Litigation

Whitney Untiedt is a partner in the Miami office and Akerman's Director of Pro Bono Initiatives

Akerman Partner Whitney Untiedt is DBR's Attorney of the Year

By Celia Ampel |

Akerman partner Whitney Untiedt was recognized for leading pro bono work for juveniles seeking resentencing based on a Florida Supreme Court decision.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor (2009)

Sotomayor Urges Mandatory Pro Bono for All Lawyers

'I believe in forced labor' when it comes to improving access to justice for the poor, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said.

Deaf Inmates Sue Miami-Dade Corrections for Lack of Interpreters

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Cellphone Search Punctuates Bal Harbour Shops Expansion

By Carla Vianna |

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

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

Class Action Claims AutoNation Tacks On Unexplained Service Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Broward County Judge Nina Di Pietro

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

By Julie Kay and Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Another Round: Bacardi Revives Havana Club Trademark Lawsuit

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

By Julie Kay |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Third District Court of Appeal

Hialeah Beats Little-Guy Vendors on Appeal

By Celia Ampel |

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

3rd DCA's Ruling on Abuse: What It Means to Florida DCF Workers

By Celia Ampel |

Florida Department of Children and Families employees cannot necessarily be held liable for abuse of adoptive children just because there are foster children in the same home, an appellate court ruled Wednesday.

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.