Chevy Corvette 2017 Z06

Corvette Class Action Revs Up in Miami Federal Court

By Celia Ampel |

The litigation involves high-profile attorneys and an allegedly defective high-performance car.

From left,  David M. Levine, Juan J. Rodriguez and Amy M. Bowers-Zamora, with Carey Rodriguez Milian Gonya.

Goal! How Attorneys Saved a Client From Soccer's Biggest Scandal

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys changed the narrative to save their client from a civil suit in one of soccer's biggest scandals.


Walgreens, CVS on the Hook for $21,000 Discovery Bill, Third DCA Rules

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade judge refused to shift the costs to a man who filed a wrongful-death case claiming the drugstore chains served as his late daughter's narcotics pill mills.

Gregory Weiss.

Boca Raton Boarding School Faces Defamation Suit by Ex-Headmaster

By Celia Ampel |

The lawsuit claims the St. Andrew's School misled people into thinking Peter Benedict's resignation was related to a sex abuse scandal.

Decorated Army Vet Sues Florida Supreme Court and Florida Board of Examiners for Violating Americans with Disabilities Act

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A decorated veteran has sued the Florida Supreme Court and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners under the Americans with Disabilities Act seeking to end demands for bar applicants' mental health history based on a history of disability.

Michael Gelfand, attorney with Gelfand & Arpe in West Palm Beach.

Think Your Email's a Nightmare? This Firm's System Got a Court Ruling

By Samantha Joseph |

An appellate court wrote a five-page decision in a case involving a firm that claimed it didn't receive an emailed court order, and therefore missed the deadline to appeal the ruling.


Miami Judge Allows PACER Fee Lawsuit to Go Forward

By Celia Ampel |

The lawsuit alleges users were charged to view judicial opinions and is separate from a District of Columbia class action claiming excessive fees.

Left to right: Don Hayden, Etan Mark and Josh Migdal, plaintiffs attorneys with Mark, Migdal & Hayden.

New Herbalife Lawsuit Targets Top-Level Distributors Over 'Circle of Success' Events

By Celia Ampel |

"You don't get to drive around in a Bugati because you're selling protein shakes," an attorney for the plaintiffs said.

Roger Slade, left, and Rebecca Newman Casamayor, right, with Haber Slade in Miami.

New Class Action Filed Against Equifax in Florida

By Samantha Joseph |

A class action filed in Florida against Atlanta-based Equifax Inc. notes an ironic catch-22 that Equifax has since eliminated.

Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

New Lawsuits Against Hollywood Nursing Home Add to Long Litigation History

By Celia Ampel |

"I've been suing them for 20 years," said one plaintiffs attorney.

 Miami developer Rebecca Gheiler (second from left) with her attorneys, Margot Moss (left), David O. Markus (third from left) and Todd Yoder (right).

Disbarred Coral Gables Attorney's Testimony Gets Former Client Acquitted Midtrial

By Celia Ampel |

A federal judge granted a rare Rule 29 acquittal in a fraud case against a Miami developer, finding she relied on her attorney's advice.

Home Health Care Companies Protected by Noncompete Pacts

By Jason Grant |

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

Attorney Roy Black.

BuzzFeed Hires Roy Black in Russia Dossier Lawsuit

By Celia Ampel |

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

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC office in Miami.

Buchanan Ingersoll Resolves Suit Over Arena Football Investment Advice

By Scott Flaherty |

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

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

West Palm Beach Sues Federal Government Over State Road 7 Extension

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Steinbeck Stepdaughter Wins $13M in Suit Over Movie Rights

By Associated Press |

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

Roberto Martinez of Colson Hicks Eidson

Braman Audi Dealers Sue Volkswagen in West Palm Beach

By Celia Ampel |

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

Andrew C. Hall of Hall, Lamb and Hall.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Jonathan Ringel |

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

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Conrad & Scherer Firm Facing $20M Client Lawsuit

By Celia Ampel |

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

Ricardo Martinelli.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Alan M. Dershowitz argues at the Appellate Division

Famed Litigator Alan Dershowitz Defeats Accuser Seeking Sanctions

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Daniel Fernando Benavides of Shutts & Bowen.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

D. James Kennedy Ministries website.

Christian Ministry Files Suit Against Watchdog Group Over Hate Label

By Jay Reeves |

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

Jonathan E. Perlman

Miami Judge Halts Alleged $26M Scam Targeting Inventors

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Florida State Seeks Dismissal of Library Shooting Lawsuit

By Lloyd Dunkelberger |

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

Ultra music festival 2013.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Lida Rodriguez-Taseff.

Prominent Litigators Square Off in Real Estate Fraud Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Residents Trounce Landowner Looking to Redevelop Lauderhill Golf Course

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Circuit Judge Beatrice A. Butchko.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Ricardo Martinelli.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge Barbara Lagoa.

Miami Luxury Real Estate Firm Accused of Sabotaging Rival

By Samantha Joseph |

Rival luxury real estate auction houses tussle over defamation.

Adam M. Moskowitz of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton.

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

By Greg Land |

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

CITGO Agrees to Settle Text Message Class Action

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

Attorneys Guy Lewis and Michael Tein,

Court: Lewis Tein Can't Sue Miccosukee Tribe

By Catherine Wilson |

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

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

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

Investors Lose Again In Fraud Suit Against 'Foreclosure King'

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Cecilia Altonaga

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

By Celia Ampel |

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


Firefighter Pay Raise Fight Goes to Supreme Court

By Jim Saunders |

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

New Lethal Injection Drug Focus of Execution Fight

By Dara Kam |

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

Judge Robert Scola.

Miami Federal Judge Freezes Out Refrigerator Lawsuit on Economic Loss Claims

By Celia Ampel |

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


$30M in Bitcoin Ordered Returned in Cryptocurrency Class Action

By Angela Morris |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Former Circuit Judge Laura M. Watson.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Shook Hardy Prevails for Philip Morris on Nicotine Addiction Trial Question

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

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

South Florida Prosecutors Close Case on $23M Investment Fraud

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

 Attorney Michael J. Wrubel.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge Martha Warner

16-Year Sentence Upheld for Wellington Millionaire in Drunken Crash

By Catherine Wilson |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Fourth DCA: Foreclosure Initiation Not Enough to Show Irreparable Harm

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.

Berkeley Law Grad Convicted of Multimillion-Dollar Fraud in Miami

By Celia Ampel |

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

Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Barry Mukamal and John Arrastia

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Todd Cunningham |

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

Sealed Lawsuit Against Ex-Miccosukee Lawyer Raises Questions

By Celia Ampel |

Florida courts have detailed rules requiring openness in litigation.

Donald Trump.

ACLU Sues Trump Voting Commission in Miami

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

Michael Pike and Talina Bidwell.

Should Have Skipped Leg Day: Gym Records Crush Defendant's Protection Against $2.2M Judgment

By Samantha Joseph |

A California dentist's gym records foiled his alleged plans to avoid paying a $2.2 million judgment against him by claiming Florida homestead protection.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Dan Marino, Other Investors in Line for $23 Million in Interest

By Samantha Joseph |

Retired Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and other high-profile investors win $23 million in interest to pile on top of a $44 million verdict over a failed real estate deal.

xxx neon

This Florida Adult Club Is Being Sued for Refusing to Hire a Male Bartender

By Mike Scarcella |

An adult entertainment club in the Florida panhandle is being sued by the EEOC for allegedly refusing to hire a male bartender. The club, Sammy's, subsequently hired at least two female bartenders at the club's Fort Walton Beach location, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The agency said in a statement that "employers must realize that no person, male or female, can be denied employment based on sex." A representative for Sammy's wasn't immediately reached for comment.

Judge Darrin P. Gayles

Jay Peak Investors' Settlement With Raymond James Approved

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. District Judge Darrin Gayles approved a $150 million settlement to benefit immigrant investors.

Bernardo Roman III

Former Miccosukee Lawyer Roman Broke 14 Bar Rules, Referee Finds

By Celia Ampel |

A referee found Bernardo Roman guilty on nearly all counts brought by the Florida Bar.

Thomas Lehman and Jason Kellogg.

How A Miami Lawyer Collected a $3.2 Million Judgment From a Defunct Defendant

By Samantha Joseph |

He won a $3.2 million judgment from a defunct defendant. The trick was in collecting.

Former Judge Cynthia Imperato.

'I'm Done': Appellate Decision Shows Broward Judge Walked off Bench

By Samantha Joseph |

New fallout from old rulings by Broward Circuit Judge Cynthia Imperato, who resigned last year after a 2013 DUI arrest: A state appellate court found the judge "made several significant errors" in adjudicating a business dispute, including "walking off the bench mid-hearing."

Florida Justices Weigh Power of Prosecutors and Governor in Ayala Case

By Celia Ampel |

The court is set to decide whether Gov. Rick Scott overstepped his authority by reassigning cases of a state attorney who said she won't seek the death penalty.

Greenspoon Marder Beats Back $12M Claim Client Duped Investors

By Samantha Joseph |

Greenspoon Marder attorneys beat back a fraudulent inducement lawsuit against developers accused of duping investors out of $12 million on a failed Fort Lauderdale project.

Judge Discharges Miami Businessman's $600 Million Debt

By Samantha Joseph |

Good news for wealthy Miami businessman Leonidas Ortega Trujillo: A U.S. bankruptcy judge discharged a $600 million judgment against him, but the ruling is likely to be appealed.

Estate Asks Court to Disqualify Holland & Knight From Representing Wilmington Trust

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Holland & Knight is accused of violating three professional conduct rules in a motion filed last week to disqualify the firm from representing one of the nation's largest financial institutions in cases related to the estate of a deceased Coral Gables man.

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

Takata MDL Lives On Without Marquee Defendant

By Catherine Wilson |

Consumer litigation against major automakers moves forward after Takata seeks bankruptcy protection.

Tough Call: Attorney Fighting Criminal Contempt Charge after Firm Put Judge on Hold

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court found Judge William Roby should have recused himself from a hearing in which he imposed criminal contempt order against a foreclosure attorney.

Rocking Out: Judge Quotes R.E.M. Lyrics in Noise Ordinance Ruling

By Samantha Joseph |

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman cited rock 'n' roll and country lyrics in his ruling on a noise ordinance dispute in Miami Beach.

Court: No Subpoena Power for Miami Civilian Review Panel

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court says home rule doesn't overcome protections in state law for police officers accused of misconduct.

Gov. Rick Scott

Citrus Canker Plaintiffs Firms Take Case to Florida Supreme Court

By Celia Ampel |

The law firms are asking the justices to rule Gov. Scott acted unconstitutionally when he vetoed $37 million in citrus tree compensation.

Judge Robert Scola.

How a Miami Court Ruling Could Affect ADA Compliance Nationwide

By Celia Ampel |

A blind customer's lawsuit against Winn-Dixie Stores over website accessibility was the first case of its kind tried in the U.S.

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – (Screenshot of ACLU video) The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida and Southern Legal Counsel (SLC) have filed a lawsuit on behalf of 16 people whose personal property was destroyed when Fort Lauderdale police raided an encampment of homeless persons in a downtown park.

Homeless Plaintiffs Living in Park Sue Fort Lauderdale Over Trashed Personal Items

By Samantha Joseph |

Sixteen homeless plaintiffs filed suit in federal court against Fort Lauderdale, claiming the city violated their constitutional rights by trashing their possessions.

Carlos Loumiet, partner in the Miami office of Broad and Cassel.

Miami Lawyer Wins Fight to Sue 'Despicable' Bank Regulators for Malicious Prosecution

By Samantha Joseph |

A federal judge in D.C. has cleared the way for Miami attorney Carlos Loumiet to bring Bivens and FTCA claims against the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and investigators.

Miami Developers Fight Multimillion-Dollar Lawsuit by Israeli Firm Over Fiber Optics

By Samantha Joseph |

Plaintiffs claim Miami developers David and Michael Adler squeezed an Israeli company out of royalties and licensing fees for a technology converting coaxial cable to fiber optics.

'Test Case': How Attorneys Defeated a $10 Million Class Action Over Condo Costs

By Samantha Joseph |

Q Club Hotel LLC appeared cornered when condominium owners won class certification in a suit over soaring maintenance fees.

Eleventh Circuit Green Lights Red Light Camera Class Action

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

A federal appeals court allows a class action to move forward in Alabama state court while Florida plaintiffs pursue similar litigation in federal and state courts.

Attorney Mitchel Chusid and his wife, Robin.

Broward Attorney Files Class Action Against Blue Cross for Denying Wife Cancer Drug

By Samantha Joseph |

Coral Springs attorney Mitchel Chusid filed a class action lawsuit to force Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to cover his wife's $15,600-per-month cancer medication.

3890 NW 132 St., Opa-locka.

Businessman Hits Opa-locka Officials With $1M Suit for Bribery

By Samantha Joseph |

A business owner looking to occupy space in two commercial buildings in Opa-locka said he paid thousands extra to city officials seeking bribes.

Burger King Grilled Over Claims It Misled Business Partners

By Samantha Joseph |

A new lawsuit filed in federal court in Miami accuses Burger King Corp. of deceiving lenders.

U.S. Federal Building and Courthouse, 299 East Broward Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.

Bot's Texts to Real Estate Professionals at Core of New Class Action

By Samantha Joseph |

A class action lawsuit filed in Fort Lauderdale alleges a company used lead-scraping software to send unsolicited text messages to real estate professionals.

South Florida Investor Facing Fraud Claims Can't Hide Behind Arbitration Provision, Court Rules

By Samantha Joseph |

Bad news for a real estate investor who assumed an enforceable arbitration clause compelled a trial court to dismiss fraud claims against him.

Tomas Regalado

Miami Mayor and City Manager Directed to Testify In Sidewalk Cafe Injury Case

By Celia Ampel |

A car plowed into the outdoor dining area of Lemoni Cafe after the sidewalk eatery had been cited twice for operating illegally.

Chinese Drywall Companies Don't Have to Share Settlement Details, Appeals Court Rules

By Samantha Joseph |

Chinese drywall manufacturer and distributor Knauf Plasterboard (Tianjin) Co. Ltd. and Knauf GIPS KG won't have to disclose to current plaintiffs how much punitive damages they paid in a post-judgment settlement with Coconut Grove homeowners.

Citrus canker.

Citrus Canker Plaintiffs Headed Back to Court After Governor's Veto

By Celia Ampel |

A plaintiffs attorney called Gov. Rick Scott's reason for vetoing a $37 million appropriation "fake news."

Akerman Aids Housing Nonprofit in Dispute of Federal Proportions

By Samantha Joseph |

Firm attorneys and staff say they spent more than 2,000 pro bono hours on a zoning dispute that settled late last month.

BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Judge OKs Sales Tax Class Action Against BJ's Wholesale Club

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami judge has already ruled the retailer is overtaxing customers on discounted merchandise.

Office Mogul Franklin Haney Gets New Chance to Fight Mansion Tax

By Samantha Joseph |

The real estate mogul who grew wealthy building federal offices is fighting the Palm Beach County property appraiser over taxes on a $24 million Manalapan mansion.

Deauville Resort, 6701 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Deauville Resort Must Pay for 'Ruined' Wedding, But Less Than Jury Allowed

By Celia Ampel |

The Miami Beach hotel didn't tell the couple their reserved ballroom was shut down for safety violations until hours before their wedding.

Receiver Digs Into Alleged $50M Debt Relief Scam

By Celia Ampel |

Jonathan Perlman of Genovese Joblove & Battista reported that a Pompano Beach complex contained 80 businesses but a "complete commingling of monies."

Pro Bono Lawyer Caught in 14 Years of Divorce Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

Elizabeth Goings, the attorney representing former real estate lawyer Frank Amsalem's ex-wife, has been pulled in as a defendant in the former couple's 14-year custody battle.


New Twist in the Case of Marvel CEO's Secretly Collected DNA

By Celia Ampel |

A Florida attorney will defend himself against the accusation that he participated in fraud by deposing billionaire Ike Perlmutter as a way to collect his DNA.

Florida Gets Nearly $1M in Target Data Breach Settlement

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Target agrees to pay more than $18 milliion nationally for the loss of customer information in a large-scale 2013 data breach.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

4 Automakers Agree to Pay $553M on Takata Air Bag Claims

By Celia Ampel |

Toyota, Subaru, Mazda and BMW agree to the settlement affecting more than 15 million consumers.

 Dennis J. Eisinger.

No Smoking Anywhere: This Attorney Wants Condo Associations to Completely Ban Cigarettes

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney-developer Dennis Eisinger wants to ban tobacco smoking in Florida condominiums.

Photo enforced sign warning of red light camera in Downtown Miami.

Florida Supreme Court to Rule on Legality of Red-Light Camera Programs

By Celia Ampel |

Some Floridians have been seeing red after receiving traffic tickets based on footage reviewed by private companies.

Ronald P. Weil,

Miami Judge Cracks Down on Billionaire's Son for Skirting Legal Fees

By Celia Ampel |

The son of one of the richest people in the world was held in civil contempt for making no moves to pay his Miami lawyers.

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

US Prosecutors Told to Push Tougher Charges, Harsher Sentences

By Sadie Gurman |

Attorney General Jeff Sessions orders federal prosecutors to charge as tough as they can and get a supervisor's approval for exceptions, reversing an Obama-era policy.

Judge Thomas Logue, 3rd District Court of Appeal.

'Lazareth Fracis?' Faulty Summons Botches Foreclosure Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

Here's a cautionary tale about serving court documents: There's probably no one named "Lazareth Fracis."

Greenberg Traurig

Greenberg Traurig Accused of Trying to Invalidate the Same Patents It Prosecuted

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former client has sued Greenberg Traurig alleging the firm switched sides and used its knowledge of privileged intellectual property information from previous patent work to attempt to invalidate a patent for a new client's benefit.

John H. Genovese and Robert F. Elgidely.

Regions Bank Must Cough Up Attorney-Client Communications in Check-Kiting Case

By P.J. D'Annunzio |

Bankruptcy trustees in Tampa won an order to obtain Regions Bank documents after the collapse of a 25-state temporary staffing company.

Prominent Real Estate Developer Dodges $423K Fraud Verdict

By Samantha Joseph |

Prominent real estate developer R. Donahue Peebles escaped a $423,100 judgment against him for a real estate broker who claimed he defrauded her of a six-figure commission.

Sanders Donors Press Case Against DNC Over Alleged Clinton Favoritism

By Celia Ampel |

A Fort Lauderdale federal judge has to decide whether the Democratic National Committee can be sued by donors who don't feel it met its promise to be "evenhanded and impartial."

Defendant Alleges Developer Used Prominent Fort Lauderdale Law Firm to Mislead Court

By Samantha Joseph |

A South Florida golf club operator wants sanctions against a Canadian developer who it claims used a high-profile law firm to lie in court about a derailed roughly $6 million land deal for 152 lots in Tamarac.

Federal Jury Clears Levan and BBX on All SEC Claims

By Celia Ampel |

The verdict ends the second trial between the SEC and BBX.

This photo provided by Jake Strang shows tents and a portable toilet set up for attendees for the Fyre Festival, Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Exuma islands, Bahamas. Organizers of the much-hyped music festival in the Bahamas canceled the weekend event at the last minute Friday after many people had already arrived and spent thousands of dollars on tickets and travel. A statement cited

Class Action Suit Filed Against Ill-Fated Fyre Festival

By Michael Booth |

A putative class action has been filed against the ill-fated Fyre Festival, an event in the Bahamas that was supposed to be an epic mixture of music, entertainment, food and adventure.

SEC and Fort Lauderdale Banker Sling Barbs as Trial Over Bad Loans Closes

By Celia Ampel |

The SEC argued BBX CEO Alan Levan lied, and the defense called the SEC "morally reprehensible."

Berkshire Hathaway Affiliate Settles Suit Over $9.7M Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Berkadia Commercial Mortgage, JPMorgan Chase Bank and plaintiff Pinwick Realty Partners settle their dispute over a derailed $9.7 million real estate trade involving a Burlington Coat Factory site.

Dadeland Station, 8312 S. Dixie Highway, Miami.

90-Year Lease? Still a Renter, Says Miami Developer Fighting Property Tax Bill

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami developer Dadeland Station Associates Ltd. successfully argued it was still a renter, and therefore not liable for property taxes, on a site where it holds a 90-year lease.

Bankruptcy judge Erik P. Kimball.

Two South Florida Firms Face Allegations of Wrongdoing in Bankruptcy of Property Owners' Group

By Samantha Joseph |

Two South Florida law firms face allegations of professional negligence in their representation of a property association.

Christopher Riley, CEO and founder of TIKD.

The Ticket Clinic, Ticket-Fighting App Locked in Legal Battle

By Celia Ampel |

A new startup and a 30-year-old law firm are duking it out over business practices.

Judge Vance E. Salter of the Third District Court of Appeal.

How a Miami Suit Grew So Contentious, No One Knew Who Won

By Samantha Joseph |

It was up to a state appellate court to determine who'd won attorneys' fees in a contentious Miami condo association fight that cycled through three judges and multiple receivers.

Prominent Lawyers Back Prosecutor Over Governor in Death Penalty Decisions

By Noreen Marcus |

Three former U.S. solicitors general, current and former district attorneys and two former American Bar Association presidents have their names on a brief challenging the removal by Gov. Rick Scott.

Former Minor League Pitcher's Suit Revived Against Miami Beach Condo Association

By Samantha Joseph |

Two courts have now weighed in on multiple tort claims arising from a parking dispute involving former minor league pitcher Neiman Nix and a Miami Beach condominium association in a case spotlighting potential legal pitfalls for associations and the tenants who lease from their unit owners.

Facade of the United States Court House of the Southern District of New York in Lower Manhattan.

Federal Judge Admonishes IP Attorneys in Dismissing Copyright Case

By Celia Ampel |

Miami defense attorneys were thrilled when a copyright infringement case was tossed mid-trial by a furious federal judge.

The USS Cole bombing was a terrorist attack against the United States Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Cole (DDG-67) on 12 October 2000, while it was harbored and being refueled in the Yemeni port of Aden.

Miami Attorney Gets $12.6M Payout for USS Cole Bombing Victims

By Celia Ampel |

Andrew C. Hall helped change the law to make it possible to sue a state sponsor of terrorism in U.S. federal court.

240 S.E. 14th St., Miami

Property Owner Fights City of Miami in Quest to Demolish Its Own Building

By Samantha Joseph |

When Miami ordered Babylon International Inc. to repair a run-down building or face its demolition, the property owner took it up on the offer.

Plaintiff attorney Robert A. Stok, of Stok Folk & Kon

Miami Investors Must Pay $8M Judgment Despite Heavy Losses

By Samantha Joseph |

Investors who lost millions on a luxury project right before the housing market collapsed couldn't convince the courts to rule in their favor against the man who brought them into the deal.

Florida State Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami.

Florida Senator Resigns Over Use of N-Word

By News Service of Florida |

Miami Republican Frank Artiles quits under pressure after making vulgar and racially charged comments about fellow senators.

Tesla Model X.

Tesla Autopilot, Updates Leave Driving a Challenge for Broward Owner

By Ben Hancock and Catherine Wilson |

A Davie attorney claims he got unpredictability instead of reliability when he paid extra for a Tesla sedan with an autopilot option.

Cruise Ship Whistleblower Sails Off With Million-Dollar Reward

By Sue Reisinger |

Christopher Keays, a native of Scotland, was 27 years old and fresh out of the maritime academy in the summer of 2013 when he got "the chance of a lifetime" to work on a ship, as a junior engineer with the Caribbean Princess. Today he is a millionaire. A federal judge in Miami awarded Keays $1 million Wednesday for blowing the whistle on the Princess Cruise Lines' illegal dumping of oily waste into the ocean.

Xavier Franco of McArdle, Perez & Franco; Andres Fernandez of Berens, Fernandez & Associates; nightclub entrepreneur Andy Kostas; developer Ronald Bloomberg; Andrew Hall of Hall, Lamb, Hall & Leto; and George McArdle  of McArdle, Perez & Franco stand at the Wynwood property located at 55 NE 24th St.

Both Sides Claim Victory in Wynwood Real Estate Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

After years of litigation, a patient Miami developer acquired a prime parcel in Wynwood for about $400,000 below the purchase price in his lease.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Court: Immigration Agenda Not Part of Child Dependency Review

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court decision should end the summary dismissal of dependency petitions from young immigrants seeking U.S. residency.

Miami Attorneys Win $33.8M Med-Mal Award Against Federal Government

By Celia Ampel |

A judge ruled a federally employed OB-GYN lied about offering a cesarean section to a teen whose baby was then born with severe brain damage.

Miami- Bruce Jacobs, with Jacobs Keeley, PLLC

HSBC Challenges Foreclosure Dismissal Amid Claims of 'Unclean Hands'

By Samantha Joseph |

Defeating a motion to dismiss, HSBC Bank USA N.A. can move ahead with its appeal of part of a circuit court ruling that left it facing sanctions for "unclean hands" in a foreclosure case.

Arguing Lack of Standing to Foreclose? Don't Expect Attorneys' Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

Borrowers seeking attorneys' fees on appeal can't have it both ways when it comes to lenders' legal standing to foreclose.

Tucker Ronzetti and Harley Tropin, partners at Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton in Coral Gables, were lead class counsel in the case against Raymond James.

Raymond James to Pay $150M to Settle Jay Peak Investor Claims

By Celia Ampel |

The settlement fund will help complete construction projects to secure investors' immigration status.

Players tee off from the ninth hole during the first round of the Cadillac Championship golf tournament at Trump National Doral.

Trump Company Faces $400k in Legal Fees to Fight $32K Lien

By Samantha Joseph |

A Trump company fighting a roughly $32,500 bill could end up paying more than 10 times as much in litigation costs.

Thomas Julin of Gunster in Miami.

Former Norwegian CEO Sues Cruise Line for Defamation — Again

By Celia Ampel |

Colin Veitch claims Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings' response to his first defamation lawsuit was also defamatory.

'Unsafe' Stem-Cell Eye Injections Draw Rebuke, Prompt Settlements

By Celia Ampel |

A Coral Gables firm obtained settlements for two women who were blinded by a procedure they believed was a clinical trial for stem-cell therapy.

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.

Good News For Lenders Overcoming Hearsay Objections

By Samantha Joseph |

A ruling from the Fourth District Court of Appeal clarifies that a witness authenticating business records doesn't have to have prepared those documents in order to survive defense efforts to characterize the evidence as inadmissible hearsay.

Question of Insurer's Duty Hinges on Dictionary Definition

By Samantha Joseph |

A dictionary's definition of "proceeding" featured prominently in arguments before the Florida Supreme Court in a construction contractor's suit against its insurer.

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

State Tobacco Litigation Not Subject to Federal Preemption

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court rejects a tobacco company's argument that federal law preempts state law claims in smoker lawsuits.

John Ruiz, left, and Frank Quesada, right.

How a Miami Law Firm Plans to Recover Billions for Medicare

By Celia Ampel |

An appeals court ruling and the first-ever class certification decision under the Medicare Secondary Payer law paves the way for potentially huge recoveries.

Judge 'Incorrect On All Counts' in Foreclosure Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Circuit Judge Carlos A. Rodriguez's ruling was "incorrect on all counts" in a spat over a deficiency judgment, according to a state appellate court.

Fort Lauderdale Water Park Hinges on City's Reaction to Forced Bidding

By Samantha Joseph |

Premier Parks LLC won its legal battle over a proposed Fort Lauderdale water park. Now comes the wait.

Fake Florida driver’s license that was used to take a fradulent $550,000 mortgage loan on a Miami Beach vacant lot.

How a New Kind of Fraud Puts South Florida Real Estate Owners, Lenders at Risk

By Samantha Joseph |

A loophole on the Sunbiz website is allowing scammers to steal corporate identities for real estate fraud.

David Silver, left, and Steven Katz

Whose Referral Fee Is It Anyway? Lawyer and Former Firm Duke It Out

By Celia Ampel |

A solo attorney and his former firm are fighting in court over a $1.2 million referral fee in a whistleblower case.

South Florida Man Sentenced in Real Estate ID Theft Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

Kesner Joaseus did brisk real estate rental business across South Florida, except federal prosecutors say the properties weren't his to rent.

Nicole Rekant

Businesses Seek $35M Property Tax Exemption from Miami

By Samantha Joseph |

Businesses in Miami enterprise zones will pursue more than $30 million in property tax exemptions from the city.

Porter Wright Sued for Legal Malpractice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two Russian brothers have filed a legal malpractice suit against Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur and its Naples managing partner alleging they should have disclosed the existence of millions of dollars in real estate judgments against another client before the brothers invested $5 million with him.

Plaintiffs lawyer Evan Fray-Witzer attached a photo of his cat in the court filing.

OMG! Lawyers Suing Buzzfeed Get Creative With Clickbait Court Filing

By Celia Ampel and Amanda Bronstad |

You won't believe what lawyers suing BuzzFeed in Miami court attached to a recent filing.

Judge William Haury

In Win for Deutsche Bank, Appeals Court Reverses 'Confused' Judge, Revives Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

Foreclosure standing, the sticking point that derailed hundreds of lender lawsuits, tripped up a trial judge who dismissed a foreclosure action against two homeowners, the Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled.

New Ford Class Action Adds to Miami Docket of High-Profile Auto Cases

By Celia Ampel |

The nationwide lawsuit claims a pricey car marketed for racing instead dangerously overheats at high speeds.

Liar Loans? SEC Charges Banker Misled Investors Before Housing Crash

By Celia Ampel |

Barbs were thrown between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Miami attorney Eugene Stearns as civil trial began over a Florida bank's 2007 disclosures.

Michael Gelfand, attorney with Gelfand & Arpe in West Palm Beach.

Florida Supreme Court May Give Clarity on Municipal Liens After Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

The underlying case involves a foreclosed property that also has $328,000 in outstanding code enforcement liens.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Seminole Beef With Retail Tenant Goes to Mediation

By Samantha Joseph |

A landlord-tenant standoff at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is headed into mediation.

Banker Facing Retrial Accuses SEC of 'Intellectual Dishonesty'

By Celia Ampel |

Former BankAtlantic CEO Alan Levan says he's ready to confront a Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit that's headed to a retrial after appeal.

State Farm

Appeals Court Backs State Farm Florida on Policy Information

By Jim Saunders |

An appeals court sided with State Farm Florida in a dispute about whether policy information submitted to state regulators is a "trade secret" and should be shielded from public disclosure.

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.

Fourth DCA Ruling Clarifies Statutes for Foreclosing on Municipal Liens

By Samantha Joseph |

New case law clarifies the statute of limitations for foreclosure of municipal liens on real estate.

Appellate Court Allows Foreclosure of Equitable Lien on Homestead

By Samantha Joseph |

The issue of foreclosing on equitable liens on homesteads to prevent unjust enrichment takes center stage in a case of siblings battling over their dead parents' real estate.

ExxonMobil world headquarters in Irving, Texas.

Exxon Mobil Lawyers Ask Court to Enforce $188M Venezuela Award

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Exxon Mobil asked for a judge to order Venezuela to pay the more than $188.3 million the company says it is still owed related to the 2007 expropriation of the company's oil assets, after a tribunal recently annulled most of $1.4 billion award.

Dexter W. Lehtinen.

Palmetto Bay School Loses Expansion Appeal

By Staff report |

The Third District Court of Appeal rejects a constitutional challenge to Palmetto Bay's charter in a growth dispute with the private Alexeander School.

Judgment Against Mortgage Company for Defrauding Clients Overturned

By Samantha Joseph |

An $8.3 million judgment against Margate-based mortgage company Outreach Housing LLC for allegedly defrauding clients facing foreclosure after the housing market collapse has been overturned.

Stuart N. Ratzan and Stuart J. Weissman of the Ratzan Law Group.

Florida Lawyers Win $46.5M Verdict for Baby's Bilirubin Brain Damage

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida attorneys won a $46.5 million verdict in a medical malpractice case.

Florida Judge Denies ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense in Shooting

By Tamara Lush |

A Florida judge on Friday denied a "stand your ground" defense for a retired Florida police officer who fatally shot a man in a movie theater over texting, which means the 74-year-old could stand trial on second-degree murder charges.

Race Car Driver's Swerve Around Service for $7M Judgment Could Mean a Pit Stop in Jail

By Celia Ampel |

A Brazilian former race car driver is ignoring a lawsuit filed against him in Miami — forcing the judge and opposing counsel to take unusual steps.

Steven Katzman, attorney with Katzman Wasserman Bennardini & Rubinstein.

Greenberg Traurig Settles Malpractice Suit At Close of Trial

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg is last of four law firms to settle a legal malpractice suit filed in 2009 by Dyadic International.

David Haber.

Real Estate Finance Company Embroiled in Lawsuit Lauds Denial of Class Certification

By Samantha Joseph |

A specialty finance company is hailing a federal judge's denial of class certification in a lawsuit against it as a victory for condo and homeowners' associations looking to have new buyers cover delinquent assessments.

No Need for Honda to Produce Defense Agreement, Says Takata Special Master

By Celia Ampel |

Honda won a small victory in the heated dispute over documents in the Takata air bag litigation.

Sherri Simpson.

Meet the Florida Lawyer Trying to Block Trump U Settlement

By Amanda Bronstad |

A Fort Lauderdale bankruptcy attorney who appeared in political ads opposing Donald Trump wants the right to opt out of the settlement deal.

John Moore, left, and Peter Meltzer of Pathman Lewis.

Judge Finds Brokerage Unfairly Cut Out of Multimillion-Dollar Key West Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Eric Hendon found it "incredulous" that the buyer and seller of a $39 million property "forgot" the real estate brokerage that introduced the deal.

Mike Pouncey, left, and Maurkice Pouncey, right.

Pounceys, NFL Twins, Agree to Settle Lawsuit Over Brawl

By Celia Ampel |

Twin NFL players Maurkice and Mike Pouncey settled a lawsuit alleging they beat up a gay man in a Miami Beach nightclub.

100 NE First Ave., Boca Raton.

Synagogue Plan Sinking After Benefactor's Death

By Steve Plunkett |

The death of a congregant who agreed to donate valuable Boca Raton land for a synagogue produces a lawsuit saying his son is pushing the city to lease the land for a parking lot.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

'Keeping It Simple' Led to Quick $44M Verdict for Investors Suing Mortgage Banker

By Samantha Joseph |

Plaintiffs attorneys describe the strategy behind a nearly $44 million verdict for former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and other prominent investors against Wachovia Mortgage Corp.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Jury Sides With Big Name Investors in Case Against Wachovia

By Samantha Joseph |

A Fort Lauderdale jury has returned a nearly $44 million verdict for former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and a group of prominent investors who accused Wachovia Mortgage Corp. of costing them millions on a failed real estate project.

Ervin Gonzalez, left, and Patrick Montoya of Colson Hicks Eidson.

Colson Hicks Team Wins $52M Jury Verdict in Car Crash

By Celia Ampel |

The verdict reached Monday is the largest jury award ever for the city of Ocala and plaintiffs lawyers are confident they'll collect.

4th DCA

Failure to Settle on Arbitration Rules Restarts Agent's Suit Over $27M Sale

By Samantha Joseph |

The arbitration provision in a broker-salesperson agreement is a threshold issue in a fight over a six-figure commission from a $27 million sale.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

Miami Judge Aims to Advance Air Bag Litigation in Wake of Takata's Guilty Plea

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge wants to move civil claims against Takata toward a swift resolution now that the manufacturer has pleaded guilty to concealing a defect in its air bags.

Cold Stone Creamery.

Defamation Claim by Franchisee Against Ice Cream Chain Is Back On

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court reinstated a franchisee's defamation claim against Arizona-based Cold Stone Creamery Inc. in a spat over a CNBC exposé.

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Marino, Other Investors, Fault Wachovia for Botched $44M Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

A nearly $44 million investor suit by billionaire Wayne Huizenga, former Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino and others accuses Wachovia Mortgage Corp of fumbling a luxe condo development.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Real Estate, Abortion Issues Collide in Dispute Over Deed

By Samantha Joseph |

Real estate and abortion have intersected in Florida's highest court, as a neighbor in a medical complex has attempted to use a restriction in the property's deed to block Planned Parenthood from performing outpatient surgeries.

Judge Spencer Levine

Timing of Asbestos Injury Key for Court in Denying Widow Damages

By Celia Ampel |

A first-in-the-nation decision from a Florida appellate court may have a wide-reaching impact on plaintiffs whose spouses died years after exposure to harmful products.

Fannie Mae Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dual Foreclosures Put Spotlight on Dangers of Investment

By Samantha Joseph |

A complex web of litigation involving national mortgage lenders Fannie Mae and CitiMortgage Inc. squeezed a real estate investor out of what initially seemed like a lucrative deal.

Judge OKs $1.35M Consent Judgment in Robocall Case

By Celia Ampel |

The Federal Trade Commission is cracking down on companies who allegedly aid illegal telemarketing.

Flurry of Filings in Bias Suit Against Financial Firm JLL May Delay Trial

By Samantha Joseph |

JLL faces a former executive's age-discrimination lawsuit.

Year's Suspension for Attorney Who Used Client's $500 to Pay Bills

By Samantha Joseph |

Mishandling $500 in a landlord-tenant dispute led to a one-year suspension for attorney Michael E. Wynn.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Mandatory 24-Hour Abortion Delay Violates Privacy Rights, High Court Rules

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday imposed a temporary injunction on a law that mandates a 24-hour delay for women seeking abortions.

Left to right: Mike Eidson and Ervin A. Gonzalez, with Colson Hicks Eidson.

Injured Drivers Sue Florida DOT Over Express Lane Dividers

By Celia Ampel |

A Coral Gables firm is suing the Florida Department of Transportation for failing to properly maintain the orange express lane poles on I-95.

Verdict for Family of Subway Co-Founder Ends Long-Fought Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

The family of Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca won more than $10 million in damages after nearly a decade of litigation over a failed real estate project.

Judge Robert Lee.

Court Frowns on Contractor's Mediation Stand-In

By Samantha Joseph |

A Jupiter general contractor allegedly sent his father's caregiver to attend mediation on his behalf in a construction defect case.

David Boies of Boies Schiller & Flexner.

Boies Schiller Files Suits Against for Aiding Child Sex Traffickers

By Celia Ampel |

Legal giant David Boies is going after for its alleged involvement in child sex trafficking.

Bakehouse Brasserie, 808 First St., Miami Beach.

Late-Night Motion Marks Crescendo in Discord Over Miami Beach Noise Ordinance

By Samantha Joseph |

Residents of a high-end Miami Beach community filed a 1 a.m. motion to intervene in litigation on the city's behalf, reframing a business owner's constitutional challenge into a zoning matter.

Michael Gelfand, attorney with Gelfand & Arpe in West Palm Beach.

Appeals Court Reverses Self in Real Estate Case That Spawned 8 Amicus Briefs

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court reversed itself on the application of Florida's lis pendens statute after a rehearing supported by several amicus briefs.

50 Cent

50 Cent Goes After Reed Smith for $35 Million in Sex Tape Trial Loss

By Robert Storace |

The rap star is suing his former law firm over a $7 million loss to a Miami legal team representing a Pembroke Pines woman.

Foreclosure Attorney's Suit to Boot Dem. Party Leader Can Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

Foreclosure defense attorney Bruce Jacobs is taking on a new role in a Miami-Dade courtroom: political maneuverer.

Barbara J. Pariente

Florida Justices Rule Medical Documents Must Be Disclosed

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

In a ruling that could have implications for medical malpractice cases across the state, the Florida Supreme Court said a Jacksonville hospital system was required to provide records to a patient's family because of a 2004 constitutional amendment.

Judge Thomas Logue, Third District Court of Appeal.

Appeals Court: Uber Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees

By Celia Ampel |

The Third District Court of Appeal rejects the employment question on a request for unemployment benefits.

Donald Trump.

Judge Rules Trump Organization-Owned Golf Club Breached Contract

By Samantha Joseph |

A Florida golf club linked to President Donald Trump must pay $5.7 million to patrons who wanted their membership dues refunded.

Fourth DCA Judge Melanie May.

Appeals Court Sides With Woman Serving Lengthy Sentence for Hitman Plot

By Samantha Joseph |

Theresa Batson wanted it done correctly so she did it herself, appearing pro se on appeal and blaming ineffective counsel for her sentence in a murder-for-hire case.

Carlton Fields Faces Lawsuit Over Failed Lauderdale Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

The law firm and two shareholders are being sued by a former client after a $25 million land deal collapsed.

Christian Searcy.

Legislative Attorney Fee Cap in Claims Bill Struck Down

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court rules attorney fees may not be limited by a claims bill if the limitation impairs the contract between the law firm and client.

People demonstrate against President Trumps's new immmigration policy at Miami International Airport Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017. Trump’s immigration order sowed more confusion and outrage across the country Sunday, with travelers detained at airports, panicked families searching for relatives and protesters registering their opposition to the sweeping measure.

Traveler Detentions and Court Clogs Flow From Trump Immigration Order

By Samantha Joseph, Celia Ampel and Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Attorneys respond to calls from travelers who were held up trying to return to the United States after President Donald Trump orders a crackdown on immigrants.


Defendants in Litigation Over Drug Push for MDL Consolidation in New York

By Celia Ampel |

Federal court claims of uncontrollable bleeding caused by the blood thinner Eliquis are headed toward consolidation — but a panel must choose whether the case will be heard in New York.

Prive at Island Estates, a two-tower condominium project under construction on an 8-acre private island in Aventura.

Construction Loan Given to Aventura Condos in Litigation

By Carla Vianna |

The litigated Prive at Island Estates project lands a $102 million construction loan, which guarantees completion of the project fought by neighbors.

Attorneys Fees Mounting in $21M Broward Citrus Standoff

By Samantha Joseph |

Can the legislature prevent judicial enforcement of the Constitution? That's the question at the center of Florida's long-running citrus canker dispute.

Alice Sum, Stephanie Chaissan and Ronald Rosengarten.

Judicial Switch-Up Prompts Appeal in Dismissed $10M Condo Hotel Case

By Celia Ampel |

A lawsuit filed by unit owners of a condo hotel over fees for renovations was dismissed by a judge who came into the case just before trial.

Judge Carole Taylor

Fourth DCA OKs Legal Malpractice Case Against Foreclosure Attorney, Firms

By Samantha Joseph |

A legal malpractice suit against foreclosure defense attorney Robert Lithman and two associated firms has new life after the Fourth District Court of Appeal allowed one of the plaintiffs to move forward with the litigation.

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

Senior Appellate Judge Rails Against 'Chevron' Deference

By Celia Ampel |

A Florida appellate judge who just reached retirement age took an opportunity Wednesday to rail against courts' deference to administrative agency decisions.

E. Cole FitzGerald III, left, and James A. Burnham, right, of FitzGerald Mayans & Cook.

Real Estate Agent's Lawsuit Revived on Industry Definition

By Samantha Joseph |

An industry nuance tipped the scales for a real estate agent looking to collect an $80,000 sales commission.

'Not Concerned with Press:' Saxena White Quietly Wins Big

By Samantha Joseph |

Its cases draw broad media coverage, but Boca Raton-based Saxena White prefers to stay out of the spotlight.

Pam Bondi

Tobacco Companies Face Enforcement Action Over Unpaid Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed an enforcement action against two tobacco companies that have allegedly failed to pay millions of dollars required by a 1997 settlement.

Eleventh Circuit Nixes Fraudster's Sentence, but Bolsters Prosecutors' Case

By Samantha Joseph |

A ruling for from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit provides new guidance for handling circumstantial evidence in securities fraud cases.

Ringling Brothers Circus.

Ringling Bros. Demise Gives Final Chapter to Long-Fought Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys reflect on the court battles that played a role in ending the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

Boca Raton Firm Named Co-Lead Counsel on Wells Fargo Shareholder Class Action

By Ben Hancock |

Saxena White is helping lead securities cases filed after the disclosure that bank employees created 2 million unauthorized accounts to meet goals.

Judge Waxes Cosmetic in Nixing Kardashian Sisters' Arbitration Bid

By Celia Ampel |

The Kardashian sisters lost an appeal Wednesday that a punny federal circuit judge powdered with makeup puns.

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

Indian Creek Country Club Prevails in Appeal Over Municipal Taxes

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court ruled in favor of an exclusive country club on a private island in a tax fight with the island village's government.

Ron Lowy of Lowy & Cook.

Sax at Jazz Brunch in Upscale Miami Beach Neighborhood Sparks Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

Litigation is brewing between a Miami Beach cafe and the city over a noise ordinance injunction.

Quicken Loans Faces Lawsuits Over Calls, Texts

By Samantha Joseph |

A class action litigated by South Florida attorney Marc Wites alleges national mortgage lender Quicken Loans Inc. violated the federal Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

David Abraham, left, and Hector Chichoni, right.

Elimination of 'Wet-Foot, Dry-Foot' Policy Will Have Impact on Immigration Law Firms

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Elimination of the so-called "wet-foot, dry-foot" policy that gave Cuban immigrants an automatic path to citizenship once they reached U.S. shores will deal a heavy blow to many small and solo immigration law firms in South Florida and other places where many Cubans live.

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

How Takata's $1B Settlement Could Impact Civil Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

Takata's $1 billion settlement with the U.S. government over defective air bags will not affect the nationwide class action against the company and automakers, according to plaintiffs counsel in the civil case.

Attorney Ramon M. Rodriguez

Florida Bar Files Ethics Charges Against Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

The Florida Bar Wednesday filed ethics charges against attorney Ramon Manuel Rodriguez, accused of knowingly filing and prosecuting a frivolous perjury case against opposing counsel at Lewis Tein.

David Boies, left, and Alan Dershowitz.

Lawyers Continue to Duke It Out in Dershowitz Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

The post-settlement litigation continues in the defamation case involving retired Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz.

Judge Julie Carnes.

Court: Infringement Case Fees Not Covered by Insurance

By Celia Ampel |

The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit rules liability insurance does not cover legal fees when a policyholder waits — and waits — to notify the insurer of the litigation.

Nuanced Appellate Decision in Case Claiming Bankruptcy Judge Conflict

By Samantha Joseph |

In an issue of first impression, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit examines whether circuit courts have jurisdiction to hear direct appeals from bankruptcy court.

Judge Bronwyn C. Miller

Attorney at Center of Contract Breach Case Faces Rare Sanction

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami attorney destroyed evidence then spent two years derailing a former client's efforts to recover those documents, according to a ruling by Miami-Dade Circuit Court Judge Bronwyn Miller.

'El Popular' Publisher Among Those Charged in $10M Mortgage Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

A former newspaper publisher is among four South Florida businessmen charged in a $10 million mortgage fraud.

No ‘Saint': Appeals Court Says Criminal Can Change Name to TV Character

By Samantha Joseph |

A criminal history is not enough to stop a name change for a Florida man looking to pay homage to a Robin Hood-type figure from a 1960s television series.

The Road to Recovery: How a Law Firm Tracked Down Ponzi Schemer's Lost Funds

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorneys tell the story of how they recovered millions of dollars for victims of a Ponzi scheme whose mastermind squandered all but $28,000.

Verdict for Restaurant in Overtime Case Clarifies Exempt Employee Criteria

By Samantha Joseph |

A verdict for a restaurant in a labor and employment case is being hailed as a victory for opponents of an Obama administration proposal to increase the number of employees eligible for overtime pay.

Appeals Court Tosses Real Estate Investor's Suit Over Missed Deadline

By Samantha Joseph |

A deadline missed by one business day put a Miami real estate investor on the losing end of a yearlong foreclosure battle.

Halliburton $100M Settlement Would End 14 Years of Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

Halliburton Co. agreed to a $100 million securities fraud settlement in a case brought by Boies Schiller & Flexner.

Kluger Kaplan’s Abbey Kaplan, left, and Marko Cerenko, right.

In Contentious Fight, Court Rules Miami Juice Bar Can Stay

By Carla Vianna |

A healthy juice shop in Sunny Isles Beach prevailed in a legal dispute that could've resulted in the shop's eviction.

12/15/16- Miami- standing left, Manuel L. Dobrinsky, of Dolan Dobrinsky Rosenblum. sitting, from left, Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz, Michael Olin, of Michael S. Olin PA. Ian G. Osur, of Law Offices of Ian G. Osur.

Lawyers Pursues Bad-Faith Claim After Geico Delay

By Celia Ampel |

Geico acted in bad faith by failing to settle a claim against a policyholder quickly enough to avoid litigation, a Miami federal jury found.

Eugene Pettis, of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm, in Fort Lauderdale.

Fired Broward Health Interim CEO Claims Sunshine Law Violations

By Celia Ampel |

A former Florida Bar president is representing the ousted CEO of Broward Health in a lawsuit against the hospital system.

Judge Carole Taylor

Court Rules County Cannot Force Municipal Funding of Agency

By Celia Ampel |

Palm Beach County cannot force municipalities to help fund a countywide corruption-busting program, an appellate court ruled Wednesday.

Donald Trump.

Judgment in Lease Dispute Against Trump's Doral Golf Resort Reversed

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court revived a lease dispute over Trump National Doral Miami because the trial judge did not explain his decision.

Judge Donald Hafele.

Court Declines to Disqualify Judge Over Comment About Italians

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court ruled a Palm Beach Circuit judge should not be disqualified from a case for making a comment about "Italian folks" that developer Anthony Pugliese said he found offensive.

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

State Wants Judge to Reconsider Seminole Gambling Ruling

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

The state asked a federal judge to reconsider his decision that Florida violated a $1 billion gambling agreement with the Seminole Tribe.

Jameis Winston.

'Strings Attached' for Both Parties in Jameis Winston Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

Jameis Winston and a former Florida State classmate have reached a confidential settlement on her rape claim against him.

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.

Appeals Court Reverses Award to Miami Beach for Alleged Park Defects

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court reversed findings in favor of Miami Beach on playground and landscaping defects in South Pointe Park.

Roy Altman of Podhurst Orseck.

Wells Fargo Sued for Alleged Role in Film Financing Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami state court lawsuit filed Monday alleges Wells Fargo and its employees helped swindle film production financiers out of millions of dollars.

Matt Weissing of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman.

Class Certified for Hilton Owners Over Shared Maintenance Fees

By Carla Vianna |

Hundreds of unit owners at the Fort Lauderdale beach condo-hotel are suing the property owner for allegedly overcharging them millions of dollars.

State Supreme Court Mulls Fairness of Law Specific to Med-Mal Suits

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments Thursday that a medical malpractice law violates plaintiffs' constitutional right to privacy.

Appeals Court Trims $2M From Award to Restaurant Evicted From Hotel

By Samantha Joseph |

An appellate court Wednesday shaved $2 million from an award for a restaurant evicted from an Embassy Suites hotel.

Corali Lopez-Castro of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton.

Judge Reverses Self, Allows Alter Ego to Be Pursued in Bankruptcy

By Samantha Joseph |

A new ruling from a bankruptcy judge in Miami allows a trustee of an individual estate to pursue corporate alter egos.

Judge Orders $15K Penalty for Former Miami Budget Director

By Celia Ampel |

A federal judge ruled a former Miami city budget director should not have to pay nearly half a million dollars after a jury found him liable for securities law violations.

Judge Allows Police Officer's Whistleblower Suit to Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

A strongly worded order from a federal appellate court allows a whistleblower suit by a former police officer who accused two law enforcement agencies of racial profiling to proceed.

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

Appeals Court Reverses in Favor of Homeowner in Insurance Claim Case

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court ruled in favor of property insurance policyholders in a Thursday decision addressing damage with two or more causes.

4th DCA Judge Melanie May.

Appeals Court Wipes Out $6M Verdict Against Tobacco Company for Adult Daughter of Smoker

By Samantha Joseph |

There's a big-dollar difference between compensatory awards for minors and those for adult children in product-liability tobacco cases.

Luxury cruise ship Caribbean Princess at Stavanger.

Princess Cruise Lines Agrees to $40M Pollution Penalty

By Celia Ampel |

Princess Cruise Lines Ltd. has agreed to pay a $40 million criminal penalty for deliberately polluting the ocean and covering it up, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday.

Human Rights Claims Against Chiquita for Funding Colombian Paramilitaries Will Proceed in U.S. Court

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A federal judge has ruled that lawsuits filed against Chiquita by families of victims of Colombian paramilitaries paid by Chiquita to protect its former workers and banana farms from other paramilitary groups will be heard in the U.S., not in Colombia, as Chiquita had proposed. But nearly 2,000 additional plaintiffs first named in an amended complaint in missed the statute of limitations.

Doberman dog

Appeals Court Reverses in Favor of Woman Bitten by Dog

By Celia Ampel |

Dog owners are always liable for any injuries their pets' bites cause, a Florida appellate court ruled Wednesday.

Attorney Wins Suit Forestalling Hike in Florida Workers' Comp Premiums

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida businesses have a Miami attorney to thank for staving off a 14.5 percent rate hike in workers' comp insurance premiums.

Judge Rules for Residents in Aventura Condo Fight

By Carla Vianna |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Gerald Bagley finds residents have standing to challenge Prive at Island Estates, a luxury project on a neighboring island in Aventura.

Cuba-Focused Lawyers Weigh Implications of Castro's Death

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

For lawyers assessing how Fidel Castro's death might affect economic and other relations with Cuba, the answer is a seeming paradox: It means both very little and a lot.

Fort Lauderdale Lawyer Secures $7M Civil Sexual Assault Verdict Against Rapper

By Celia Ampel |

Fort Lauderdale attorney Brad Edwards won a $7.1 million verdict against rapper The Game.

Cory Ciklin

New Panel Sides with Homeowner as Judicial and Civil Rules Collide

By Samantha Joseph |

An appellate court reversed a circuit judge who closed a case without notice to clear his docket of languishing lawsuits.

Raoul G. Cantero.

Lawyers Secure Rare Reversal Without Oral Argument in Federal Trade Secrets Case

By Celia Ampel |

White & Case attorneys won a federal appellate court victory, with the court making the unusual move to reverse the district court without holding oral arguments.

In this Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016 photo, construction of a timeshare resort goes on around the condo of Julieta Corredor, an 81-year-old widow that refused to sell her unit to one of the nations largest timeshare companies. The Corredors say their case is a matter of principle on property rights and that they feel bullied by developer Westgate. Westgate officials say the family is being greedy and awaiting a bigger offer. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Holdout Family Sues Over Timeshare Tower Construction

By Mike Schneider |

A South Florida family that is refusing to sell a vacation townhouse to one of the world's largest timeshare companies is suing Orange County in an effort to stop the company from continuing construction on a timeshare tower just 12 feet from the townhouse.

Court Finds Law for Selling Entire Condominium Projects is Not Retroactive

By Samantha Joseph |

Bad news for older condo associations: A ruling from the Third District Court of Appeal found that Florida's law governing terminations, or sale of entire condominium projects, does not automatically apply to properties built before 2007.

Passengers of Plane That Caught Fire to File Florida Suit

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida law firms are representing passengers on board a plane that caught fire last month on the runway in Chicago.

Alan Dimond of Greenberg Traurig.

Flagstone Free to Continue Watson Island Development Following Appellate Victory

By Carla Vianna |

Flagstone Property Group is free to move forward with its mixed-use project on Watson Island, but a change in Miami law may have opened a door for future legal challenges.

4th DCA

Lawyer Whose Bathroom Break Caused Case to Be Tossed Wins Reversal

By Samantha Joseph |

An attorney who thought he had time for a quick bathroom run returned to the courtroom to find the judge granting summary judgment to opposing counsel in a premises liability case.

Vizcayne condo tower, at 253 NE 2nd St.

More Litigation in Store for Vizcayne Condos

By Samantha Joseph |

Two massive construction defect suits are brewing over luxury high-rise towers in downtown Miami.

Judge Vacates Sanctions Against Boies, Schiller & Flexner Attorney

By Celia Ampel |

A judge vacated the sanctions he imposed against a Miami tobacco defense attorney for wasting a witness' time.

South Florida Marketing Agency Wins $2.5 Million Verdict in Copyright Case

By Celia Ampel |

West Palm Beach lawyers won a $2.55 million verdict earlier this month in a copyright infringement case.

Glen Waldman, Heller Waldman, Coconut Grove

Fiercely Fought Condo Fight Postponed Until Next Spring

By Carla Vianna |

The next step in a three-year dispute facing Prive at Island Estates: The defendants will argue the issue of standing against residents trying to halt the project.

Alan Koslow.

Former Becker & Poliakoff Attorney Gets Reduced Sentence in Money Laundering Case

By Celia Ampel |

Former Becker & Poliakoff attorney Alan Koslow was sentenced Thursday to one year and one day in prison for money laundering.

Retired Jupiter Attorney Fined Nearly $1 Million and Sentenced to Eight Months in Jail

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A former Jupiter council woman has been sentenced to eight months jail and nearly $1 million in restitution for filing false income tax returns.

Chartwell Suit Over Failed Merger to Go On

By Lizzy McLellan |

A Miami-Dade County judge has allowed a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Florida's Wadsworth Huott by Pennsylvania firm Chartwell Law Offices to proceed.

 Marc Wites, of Wites & Kapetan and Scott Silver and David Silver of Silver Law Group.

Settlement Reached in Part of 'Cryptsy' Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Plaintiffs reach a settlement worth about $1 million with the ex-wife of digital currency exchange CEO Paul Vernon, who allegedly absconded to China with clients' money.

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Fla. Supreme Court Rules for Lenders in Landmark Foreclosure Decision

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favor of mortgage lenders in a case some worry will unfairly impact homebuyers.

Eastpointe Condo at 5380 N. Ocean Drive, Singer Island, Riviera Beach.

Judge Halts Seawall Construction at Singer Island Condo Tower

By Carla Vianna |

A Palm Beach circuit judge issues an injunction the same week construction was due to start on a $1.7 million seawall under a plan calling for a $30,000 special assessment.

Judge Rejects Ballot Challenge in Miami-Dade Mayoral Race

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade judge tossed county mayor candidate Raquel Regalado's lawsuit over the election.

Putative Class Action Over Hospital Robocalls Allowed to Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

A class action suit against a hospital's telemarketer in Miami has survived its first obstacle: a motion to dismiss.

Appeals Court Reverses Criminal Contempt Finding Against Foreclosure Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court found it had "no choice but to reverse" a criminal contempt finding against foreclosure defense attorney Stuart Golant, who was handcuffed and jailed after tussling with bailiffs.

Patrick Oot

Combination of Technology and Humans Work Best in E-Discovery Review, Study Finds

By Samantha Joseph |

A landmark study shows firms still need to train human reviewers, despite using technology-assisted reviews for e-discovery.

Barbara J. Pariente

Justices Question Tobacco Company's Preemption Argument 10 Years After 'Engle'

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Supreme Court justices grilled a tobacco defense attorney on how he hoped to limit the scope of smoking litigation a decade after the landmark Engle case.

High Court Disciplines 6 South Florida Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplined six attorneys, four of whom were disbarred.

Appeals Court Revives Legal Mal Case Against Former Aventura Mayor Over Derailed Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court revived a malpractice suit against attorney and former Aventura Mayor Jeffrey Perlow, accused of representing both sides in a derailed real estate deal.

How Palm Beach County Managed a Case Too Big for Court

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorneys say Palm Beach County court administrators took extraordinary steps to accommodate a massive construction defect case.

Appeals Court Reverses Itself, Upholding Harsh Sentence for Gang Member

By Samantha Joseph |

After first rejecting the 66-year prison term as improper, the Fourth DCA panel changed course and affirmed 2-1.

Raquel Regalado.

Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate Sues to Boot Incumbent From Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

The race for Miami-Dade County mayor just became the third county race to head to litigation during this election cycle.

Court Orders $21M to Venezuelan Hospital Over Deception

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Eleventh Circuit awards a Venezuelan hospital a $21 million judgment against a group the court found conspired to deceive it.

Firm Fends Off Med-Mal Suit Against Florida Hospitals

By Samantha Joseph |

Fort Lauderdale attorneys Michael Petrucelli and Steven Osher said focusing on the facts helped defeat a $24 million medical malpractice suit against Children's Medical Center.

Nursing Facility Whistleblower Case Settles for $145M

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami lawyer helped obtain a $145 million whistleblower settlement against a chain of skilled nursing facilities.

Third District Court of Appeal

Third DCA Issues Complaint Against Lawyer for Failing to Obey Court Orders

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third DCA referred a Miami lawyer to the local professionalism panel for failing to obey court orders, file initial briefs and pay filing fees.

Law Firm Seeks Dismissal of Case After Raid on Litigation 'War Room'

By Samantha Joseph |

A law firm working out of its clients' medical practice for a Medicaid fraud case claimed the government raided its litigation war room and put the defense in jeopardy.

Embraer facility at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

Brazil's Embraer Agrees to $205M Penalty for Foreign Bribery Scheme

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The aircraft maker settles allegations it bribed officials in the Dominican Republic, Saudi Arabia and Mozambique to win government contracts.