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Lawsuits Allege Government Liable Under US Constitution for Damage Caused by Controlled Water Releases During Hurricane Harvey

By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys |

Texas plaintiffs firms have begun filing lawsuits on behalf of clients who live in Houston neighborhoods that flooded when the Army Corps of Engineers authorized controlled water releases from two reservoirs in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The suits allege that the intentional flooding was an unlawful government taking of property, violating the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Miami-Based Akerman Linked to the Scandal Around Trump's FEMA Nominee

By Samantha Joseph |

Miami-based Akerman reportedly participated in a lobbying dinner that caught federal investigators' attention, and fueled speculation of alleged unethical behavior by President Donald Trump's nominee for a top job at the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA.

Florida International University College of Law.

FIU is No. 1 on Bar Exam Pass Rate

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida International University College of Law was the top performer in the July 2017 General Bar Examination, which drew 3,247 applicants.

Poster for upcoming Tom Cruise movie

New Suit Lands Over Fatal Tom Cruise Movie Plane Crash

By Greg Land |

A 2015 plane crash in Colombia during the filming of the Tom Cruise movie "American Made," already the subject of at least five lawsuits in California and Georgia, has spawned more litigation in federal court in Atlanta.

Hurricane Irma damage

Insurance Companies Accused of Misguiding Claimants

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

In the wake of Hurricane Irma, several attorneys and public adjusters who represent insurance policyholders are alleging that insurance companies and their agents are advising policyholders not to hire attorneys and public adjusters, an action that is not permitted under state law.

Jonathan R. Gdanski.

Elder-Abuse Plaintiffs Attorneys Weigh In After Nursing Home Deaths

By Celia Ampel |

The deaths of eight Hollywood nursing home residents has attorneys calling for a closer look at the facility's owners and state regulations.

Judge William Pryor Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

11th Circuit Won't Rehear Case Over Deceptive Police Search

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has denied a Florida couple's request to rehear a case that deeply divided the judges over what constitutes a legal police search.

A woman walks in floodwaters in a Flagler County neighborhood after Hurricane Irma, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (Alex Menendez via AP)

Florida Firms Tout Their Insurance Expertise to Drum Up Business in Wake of Hurricane Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Law firms that handle insurance claims are marketing themslves to hurricane victims, anticipating that a flood of insurance claim disputes will arise in the wake of the storm.

Miami Beach during hurricane Irma.

Florida Legal Aid Agencies Readying for Calls and Questions from Hurricane Irma Victims

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Many law firms and legal aid agencies were up and running Wednesday following Hurricane Irma, but lack of power and phone service kept some legal aid locations in the state from reopening.

Versatile South Florida Developer Terry Stiles Dies

By Lidia Dinkova |

The late Terry Stiles of the Fort Lauderdale-based Stiles Corp. is credited with developing high-profile commercial real estate as well as public-sector projects.

Keith Puya and Hector Buigas, The Law Offices of Keith J. Puya, Palm Beach Gardens.

Defense Verdict for Palm Beach Gardens Doctor Accused of Rushed Colonoscopy

By Celia Ampel |

The defense argued the patient had an unusually fast-growing cancer.

Craig E. Leen, Coral Gables city attorney.

FPL Faces Litigation Over Hurricane Irma Power Outages

By Celia Ampel |

A class action was filed against Florida Power & Light Co. by two customers, and both Coral Gables and Pinecrest have both voted to explore suing the company in the aftermath of the storm.

Scott P. Schlesinger w/The Schlesinger Law Offices

Did Cutting Corners to Chase Cash Lead to Catastrophic Consequences?

By Commentary by Scott Schlesinger |

The elements that led to the catastrophe at the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills this week should have come as no surprise—if only the people in charge thought to consider and plan for the consequences of a major South Florida hurricane, writes Scott Schlesinger.

Jed L. Frankel, partner at Eisinger, Brown, Lewis, Frankel & Chaiet in Hollywood, Fla.

Hurricane Irma Takeaways for Community Associations

By Commentary by ​Jed L. Frankel |

​Here are the first steps community associations should take now that Hurricane Irma has cleared out, writes Jed L. Frankel.

Wetlands next to the existing State Road 7 in Palm Beach County.

West Palm Beach Sues Federal Government Over State Road 7 Extension

By Celia Ampel |

The lawsuit claims the project will harm the Grassy Waters Preserve, which provides drinking water for the city and a habitat for several endangered species.

Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills.

First Lawsuit Filed Against Hollywood Hills Nursing Home

By Celia Ampel |

The lawsuit seeks to preserve the facility's records before they can be destroyed.

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fl-- 8/17/04-- J. Albert Diaz/Herald Staff--  A rainbow disappears in the horizon as day turns to night on Beeney Rd. where Hurricane Charley destroyed this home.

U.S. Attorney's Office Establishes Hurricane Fraud Task Force

By Celia Ampel |

The group of prosecutors will investigate claims of fraudulent charities, disaster relief claims and other schemes targeting Floridians as they recover from Hurricane Irma.

Gavin Gaukroger

Equifax Data Breach: What Happened and What’s Next?

By Commentary by Gavin Gaukroger |

Over a period of months, hackers apparently accessed people's names, Social Security numbers, birthdates, addresses, driver's license numbers, and in some cases, credit card numbers and personally identifiable information (PII). Although the cybersecurity breach occurred from mid-May through July, it was apparently discovered on July 29. To the chagrin of many people, including government officials, on Sept. 7, Equifax made its first public release warning the American public of the breach, writes Gavin Gaukroger.

Attorney Roy Black.

BuzzFeed Hires Roy Black in Russia Dossier Lawsuit

By Celia Ampel |

The famous Miami attorney adds the website to his roster of high-profile clients, which has also included Justin Bieber and Rush Limbaugh.

Home Health Care Companies Protected by Noncompete Pacts

By Jason Grant |

Resolving a district split, the Florida Supreme Court rules home health employees are bound by noncompete agreements.

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC office in Miami.

Buchanan Ingersoll Resolves Suit Over Arena Football Investment Advice

By Scott Flaherty |

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney has closed the book on a lawsuit alleging the firm didn't do enough to scrutinize a $19 million investment that a Tampa, Florida-area surgeon agreed to put into a local Arena Football League team.

Bilzin Sumberg office in Miami.

Bilzin Sumberg Provides Office Space to Legal Services, Which Awaits Restoration of Power After Irma

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod has jumped in to assist Legal Services of Greater Miami, providing the organization with office space while it remains without power.

Rejecting Aflac’s “Sleight-Of-Hand,” Florida Appeals Court Says Health Policy Covered 23-Year-Old

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

A Florida appellate court has ruled that an insured’s 23-year-old daughter was covered under a “Specified Health Event Insurance Policy” for injuries she suffered in a motorcycle accident, rejecting the insurer’s contention that coverage was limited to dependents under age 19.