Litigation

Donald Trump.

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

David Oscar Markus and Margot Moss

Attorneys Win Acquittal for Man Who Received Molly Shipment

By Celia Ampel |

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

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

Team Wins $14.5 Million Verdict for Broward Smoker

By Julie Kay |

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

Peter Berlowe and Daniel Vielleville

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

By Julie Kay |

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

Sigrid McCawley and Lauren Fleischer Louis

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Alan J. Kluger displaying the piece by Esterio Segura titled

Miami Law Firm Sues USAA, Another Firm Over Contract Cut

By Celia Ampel |

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

Marlins Park

Pay Ball! Why Miami Marlins Sued Real Estate Investor

By Eleazar David Melendez |

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

Thomas Ice

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Enrique Iglesias.

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Laura M. Watson

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

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

By Julie Kay |

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

Bob Hosch, CEO, Butler & Hosch

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Holland & Knight

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

By Julie Kay |

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

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

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

By Celia Ampel |

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

Sunset falls over the Florida Supreme Court building

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

James L. Ferraro

Tobacco Case Lesson: Use Closing Arguments Cautiously

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Dale Ross

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Causeway leading to Grove Isle

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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Two South Florida Attorneys Face Reprimands

By Julie Kay |

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

Cigna Sued Over Mail-Order AIDS Drug Deliveries

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Jury Reaches $60 Million Verdict Against Naples Bar

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Greenberg Traurig Faces Trial Over Alleged Client Forgery

By Scott Flaherty |

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

Alex Alvarez, The Alvarez Law Firm.

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

By Julie Kay |

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

Stephen K. Harper

Florida Supreme Court Tackles Juvenile Sentencing

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Chief Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey Colbath

Palm Beach Judge Backs Off Speed-Up Rule

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

Photo Gallery: Attorney of the Year

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

Laura M. Watson

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

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Robin Rosenberg

District Judge Robin Rosenberg Disqualifies Fort Lauderdale Lawyer in Whistleblower Case

By Noreen Marcus |

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

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

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

By David Armstrong Bloomberg News |

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

Sergio Campos

Professor: Tobacco Ruling 'Almost Like a Neutron Bomb'

By Alyson M. Palmer |

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

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

West Palm Firm Helps Station Owner Avoid Damages From Gas Fire

By Francisco Alvarado Special to the Review |

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

Gerald B. Tjoflat

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

By Alyson M. Palmer |

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

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

Trial to Determine if Cruise Line Must Honor Huge Diamond Discount

By Samantha Joseph |

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

6 Charged in Pre-Crash Mortgage Fraud

By Staff Report |

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

Court Closed to Public in Florida Terror Case

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

District Judge Kenneth A. Marra

Judge Rejects Women's Sex Allegations in Financier Case

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

former Miami Dolphins cornerback Will Allen

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

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

Broad and Cassel attorney Scott Knapp

Beef With Energy Drink Maker Ends With $5.49 Settlement

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Scott Rothstein

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

By Noreen Marcus |

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

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Florida Supreme Court Disbars Four South Florida Attorneys

By Julie Kay |

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

Third District Court of Appeal

3rd DCA Weighs Workers' Comp Law

By News Service of Florida |

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

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

By Julie Kay |

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

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

Dwyane Wade Scores Against Ex-Wife in Bitter Custody Battle

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Michael Tein and Guy Lewis

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

The Statue of Liberty

Appeals Court Sets April Hearing on Obama Immigration Action

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

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

By Eleazar David Melendez |

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

An auto's airbag sign.

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

By Julie Kay |

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

Miami Class Action Takes Aim at Contact Lens Pricing

By Noreen Marcus |

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

Citrus Tree Owners Awarded $19.2 Million in Canker Trial

By Julie Kay |

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

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

By Samantha Joseph |

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

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

By Francisco Alvarado |

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

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

Why This Magistrate Says Attorney Should Be Disqualified from Lawsuit

By Noreen Marcus |

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

20 Plaintiffs Firms Seek Roles in Takata Air Bag Litigation

By Julie Kay |

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

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Two South Florida Lawyers Disbarred, 12 Disciplined

By Julie Kay |

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

Federico Moreno

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

By Julie Kay |

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

Club Madonna at 1527 Washington Ave.

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

By Eleazar David Melendez |

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

Hiroshi Shimizu.

National Air-Bag Litigation Against Takata Begins in Miami

By Julie Kay |

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

Melissa McCullough and Kelly Kubiak

4th DCA Rejects Attorney Defamation Claim

By Samantha Joseph |

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

Federico Moreno

And the Federal Judge Chosen to Hear Nation's Takata Air Bag Litigation is ...

By Noreen Marcus |

U.S. District Judge Federico Moreno, who previously supervised major cases against the managed care industry, will consider lawsuits over 7.8 million recalled Takata airbags.

Katy Perry at the Super Bowl halftime show

Katy Perry Hooks Greenberg to Help Stop Super Bowl 'Left Shark' Toy

By Julie Kay |

Greenberg Traurig is representing superstar Katy Perry in an intellectual property dispute with an Orlando man who created a toy version of the Left Shark from Super Bowl halftime fame.

Scott Rothstein

'Independent Verifier' Indicted in Rothstein Fraud

By Julie Kay |

An unsealed indictment charges Surfside investment adviser Michael Szafranski with conspiracy and wire fraud in helping disbarred law firm chairman Scott Rothstein recruit investors.

Suit Seeks $10M Following Mom's Secret Funeral. No, This Family Feud Isn't a General Hospital Script

By Eleazar David Melendez |

A hair-pulling feud between sisters, already the subject of a civil fraud suit and a contentious probate action, is being litigaged as a $10 million emotional distress claim.

Attorneys Robert Critton and Santo DiGangi of Critton Luttier & Coleman

Hollow Victory? See Why Court Win for Residents Trying to Block Luxury High-Rise Might be Short Lived

By Samantha Joseph |

Palm Beach Circuit Court sides with residents trying to block a luxury high-rise in downtown West Palm Beach, but the legal victory might be short-lived.

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Wanted Man Attorney Disbarred, Six Others Disciplined

By Review staff |

An Oakland Park attorney who is wanted by the FBI was disbarred by the Florida Supreme Court. Six other South Florida attorneys also were disciplined.

Foreclosure

Should've Been Straightforward, But See How a Clerical Error Put BofA on Wrong End of Foreclosure Case

By Samantha Joseph |

What can go wrong in a foreclosure case went wrong in two Broward Circuit cases--the wrong legal description and a misplaced promissory note in the clerk's office.

Jonathan Minsker

Kasowitz Benson Names Minsker Co-Managing Partner in Miami

By Julie Kay |

Jonathan Minsker has relocated from the New York office of Kasowitz, Benson, Torres & Friedman to become co-managiing partner in Miami.

Robert Brochin

And the New Miami Managing Partner for Morgan Lewis is...Robert Brochin

By Julie Kay |

Robert Brochin, co-leader of the firm's commercial litigation department, is the new Miami managing partner for Morgan Lewis & Brockius, replacing Mark Zelek.

Brickell World Plaza at 600 Brickell Ave.

Greenspoon Marder Opens in Miami With Akerman Defectors

By Julie Kay |

Greenspoon Marder has opened in Miami for its 11th office staffed with a new alcohol beverage industry group snatched from Akerman.

Greenberg Traurig

5 Attorneys Join Greenberg Traurig's Miami Office

By Julie Kay |

Greenberg Traurig has picked up five attorneys in its Miami office to beef up its real estate and labor and employment practices.

Alan Kipnis

Fired Legal Secretary's Sexual Harassment Claims Against Arnstein & Lehr Partner are Salacious

By Julie Kay |

Dasschinka Storani claims former Fort Lauderdale managing partner Alan Kipnis sexually harassed her, talking about blow jobs and forcing her to give him vitamin shots in the buttocks.

Victor Diaz

Why is Victor Diaz Suing His Former Law Firm Podhurst Orseck After Amicable Split?

By Julie Kay |

Prominent litigator Victor Diaz is suing his former longtime law firm, Podhurst Orseck, alleging the Miami firm underpaid him and refuses to open its books to him.

Florida Wins Tax Dispute With Seminole Tribe

By News Service of Florida |

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to take up a dispute about whether the Seminole Tribe of Florida should pay taxes on fuel it buys off tribal lands, handing a victory to the state in a long-running legal battle.

Judge Ronald Dresnick

Ex-Judge Dresnick Moves to Kluger Kaplan

By Julie Kay |

After retiring from the Miami-Dade Circuit bench, Ronald Dresnick has joined litigation boutique Kluger, Kaplan, Silverman, Katzen & Levine.

Alex Rodriguez leaves the offices of Major League Baseball in New York.

A-Rod Keeps Striking Out, Now Sued by Ex-Brother-in-Law Over Edgewater Real Estate Deal

By Samantha Joseph |

Embattled New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez's latest curve ball comes from former brother-in-law Constantine Scurtis, who filed suit in Miami-Dade Circuit Court claiming A-Rod ripped him off on a real estate deal gone bad.

3rd DCA Judge Vance E. Salter

Case Reinstated for Plaintiff Linked to Threats

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Third DCA Judge Vance Salter said photographs implicating the plaintiff to two threatening notes should not have been admitted.

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Nine South Florida Lawyers Punished

By Julie Kay |

The Florida Supreme Court has disciplined nine attorneys from South Florida, including four who were disbarred.

Daynard, Richard- President, Tobacco Control Resource Center, Inc., and Chair, Tobacco Products Liability Project, Northeastern University Law School, Boston Mass. Editor of the Tobacco Products Litigation Reporter.

There's More to Tobacco Cases Than Engle

By Noreen Marcus |

Richard Daynard of the Northeastern University School of Law says the tide is turning against tobacco companies, who used to prevail on technical matters after smoking plaintiffs had won over juries.

Bruce Jacobs, of Bruce Jacobs & Associates

Foreclosure Defense Firm Claims CFPB Rule Violations

By Samantha Joseph |

Defense attorneys say the rush to clear the foreclosure backlog gives lenders a loophole to bypass federal rules that protect homeowners.

Broward County Property Appraiser Lori Parrish

Here's How the Broward Property Appraiser Trumped the County Commission on Appeal

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Broward County commissioners must pay the county appraiser the budget assigned to her by the state, an appellate panel ruled.

An auto's airbag sign.

Miami Judge Stalls Air Bag Litigation While Panel Considers Location

By John Pacenti |

South Florida attorneys are blocked from immediate access to documents in Takata air bag litigation while a federal panel decides where the cases should be consolidated.

Meenu Sasser

Lawyers Win $4 Million for Widow of Boca Smoker

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Three tobacco companies were hit with a $4 million verdict in Palm Beach County, the result of a Boca Raton man's four-year losing battle with lung cancer.

Raoul Cantero

Florida Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Raising Bar Dues to Help Indigent

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Florida Supreme Court hears arguments on a proposal the Florida Bar opposes to raise membership dues to fund legal aid services.

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The Reason Five South Florida Lawyers Were Suspended Really Makes you Wonder

By Adolfo Pesquera |

The Florida Supreme Court disciplined a Palmetto Bay attorney for spending money intended for a real estate deal.

Alex Daoud, former Miami Beach Mayor and his daughter, attorney  Kelly Hyman, with Searcy Denney Scarola

Why Judge is "Dismayed" and "Disappointed" Over $1M Fight Between Father, Daughter

By Adolfo Pesquera |

In a court ruling that defiies the daughter, Alex Daoud, the disgraced ex-mayor of Miami Beach, may live in his house until he dies.

4th DCA

His Conviction for Killing Witness Set to Testify Against Him was Overturned. What happens Next?

By John Pacenti |

The Fourth District Court of Appeal has overturned the murder conviction of man charged with gunning down a witness set to testify against him.

A sign opposing the construction of a hospice facility on the Calusa Country Club golf course, sits in front of home that has backyard next to the course.

Live on a Golf Course? Judge May Set Trend by Freeing Calusa Land for Development

By John Pacenti |

Attorney Jeffrey Bass, whose clients want to build an adult community on the former Calusa golf course, said it is absurd for the 160 acres to "be held hostage" by a covenant.

Mixed Results on DUI Test, Red-Light Ticket Challenges

By Adolfo Pesquera |

A challenge to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's oversight of breath test equipment failed to sway the Fourth District Court of Appeal. In a second case, the court upheld the dismissal of a red light camera ticket.

Judge Ronald Dresnick

Wrongful Death Case Against Tribe Members Takes Unusual Twist

By John Pacenti |

Plaintiffs are no longer on the winning side in the wrongful DUI death case against two Miccosukee tribe members.

Civil RICO Action Over Spirit Fees Ready to Take Off

Spirit Airlines Inc. brands itself as the ultra-low-cost carrier, while some consumers deride it as the nickel-and-dime-you-to-death airline. Those two perceptions are about to clash in a Miami courtroom.

No Thanks: By Refusing Review, $67M Award Against TD Bank in Rothstein Case Stands

By John Pacenti |

TD Bank strikes out again in trying to reverse the verdict in a case brought by money-losing investors in Scott Rothstein's Ponzi scheme.

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He Got Suspended for Role in $200M Tax Fraud, Florida Supreme Court Disciplines Four Others

By Adolfo Pesquera |

One of five South Floridians disciplined by the Florida Supreme Court was a Boynton Beach lawyer who was suspended after pleading guilty in a $200 million corporate tax fraud.

Irina Reinoso's Facebook Page

Suit Tests Cars2Go Immunity After Car Crash Kills Bar-Hopping Young Woman

By John Pacenti |

The car-sharing service Car2Go is fighting a wrongful death suit, claiming it is protected from liability under rental car law.

Oops! They Didn't Think 3rd DCA Would Rule This Way in Pay Dispute Case

By Samantha Joseph |

Things get ugly when a Coral Gables developer and Miami contractor clash over a $2.3 million tab for a luxury project that stalled during the housing crash.

Could Fraud and Money Laundering Litigation Impede Miami's Espirito Santo's Bank Sale?

By John Pacenti |

Cases in Miami district and bankruptcy courts could impede the sale of Espirito Santo Bank.

Bar Suspends Lawyer for Photoshopping Herself Into Celebrity Shots

By Cheryl Miller |

Bar judge says L.A. lawyer was warned about website shots showing her with the likes of Obama and Clooney.

Ford

Jury Clears Ford in Explorer Rollover Crash

By Adolfo Pesquera |

Ford Motor Co. and a parts supplier prevailed in a product liability case in West Palm Beach federal court against a woman suing on behalf of her incapacitated daughter.