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

Justices Issue Stay After Debate Over Death Penalty Ruling

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Costa Concordia

Miami Appeals Court Ejects Costa Concordia Case

By Celia Ampel |

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

Paul Geller of Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd.

Boca Lawyer Only One From Florida Named to VW MDL Committee

By Celia Ampel |

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

Eric Ginnis and H. Ross Zelnick

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Thomas Ice

Online Service Offers Free, Low-Cost Legal Representation

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Melanie May

Smoker Attorneys Flirted With Reversal of $75 Million Award

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge John Patrick Contini

Broward Judge Admits 'Undignified Conduct' in Dealings with Prosecutor

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Daryl D. Parks

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

By Review staff |

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

Attorney Barry Silver, Unitarian Church

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Class Action Claims BJ's Overcharges on Sales Tax

By Celia Ampel |

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

4th DCA

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Federico Moreno

MDL Judge Keeps Alive Air Bag Claims Against Takata, Honda

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno ruled Wednesday in the Takata air bag multidistrict litigation, denying in part Takata's and Honda's motions to dismiss drivers' economic loss claims.

Peter Prieto

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

By Julie Kay |

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

Judge Puts Stop Light on Red Light Camera Cases

By Julie Kay |

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

Tony Robbins

Injunction Dropped Against Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins' Tech Help

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Discards Privilege in Geico Bad Faith Case

By Celia Ampel |

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

Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas

Miami Jury Awards $2M to Royal Caribbean Crew Member

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Attorney Settles Malpractice Suit in Billionaire Soffer's Chopper Crash

By Julie Kay |

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

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

Lawsuit Claims Jungle Island Charges More to Accommodate Disabled

By Celia Ampel |

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

Developer Gary Cohen

Aventura Dispute Over Condo Plans Heading to Trial

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Federico Moreno

MDL Judge Hears Takata Air Bag Dismissal Motions

By Celia Ampel |

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

Ex-Roetzel Attorney Sues Firm Over Noncompete Clause

By Julie Kay |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Alan M. Dershowitz argues at the Appellate Division

Dershowitz's Attack Stance Softens During Deposition

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Alan M. Dershowitz argues at the Appellate Division

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

By Noreen Marcus |

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

William Ruggiero

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Third District Court of Appeal

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Stephen F. Rosenthal

Judge Sends Bucs' Case Over MRSA Infection to State Court

By Celia Ampel |

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

Laura M. Watson

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

By Julie Kay |

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

Miami Mortgage Lender Gets 11 Years for Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

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

Eight Law Firms to be Honored for Top Litigation Work

By Review staff |

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

Robert Oesterlund and Azadeh Banai

Did Becker & Poliakoff Help Entrepreneur, Going Through Messy Divorce, Hide $400M?

By Julie Kay |

Becker & Poliakoff is accused of helping Robert Oesterlund move assets offshore while he was the target of a state fraud investigation.

Attorney's 12-Year Custody Case Gets Another New Judge

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Valerie Manno Schurr is the latest in a slew of judges to be bounced off a bitter custody suit involving former Miami attorney Frank Amsalem.

Law Firms Help Clients, but did This One Help it Defraud a Tech Company of $2M?

By Samantha Joseph |

A legal malpractice suit accuses a Fort Lauderdale law firm of helping a client defraud a cleaning technology company of $2 million.

Partners L. Bradley Hancock (left) and Christopher D. Johnsen are joining Holland & Knight to establish the firm's new office in Houston

Holland & Knight Opens Houston Office

Miami-based firm opens its third office in Texas and hires two litigators.

Eduardo Palmer, of Eduardo Palmer P.A.

Judge Hand-Tosses Drug Extradition for Pizza Maker

By Celia Ampel |

Coral Gables attorney Eduardo Palmer defeated Italy's request for the extradition of an Orlando pizza maker on drug-trafficking charges.

2 Miami Lawyers Face Ethics Probe in Miccosukee Wrongful Death Case

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Bar finds probable cause to launch a formal ethics investigation into Miami attorneys Jose "Pepe" Herrera and Ramon Rodriguez for their role in a lawsuit against the Miccosukee tribe.

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Five South Florida Attorneys Suspended, Three Reprimanded

By Samantha Joseph |

A covert settlement, misappropriation of business funds, a $65,000 client loan and fraudulent tax returns made the list of violations that landed eight South Florida attorneys in ethical hot water.

Robert N. Scola

Judge Tosses $1.3 Million Default Award Over Notice Defect

By Celia Ampel |

U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola vacates a $1.3 million default judgment against a hotel owner, finding that the defendant didn't receive notice of the suit until it was resolved.

Judge John Patrick Contini

The Reason Broward Judge Contini was Sidelined From Criminal Cases Will Surprise You

By Celia Ampel |

Circuit Judge John Contini is moving to family court Monday after prosecutors argued his sentences are biased toward defendants.

James Ferraro Jr. and James Ferraro Sr.

Miami Jury Awards $17 Million in Asbestos Case

By Julie Kay |

The Ferraro Law Firm has received a $17 million verdict for a Miami man dying of asbestos exposure.

Bernie Madoff

$125 Million Settlement Reached for Madoff Investors

By Celia Ampel |

A team of Fort Lauderdale attorneys with Boies, Schiller & Flexner help reach the deal with a financial services company accused of breaching its obligation to investors.

Judge: Lawsuit Over 'Exploding' Caterpillar Generators in Brazil Stays in Miami

By Julie Kay |

A federal judge in Miami rejects a motion by Caterpillar to move a $50 million case to Brazil, calling it a "last-ditch effort" by the company. A Brazilian power plant operator claims faulty Caterpillar generators exploded.

Meenu Sasser

Why Attorney Frederick Keitel isn't Giving Up on his Bid to Have Judge Sasser Disqualified

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney Frederick Keitel still wants Palm Beach Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser thrown off his commercial foreclocsure case even through an appeals court has denied the request.

Jane Moscowitz

Coral Gables Lawyers Settle Malpractice Suit With Biotech Firm

By Julie Kay |

Jupiter-based Dyadic International reaches a seven-figure settlement with Moscowitz & Moscowitz after suing three law firms and its former accounting firm.

Bankruptcy Judge Sanctions Litigator Over 'Vindictive' Motion

By Celia Ampel |

West Palm Beach attorney L. Louis Mrachek and his law firm await sanctions after a bankruptcy judge found the firm pursued a 'vindictive' motion to disqualify opposing counsel.

Adam M. Schachter

How Miami Attorney Adam Schachter Fended Off a Suit Against Beverly Hills Hotel from Miami Contractors

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney Adam Schachter successfully defended a lawsuit in Miami federal court against a Beverly Hills hotel over a contract for energy-efficient light fixtures.

Greenspoon Marder Adds Criminal Practice

By Julie Kay |

In expansion mode, Fort Lauderdale-based Greenspoon Marder has launched a criminal practice area led by Miami attorney David Kubiliun.

Akerman Offers Ex-Judges as Appellate Sounding Board

By Celia Ampel |

Akerman is offering a moot court service that allows appellate attorneys to practice oral arguments before a panel of former judges.

Donald Trump.

'You're Disgusting,' Trump Told Attorney Seeking Breast-Pumping Break

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorney Elizabeth Beck outraged celebrity developer Donald Trump by asking for a break in a 2011 deposition to pump breast milk for her 3-month-old baby.

Amid Allegations he stalked and Threatened his Mother, National Enquirer Heir Can Get His Guns Back

By Samantha Joseph |

Attorney Mike Pike convinced a Palm Beach circuit judge to drop a weapons ban against National Enquirer heir Paul Pope, who was the target of an injunction obtained after he was accused of stalking his mother.

David Oscar Markus and Margot Moss

Attorneys Win Acquittal for Man Who Received Molly Shipment

By Celia Ampel |

David O. Markus and Margot Moss won an acquittal for a client who was accused of ordering the drug methylone, known as "Molly," over the Internet from China.

Michael Olin, Carlos Velasquez, Randy Rosenblum, client Carmenza Merino, Alex Alvarez and Robert Philipson

Team Wins $14.5 Million Verdict for Broward Smoker

By Julie Kay |

A 66-year-old west Broward woman who developed oral cancer from smoking obtained a $14.5 million verdict against Philip Morris USA in Miami-Dade Circuit Court.

Peter Berlowe and Daniel Vielleville

She Left Cargill and Got Severance. Problem Was, it Wasn't Paid in US Dollars

By Julie Kay |

Attorneys Daniel Vielleville and Peter Berlowe represent a Weston resident who received a severance package in Venezuelan bolivars instead of dollars.

Sigrid McCawley and Lauren Fleischer Louis

The Au Pair Program is Broken and Here's How They Plan on Fixing it

By Celia Ampel |

Boies Schiller attorneys Sigrid S. McCawley and Lauren Fleischer Louis are part of a legal team claiming sponsor organizations have colluded to keep au pair wages at $4.35 an hour.

Alan J. Kluger displaying the piece by Esterio Segura titled

Miami Law Firm Sues USAA, Another Firm Over Contract Cut

By Celia Ampel |

Herssein Law Group blames the firing of 15 employees in Miami and Tampa on an alleged breach of contract by United Services Automobile Association for PIP defense work.

Marlins Park

Pay Ball! Why Miami Marlins Sued Real Estate Investor

By Eleazar David Melendez |

Miami Beach investor Sam Herzberg has made millions in the real estate boom, but a lawsuit claims he's shorting the Miami Marlins on a bill for season tickets.

Thomas Ice

Investor Kept Out of Foreclosure Case; Dissent Calls for Sanctions Against Thomas Ice

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appeals panel barred a bankruptcy real estate buyer from a foreclosure case involving the same property, and a dissenter calls for sanctions against the buyer's lawyer, Thomas Ice.

Bad news for Searcy Denney: Firm Can Collect $100k, not $2.5M it Expected

By Samantha Joseph |

It looks like Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley won't be collecting a $2.5 million payday in a medical malpractice law litigated since 1999.

Smoker's Jury Delivers Record $13 Million Award Against R.J. Reynolds

By Celia Ampel |

A team of South Florida attorneys wins the award for the family of a smoker who died of oral cancer.

Enrique Iglesias.

Did Music Superstar Enrique Iglesias Pin Traffic Infraction on Someone Else?

By Samantha Joseph |

Singer Enrique Iglesias and his attorneys from Roy Black's high-powered law firm have a court date in Miami to answer charges the Grammy Award winner swapped seats with a passenger after a traffic stop.

Laura M. Watson

Now What? Appeals Court Rejects Ousted Judge Laura Watson's Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

Ousted Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson was dealt another blow in her fight to get her job back.

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

Chief Justice Pushes for More Justice Funding, Better Access to Courts

By Julie Kay |

Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice Jorge Labarga highlights needs of the state's justice system in a speech at the annual Florida Bar convention.

Bob Hosch, CEO, Butler & Hosch

Did CEO Really Create $7M in Fake Invoices to Prop Up Sinking Law Firm?

By Samantha Joseph |

An employee class action claims the former CEO of Butler & Hosch engineered fake bills in a failing attempt to get fresh financing for his teetering foreclosure law firm.

Law Grad's Divorce From Surgeon Got So Ugly, Post Actually Said He Gave Her Herpes

By Samantha Joseph |

Lawsuit alleges Lynn Louise Taylor, divorced and on the losing end of custody battles, was a woman on a mission to "cyberstalk and destroy" ex-husband.

Holland & Knight

Furiously Fighting: Holland & Knight Wants $815,000 in Fees From Bankruptcy

By Julie Kay |

Holland & Knight is trying to enforce a charging lien for unpaid bills in a Miami bankruptcy case.

L-R: Howard Srebnick. Black, Srebnick, Kornspan & Stumpf and Scott A. Srebnick, of The Law Office of Scott A. Srebnick

Can Federal Prosecutors Seize Untainted Assets Before Defendant Hires an Attorney?

By Celia Ampel |

The court will review a Miami case asking whether federal prosecutors can seize untainted assets before a criminal defendant hires an attorney.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Florida Supreme Court Ruling on Attorneys is Bad News for Condo Associations

By Samantha Joseph |

Bad news for cash-strapped condo associations: The Florida Supreme Court upholds an opinion that bars community association managers from performing 20 tasks deemed to be the "unlicensed practice of law."

James L. Ferraro

Tobacco Case Lesson: Use Closing Arguments Cautiously

By Noreen Marcus |

Tucker Ronzetti, who has written about mistakes in closing arguments for the Florida Bar Journal, said the Ferraro firm averted a disaster by admitting to an error and salvaging a $5 million tobacco verdict.

Dale Ross

The Reason 4th DCA Threw Broward Judge Dale Ross Off Malpractice Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Broward Circuit Judge Dale Ross was forced to step down from a medical malpractice trial for showing bias against a Fort Lauderdale radiologist.

Causeway leading to Grove Isle

Grove Isle Dispute Lingers, But Residents at Least Get a Victory With One Issue

By Samantha Joseph |

Condo residents in Miami's Grove Isle neighborhood get back the use of their club while a developer pursues plans to add more units.

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Two South Florida Attorneys Face Reprimands

By Julie Kay |

Reprimands are ordered by the Florida Supreme Court for two South Florida attorneys.

Cigna Sued Over Mail-Order AIDS Drug Deliveries

By Noreen Marcus |

A consumer advocacy group, Miami's Podhurst Orseck and other plaintiffs firms are challenging Cigna's mandatory mail-order prescription program for AIDS-HIV drug deliveries.

Jury Reaches $60 Million Verdict Against Naples Bar

By Samantha Joseph |

A bar that served an underage drinker who was paralyzed in a car crash was hit with a verdict of $60 million in damages.

Former Greenberg Traurig partner Leslie Corwin, now at Blank Rome.

Greenberg Traurig Faces Trial Over Alleged Client Forgery

A judge in Manhattan reused to grant either side summary judgment in a lawsuit accusing Greenberg Traurig of helping a former client deceive his adversaries and the court.

Alex Alvarez, The Alvarez Law Firm.

Broward Jury Hits R.J. Reynolds With $25M in Punitive Damages

By Julie Kay |

A Broward jury awarded a Fort Lauderdale smoker $25 million in damages Tuesday, adding to the $21.5 million in compensatory damages awarded Friday.

Stephen K. Harper

Florida Supreme Court Tackles Juvenile Sentencing

By Noreen Marcus |

Stephen Harper, supervising attorney for the death penalty clinic at Florida International University College of Law, said the Florida Supreme Court's "fundamental holding is that no matter what the situation, kids are different."

Chief Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath

Palm Beach Judge Backs Off Speed-Up Rule

By Samantha Joseph |

A judge withdraws a move intended to speed up review of motions in foreclosure and other civil cases.

L-R: David Gersten, Lewis “Mike” Eidson, Carol Licko, Salvador Juncadella, H.T. Smith, Michael Goldberg, Edith Osman, T.J. Cunningham, Judge William Hoeveler, Roy Black, Raoul Cantero, Walter “Skip” Campbell, Cheryl Little, Adolfo Jimenez, Stephen Zack, Carlos Viana (partially hidden), Neisen Kasdin, Cesar Alvarez, Elisa D’Amico, Bob Butterworth, Alan Becker and Wendy Traurig-Perlin, accepting for her father Bob Traurig.

Photo Gallery: Attorney of the Year

K&L Gates partner Elisa D'Amico received the Attorney of the Year award April 14 at the DBR's inaugural event at the Coral Gables Country Club. DBR also presented lifetime achievement awards.

Laura M. Watson

Paragraph Response Was Simple: Judge Watson's Ethics Case Challenge Denied

By Noreen Marcus |

The Florida Supreme Court in a one-paragraph order discards Broward Circuit Judge Laura Watson's challenge to the ethics case that could remove her from the bench.

Robin Rosenberg

District Judge Robin Rosenberg Disqualifies Fort Lauderdale Lawyer in Whistleblower Case

By Noreen Marcus |

U.S. District Judge Robin Rosenberg accepts a magistrate's recommendation to disqualify Fort Lauderdale attorney Parker Eastin from a health care whistleblower case.

San Francisco Giants third base coach Tim Flannery chats with San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow before Game 4 of baseball's World Series between the Kansas City Royals and the Giants Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014, in San Francisco. Stow was disabled after an attack by Los Angeles Dodgers fans following a baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and Dodgers in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

How an Insurer Is Taking Money From the Fan Beaten at Dodgers Stadium

By David Armstrong Bloomberg News |

The beating of Brian Stow drew national attention to sports hooliganism. It's also brought to light a virtually unknown aspect of the legal system that cuts compensation to victims. In effect, Stow was sucker-punched twice: first by his assailant and then by his health insurer.

Sergio Campos

Professor: Tobacco Ruling 'Almost Like a Neutron Bomb'

A federal appeals court's ruling siding with tobacco companies on Wednesday could be devastating to Florida smokers' tort lawsuits, says a Miami law professor following the cases.

08/19/11- St. Augustine, Fl.-  After math of blaze at the 5th Wheel BP station that nearly claimed the life of the truck driver David Cowles.

West Palm Firm Helps Station Owner Avoid Damages From Gas Fire

By Francisco Alvarado Special to the Review |

A St. Augustine gas station and neighboring property went up in flames when a fire eurpted during tanker refueling.

Gerald B. Tjoflat

Eleventh Circuit Rejects Use of 'Engle' Findings by Smoker's Estate

A federal appeals court has tossed a verdict won against tobacco companies by the estate of a Florida smoker, saying the plaintiff's use of findings from an earlier class action conflicted with federal law on cigarettes.

6 Charged in Pre-Crash Mortgage Fraud

By Staff Report |

Six people in Miami and Brazil have been charged by federal prosecutors with scamming banks on real estate in Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties, including Fisher Island homes.

Third District Court of Appeal Judge Leslie Rothenberg couldn't resist a quip about

Trial to Determine if Cruise Line Must Honor Huge Diamond Discount

By Samantha Joseph |

A diamond is forever, and so may be a contract that valued a $5 million gem at $235,000, according to the Third District Court of Appeal.

Court Closed to Public in Florida Terror Case

A South Florida courtroom will be closed to the media and public when undercover FBI employees testify in an upcoming terrorism support case.

District Judge Kenneth A. Marra

Judge Rejects Women's Sex Allegations in Financier Case

A West Palm Beach federal judge has rejected a bid by two women to join a high-profile sexual abuse lawsuit that included scandalous accusations against Britain's Prince Andrew and a prominent U.S. lawyer.

former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen

Ex-Dolphin Will Allen Charged in $31M Ponzi Scheme

Federal regulators have filed civil fraud charges against former Miami Dolphin cornerback Will Allen and his business partner. They're accused of reaping more than $31 million in a Ponzi scheme that promised high returns to investors from funding loans to cash-strapped pro athletes.

Broad and Cassel attorney Scott Knapp

Beef With Energy Drink Maker Ends With $5.49 Settlement

By Samantha Joseph |

A plaintiff's Facebook posts about drug use helped torpedo two class action lawsuits against a Weston company and a few dollars for consumers.

Scott Rothstein

Jury to 'Scott Rothstein's Biggest Victim': You're Liable for $157M

By Noreen Marcus |

A Miami federal jury sides with the Securities and Exchange Commission against a feeder fund operator who sent $157 million into disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein's $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

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Florida Supreme Court Disbars Four South Florida Attorneys

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplines 14 South Florida attorneys, including four who will not be allowed to practice for at least five years.

Third District Court of Appeal

3rd DCA Weighs Workers' Comp Law

By News Service of Florida |

A South Florida appeals court heard arguments in a challenge to the constitutionality of the state's workers' compensation insurance system, as two other closely watched challenges also await rulings at the Florida Supreme Court.

'Defendant's Motion is Off Point in all Respects.' Holland & Knight Lawyers Fire Back in Sanctions Request Fight

By Julie Kay |

Holland & Knight is strenuously fighting a request for sanctions in an online trademark infringement case it filed in Jacksonville.

Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade with his sons Zaire Blessing Dwyane Wade and Zion Malachi Airamis Wade

Dwyane Wade Scores Against Ex-Wife in Bitter Custody Battle

By Samantha Joseph |

The Miami Heat star wins a visitation dispute in their longrunning child custody battle.

Michael Tein and Guy Lewis

3rd DCA Junks Tribal Lawsuit Against Lewis Tein Firm, Attorneys

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal rules the Miccosukee tribe has the right to sue nontribal members in state court-- but decides a lack of evidence justifies summary judgment on the racketeering lawsuit against Lewis Tein.

The Statue of Liberty

Appeals Court Sets April Hearing on Obama Immigration Action

A court hearing has been set for April 17 on whether a temporary hold on President Barack Obama's immigration executive action should be lifted, a federal appeals court announced.

You Can't Build That! Island Gardens Opponent Claims the Watson Island Project is Illegal

By Eleazar David Melendez |

A longtime opponent of the Island Gardens project proposed for Miami's Watson Island claims he has found a "smoking gun" in city records that show the development is illegal

An auto's airbag sign.

Prieto, Miner, Boies Named to Lead Plaintiffs in Takata Air Bag Litigation

By Julie Kay |

Podhurst Orseck partner Peter Prieto will lead the plaintiffs side of the consolidated Takata air bag litigation in Miami federal court. Boies Schiller's David Boies and Colson Hicks' Curtis Miner also have leadership roles.

Miami Class Action Takes Aim at Contact Lens Pricing

By Noreen Marcus |

The lawsuit says five companies conspired to undermine competition by coordinating price floors, causing an escalation in the price of contact lenses over the past two years.

Citrus Tree Owners Awarded $19.2 Million in Canker Trial

By Julie Kay |

A Palm Beach County jury awarded homeowners $289 per citrus tree—more than plaintiffs were asking for in the 15-year-long class action lawsuit.

15 Minutes Proofreading Could Have Saved $50,000 for a Driver Suing Geico

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appeals court faults a noteworthy typo in a $50,000 settlement offer for erasing a $196,000 jury award and attorney fees on a policyholder's accident claim.

In Pill Mill Case, Insurers Don't Have to Defend Drugmakers

By Francisco Alvarado |

A Miami federal judge rules insurance companies are not required to defend two pharmaceutical companies being sued by West Virginia for supplying addicts.

James M. Hopkins is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Why This Magistrate Says Attorney Should Be Disqualified from Lawsuit

By Noreen Marcus |

A federal magistrate filed a recommendation that would disqualify Parker Eastin and his firm Nicholson & Eastin from representing a whistleblower because of a conflict of interest.

20 Plaintiffs Firms Seek Roles in Takata Air Bag Litigation

By Julie Kay |

Twenty top law firms from around the country are applying for five lead counsel and two liaison positions in the Takata air bag multidistrict litigation case.

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Two South Florida Lawyers Disbarred, 12 Disciplined

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Supreme Court has disciplined 12 South Florida lawyers, including two who were disbarred.

Federico Moreno

Takata MDL Plaintiffs to Get 5 Lead Counsel, 2 Liaison Counsel

By Julie Kay |

In a move cheered by the local plaintiffs bar, U.S. Judge Federico Moreno in Miami issues an order for five lead plaintiffs counsel and two liaison counsel in the Takata air bag multi-district litigaiton.

Club Madonna at 1527 Washington Ave.

Tit for Tat: Madonna Strip Club Owner Wants to Sue Ex-Lawyer

By Eleazar David Melendez |

After Richard Wolfe of Miami sued Club Madonna for more than $36,000 in fees, the club's owner says he plans to sue Wolfe for legal malpractice.

Hiroshi Shimizu.

National Air-Bag Litigation Against Takata Begins in Miami

By Julie Kay |

The nation's top class-action lawyers packed a Miami federal courtroom for the first hearing on the multidistrict litigation against air-bag manufacturer Takata Corp.

Melissa McCullough and Kelly Kubiak

4th DCA Rejects Attorney Defamation Claim

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal rejects a defamation suit based on another insurance attorney's comments.