing with the media and community leaders will take over as police chief in Ferguson, hoping to help the St. Louis suburb heal as it rebounds after the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown.

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.

Florida Gay Rights Advocates Win Case 9 Months After High Court Victory

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal judge issues summary judgment in an order highly critical of Florida state agencies in companion same-sex marriage cases.

Vendor selling pork rinds in Havana

After Obama Visit, Cubans Await Change—But Wonder How Soon

By Christine Armario, Associated Press |

In the garage of his home in a rough-and-tumble Havana neighborhood, Rolando Alfonso is fixing up a 1960 Oldsmobile he hopes will be a ticket to a more profitable future: Driving tourists around Cuba.

Cyberattacks Are Increasing, Prevention Lagging in Latin America

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Cyberattacks are increasing in Latin America, but the region is lagging when it comes to technology and the knowledge base to prevent cybercrime.

IP Special Report: Patent Law at the AI Crossroads

A look at facts vs. fiction in the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, strategies for entering China and the implications of artificial intelligence for the U.S. patent system. Plus, how to protect your trademarks on social media and an unvarnished view on the forces rocking IP litigation.

'Panama Papers' Put Spotlight on Law Firm Data Security

Partners and security experts reacted with alarm to news of the massive document leak from Panama offshore firm Mossack Fonseca.

Greenspoon Marder Opens New York Office

By Julie Kay |

The Fort Lauderdale-based law firm recruited nine lawyers from Jacob, Medinger & Finnegan.

Joseph DeMaria

Joseph DeMaria Named Fox Rothschild's First Miami Managing Partner

By Julie Kay |

Joseph DeMaria, formerly of Tew Cardenas, has been named the first managing partner of the Miami office of Fox Rothschild.

Rising Stars to Receive Awards May 19

By Staff Report |
Dilma Rousseff

Explaining Why Brazilian President Rousseff Faces Impeachment

By Stan Lehman, Associated Press |

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is facing possible impeachment by Congress. The effort comes amid an angry public mood over the South American nation's worst recession in decades and a big bribery scandal at the state oil company Petrobras, yet it is not tied to either of those. Here's an explanation of what's behind the movement to oust her, and how it could play out:

Miami-Dade County Judge Judith Rubenstein, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Judge Rubenstein Traces Legal Career to Leafing Through Bar Journal

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Judith Rubinstein planned a career in teaching and switched to customer service before a chance reading of her neighbor's Florida Bar Journal, which helped pushed her into a law career.

Florida Justices Reject Request for Redistricting Legal Fees

By Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court rejected a request for the state to pay the legal fees of groups that successfully sued to overturn the state's congressional districts, the latest blow to the groups' efforts to get repaid for the costly battle.

Solar panels photo from the Smart Solar Website

Supreme Court OKs Controversial Solar Ballot Proposal

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

Floridians will get a chance this fall to put solar-energy regulations into the state Constitution.

Judge Pedro Echarte

Lawyer Amsalem's 13-Year Custody Fight Extended With Recusal Bid

By Samantha Joseph |

Former Miami attorney Frank Amsalem owes nearly $225,000 in child support and wants the latest judge on his case to be removed.

Artificial Intelligence robot Pepper dances for the audience during the We Robot 2016 conference held at the UM Law School.

Law Conference: Robot Tech Upsets Standards of Accountability

By Celia Ampel |

The We Robot conference at the University of Miami School of Law posts questions of law, morality and sociology on the advancement of the robotics culture.

Colombia to Hold Peace Talks With 2nd-Largest Rebel Group

By Libardo Cardona and Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press |

Colombia and the country's second-largest rebel group announced that they will hold peace talks, heightening expectations for a definitive end to a half-century of political violence in the Andean nation.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil Leader Looks to Shore Up Support in Reduced Coalition

By Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press |

President Dilma Rousseff looked to shore up the support of parties still in her governing coalition after Brazil's biggest quit the bloc, complicating her fight to fend off impeachment proceedings as a plunging economy makes reforms difficult and has some lawmakers worried about hosting the Olympics in August.

Russian Speakers in South Florida Form Bar Association

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Russian American Bar Association of South Florida has formed as a voluntary bar association to promote the interests of Russian-speaking attorneys.

Gov. Scott Signs Raises for County Elections Supervisors

By Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida |

County supervisors of elections will see their salaries rise under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

Jones Day firm office in Miami

State Department Counsel Joins Jones Day in DC, Sao Paulo

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Eric Snyder, who led department inquiries into the Benghazi attack and Hillard Clinton's personal email server, will focus on white collar defense and investigations.

Flores Wants Senate Review of Biscayne Bay Contamination

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, wants Senate leaders to establish a select committee to review the recent discovery of a radioactive isotope in Biscayne Bay linked to a nuclear power plant in southeast Miami-Dade County.

Robert Plant (left) and Jimmy Page (right) of Led Zeppelin, in concert in Chicago, Illinois. 1977.

Did Led Zeppelin Rip Off ‘Stairway to Heaven?’ We'll Find Out

Members of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin face a May 10 trial over claims that they ripped off another artist to make the iconic song “Stairway to Heaven.”

Court Sucks $400k More Out of Dracula-Loving Sex Trafficker

By Samantha Joseph |

An international sex trafficher known as "Drac" must pay an additional $400,000 in restitution to a woman he prostituted, a federal appeals court rules.

Becker & Poliakoff Rolls Out Community Association Election Software

By Samantha Joseph |

Becker & Poliakoff is offering software to introduce electronic ballots for condo association elections.

Foreclosure Sale Should Not Have Happened, 4th DCA Tells Homeowner's Association

By Samantha Joseph |

An appeals court says a Wellington homeowner association wrongly barreled through a foreclosure sale after the owner filed for bankruptcy protection.

Lenz Go Crazy! Uncertain Landscape for Fair Use Under Copyright Law

By Commentary by Jose Sariego |

The owners of copyrighted content must consider fair use before sending take-down notices seeking the removal of online material, writes attorney Jose Sariego.

Miami-Dade Judge Rubenstein Leaving After 16 Years on Bench

By Julie Kay |

A month after filing to run for re-election, Miami-Dade County Court Judge Judy Rubenstein had a change of heart and withdrew from the race, opening the door to candidates.

Couple's Attorneys Win $28M Award for Discarded Baby's Body

By Celia Ampel |

Greenspoon Marder wins a $28 million verdict against a funeral home that disposed of a baby's body in a gas station garbage bin.

Rene Romer, ceo and managing director of the Dutch Caribbean Stock Exchange

Curacao Stock Exchange Seeks International Startups

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The Dutch Caribbean Securities Exchange is pitching itself as an affordable venue for Latin American startups.

Capitol building in Havana

Unusual Dissent Erupts Inside Cuban Communist Party Ranks

By Andrea Rodriguez and Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press |

Days after President Barack Obama's historic visit, the leaders of Cuba's Communist Party are under highly unusual public criticism from their own ranks for imposing new levels of secrecy on the future of social and economic reforms.

Michael Froomkin, Laurie Silvers & Mitchell Rubenstein Distinguished Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law.

We Robot: University of Miami Law Conference Confronts Legal, Ethical Issues

By Celia Ampel |

A University of Miami law professor who founded the We Robots conference aims to involve legal minds in the robotics field to prevent liability problems down the road.

Brothers Scott Srebnick, left,  of the Law Office of Scott A. Srebnick and Howard Srebnick of Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf at the U.S. Supreme Court.

SCOTUS: Freeze on Clean Money Can't Block Hiring Defense; Miami Lawyer Notches Win

By Celia Ampel |

Miami lawyer Howard Srebnick wins when the court rules criminal defendants are allowed to use untainted assets to hire defense attorneys.

Pam Bondi

State AG, Gun-Rights Groups Back 'Doc vs. Glocks' Law

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

Readying for oral arguments in June, attorneys for the state and Second Amendment groups are urging a full federal appeals court to uphold a 2011 Florida law that would restrict doctors from asking questions and recording information about patients' gun ownership.

Surveillance video shows convicted carjacker Alberto Ruiz smashing vehicles waiting to be valet parked at the JW Marriott as he makes off with Shaun Sinclair-Stept’s SUV in September 2014. The Hotel porters are knocked down, in this frame, when the vehicle backs up..

Valet Lane Carjacking Leads to Suit Against Marriott Over Lexus Theft

By Samantha Joseph |

A wild carjacking by a man dressed as a valet led to a negligence suit against JW Marriott Marquis Miami and its valet company.

Dilma Rousseff

Brazil Ex-President Silva Says Rousseff Can Stop Impeachment

By Mauricio Savarese and Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press |

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he believes his embattled successor and protege can survive mounting pressure in Congress for her impeachment.

Gov. Scott Backs 'Claim' Bill Compensation in Deaths, Injuries

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

As she debated on the House floor last month, state Rep. Jeanette Nunez said a bill calling for compensation in the death of Andrea Castillo was "personal" for her.

Kendall Coffey

Ex-US Attorney Coffey Represents Trump Campaign Manager on Battery Charge

By Celia Ampel |

High-profile Miami attorney Kendall Coffey represents Donald Trump's campaign manager, who is charged with misdemeanor battery for allegedly grabbing a journalist at a Jupiter campaign event.

Paul Ryan.

Puerto Rico's Delegate Demands Changes to Debt Crisis Draft Bill

By Billy House, Bloomberg News |

Speaker Paul Ryan promised that House Republicans would have a plan to help Puerto Rico deal with its $70 billion debt by the end of March, yet some island officials are finding the emerging draft difficult to swallow.

Polk County Authorities Drop Stand Your Ground Charges

By Associated Press |

Prosecutors in Polk County have dropped charges against a man who shot his neighbor during a confrontation.

Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown

Judges Hear Brown's Bid to Block New Congressional District

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A lawyer for veteran Congresswoman Corrine Brown relied mostly on the region's long history of discrimination against blacks in an attempt to convince a three-judge panel to block a new North Florida congressional district from going into effect.

Joel Perwin

Lawyers Want High Court to Turn Back Clock in Workers' Comp Appeal

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court is being asked to consider whether to uphold a no-fault workers' compensation law under attack by employees as "eviscerated."

Lydecker Diaz Expands to New York, New Jersey

By Julie Kay |

Miami-based Lydecker Diaz is expanding to the New York market by opening offices in Melville, New York, Hawthorne, New York, and Jersey City, New Jersey.

Alec Schultz and Derek Leon

Judge: Volvo Spinoff Owes $4.8M to Financing Company

By Celia Ampel |

Leon Cosgrove lawyers win a $4.78 million summary judgment for breach of contract against a spinoff of Volvo in a dispute over aviation equipment purchases.

Florida Drops Complaints Against Abortion Clinics

By Gary Fineout |

Florida health regulators drop their push to fine three Planned Parenthood centers accused of performing second-trimester abortions. The group calls the charges a political attack.

FIU Law Evening Program Draws Money for Scholarships

By Julie Kay |

Alumni of the Florida International University evening law program have donated more than $50,000 to help second-career law students.

Associates Making Partner at Large Firms in Big Numbers

By Julie Kay |

Associates have been promoted to partner in record numbers in South Florida, thanks to a strong economy and a desire from law firms to retain talent.

Commissioner Marc Sarnoff

Ex-Miami Commissioner Sarnoff Named to FIU Board

By Celia Ampel |

Former City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff of Shutts & Bowen was appointed to the Florida International University board of trustees.

New Partners 2016

In the Daily Business Review’s New Partners 2016 special section looks at who made partner and how they did it.

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Chinese-Speaking Lawyers a Rarity in South Florida and in Demand

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida law firms are snapping up attorneys who can bridge language and culture gaps to build relationships with Chinese investors.

Circuit Judge Antonio Marin, Circuit Civil Division, Miami-Dade County, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Judge Marin Considers Himself the Product of His Wife's Efforts

By Carlos Harrison |

The wife of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Antonio Marin pushed him to go back to school. He was attracted to law and had a criminal defense practice before reaching the bench.

Judge Terry Lewis.Tallahassee

Voting-Rights Groups Blocked From Recouping Legal Fees

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A state appeals court rules against paying attorney fees to a voting-rights coalition and voters who successfully sued the Legislature for different congressional district boundaries.

Dale Noll, with Akerman, Miami

Presidency of National LGBT Group Came Quicker than Expected

By Julie Kay |

Akerman associate Dale Noll has been named president-elect of the 1,200-member LGBT Bar Association, the largest LGBT organization for the legal industry in the country.

High Court Defines Class Coverage in Smoker Cases

By Celia Ampel |

Smokers suing tobacco companies don't have to show how early they were diagnosed with a smoking-related disease to pursue their lawsuits with help from disbanded class action findings, the Florida Supreme Court rules.

Court Upholds Restriction on Homestead Exemptions

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

A state appeals court rules a couple can't claim a Florida homestead exemption when one spouse has a similar exemption elsewhere.

Jennifer Olmedo-Rodriguez

Quandary: Attorneys Puzzle Over Protection for Doing Business in Cuba

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Wary U.S. attorneys want the option of arbitration in a third country if they run into problems on contracts in Cuba.

Judge Orders Hollywood Officials to Sit for Depositions

By Samantha Joseph |

A judge orders Hollywood city commissioners to sit for depositions in litigation over a derailed downtown development.

Children of Legal Immigrants Will Soon be Eligible for Coverage

By Margie Menzel and Tom Urban, News Service of Florida |

A change in state law opens the door to subsidized health insurance for thousands of Florida children starting July 1.

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

Beach Developer Faces Revived Lawsuit Targeting Star Island Home

By Celia Ampel |

A state appeals court allows heirs of a German publishing mogul to pursue claims against a former in-law, Miami Beach developer Thomas Kramer.

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles T. Canady speaks during the Pro Bono Service Awards ceremony Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Step 1: Answer the Lawsuit, Even If You Think It Doesn't Have a Chance

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Supreme Court holds a subsequent landlord responsible for a default judgment after failing to answer a tenant's slip-and-fall lawsuit.

Patricia H. White

$1M Grant to UM Law School Supports Class Actions, MDLs in South Florida

By Julie Kay |

Three major South Florida law firms give a $1 million grant to the University of Miami law school to boost Miami's reputation as a center for class actions and multidistrict litigation.

Court Faults Arguments 'Beyond the Pale'

By Samantha Joseph |

Overzealous plaintiffs attorneys who bashed opposing counsel cost their clients a $3.8 million jury award in a tobacco case.

Chris S. Coutroulis, a Shareholder and Director of the Annual Class Action Survey

Survey: Class Action Defense Spending Rising

By Julie Kay |

An annual survey on class action spending conducted by Carlton Fields Jorden Burt shows that, after four years of declines, companies increased their spending to $2.1 billion.

Attorney Tells Jury to Assess Company 'Puppeteer,' Wins $17 Million

By Celia Ampel |

Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton lawyers pierce the corporate veil to hold a borrower liable for $15 million in damages plus interest.

Franklin L. Zemel

Ex-Client Sues Arnstein & Lehr for Malpractice in South Beach Diet Dispute

By Julie Kay |

A fight between Arnstein & Lehr and an investment company over nearly $400,000 in legal fees has turned into all-out war, with the client filing a legal malpractice case seeking $4 million in damages.

Miami Attorneys Join Cuba Trip During Obama Visit

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A handful of Miami lawyers are in Cuba for President Barack Obama's visit, while others decided to stay home.

Jason Kellogg

Affordable Housing Wins, Tax Cut Loses in Legislature

By Carla Vianna |

Florida's real estate community tallies its wins and losses in the legislative session, including a gain in affordable housing funds.

Three Runoffs, One Elected to Bar Board of Governors

By Julie Kay |

Miami attorney Dennis Kainen wins a fifth term on the Florida Bar board of governors, while three other South Florida races are head to runoffs.

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2013, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes watches during NFL football training camp in Tampa, Fla. Former NFL kicker Lawrence Tynes has filed a lawsuit against the Buccaneers over a MRSA infection he contracted in a toe on his kicking foot, prematurely ending his career. Attorney Stephen F. Rosenthal said Tuesday, April 7, 2015, that Tynes got the infection in 2013 at the Bucs' training facility.  (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)

For Ex-Bucs Kicker, Judge Rejects Arbitration Over Career-Ending Injury

By Celia Ampel |

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Lawrence Tynes is wearing out the team's defense, winning his bid to keep his lawsuit out of arbitration over a toe infection he claims he contracted at a Bucs training facility.

Scam Targets Lenders, U.S. Export-Import Bank

By Samantha Joseph |

Federal prosecutors charged a Miami man running a factoring scam cost lenders and the U.S. Export-Import Bank more than $11 million.

Third DCA Preserves Citizen Oversight of Miami Police

By Noreen Marcus |

The Third DCA produced an unusual and stronger second panel opinion three years after first ruling the city had the authority to create a citizens review board.

3rd DCA Judge Vance E. Salter

Condo Association Faces Sanctions in Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

Time is running out for a North Miami condo association facing sanctions in the case of a misdirected complaint.

Barbara Dawicke, Trial Court Administrator, Chief Judge Jeffrey Colbath, Noel Chessman, Court Technology Officer and Amy Borman, Esq., General Counsel sit at a judges bench

Palm Beach County Leads State on Judicial E-Filing

By Celia Ampel |

Palm Beach Circuit Court is No. 1 in the state for judicial e-filing, creating a system that cuts down on wasted time and paper.

Review Announces Finalists for Annual Top Dealmakers

By Staff Report |

The Daily Business Review announces the finalists in 14 categories for Top Dealmaker awards.

State, Critics Ready for Changes at Juvenile Facilities

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

The state Department of Juvenile Justice is moving ahead on seeking new contractors to operate its facilities after canceling work with Youth Services International.

James Meyer, with Harper Meyer Perez Hagen O'Connor Albert & Dribin LLP

Running in Tandem: US-Cuba, Colombia-FARC Talks in Cuba

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two sets of talks have been reaching milestones around the same time as longtime adversaries shoot for normalization.

Court Backs Use of New Law in Death Penalty Cases

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

The Fifth District Court of Appeal ruled a new death penalty law enacted this month should apply in the cases of Larry Darnell Perry and William Theodore Woodward.

Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown

Federal Court Gets Ready to Delve Into Rep. Brown's District

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

A federal court will hear arguments this week in Rep. Corrine Brown's battle against a redistricting plan that would force her to run in a dramatically reshaped district stretching across 200 miles of North Florida.

Mauricio Macri

Argentine President Promises Crackdown on Rampant Corruption

By Peter Prengaman and Paul Haven, Associated Press |

During the first 100 days of his administration, conservative President Mauricio Macri has overhauled many of the signature policies that his populist predecessors spent 12 years implementing for Argentina.

US Bankruptcy Judge Laurel M. Isicoff, Southern District of Florida.

Miami Bankruptcy Judge Sides With Homeowner Facing Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Laurel Isicoff added her voice to the divisive surrender issue, finding homeowner actions in bankruptcy don't preclude foreclosure defenses.

Juror Who Showed Up Drunk in Court Wins Appeal of Jail Term

By Joe Reedy, Associated Press |

A Florida man who showed up drunk for jury selection shouldn't have been sent to jail for it, the state's supreme court ruled.

Gunster Opens 13th Florida Office in Boca Raton

By Carla Vianna |

West Palm Beach-based business law firm Gunster opens its 13th Florida location in Boca Raton. The six attorneys include two from Berger Singerman.

Judge Linda Singer Stein, county judge of the Miami-Dade County Court of Florida.

SCOTUS Case Pushed Linda Singer Stein to Become Judge

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Linda Singer Stein worked on an Eastern Air Lines case and attended Supreme Court arguments, cementing her desire to become a judge.

Laura M. Watson

Disbarment Recommended for Ex-Judge Laura Watson

By Samantha Joseph |

A Florida Bar referee recommends permanent disbarment and nearly $1.4 million in penalties against ousted Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson for misconduct as an attorney before she reached the bench.

Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Corporate Lawyers Defect to Holland & Knight

By Julie Kay |

Five corporate shareholders and five associates from Greenberg Traurig's Miami office are defecting to Holland & Knight.

Brazil Judge Sees Efforts to Curry Favor for Ex-President

By Mauricio Savarese and Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press |

Keys Homeowners Claim Double-Cross on Loan Modification; Court Agrees

By Samantha Joseph |

An appeals court agrees with homeowners who claimed Community Bank of Florida accepted $52,000 in catch-up payments but double-crossed them on a deal to avoid foreclosure.

Miami-Dade County Judge Steve Leifman

Leifman's Mental-Health Task Force Work Leads to Reform Bills

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

Miami Judge Steve Leifman, a widely recognized authority on substance-abuse and mental-health issues in the criminal-justice system, closely watched two reform bills that passed the Legislature last week.

Federal Regulators Probe Florida Handling of Pesticide Case

By Jason Dearen, Associated Press |

Federal regulators are looking into whether Florida failed to properly investigate if farmworkers sickened in a crop-dusting accident were told not to report it to authorities.

Punitives Against Big Tobacco an Option in Smoker Cases, Florida Supreme Court Rules

By Celia Ampel |

Sick Florida smokers may seek punitive damages under negligence and strict liability theories in lawsuits against cigarette makers, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Ships Sailing to Cuba to See Relaxed US Security Restrictions

The United States is dropping Coast Guard restrictions to make it easier for U.S. cruise ships, cargo ships and ferries to visit Cuba.

Kimberly Cook holds the bible for her husband Ramón A. Abadin as he is sworn into the president of the Florida Bar by Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Panel: Professionalism Has Far-Reaching Benefits

By Celia Ampel |

Practicing civility inside and outside the courtroom isn't just the right thing to do — it could cure what ails the legal profession, Florida Bar President Ramon Abadin said.

Defense Questions Court's Silence on Standing in Foreclosure Cases

By Samantha Joseph |

Some foreclosure defense attorneys say the Third District Court of Appeal is abusing per curiam affirmances to avoid explaining its rulings on lender standing in foreclosure cases.

CABA Asks Obama to Cancel Cuba Trip

By Julie Kay |

The Cuban American Bar Association is urging President Barack Obama to cancel his planned trip to Cuba next week.

Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Chairman Cites Culture Clash in Failure of Merger Talks

By Julie Kay |

The talks are off between the 1,950-lawyer Greenberg Traurig and London's 550-lawyer Berwin Leighton Paisner.

Homestead Wins Dispute Over Traffic Patterns

By Celia Ampel |

Weiss Serota successfully defended the city of Homestead against a $3 million claim that the city defrauded John Ruiz by not telling him about the traffic patterns around a sports stadium he purchased.

Behind-the-Scenes Push for Gambling Deal Fee Short

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

With time running out in the legislative session and a gambling deal all but dead in the Senate, industry lobbyists and the Seminole Tribe scrambled to put together a new deal that included major concessions from the tribe regarding slot machines.

Brazil Supreme Court Accepts Plea Deal by Key Lawmaker

By Jenny Barchfield and Mauricio Savarese, Associated Press |

The Supreme Court said it accepted a plea agreement with the former Senate leader for the governing Workers' Party, whose testimony in the sprawling Petrobras corruption case includes incendiary allegations against Brazil's president, her predecessor and other prominent public figures across the political spectrum.

Appeals Court Finds No Homestead Protection

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third DCA rules homeowners who changed their minds about a property deal can't use homestead protections to avoid the sale.

Rick Wilson, Senior Vice President, External Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Bacardi

Another Round: Bacardi Revives Havana Club Trademark Lawsuit

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Bacardi Ltd. is asking a federal judge in Washington to revive its lawsuit challenging Cuba's Havana Club trademark in the United States.

Venezuela Recovers Remains of 14 Missing Miners

By Fabiola Sanchez, Associated Press |

Searchers recovered the remains of 14 people belonging to a group of more than 20 missing miners believed to have been killed by a gang seeking control over a wildcat gold claim in southeastern Venezuela, government officials said.

Proskauer Rose associate Lance Aker and partners Stuart Kapp and Ronald Kornreich.

Attorney Reprises Role on Lauderdale Tower Sale

By Mary Hladky, Special to the Review |

A Proskauer Rose legal team represented a real estate investment company that acquired Tower 101 in downtown Fort Lauderdale for $56.3 million.

Florida Capital

Florida Legislative Session Roundup: Let's Go Home, For Good This Time

By Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida |

As the 2016 legislative session came to a blessedly peaceful end, you could look at the 60-day assembly through a variety of prisms.

Miami- Bruce Jacobs, with Jacobs Keeley, PLLC

Foreclosure Shifts From Summary Denial to Reversal With Opinion

By Samantha Joseph |

Foreclosure defense attorney Bruce Jacobs achieved a rare feat: He got the Fourth DCA to withdraw its original rejection and write a reversal.

The Century Tower at the University of Florida

Florida Law School Proves to be King of State

By Julie Kay |

The University of Florida has done it again, taking the top spot among Sunshine State schools for a second consecutive year in the U.S. News & World Report's annual law school rankings.

Mexico Nabs Alleged Cartel Leader Tied to Border Shootouts

By Maria Verza and Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press |

A suspected drug cartel boss linked to a string of deadly weekend gun battles in a northern border city was arrested at a horse racetrack in the capital, Mexican officials said.

Barack Obama.

Obama Predicts Cuban Embargo Will Be Lifted Under His Successor

By Margaret Talev, Bloomberg News |

President Barack Obama said sentiment in Congress is building toward lifting the decades-old trade embargo with Cuba, but it's "not yet at a critical mass" and that the next big step in restoring relations with the island nation will be left for his successor.

Failing Grade? Trial Over Florida's Public Schools Finally Starts

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

A showdown over Florida's public schools that began in a Tallahassee courtroom is expected to delve into whether the changes pushed by Republican governors and a GOP-controlled Legislature over the last two decades helped or hurt the state's school children.

Dilma Rousseff

Big Protests Across Brazil Put More Pressure on President Rousseff

By Mauricio Savarese and Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press |

Mammoth demonstrations across Brazil are putting even more pressure on embattled President Dilma Rousseff as she heads into a tough week for her attempt to survive impeachment proceedings in Congress.

Gambling Decisions in Judges' Hands After Lawmakers Fold

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Lawmakers called it a heavy lift, a three-dimensional game of chess and a Rubik's cube.

Prescribing, Insurance Changes Get Last-Minute Approval by Florida Lawmakers

By Jim Saunders, News Service of Florida |

Florida lawmakers approved measures that would expand the drug-prescribing powers of advanced registered nurse practitioners and address a controversial health insurance issue known as "balance billing."

Richard J. Cohen, managing partner for Buffalo, N.Y.-based Goldberg Segalla

Buffalo-based Goldberg Segalla Expands to South Florida

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Goldberg Segalla, which is recognized as a best place to work, opens offices in Miami and West Palm Beach with Wilson Elser defectors.

Yechezkel Rodal, a Fort Lauderdale attoreny represented the consumer in a Truth in Lending he lost in the Eleventh Circuit.

Eleventh Circuit Channels Scalia in Truth in Lending Case

By Noreen Marcus |

A decision by Circuit Judge William Pryor cites a book by the late Justice Antonin Scalia is rejecting a consumer appeal.

Protesters at Kolter’s new Alton community in Jupiter.

Condo Owners Suing Kolter Hold Buyer-Beware Protest

By Samantha Joseph |

Members of a Palm Beach Gardens condo association staged a protest at a developer's latest project as part of a buyer-beware campaign after years of legal wrangling over alleged construction defects.

Wifredo A. Ferrer

Miami Police Shooting Pact Calls for Sustainable Reforms, U.S. Attorney Ferrer Says

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida's top federal prosecutor Wifredo Ferrer believes a Justice Department settlement with the Miami Police Department will reduce unnecessary police shootings.

Sticky Lawsuit: $400M Dispute Lingers Over Post-It Inventor

By Curt Anderson, Associated Press |

Alan Amron has invented a battery-powered squirt gun, a digital photo frame, even a laser system that may someday provide a visible first-down line for fans inside NFL stadiums. He holds 40 U.S. patents, but he's most interested in an invention for which he gets no credit: the Post-it Note, that ubiquitous sticky-back product made into a worldwide success by 3M Co.

Housing in Havana, Cuba

Obama Trip to Cuba Shows Move Away From Focus on Dissidents

By Andrea Rodriguez, Michael Weissenstein and Josh Lederman, Associated Press |

President Barack Obama is wagering that reforging links between the U.S. and Cuba will do more to change Cuba's single-party government and centrally planned economy than a half-century of confrontation.

Miami-Dade County Judge Joseph Davis, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Nudge from Former Roommate Led Judge Davis to the Bench

By Carlos Harrison |

Golf led indirectly to Miami-Dade County Court Judge Joe Davis teaming up with the men he would be partners with for three decades. His former college roommate led him to the bench.

Deployed Takata airbag.

Judge Bounces Auto Recyclers From Takata Air Bag Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno dismisses auto recyclers' fraud claims against automakers that produced vehicles with Takata air bags.

Wounded Warrior Fires Execs Over Spending Accusations

By Associated Press |

The board of Wounded Warrior Project, one of the nation's largest veteran support groups, has fired two top officials amid news reports accusing the group of wasteful spending.

Peter A. Quinter

Attorneys With Cross-Border Practices See Value in Trade Agreements

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Trade agreements are global political tools that affect more than the domestic job market, attorneys with cross-border practices say.

Miami Jury Award in Fee Fight Between Criminal Defense Attorneys Hits $800,000

By Julie Kay |

A long-running legal fee dispute between two Miami criminal defense attorneys culminates in a jury award of $800,000 for lawyer Nathan Diamond.

Judge to Decide Details of Farmworkers' March in Palm Beach

By Terry Spencer, Associated Press |

A farmworkers coalition will march through the wealthy town of Palm Beach near the home of a billionaire fast-food executive, but a federal judge will decide how loud the demonstration will be and where it will be held.

Gov. Scott to Sign Bill to End Juvenile Detention Dispute

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

The Florida House unanimously passed a bill that would end years of legal wrangling between the state and counties over juvenile-detention costs.

Public Corruption Bill Goes to Gov. Scott

By William March, Associated Press |

A bill aimed at reducing corruption by Florida public officials is headed for Gov. Rick Scott's desk.

10/26/12-- Miami-- Chief Judge Linda Ann Wells, Third District Court of Appeal.

Appeals Court Shrinks Award After Developers Split Over 3 Projects

By Samantha Joseph |

A multimillion-dollar award hangs in the balance after the implosion of a partnership dating back to the condo conversion heyday.

Electoral Council Strikes No. 2 Candidate From Peru Race

By Franklin Briceno, Associated Press |

Peru's electoral council barred the main challenger to front-runner Keiko Fujimori from the country's April 10 presidential election on a technicality.

Scott Nathan, executive vice president of BankUnited, left, and John Moscow, partner with BakerHostetle. Florida International Bankers Association panel weighs in on the anti-laundering Miami geographic targeting order.

Anti-Laundering Panel Outlines Where Reporting Responsibility Lies

By Carla Vianna |

A panel organized by the Florida International Bankers Association tackles the federal geographic targeting order on high-end Miami housing transactions.

Nicolas Maduro

Maduro Withdraws Venezuela's Top Diplomat in Washington

By The Associated Press |

President Nicolas Maduro announced that Venezuela's top diplomat in Washington would be called back to Caracas to protest the decision to renew a U.S. decree imposing sanctions on several top officials from the South American country.

Jones Day Team Handles Debt Restructuring for Mexican Copper Company

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The legal team represents the financial advisers handling the $217 million debt exchange for Mexico's Cobre del Mayo.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370)[b] was a scheduled international passenger flight that disappeared on 8 March 2014, while flying from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to Beijing Capital International Airport in China.

Miami, Chicago Attorneys Suing Boeing in Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Crash

By Celia Ampel |

Attorneys in Miami and Chicago are suing Boeing Co. on behalf of the families of passengers who disappeared on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 two years ago.

BancorpSouth Bank Overdraft Settlement Gets Preliminary OK

By Celia Ampel |

Fort Lauderdale attorneys received preliminary approval for a $24.5 million settlement in an overdraft fee case against the Mississippi-ased bank.

Bill Requires Arrest Before Police Can Seize Money, Property

By Brendan Farrington, Associated Press |

Florida is one step closer to overhauling laws that allow law enforcement agencies to take property, cars and cash from suspected criminals after lawmakers sent Gov. Rick Scott a bill that would give more protection to citizens targeted by police.

Court Weighs Clerk's Immunity in Speed Trap Class Challenge

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal considers a case challenging a school zone speed limit and claiming the Broward Clerk of Courts pockets more money that state law allows on speeding tickets.

Brazil's Marcelo Odebrecht Sentenced to More Than 19 Years

By Stan Lehman, Associated Press |

A federal judge sentenced the former president of the country's largest construction company to more than 19 years in prison for involvement in the massive corruption scheme at Brazil's state-run oil company Petrobras.

Christ the Redeemer on Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio De Janeiro. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Home of Slum Resident Fighting Olympic Eviction Demolished

By Bruce Douglas, Associated Press |

Authorities moved in early Tuesday and bulldozed the home of a slum dweller whose fight to stay in her residence near Rio's Olympic Park came to symbolize the fight between the city and residents of the Vila Autodromo shantytown.

Alimony, Child Custody Law Revisions Headed to Gov. Scott

By William March, Associated Press |

An emotionally contentious bill that would end permanent alimony payments and urge judges to enforce equal time-sharing with children of divorcing parents is headed to Gov. Rick Scott.

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

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Judge Adalberto Jordan on Possible Supreme Court Nomination: No Thanks

Miami's Adalberto Jordan, a federal appeals court judge twice confirmed by the U.S. Senate, tells U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson that he's not interested in being considered for the U.S. Supreme Court.

Third District Court of Appeal

Hialeah Beats Little-Guy Vendors on Appeal

By Celia Ampel |

The Third District Court of Appeal backs a Hialeah ordinance that keeps street vendors from displaying their goods and staying in one place.

Appeals Court Sides With Wells Fargo on Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

Wells Fargo comes out on the winning side of a foreclosure appeal after the Fourth District Court of Appeal rules a general release in a settlement agreement did not cover a suit in Broward County.

Fugees Star Gets Do-Over in Defamation Case Against New York Post About Page Six

By Celia Ampel |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit revives a defamation lawsuit, finding the newspaper's Page Six gossip items should be treated as factual statements, not opinions.

Hey, Florida, How About That Uniform Bar Exam?

By Julie Kay |

A proposal to adopt the national uniform bar exam or shrink the number of subjects covered by the Florida Bar exam is stirring controversy.

Protest for the legalization of medical marijuana

Marijuana Expansion for Terminally Ill Patients En Route to Scott

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Terminally ill patients would have access to marijuana under a measure that would legalize full-strength pot for the first time in Florida if signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott.

A United States Border Patrol officer sits in his vehicle, surveying the new steel beam border fence overlooking the town of Nogales, Arizona.

Can They Do That? Great Wall of Trump Faces Great Hurdles

By Matthew Lee and Alicia A. Caldwell, Associated Press |

Can Donald Trump really make good on his promise to build a wall along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexican border to prevent illegal migration? What's more, can he make Mexico pay for it?

Florida Capital

Florida Legislature Trying to Wrap Up Work in Final Week

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

The Florida Legislature is trying to wrap up a lot of unfinished work in its final week.

Hunton & Williams: associate Rail Seoane, partners David Yates, Fernando Alonso, and Robert Rausch.

Hunton & Williams Guides 102-Outlet Sale to 7-Eleven

By Mary Hladky |

The legal team focused on the details of the sale by Biscayne Petroleum and Everglades Petroleum.

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

Holland & Knight Team Advises Colombia on Toll Road Financing

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The legal team led by Miami's Norberto Quintana advised on a line of credit for construction of a toll road in the Colombian Andes.

Erin Andrews' Negligent Security Award Is Warranted

By Commentary by Michael Haggard |

Veteran negligent security plaintiffs attorney Michael Haggard comments on the $55 million award to sportscaster Erin Andrews.

MS Costa Luminosa is a cruise ship, owned and operated by Costa Crociere. Costa Luminosa entered service on May 5, 2009.

Woman Awarded $1.1 Million in Cruise Dining Room Fall

By Celia Ampel |

A Fort Lauderdale federal jury awarded $1.1 million to a woman who tripped on a bucket on a cruise ship operated by Carnival's Costa.

Pompano Doctor Cleared of Medicare Fraud Charges

By Julie Kay |

Miami criminal defense attorney Brian Bieber won an acquittal for a Pompano Beach doctor charged with Medicare fraud.

Team for Mexican Drug Lord 'El Chapo' Launches PR Blitz

By Christopher Sherman, Associated Press |

The once-secretive Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has launched a public relations blitz, calling on his lawyers and even his common-law wife to keep his name in the news.

Florida Supreme Court

Florida Supreme Court May Enter Abortion Fray

By Noreen Marcus |

A Gainesville abortion case that may go to the Florida Supreme Court tracks the Texas abortion tumult in the U.S. Supreme Court.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Divide Growing Between Florida Governor, Other Republicans

By Gary Fineout, Associated Press |

Since charging into office some five years ago, Florida Gov. Rick Scott has routinely had an awkward relationship with the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature and other GOP officials.

Courts Clarify Who Has Right to Sue in Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

Two appellate courts allow lenders in foreclosure cases to show constructive possession when third parties have physical possession of promissory notes.

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

Florida Supreme Court Puzzles Over Solar Initiative Wording

By Noreen Marcus, Special to the Review |

Florida's justices seem divided over whether the wording of a ballot measure set for review in November is misleading.

Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown

Charity With Ties to Congresswoman Target of Fraud Case

By Jason Dearen and Curt Anderson, Associated Press |

The head of a purported charity with close ties to Florida U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown pleaded guilty in a federal fraud investigation.

Scott Rothstein

Rothstein Investor's Home Sells for Nearly $3 Million

By Julie Kay |

The Boca Raton house owned by the late auto magnate Ed Morse sells to return money to victims of disbarred law firm chairman Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzo scheme.

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Former Boca Attorney Pleads Guilty to Hiding $1.5 Million

By Samantha Joseph |

Boca Raton attorney William J. Reilly pleaded guilty to tax evasion for skirting more than $1.5 million in income tax payments.

Maria D. Ortiz

'Epiphany' Moment Led Judge Ortiz to Bench

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Maria Ortiz bucked a family trend to practice medicine when she announced she was going to law school.

Irina Rostova, with Rostova Law Group, P.A.

Russian-Speaking Attorneys Cater to Surge from Russia, Ukraine

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Instability in Ukraine and Russia is prompting more Russian-speaking entrepreneurs to immigrate to the U.S. to start or expand businesses.

Robert Kaye, Judge in $145B Engle Tobacco Case, Dies at Age 86

By Celia Ampel |

Retired Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Robert Kaye has died after a career that included presiding over the landmark Engle tobacco trial, the court confirmed.

Coconut Creek's First City Attorney Dies

By Samantha Joseph |

Former Coconut Creek City Attorney Paul Stuart died at age 75.

Don't Try to Skirt Federal Real Estate Targeting Order

By Commentary by Michael Kosnitzky |

Attorney Michael Kosnitzky says some real estate professionals and attorneys are talking about trying to circumvent a federal order targeting cash sales of luxury Miami real estate. He strongly suggests they consider compliance instead.

Brazilian Police Question Ex-President in Corruption Probe

By Stan Lehman and Jenny Barchfield, Associated Press |

Brazilian police pulled former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and two of his sons in for questioning and searched homes and other buildings connected to the family, drawing the country's most towering political figure closer into the sprawling corruption case centered on the oil giant Petrobras.

Lawmakers Send 'Best Interest' Adoption Changes to Governor

By Margie Menzel, News Service of Florida |

A bill that would allow judges to place the best interests of children in adoption cases above the biological parents' wishes is heading to Gov. Rick Scott.

UM Law Professor Sundby Named Fulbright Scholar

By Samantha Joseph |

University of Miami School of Law's Scott Sundby is heading to Ireland this summer and participating in a program to reverse wrongful convictions.

Lawyer: Mexican Drug Lord Changes Mind, Wants Extradition

By E. Eduardo Castillo, Associated Press |

Drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is willing to plead guilty to any charges in the United States if U.S. authorities promise him a short sentence in a medium-security prison, one of his lawyers.

Practical Tips for Handling Tough Immigration Cases

By Commentary by Rebeca Sanchez-Roig and Bruce Solow |

Attorneys Rebeca Sanchez-Roig and Bruce Solow advise how to present the best possible case in court for immigration clients.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building Monday, Jan. 31, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida Supreme Court Indefinitely Postpones Second Execution

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Hours after hearing arguments in the case, the Florida Supreme Court indefinitely postponed the execution of Mark James Asay, a convicted double murderer scheduled to die on March 17.

Court Sides With Artist Against UPS Over Stolen Paintings

By Celia Ampel |

A Wellington painter who accused UPS of systematically stealing art from packages and reselling it wins in the Florida Supreme Court.

After Years of Wrangling, Alimony Overhaul in the Works

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

After years of wrangling, lawmakers are poised to approve an alimony overhaul that would do away with permanent alimony and change the way judges decide how much time children should spend with their divorced parents.

Nina Weatherly Di Pietro

Broward Judge Di Pietro Leads in Fundraising

By Julie Kay |

Broward County Court Judge Nina Di Pietro has raised $238,000 for her election, a quarter of it from Broward Health-related sources. Her husband chairs the troubled public hospital district board.

03/02/16-  Miami- Repairs continue on the exterior of the Dade County Courthouse in Miami Florida.

Deteriorating Miami Courthouse Missed Inspections for Decades

By Celia Ampel |

Required building certification and safety inspections lapsed at the historic Dade County Courthouse, the county inspector general reports.

Florida Bar Launches Legal Guide App for Teens

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar launched a new app seemingly designed to strike fear into the hearts of young adults before they consider breaking the law during spring break.

Pamela Marsh

Berger Singerman Hires Former US Attorney Marsh

By Julie Kay |

Berger Singerman has hired Pamela Cothran Marsh, a former U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Florida, as a partner dividing her time between Tallahassee and Miami.

Mauricio Macri

Argentine President: Nation in Bad Shape But Change Coming

By Peter Prengaman, Associated Press |

Argentine President Mauricio Macri painted a grim picture of the nation on Tuesday, telling Congress that the state is broke, drug traffickers are prospering and institutions, including the armed forces, are so weakened that the borders are barely protected and many military planes cannot fly.

Tractor spraying a field on farm

US Targets Puerto Rico Companies in Toxic Pesticide Case

By Danica Coto, Associated Press |

The U.S. government filed complaints against a pest control company in Puerto Rico and two businessmen for the illegal use of a toxic pesticide that nearly killed an American family in the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands.

Seminole Tribe's $3 Billion Gambling Plans Melt Down in Senate

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

A proposal that would have ratified a $3 billion gambling deal between the state and the Seminole Tribe folded in the Senate, indicating the bill is doomed for the legislative session that ends next week.

House Doesn't Budge on Everglades 'Legacy Florida' Money

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

The House is sticking with a proposal to create a 10-year funding pool only for Everglades restoration, setting up potential negotiations with the Senate on how to spend voter-approved money for land and water conservation.

$151 Million Settlement Approved in Foam Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

Jay Shapiro of Stearns Weaver helped negotiate a $151 million antitrust class action settlement for indirect purchasers of products containing polyurethane foam used in mattresses, pillows and furniture.

Jones Day Arranges Lender's Costa Rican Purchase

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A Miami-based team of Jones Day attorneys advises Credito Real on a $70 million purchase of a majority stake in Costa Rican lender Instacredit.

Joseph DeMaria

Farm Stores Cleared in Workers' Comp Fight Dating Back to 1999

By Celia Ampel |

Farm Stores persuaded a Miami-Dade judge to set aside a $1.8 million breach-of-contract verdict and enter judgment in its favor instead.

Three in South Florida Vie for DBR Attorney of the Year Honors

By Staff Report |

Ira Rosner of Greenberg Traurig, William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer and Whitney Untiedt of Akerman will be honored at a May 19 event at the Coral Gables Country Club.

'Hero' Cop Johnny Vega Gets Lost in Peru's Narcotics War

By Frank Bajak, Associated Press |

Johnny Vega rarely carried his 9-mm pistol when he wasn't on duty. He wishes he had that day.

Sweeping House Gambling Plan on a Roll, But Not With Seminoles

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Calling it a "love note" to the Senate, a key House committee signed off on a sweeping gambling bill that would ratify a $3 billion agreement with the Seminole Tribe and allow pari-mutuels in at least five counties to add slot machines.

Senators Grapple With 'Moral Imperative' of Marijuana Bill

By Jim Saunders and Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

After a tense debate, a Senate committee backed a bill that calls for allowing terminally ill patients to have access to medical marijuana and revamping a 2014 cannabis law that has been tangled in legal fights.

Wells Fargo: South Florida Economic Outlook Stays Positive

By Carla Vianna |

On the lending side, Wells Fargo economists see the most activity on the multifamily side.

Judge Drops Case by Venezuela Against Currency Exchange Website

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A federal judge dismisses Venezuela's suit against a Delaware-based online currency rate publication but leaves the door open to an amended complaint.

Temp Agency Sues Fort Lauderdale for Nonpayment of $187,000

By Samantha Joseph |

A staffing agency claims Fort Lauderdale stiffed the company on bills for temporary workers and hired some of them.

Top Latin American Consultant Offers The Ins and Outs of Due Diligence

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

BRG's Frank Holder says demand is on the rise for Foreign Corrupt Practices Act due diligence.

Four South Florida Attorneys Disciplined

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court has disciplined four South Florida attorneys, including two who were disbarred.

Court Considers Second Solar Ballot Initiative

By Noreen Marcus |

The wording of a utility-backed constitutional amendment on solar power comes before the Florida Supreme Court for review.

Vector illustration of an increasing graphic bar statistics.

Akerman Pushes Up Revenue by 4 Percent

By Julie Kay |

Akerman, Florida's largest law firm by number of attorneys, ended the fiscal year on solid ground, reporting a 4 percent boost in gross revenue to $337 million and a 5.5 percent rise in profit per partner to $675,000.

Two Cases Highlight Nuances in Accounting for Income on Development

By Commentary by Laurie Jennings Arcia |

Two recent court cases highlight the intricacies of interpretatind the tax code and an 80 percent test to qualify as a home construction project, writes tax accountant Laurie Jennings Arcia.

Special Report: Millennials in Big Law

They outnumber boomers, they’re different from Gen Xers and they’re starting to become Big Law partners. Here’s what to expect.

Second national wave of Operation Cross Check, an effort by ICE to arrest and deport undocumented immigrants with criminal records. Over 2,900 people were arrested and 18 weapons were confiscated. September 2011. Credit: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement via Wikimedia Commons.

Report: Subpar Care in Immigration Detention Leads to Deaths

By Astrid Galvan, Associated Press |

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has for years provided inadequate medical care at its detention facilities, leading to in-custody deaths, according to a report by a coalition of advocacy groups.

Lawrence D. King

King Cooked up Law Career When Restaurant Plans Stalled

By Carlos Harrison |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Lawrence King didn't set out to follow in his father's judicial footsteps, but he eventually made it to the bench after his restaurant plans were derailed.

Death Penalty Sentencing 'Compromise' Headed to Senate Floor

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

Florida lawmakers are poised to resolve a fundamental flaw with the state's death penalty sentencing system, as a Senate measure heads to the floor for a vote as early as this week.

Professor: Cuban Remittances Feeding Racial Divide

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

About 90 percent of U.S. remittances to Cuba are going to the white population, leaving blacks and mulattos out of the economic upsurge, a University of Miami researcher reports.

In this May 2, 2011 photo, John Textor discusses the way his company, Digital Domain, is developing new movie projects during an interview in Port St. Lucie, Fla. The visual effects company that made Brad Pitt look old and Jeff Bridges look young is expanding to Florida. The company has launched a new studio that will produce original, computer-generated animated features. Digital Domain has acquired a company that specializes in converting 2D films to 3D. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

Cyberstalking Injunction Killed in Businessmen's Fight Tied to Michael Jackson Hologram

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court wiped out a cyberstalking injunction in a side dispute over the technology behind Michael Jackson's hologram at the Billboard Music Awards.

'Stand Your Ground' Self-Defense Change Stalls in House

By Jim Turner, News Service of Florida |

The House did not take a second shot at a proposal to change the burden of proof in "stand your ground" self-defense cases.

Owner Facing Foreclosure Claims Bank, Loan Servicer Screwed Up

By Samantha Joseph |

A Coral Springs homeowner says Wells Fargo Bank and Ocwen Loan Servicing misapplied mortgage payments for years before filing for foreclosure.

Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust, 1575 San Ignacio Ave., Coral Gables

Feds Fine Gibraltar $6.5M as Ponzi-Schemer Rothstein's Banker

By Julie Kay |

Federal regulators cited $558 million in suspicious transactions handled by Coral Gables-based Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust for disbarred law firm chairman and bank shareholder Scott Rothstein.

Court Strikes Red-Light Camera Law for Car Renters

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court ruled the state's outdated red-light camera law was invalid for rental car drivers.

Lawsuit Filed Over Royal Caribbean Storm Cruise

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami law firm files a class action lawsuit against Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. alleging the company knowingly sailed the Anthem of the Seas into a severe winter storm.

Paul O. Lopez

Jury Awards $17 Million for Real Estate Fraud by Property Managers

By Celia Ampel |

Fort Lauderdale attorneys won a rare federal civil RICO verdict against two fund managers who defrauded about 1,800 German investors.

Cuba Gives Well-Known Dissidents Permission to Travel Abroad

By Michael Weissenstein, Associated Press |

The Cuban government has loosened travel restrictions on some of the island's best-known dissidents, granting them one-time permission to travel abroad ahead of President Barack Obama's trip to the island, activists said.

Lawyer: 15-Year Dispute With Argentina Near $5B Settlement

By Larry Neumeister, Associated Press |

A lawyer for large U.S. hedge funds owning Argentine bonds said his clients have nearly settled on a $5 billion deal with Argentina to end a 15-year-old dispute that has interfered with the South American nation's efforts to end a debt crisis and gain a healthier footing in the world's financial markets.

House Overwhelmingly Approves Judicial Term Limits Amendment

By Brandon Larrabee, News Service of Florida |

The House narrowly approved a proposed constitutional amendment that would limit Florida appellate court judges and Supreme Court justices to two full terms, in a move that could serve as a springboard for the initiative in the future.

Legislature Votes to Replace Confederate General's Statue

By William March, Associated Press |

The Florida Legislature has sent Gov. Rick Scott a bill to replace the statue of Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby Smith as one of the state's two contributions to the U.S. Capitol's National Statuary Hall Collection.