Prominent Lawyers Back Prosecutor Over Governor in Death Penalty Decisions

By Noreen Marcus |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Federal Judge Admonishes IP Attorneys in Dismissing Copyright Case

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

240 S.E. 14th St., Miami

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Miami Investors Must Pay $8M Judgment Despite Heavy Losses

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Florida State Sen. Frank Artiles, R-Miami.

Florida Senator Resigns Over Use of N-Word

By News Service of Florida |

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

Tesla Model X.

Tesla Autopilot, Updates Leave Driving a Challenge for Broward Owner

By Ben Hancock and Catherine Wilson |

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

Cruise Ship Whistleblower Sails Off With Million-Dollar Reward

By Sue Reisinger |

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

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

Court: Immigration Agenda Not Part of Child Dependency Review

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Both Sides Claim Victory in Wynwood Real Estate Dispute

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Miami- Bruce Jacobs, with Jacobs Keeley, PLLC

HSBC Challenges Foreclosure Dismissal Amid Claims of 'Unclean Hands'

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Thomas Julin of Gunster in Miami.

Former Norwegian CEO Sues Cruise Line for Defamation — Again

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.

Good News For Lenders Overcoming Hearsay Objections

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Question of Insurer's Duty Hinges on Dictionary Definition

By Samantha Joseph |

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

John Ruiz, left, and Frank Quesada, right.

How a Miami Law Firm Plans to Recover Billions for Medicare

By Celia Ampel |

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

Chief Justice Jorge Labarga.

State Tobacco Litigation Not Subject to Federal Preemption

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge 'Incorrect On All Counts' in Foreclosure Case

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

David Silver, left, and Steven Katz

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

South Florida Man Sentenced in Real Estate ID Theft Fraud

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Nicole Rekant

Businesses Seek $35M Property Tax Exemption from Miami

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Porter Wright Sued for Legal Malpractice

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

OMG! Lawyers Suing Buzzfeed Get Creative With Clickbait Court Filing

By Celia Ampel and Amanda Bronstad |

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

Judge William Haury

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Liar Loans? SEC Charges Banker Misled Investors Before Housing Crash

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Florida Supreme Court May Give Clarity on Municipal Liens After Foreclosure

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Seminole Beef With Retail Tenant Goes to Mediation

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Banker Facing Retrial Accuses SEC of 'Intellectual Dishonesty'

By Celia Ampel |

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

State Farm

Appeals Court Backs State Farm Florida on Policy Information

By Jim Saunders |

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

Judge Dorian K. Damoorgian.

Fourth DCA Ruling Clarifies Statutes for Foreclosing on Municipal Liens

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Appellate Court Allows Foreclosure of Equitable Lien on Homestead

By Samantha Joseph |

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

ExxonMobil world headquarters in Irving, Texas.

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Dexter W. Lehtinen.

Palmetto Bay School Loses Expansion Appeal

By Staff report |

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

Judgment Against Mortgage Company for Defrauding Clients Overturned

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Florida Judge Denies ‘Stand Your Ground’ Defense in Shooting

By Tamara Lush |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Steven Katzman, attorney with Katzman Wasserman Bennardini & Rubinstein.

Greenberg Traurig Settles Malpractice Suit At Close of Trial

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

David Haber.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Sherri Simpson.

Meet the Florida Lawyer Trying to Block Trump U Settlement

By Amanda Bronstad |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Mike Pouncey, left, and Maurkice Pouncey, right.

Pounceys, NFL Twins, Agree to Settle Lawsuit Over Brawl

By Celia Ampel |

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

100 NE First Ave., Boca Raton.

Synagogue Plan Sinking After Benefactor's Death

By Steve Plunkett |

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

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

Jury Sides With Big Name Investors in Case Against Wachovia

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

4th DCA

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Cold Stone Creamery.

Defamation Claim by Franchisee Against Ice Cream Chain Is Back On

By Samantha Joseph |

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

 William Scherer of Conrad & Scherer.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Real Estate, Abortion Issues Collide in Dispute Over Deed

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge Spencer Levine

Timing of Asbestos Injury Key for Court in Denying Widow Damages

By Celia Ampel |

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

Fannie Mae Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dual Foreclosures Put Spotlight on Dangers of Investment

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge OKs $1.35M Consent Judgment in Robocall Case

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Injured Drivers Sue Florida DOT Over Express Lane Dividers

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Robert Lee.

Court Frowns on Contractor's Mediation Stand-In

By Samantha Joseph |

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

David Boies of Boies Schiller & Flexner.

Boies Schiller Files Suits Against for Aiding Child Sex Traffickers

By Celia Ampel |

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

Bakehouse Brasserie, 808 First St., Miami Beach.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

50 Cent

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

By Robert Storace |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Barbara J. Pariente

Florida Justices Rule Medical Documents Must Be Disclosed

By Jim Saunders News Service of Florida |

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

Judge Thomas Logue, Third District Court of Appeal.

Appeals Court: Uber Drivers Are Contractors, Not Employees

By Celia Ampel |

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

Donald Trump.

Judge Rules Trump Organization-Owned Golf Club Breached Contract

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Fourth DCA Judge Melanie May.

Appeals Court Sides With Woman Serving Lengthy Sentence for Hitman Plot

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Carlton Fields Faces Lawsuit Over Failed Lauderdale Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Christian Searcy.

Legislative Attorney Fee Cap in Claims Bill Struck Down

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Traveler Detentions and Court Clogs Flow From Trump Immigration Order

By Samantha Joseph, Celia Ampel and Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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


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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Construction Loan Given to Aventura Condos in Litigation

By Carla Vianna |

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

Attorneys Fees Mounting in $21M Broward Citrus Standoff

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Alice Sum, Stephanie Chaissan and Ronald Rosengarten.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Carole Taylor

Fourth DCA OKs Legal Malpractice Case Against Foreclosure Attorney, Firms

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Senior Appellate Judge Rails Against 'Chevron' Deference

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Real Estate Agent's Lawsuit Revived on Industry Definition

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Pam Bondi

Tobacco Companies Face Enforcement Action Over Unpaid Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Ringling Brothers Circus.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Ben Hancock |

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

Judge Waxes Cosmetic in Nixing Kardashian Sisters' Arbitration Bid

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Indian Creek Country Club Prevails in Appeal Over Municipal Taxes

By Celia Ampel |

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

Ron Lowy of Lowy & Cook.

Sax at Jazz Brunch in Upscale Miami Beach Neighborhood Sparks Suit

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Quicken Loans Faces Lawsuits Over Calls, Texts

By Samantha Joseph |

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

David Abraham, left, and Hector Chichoni, right.

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Attorney Ramon M. Rodriguez

Florida Bar Files Ethics Charges Against Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

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

David Boies, left, and Alan Dershowitz.

Lawyers Continue to Duke It Out in Dershowitz Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge Julie Carnes.

Court: Infringement Case Fees Not Covered by Insurance

By Celia Ampel |

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

Nuanced Appellate Decision in Case Claiming Bankruptcy Judge Conflict

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge Bronwyn C. Miller

Attorney at Center of Contract Breach Case Faces Rare Sanction

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Verdict for Restaurant in Overtime Case Clarifies Exempt Employee Criteria

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Halliburton $100M Settlement Would End 14 Years of Litigation

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

In Contentious Fight, Court Rules Miami Juice Bar Can Stay

By Carla Vianna |

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

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

Lawyers Pursues Bad-Faith Claim After Geico Delay

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Fired Broward Health Interim CEO Claims Sunshine Law Violations

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Carole Taylor

Court Rules County Cannot Force Municipal Funding of Agency

By Celia Ampel |

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

Donald Trump.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Donald Hafele.

Court Declines to Disqualify Judge Over Comment About Italians

By Celia Ampel |

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

The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

State Wants Judge to Reconsider Seminole Gambling Ruling

By Dara Kam, News Service of Florida |

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

Jameis Winston.

'Strings Attached' for Both Parties in Jameis Winston Settlement

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Leslie B. Rothenberg.

Appeals Court Reverses Award to Miami Beach for Alleged Park Defects

By Celia Ampel |

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

Roy Altman of Podhurst Orseck.

Wells Fargo Sued for Alleged Role in Film Financing Fraud

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Class Certified for Hilton Owners Over Shared Maintenance Fees

By Carla Vianna |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Corali Lopez-Castro of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge Orders $15K Penalty for Former Miami Budget Director

By Celia Ampel |

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

Judge Allows Police Officer's Whistleblower Suit to Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Florida Supreme Court Justice James E.C. Perry.

Appeals Court Reverses in Favor of Homeowner in Insurance Claim Case

By Celia Ampel |

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

4th DCA Judge Melanie May.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Luxury cruise ship Caribbean Princess at Stavanger.

Princess Cruise Lines Agrees to $40M Pollution Penalty

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Doberman dog

Appeals Court Reverses in Favor of Woman Bitten by Dog

By Celia Ampel |

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

Attorney Wins Suit Forestalling Hike in Florida Workers' Comp Premiums

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge Rules for Residents in Aventura Condo Fight

By Carla Vianna |

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

Cuba-Focused Lawyers Weigh Implications of Castro's Death

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Cory Ciklin

New Panel Sides with Homeowner as Judicial and Civil Rules Collide

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Raoul G. Cantero.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Holdout Family Sues Over Timeshare Tower Construction

By Mike Schneider |

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

Court Finds Law for Selling Entire Condominium Projects is Not Retroactive

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Passengers of Plane That Caught Fire to File Florida Suit

By Celia Ampel |

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

Alan Dimond of Greenberg Traurig.

Flagstone Free to Continue Watson Island Development Following Appellate Victory

By Carla Vianna |

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

4th DCA

Lawyer Whose Bathroom Break Caused Case to Be Tossed Wins Reversal

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Judge Vacates Sanctions Against Boies, Schiller & Flexner Attorney

By Celia Ampel |

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

Vizcayne condo tower, at 253 NE 2nd St.

More Litigation in Store for Vizcayne Condos

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Glen Waldman, Heller Waldman, Coconut Grove

Fiercely Fought Condo Fight Postponed Until Next Spring

By Carla Vianna |

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

Alan Koslow.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Chartwell Suit Over Failed Merger to Go On

By Lizzy McLellan |

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

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

Settlement Reached in Part of 'Cryptsy' Case

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Justice Barbara Pariente of the Florida Supreme Court.

Fla. Supreme Court Rules for Lenders in Landmark Foreclosure Decision

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Judge Halts Seawall Construction at Singer Island Condo Tower

By Carla Vianna |

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

Judge Rejects Ballot Challenge in Miami-Dade Mayoral Race

By Celia Ampel |

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

Putative Class Action Over Hospital Robocalls Allowed to Proceed

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Appeals Court Reverses Criminal Contempt Finding Against Foreclosure Attorney

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Patrick Oot

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Barbara J. Pariente

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

High Court Disciplines 6 South Florida Attorneys

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

How Palm Beach County Managed a Case Too Big for Court

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Appeals Court Reverses Itself, Upholding Harsh Sentence for Gang Member

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Raquel Regalado.

Miami-Dade Mayoral Candidate Sues to Boot Incumbent From Ballot

By Celia Ampel |

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

Court Orders $21M to Venezuelan Hospital Over Deception

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

Firm Fends Off Med-Mal Suit Against Florida Hospitals

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Nursing Facility Whistleblower Case Settles for $145M

By Celia Ampel |

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

Third District Court of Appeal

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Embraer facility at Fort Lauderdale International Airport.

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

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 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.

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

By Tony Mauro |

'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.