Firm Fends Off Pediatric Med-Mal

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.

Michael Goldberg, attorney with Akerman.

Akerman Attorney Gets $13M Citibank Settlement in Ski Resort Visa Fraud

Partner Michael Goldberg arranged the settlement with Citibank for money that went from EB-5 investors to the Miami owner of Vermont's Jay Peak ski resort.

Attorneys in Nissan Class Action Seeking $1.6M in Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

Billing rates reach $950 an hour for litigators in Nissan class action.

Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles T. Canady.

High Court Rules Settlements Need Not Mention Attorney Fees

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled settlement offers do not have to mention attorney fees if plaintiffs lawyers never sought them.

Sean Domnick of Domnick Cunningham & Whalen.

Family of Fatally Shot Teen to Receive $1.7M From Palm Beach Sheriff

By Celia Ampel |

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office agreed to pay $1.7 million to the parents of an unarmed teen shot and killed by an officer.

Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge Robert Gross.

Sanction of Expert Witness Who Used Flawed Data Tossed on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court refused to sanction an expert witness who reportedly showed "reckless indifference" to the truth in a criminal case.

Miami-Dade Agrees to Improve Services for Deaf Inmates

By Celia Ampel |

The Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation agreed to better accommodate deaf inmates as part of a settlement.

Wells Fargo Loses Bid to Force Arbitration in Yearslong Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge on Monday ruled against Wells Fargo in its quest to compel arbitration in a class action several years into litigation.

Corrective Advertising for PODS in $41.4M Settlement of Trademark Infringement Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

U-Haul International Inc. reached a $41.4 million settlement with PODS Enterprises LLC in a trademark dispute.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.

Military Contractor Defeats $10M Suit Over Failed Government Contract Bid

By Samantha Joseph |

Military contractor Point Blank Enterprises Inc. defeated a $10 million breach-of-contract suit over a failed bid to provide tactical vests with body armor to the U.S. government.

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

Ex-CFO of $300 Million Resort Condo Fraud Charged by Feds

By Carla Vianna |

Former Chief Financial Officer David Schwarz of a defunct development company that fleeced 1,400 investors out of more than $300 million in a real estate investment scheme was arrested Thursday in Orlando.

Albert Pujols.

Relative Suing Top MLB Baseball Player Looks to Missouri to Revive Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Major League Baseball star Albert Pujols escaped a $7.5 million libel lawsuit filed in federal court in Florida. But the cousin suing him for libel said he plans to refile in Missouri.

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg of the Third District Court of Appeal.

Appeals Court Reinstates Whistleblower Retaliation Case Against Miami

By Celia Ampel |

Miami's former independent auditor general will have another chance to prove the city discharged him as retaliation for whistleblowing.

Ford Explorer 2011 model.

Ford Agrees to Settle Over Explorer Exhaust Leaks

By Celia Ampel |

Ford Motor Co. agrees to settle the nationwide class action with owners of Explorers made from 2011 to 2015.

Andrea Miles Simonton is a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

‘Jane the Virgin’ Ruling Addresses Copyright Ownership of Foreign Works

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

A judge has determined the copyrights to the telenovela that gave birth to the current U.S. television series "Jane the Virgin" belongs to RCTV networks and not to a screenwriter who wrote it over a decade ago in Caracas, Venezuela.

Reversal Strikes New Blow Against Embattled Judge Destry

By Samantha Joseph |

Already facing state ethics harges, Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry is reversed on appeal for failing to conduct "sufficient inquiry" after a request to change attorneys in a murder case.

Youree Dell Harris as the psychic Miss Cleo.

Louis Vuitton's Benefit Cosmetics Sued Over Use of 'Miss Cleo'

By Samantha Joseph |

The future holds litigation for two Louis Vuitton companies that featured television psychic 'Miss Cleo' in a commercial.

Florida Supreme Court justices. Back row: Justices Ricky Polston, Peggy A. Quince, Charles T. Canady, James E. C. Perry. Front Row: Barbara J. Pariente, Jorge Labarga, R. Fred Lewis

Attorneys Who Brokered Secret Settlement Disbarred Despite Referee Recommendation

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday disbarred three attorneys involved in a secret settlement that also led to the removal of a Broward judge.

Office building at 309 23rd St., Miami Beach, Fla.

Suit Claims Developer Damaged, Abandoned High-End Office Rental

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami Beach developer turned out to be a nightmare tenant, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Judge Norma Lindsey.

Appeals Court Refuses Bid for New Trial Over Juror Tweets

By Samantha Joseph |

A juror's Twitter rants weren't enough to secure a new trial for a plaintiff in a personal injury case.

Class Action Alleges Misleading Marketing by American Airlines

By Samantha Joseph |

A multimillion-dollar class action in Miami federal court accuses American Airlines of misleading passengers about profits from travel insurance sold on its website.

Ex-Concert Promoter Gets 18 Years in Prison for $200M Fraud

A Miami federal judge sentences Worldwide Entertainment's Jack Utsick in fraud touching nearly 3,000 investors.

Judge Finds Feds Lack Standing in ADA Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

A federal judge dismissed a U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against Florida in what the state's counsel called a test case of the DOJ's authority to bring discrimination claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit Over Man's Murder in High-Crime Complex

By Celia Ampel |

The former owners of a Tampa apartment complex agreed to pay $1.8 million to the family of a visitor who was shot and killed.

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

Economic Claims by Toyota Owners With Takata Air Bags Allowed to Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

Toyota owners with Takata air bags saw most of their economic loss claims against the automaker go forward Thursday.

 8989 Okeechobee Blvd.

Appeals Court Rules Against Publix, Town in Zoning Case

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court ruled against Publix and Cutler Bay in a zoning dispute that began as a landlord-tenant spat.

Broward Judge Told to Step Aside in Sentencing Row

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court said Broward Circuit Judge Matthew Destry should have recused when a defendant sought to challenge his sentence as overly harsh.

Walker Tower

'Willful' Fraud by Lawyer Results in Sanctions Against Client

By Celia Ampel |

A Coral Gables lawyer falsified documents and disobeyed an asset injunction, a judge found.

Trustee Tests New Tactic in Construction Bankruptcy

By Samantha Joseph |

The debtor, construction executive Donald Kipnis, is challenging the trustee's bid to invoke the IRS' power to pursue assets outside the state's statute of limitations.

Logo at the new Shutts & Bowen office located at 200 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami.

Shutts & Bowen, Partner Move to Dismiss Investors' Antitrust Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

Shutts & Bowen and partner Kevin Cowan are fighting an antitrust lawsuit with a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. They are among 14 defendants in a suit by investors alleging they rigged bids in a real estate deal.

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

Fla. City Prevails in Land Rights Challenge to Rezoning

By Celia Ampel |

A murky constitutional question about property owners' rights during rezoning led to strong dissent within a Florida appellate court Wednesday.

Chris Altenbernd, former judge in Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal, now with  Carlton Fields.

Court Dumps Negligent Security Case After Agreeing to Review

By Noreen Marcus |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal decided to reconsider a case after the Florida Supreme Court issued instructions, then backed off. That restores a $1.8 million award in a double murder at a Plantation apartment complex.

Judge Martha Warner.

$8M Verdict Against R.J. Reynolds Reversed on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

A state appellate court reversed an $8 million verdict in an asbestos case against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and industrial manufacturer Crane Co.

Florida Supreme Court Justice R. Fred Lewis

Fla. Supreme Court Strikes Down Law That Disqualified Mayoral Candidate

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Supreme Court invalidated a state elections law that kept a Miami Gardens mayoral candidate off the ballot because of a bank error.

Fior Pichardo de Veloz.

Woman Files Suit After Being Misidentified as Male in Jail

By Samantha Joseph |

A 50-year-old woman from the Dominican Republic is suing the Miami-Dade Corrections Department, claiming jail staff examined and photographed her genitals before misidentifying her as male and incarcerating her with more than 40 men.

Rivero Mestre attorneys Andres Rivero, left, and Charlie Whorton.

United Health Expands Hepatitis C Drug Coverage to Settle National Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

United Healthcare agreed to expand its coverage of hepatitis C drugs as part of a nationwide class action settlement valued at more than $300 million.

Bernard Shapiro

Court Upholds Ruling Finding Millionaire in Guardianship Fight Competent

By Samantha Joseph |

An expensive guardianship fight involving a wealthy real estate developer has ended after a failed appeal.

Courvoisier Courts condominium at 701 Brickell Key Blvd, Miami.

Miami Condo Manager Claims Retaliatory Firing

By Carla Vianna |

KW Property Management — one of the largest property management companies in the state — is facing a Miami whistleblower lawsuit and disgruntled residents in another tower it manages.

Stephen Shiver

Fired Manager Claims Opa-locka Public Corruption

By Samantha Joseph |

Fired City Manager Roy Stephen Shiver is suing Opa-locka alleging wrongful termination, discrimination and violation of Florida's Whistleblower's Act.

Brad Edwards

Negligent Security Suit Filed in Home Invasion Slaying of Halliburton Heir

By Celia Ampel |

The victim's widower is suing security companies at a Davie gated community in the home invasion slaying of a Halliburton heir. The suspect made a daring courtroom escape weeks earlier.

UM Law Clinic Gains Class Action Settlement Funds

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The University of Miami School of Law's investor rights clinic receives $107,282 from the settlement of a class action lawsuit against Regions Bank related to U.S. Pension Trust's fraudulent sale of unregistered securities in the 1990s.

Rachel Siler and attorney Matthew Dietz.

Beach Condo Sued by Woman in Wheelchair for FHA Discrimination

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami Beach condo association is accused of trying to turn away a tenant on moving day and retaliating against her afterward because of her disability.

Meenu Sasser

Judge Becomes Finalist for Bench Same Day Appellate Court Reverses Her

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Meenu Sasser had two notable achievements in one day — she became a finalist for an appeals court opening and was reversed by the same court.

Judge Cory Ciklin

Law Firm Fights Off Malpractice Suit, But It May Reappear

By Samantha Joseph |

Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel successfully argues improper venue on appeal to defeat a legal malpractice suit tied to a bank's collapse.

Judge Linda Ann Wells, Third District Court of Appeal.

Court: Probate Claim Is Too Late to Establish Paternity

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court rules against a 51-year-old man who never established who his father was until he wanted a cut of his estate.

Kenneth Welt, senior trustee, United States Bankruptcy Court

Panasonic Among Defendants in Antitrust Suit Over Capacitors

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami lawsuit by trustee Kenneth Welt accuses Panasonic Corp. and Sanyo of price rigging.

Attorneys Guy Lewis and Michael Tein,

Lewis Tein Sues Miccosukee Tribe in New Turn in Legal Saga

By Celia Ampel |

Miami firm Lewis Tein is striking back against the Miccosukee Tribe after years of what judges have ruled frivolous litigation.

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

Investors Suing Cryptsy CEO Certified as Class

By Samantha Joseph |

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra certified a class in a lawsuit against digital currency exchange, Cryptsy, and CEO Paul Vernon.

Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola.

PwC Settles $5.6B Negligent Auditing Case Mid-Trial

By Celia Ampel |

PricewaterhouseCoopers on Friday settled a multibillion-dollar negligent accounting case for an undisclosed amount.

Takata, Michelin Prevail in Highway Rollover Crash

By Samantha Joseph |

A jury returned a defense verdict for seatbelt manufacturer Takata Corp. and tire maker Michelin North America Inc. after attorneys for two disabled victims injured in a rollover crash asked for $80 million in damages.

Lawyers Adam Filthaut, left, and Robert Adams.

Two Tampa Lawyers Disbarred for Setting Up Opponent's Bust

By Noreen Marcus |

The attorneys are permanently disbarred for arranging their opponent's drunken-driving arrest during trial. The target lost his trial bag for hours before he was released from jail.

Judge Rules Miccosukees Must Pay Taxes to IRS

U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga rules against a member of the tribe in a case that should apply to all.

Brickell City Centre under construction

Judge Trims Antitrust Suit Against Shutts & Bowen Over Miami Development

By Samantha Joseph |

Shutts & Bowen and partner Kevin Cowan are defendants in an antitrust lawsuit stemming from bids for a valuable section of land near Miami's Brickell City Centre development. But the firm faces a narrower case after one of the plaintiffs saw its claims dismissed.

Pam Bondi

Florida AG Goes After Alleged Foreclosure Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi says in a new suit that a network of fake foreclosure defense firms duped homeowners and lawyers across South Florida.

SEC: Company Duped Investors With Bogus News Releases

By Samantha Joseph |

A West Palm Beach company portraying itself as a high-powered arms manufacturer duped investors while operating out of a virtual office with about $509,000 in cash, according to the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Donald Trump.

Trial Ends in Trump Club Membership Class Action

By Celia Ampel |

A $5 million trial against a Donald Trump-owned golf club in Jupiter ended Tuesday with the judge asking for proposed judgments by Sept. 16.

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

Sitting Miami Judge Files Suit to Keep Election Challenger Off Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jason Bloch has filed a lawsuit to keep his election opponent Marcia Del Rey off the ballot in the Aug. 30 judicial election.

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

Court Rejects Citizens Appeal on Edie Laquer Claim

By News Service of Florida |

The Florida Supreme Court's refusal to hear the case lets stand a lower court decision in favor of the high-powered real estate broker.

Still from the film

Sony Prevails on Appeal in Tortious Interference Case

By Celia Ampel |

Sony Pictures won an appeal against a Miami man who sued over a movie based partially on his life.

Hedge Fund That Fed Ponzi Scheme Scores on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA revived a malpractice suit against a firm representing a feeder fund in disbarred attorney's Scott Rothstein $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme.

Venezuelan Currency

Venezuela Central Bank Drops Appeal in Case Against Financial Website

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Venezuela's central bank has withdrawn its appeal of a lawsuit it filed against an online publication that publishes the Venezuelan black market exchange rate.

Beth Tanis of King & Spalding, left, writes notes as Steven Thomas of Thomas Alexander & Forrester gives his opening statement in front of Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola, right.

As Trial Begins, PwC Claims Bank Fraud Was Well-Hidden

By Celia Ampel |

At opening statements in a $5.6 billion trial against PricewaterhouseCoopers, lawyers tussled over how hard a fraud at Colonial Bank would have been to catch.

Youtube screenshot of of Puppy Armour creator Silvio Schillen.

Under Armour Files Suit Over 'Puppy Armour' Dog Athletic Wear Line

By Samantha Joseph |

Sports apparel manufacturer Under Armour Inc. doesn't want its name going to the dogs—the company is suing the creators of Puppy Armour, a line of athletic wear for canines.

Judge Jacqueline Hogan Scola.

PwC, Plaintiff Point Fingers Ahead of Opening Statements in Negligent Auditing Trial

By Celia Ampel |

Opening statements are set for Tuesday in a $5.5 billion case against accounting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Suit Against Officer Who Shot Unarmed Autistic Teen Moves Toward Trial

By Celia Ampel |

A Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy is not protected from litigation after he fatally shot an unarmed teenager, an appellate court ruled Wednesday.

Florida A&M University entrance.

Florida A&M Faces Wave of Discrimination Claims

By Samantha Joseph |

A spate of whistleblower lawsuits accuse historically black university of discriminating against white and older employees in its police department.

Verdict Overturned on Appeal Based on Attorneys' Comments to Jury

By Samantha Joseph |

Closing arguments at trial led to an appellate court's reversal of an $11 million award in a drunken driving case.

Melanie May

Appeals Court Reverses $13K in Attorney Fees in Divorce Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Coral Springs attorney Jordan R. Jordan scored a $13,000 victory in his five-year divorce battle.

Richard C. Wolfe, of Wolfe Law, with his client Genesis Davila.

Suit by Dethroned Beauty Queen Could Hinge on Proving Actual Harm

By Samantha Joseph |

The ugly turn at the Miss Florida USA pageant could mean a battle to show real damages for dethroned beauty queen Génesis Dávila, who filed a $15 million defamation suit against pageant organizers Monday.

Is Bitcoin Money? Judge's Ruling Reignites Regulation Questions

By Samantha Joseph |

New legislation on digital currency could soon follow a Miami-Dade judge's landmark ruling that Bitcoin isn't money.

Trump-Owned Golf Club Heading to Trial Over Membership Deposits

By Celia Ampel |

One of Donald Trump's golf clubs lost a summary judgment scuffle with former members. The case is set for trial next month.

Bernardo Roman III

Florida Bar Files Complaints in Miccosukee Tribe Saga

By Celia Ampel |

The Florida Bar filed formal complaints against Bernardo Roman III and Jose "Pepe" Herrera for pursuing frivolous claims on behalf of the Miccosukee tribe.

Bruce Katzen, right, and Jamie Zuckerman, left, partners with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine.

Will Dispute Lead to Potential Prison Time for Multimillionaire's Widower?

By Celia Ampel |

The dispute between a Broward multimillionaire's sons and her husband over her estate has led to an international battle.

Judge Mardi Levey Cohen

Appeals Court Further Slashes Workplace Bias Award

By Samantha Joseph |

A former municipal water treatment plant operator's $762,250 award was greatly reduced on appeal.

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

Court Reduces Standard for Lis Pendens Discharge

By Samantha Joseph |

The Third District Court of Appeal provided clarity in a decision Wednesday on discharging lis pendens in real estate disputes.

Bruce Rogow

Appellate Court Slashes $2M From Award to Former Firm Partner

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has wiped out most of a $2.3 million award that attorney Patrick J. Casey won from his former firm.

04/09/15- Miami- Circuit Judge Michael A. Genden, Circuit Probate Division, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Probate Court Critic Should Pay for Breaching Settlements, Estate Guardian Says

By Samantha Joseph |

Lubell Rosen partner Liz Consuegra Messianu petitioned for sanctions against an outspoken critic of the probate court's guardianship system amid an ongoing dispute over a multi-million dollar estate.

Miami-Dade Judge Jerald Bagley.

New Delay in Lengthy Dispute Over Legal Fees in 2 Trials

By Samantha Joseph |

A fight over attorneys' fees continues in a Miami-Dade courtroom in the case of a pregnant woman wrongly suspected of being a drug trafficker.

Suit Alleging Fraud in Crypt Sales Certifies as Class Action

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Catherine Brunson certified a class alleging The Gardens of Boca Raton defrauded Jewish clients who purchased burial space.

Appeals Court Rules 'Unclean Hands' Don't Transfer to Successor Lender

By Samantha Joseph |

Wells Fargo Bank triumphs in a foreclosure appeal despite a predecessor lender's alleged fraudulent loan documents.

Carlos Loumiet

Miami Lawyer's Claims Against Government Can Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorney Carlos Loumiet won a D.C. Circuit Court appeal reinstating his $4 million in claims against the government for damaging his career.

Judge Cory Ciklin

Appeals Court Reverses on Breach of Contract for Arcade Owner

By Samantha Joseph |

Lucas Games spent years fighting its landlord after a legislative change forced it out of business.

Miami-Dade Judge Resigns Amid Ethics Probe

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-Dade County Court Judge Jacqueline Schwartz has resigned amid an ethics investigation.

Judge Thomas Logue, Third District Court of Appeal.

Insurance Question Heads to Supreme Court After Appellate Courts Differ

By Celia Ampel |

Florida appellate courts disagree on what insurance companies need to do to inform medical providers that they're planning to limit reimbursement of medical bills.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)

Challenge Against Palm Beach Sheriff Gun Seizure Policy Revived on Appeal

By Samantha Joseph |

Handing a win to gun rights advocates, a Florida appellate court breathed new life into a lawsuit challenging a sheriff's refusal to return a gun owner's firearms without court approval.

Attorney Michael J. Wrubel, of Michael Jay Wrubel, P.A.

'Unclean Hands' Key in Foreclosure Suit Over Inflated Premiums

By Samantha Joseph |

A defendant in a Palm Beach County foreclosure suit accused Bank of America of forcing her into foreclosure by inflating premiums on lender-placed insurance.

Alan Kluger, left, and Todd Levine, right.

Judge Sides With Sweetwater Mayor in Budget Fight

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Barbara Areces rejects the budget approved by the City Commission.

Howard Srebnick.

Employing Sexy Women to Entice Bar Customers is Wicked — But Not That Wicked, Says Appeals Court

By Samantha Joseph |

Jury instructions took center stage in a case of European beauties reportedly hired to scam bar patrons into running up high tabs.

Broward County Judge Alan R. Marks

Finalists Named to Replace Retiring Broward County Judge

By Samantha Joseph |

Here are the six JNC-nominated candidates to replace Broward County Court Judge Alan Marks.

Democratic Congresswoman Corrine Brown

US Rep. Corrine Brown Indicted on Charity Fraud Charges

By Jason Dearen and Curt Anderson |

The Jacksonville Democrat is accused of fleecing a charity offering scholarships to poor students.

BMW Car Logo. Google Images

BMW Beats Back Fraud Suit Over Failed Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

New York and Florida lawyers helped luxury auto company BMW AG defeat a fraud and defamation lawsuit over a derailed German acquisition.

David Podein, partner at Haber Slade in Miami. Courtesy photo.

Ruling Brings Clarity to Condo Foreclosures

By Samantha Joseph |

Good news for condo associations: A new ruling clears the way to bring foreclosure suits, despite pending liens from lenders.

Shutts & Bowen Beats Legal Malpractice Suit on Appeal

By Celia Ampel |

Shutts & Bowen prevailed on appeal in a legal malpractice case filed against the firm.

Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara J. Pariente, Chief Justice Charles T. Canady, Justice R. Fred Lewis, Justice Ricky Polston and Justice James E.C. Perry during the Pro Bono Service Awards ceremony Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011 in Tallahassee.

Florida Tightens Rules for Judicial Moonlighting

By Celia Ampel |

Senior judges may not serve as arbitrators, mediators or voluntary trial judges in the circuit where they preside, the Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

Maria I. Sampedro-Iglesia

New Court Launched to Handle Human Trafficking Cases

By Celia Ampel |

Miami-Dade Circuit Court has created the first juvenile court in the country dedicated to human trafficking victims.

4th DCA

Appellate Court Denies Foreclosure Dismissal

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA declined to grant a writ of mandamus over allegations of a faulty foreclosure complaint and missing certification.

Controversial Judge Retires After 35 Years

By Samantha Joseph |

Controversial Broward Circuit Judge Dale Ross is retiring after 35 years on the bench.

Kathleen M. Williams

Judge Rules Litigation Immunity Protects Lawyers in Suit

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami judge decided attorneys whose lawsuit included private medical information were protected by litigation privilege.

Judge Nixes Motion to Erase Pleadings in Palm Beach Somerset Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Gillen has declined a motion to wipe out four years' worth of court filings in a messy real estate business dispute.

Lawsuit: Maggots Found in Florida ICU Patient

By Associated Press |

The lawsuit filed by the late woman's children says medical records reported staff found maggots in her mouth and on a leg.

Ramon E. Rasco.

Hearing Canceled in Suit Over Private Club Membership

By Samantha Joseph |

Prominent Miami litigator Ramon E. Rasco is pressing a lawsuit about a six-figure membership at the ritzy Fisher Island Club.

John Delionado of Hunton & Williams.

Special Master in Takata Case Recommends Broader Document Release

By Celia Ampel |

Honda and BMW should turn over documents related to Takata air bag problems other than explosions, a special master recommended in a small victory for the Takata litigation plaintiffs.

Adam M. Moskowitz of Kozyak Tropin Throckmorton.

New Class Action Filed Over 'Exploding' Refrigerators

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida firms filed an exploding-refrigerator class action against a Pompano Beach company, following on the heels of similar litigation that ended in a $36 million settlement.

Rene Palomino Jr. of The Corona Law Firm.

Financial Crime Case May Hinge on Whether Bitcoin Is Money

By Samantha Joseph |

A Miami-Dade circuit judge is expected to rule Monday on a case of first impression in Florida, linking Bitcoin to financial crimes.

Bid to Force Defendant Class Is Rejected in Medical Records Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA wipes out a ruling creating a defendant class in a suit over charges for medical records for insurance claims.

 Marko F. Cerenko, Bruce H. Katzen, and James Diamond, with Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine.

Nursing Home Sued After Alleged $2.5M Theft by Aides

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida law firm Kluger Kaplan filed a complaint against an Aventura nursing home for allegedly allowing workers to steal $2.5 million from a patient.

Rendering of Atlantic Crossing, looking northeast from Atlantic Ave. and Federal Highway.  HANDOUT.

Developer Buys Land for $38.5M While Suing City

By Carla Vianna |

The Edwards Cos. buys land needed for its nine-acre Atlantic Crossing development, but the Ohio-based builder is still caught up in litigation with Delray Beach on project approval.

Court Declines to Disqualify Judge in Boat Show Case

By Celia Ampel |

An appellate court denied the city of Miami's petition to disqualify a Miami-Dade Circuit judge from hearing litigation over the Miami International Boat Show.

Federico A. Moreno

Certain Claims in Takata Air Bag Costs Case Proceed

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami federal judge moved claims forward against Subaru in the Takata air bag economic loss litigation.

Sanctions Motion Filed Against Lawyers in Bitter Guardianship Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Three attorneys face sanctions in a messy probate case, while one is the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Insurer Expands Coverage for Breakthrough Hepatitis Med

By Celia Ampel |

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Inc. agreed to expand coverage of a breakthrough cure for Hepatitis C to about 2,000 policyholders as part of a settlement negotiated by Miami lawyers.

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.