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Retailers Win Round in SCOTUS Credit Card 'Swipe Fee' Case

By Tony Mauro |

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state law preventing retailers from telling shoppers they are imposing a “surcharge” on credit card purchases could be unconstitutional.

An advertisement for Trump University.

In Trump U Case, an Attack on the Lawyer Who Wants to Hold Up $25M Deal

By Amanda Bronstad |

Plaintiffs lawyers are taking aim at a New York attorney who filed an objection to the settlement and urging his client not to jeopardize the recovery of thousands of fellow class members.

Nick Madsen of Roberts, Reynolds, Bedard & Tuzzio; Gary F. Baumann of Baumann, Gant & Keeley; and Lyman H. Reynolds of Roberts, Reynolds, Bedard & Tuzzio.

Garage Found Not Liable for Bystander's Injuries in Drunken Brawl

By Celia Ampel |

A Fort Lauderdale parking garage owner and manager defeated a $13 million lawsuit after a woman was hit in the face with a flashlight just outside the garage.

Dale Noll, with Akerman, Miami

National LGBT Bar Association President Says Group Has 'a Lot of Work to Do'

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Akerman associate Dale Noll assumed the helm as president of the National LGBT Bar Association this month.

DC Court Upholds $1.2B Award Against Venezuela for Seizing Gold Mine

By Cogan Schneier |

The ruling issued March 25 upholds an arbitration panel's award entered for Canadian company Crystallex.

DBR Recognizes Top Law Firm Litigation Departments

The Daily Business Review will give Professional Excellence awards May 24 to nine firms that performed noteworthy work in 2016.

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.

Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala

Judge Backs Governor's Removal of Prosecutor

By Dara Kam |

A judge handling the murder case of an accused cop killer refuses to reinstate a state attorney after the governor replaced her for ruling out the death penalty.

Gunster's Greg Bader

Gunster Guides Bank Deal as Share Value Climbs

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The increase in the share value means a windfall for shareholders of Sarasota-based Insignia Bank in its acquisition by Pompano Beach-based Stonegate Bank.

State Rep. George Moraitis

PIP Repeal Starts Moving Again In House

By Jim Saunders |

An effort to ditch Florida's no-fault auto insurance system is again on the move in the Legislature as reforms championed in 2012 by Gov. Rick Scott and state Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater haven't held.

DLA Piper Continues to Expand in Latin America—This Time in Peru

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The global legal giant has established another cooperation agreement in Latin America with Peru's Pizzaro, Botto & Escobar. The 40-lawyer firm will now be known as DLA Piper Pizarro Botto Escobar in Lima.

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.

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.

Fourth DCA Chief Judge Cory Ciklin.

Get Your New Appeals Court Websites Here — for Less than $7,000

By Samantha Joseph |

Florida's five mid-level appellate courts are bringing their websites into the new millennium, starting with a pilot program in the Fourth District Court of Appeal.

Walt Disney World

Mickey vs. The Tax Man: Disney, Universal Fight Tax Bills

By Mike Schneider |

It takes a lot of land to accommodate Cinderella's castle, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Epcot's 11-country World Showcase — and a hefty purse to pay the property taxes on it.

The Charging Bull and Fearless Girl statues are sit on Lower Broadway in New York.

Will NYC Invite the 'Fearless Girl' to Stay on Wall Street?

By Verena Dobnik |

Should the "Fearless Girl" stand up to Wall Street's charging bull forever?

Cubans Say They Entered US Before End of Immigration Policy

By Juan A. Lozano |

A group of 11 Cuban immigrants being detained in South Texas are fighting deportation after alleging they were wrongly turned away while trying to enter the United States just before a long-standing immigration policy that allowed any Cuban who made it to U.S. soil to stay and become a legal resident was rescinded.

CREC’s Warren Weiser, Harry Blyden and Sabrina Stimming.

CREC Pushes Leasing Ahead of Coral Springs Retail Sale

By Carla Vianna |

CREC helps ink a $27 million deal for a Broward County shopping center the firm helped bring back to life years ago.

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.

Paul O. Lopez

Keys to the Kingdom: Weighing Employee Access to Company Databases?

By Commentary by Paul O. Lopez |

Attorney Paul O. Lopez offers five things to keep in mind when giving employees access to company computer systems.

Florida East Coast Railway.

Florida East Coast Railway Selling to Mexican Group for $2.1 Billion

By Associated Press |

The Jacksonville-based railroad with its roots in pioneer days makes a deal with Grupo Mexico.

U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle

Death Certificates Ordered by Federal Judge in Gay Marriages

By Dara Kam |

Florida widows and widowers whose spouses died before the U.S. Supreme Court declared state bans on same-sex marriage unconstitutional can have the death certificates of their loved ones changed without having to go to court, a federal judge ruled.

Pulse Nightclub memorial in Orlando, Florida. August 9th 2016.

Pulse Lawsuit Against Employer, Wife Moved to State Court

By Mike Schneider |

A lawsuit brought by victims of the Orlando nightclub massacre against the gunman's employer and wife was withdrawn from federal court and filed in state court in South Florida.

Practicing Law by Wire: Ethical Obligations Extend Beyond Software

By Commentary by William R. Trueba Jr. |

In the rush to add tech options to legal document review, don't forget ethical obligations, writes attorney William R. Trueba.

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor

High Court Struggles Over Hospital Pension Dispute

By Sam Hananel |

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed to struggle over whether some of the nation's largest hospitals should be allowed to sidestep federal laws protecting pension benefits for workers.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott

Gov. Scott Takes Aim At Corcoran Over Legal Work

By Jim Turner |

Gov. Rick Scott has upped his personal battle with House Speaker Richard Corcoran about the future of the state's business-recruitment agency.


South Florida's Legal Billing Rates Remain Stable; Smaller Firms Get More Than Half the Work

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Lawyer billing rates in the South Florida market grew more slowly than in most large markets through 2015 and a larger percentage of the work went to smaller law firms than it did in larger cities

Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)

Lawmakers Seek Far-Reaching Changes in Claim Bills Process

By Ryan Ray |

Two House members are seeking to make far-reaching changes to the process by which the state and local governments pay out claims for deaths, injuries and wrongful imprisonment.

313½ Worth Ave., Palm Beach.

Worth Avenue Buildings Sell for $19.5 Million

By Staff report |

The Via Bica retail and office complex in Palm Beach closes at $1,004 per square foot.

State Officials, Seminole Tribe Target Judge's Ruling on Games

By Dara Kam |

Florida officials and the Seminole Tribe are asking a Tallahassee judge to reconsider a ruling they contend could open the floodgates for thousands of unregulated slot machines in bars, strip malls and convenience stores throughout the state.

Trauma System Expansion Plan Backed by Governor But Tossed by Judge

By Jim Saunders |

An administrative law judges sides with five major Florida trauma centers in rejecting a rule that would have allowed more competition among emergency rooms treating the most seriously injured patients.

Enforcing 'Broweswrap' Agreements: Don't Make the Fine Print Too Fine

By Commentary by Justin Guido |

A Florida appeals court rejects an online retailer's arbitration clause because it was too inconspicuous, writes attorney Justin Guido.