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Greenberg Traurig Faces Bankruptcy Client's Wrath in Malpractice Fight

By Christine Simmons |

A lawsuit against the firm by ex-client NextEra Energy is the latest in what appears to be a growing wave of bankruptcy-related malpractice cases facing law firms.

U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom.

Berkeley Law Grad Convicted of Multimillion-Dollar Fraud in Miami

By Celia Ampel |

The former Wall Street hedge fund employee stole his ex-coworkers' identities to get fraudulent loans, according to prosecutors.

Procter and Gamble Headquarters.

Venezuelan Immigrant Sues Procter & Gamble, Alleging Discriminatory Hiring Practices

By Erin Mulvaney |

Venezuelan native David Rodriguez says Procter & Gamble rejected him from a paid internship because of his immigration status, despite being authorized to work in the U.S., according to a lawsuit he filed Monday in Florida federal court.

How Unintended Consequences of a Federal Law Can Put Attorneys at Risk

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act is designed to protect consumers, but it's doing the opposite for some attorneys.

Broward Circuit Judge Dale Cohen.

Lawyer's Ex-Wife Asks Court to Make New Wife Pay Her Legal Fees

By Samantha Joseph |

A Fort Lauderdale lawyer's ex-wife wanted to have his new spouse cover her court costs.

Boston Harbor and Financial District at sunset in Boston, Massachusetts.

Holland & Knight Bolsters Boston Base, Continues Hiring Spree

By Meghan Tribe |

The Florida-based Am Law 100 firm has welcomed aboard Mark Kalpin, co-chair of the energy and cleantech group at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, as well as education and employment partner Janet Judge, who joins from her own solo shop.

Domnick Cunningham & Whalen attorneys Jeanmarie Whalen and Fred Cunningham.

Attorneys Win $3 Million Verdict for Man Injured in Car Crash

By Samantha Joseph |

Domnick Cunningham & Whalen attorneys obtained a more than $3 million verdict for a client injured in an early-morning crash with a tractor trailer.

 Rebecca Abrams Sarelson, Luis Flores and Anthony Kang of Arnstein & Lehr.

Arnstein & Lehr Team Arranges $154M Loan to Redevelop Las Olas Riverfront

By Carla Vianna |

Arnstein & Lehr partner Luis Flores helps lead the way for Property Markets Group's first Fort Lauderdale project.

Judge Charles R. Wilson, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit

ICE Wrongly Deported Contra Rebel After 31 Years, 11th Circuit Says

By Katheryn Hayes Tucker |

Court concludes man did not dishonestly answer "no" to the question of whether he had been in prison because being taken into a trailer in the middle of the jungle did not constitute being confined to a prison.

Barry Mukamal and John Arrastia

How Attorneys Saved a Miami Gardens HOA — Before Getting It $11 Million

By Samantha Joseph |

Bankruptcy trustee Barry Mukamal "righted the ship" for a troubled homeowners' association before getting it an $11 million settlement.

Judge Lourdes Simon, left, and Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely, right.

Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Retires After Three Decades, Another Judge Moves Up

By Celia Ampel |

Judge Gisela Cardonne Ely is retiring July 31.

Fort Lauderdale Hotel Escapes $3.6 Million Verdict in Pregnant Woman's Death

By Samantha Joseph |

The Fourth DCA found Riverside Hotel wasn't negligent in the death of a pregnant guest, killed when a drunk driver smashed a car into a poolside cabana.

Pembroke Pines City Center rendering.

Pembroke Pines Growth Attracts Retail Buyer

By Carla Vianna |

It's back to the suburbs for these investors and developers: Commercial real estate deals and developments are up in Pembroke Pines.

Brian Pfeiffer.

White & Case Hires Financial Restructuring Partner from Schulte Roth

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

White & Case has lured away Schulte Roth & Zabel partner Brian Pfeiffer as part of an expansion of its global financial restructuring and insolvency practice.

Simon Bloom of Bloom Sugarman.

'Good, Bad or Ugly:' 11th Circuit OKs International Arbitrator's Venue Ruling

By Greg Land |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld an international arbitration award levying nearly $900,000 against an Israeli company accused of defaming its one-time Georgia business partner.

11000 Miramar Blvd., Miramar.

Miramar Apartment Sale Generates $82 Million

By Carla Vianna |

Another top-dollar South Florida apartment complex has traded. This time, the Miramar Park Apartments went for more than $273,000 per unit.

University of Miami School of Law.

UM Recognized for Music Law Programs

By Catherine Wilson |

Billboard magazine puts the University of Miami's School of Law on its list of the top 12 programs nationally.

Florida Supreme Court building in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida Supreme Court Limits Equitable Subrogation Actions Against Subsequent Tortfeasors

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

The Florida Supreme Court has ruled that a party that has had a judgment entered against it was not entitled to seek equitable subrogation from a subsequent tortfeasor when it had not fully satisfied the judgment.

James J. Ward, Blizin Sumberg

Unpleasant Truths About the Recent Ransomware Cyberattacks

By Commentary by James J. Ward |

The cybersecurity news cycle that unfolded recently has been unlike any before it. WannaCry, once a National Security Agency cyberweapon, and more recently, a variant on the Petya ransomware with similar capabilities unleashed two separate global crises. In both, the ransomware infected hundreds of thousands of computers, phones and mobile devices in more than 150 countries, writes James J. Ward.

Accused Stalker Targets Broward Judges

By Samantha Joseph |

Todd Watson recorded himself leaving voicemails for several judges, whom he accused of criminal conduct.

James Grippando of Boies Schiller Flexner in Fort Lauderdale is a finalist for the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

Boies Schiller's James Grippando Wins Harper Lee Prize for Fiction

By Associated Press |

The Fort Lauderdale attorney is recognized for his 25th novel.

Josh Merkin, Vice President, rbb Communication, Coral Gables

Consider Communications Plans for Potential Cybersecurity Breaches

By Commentary by Josh Merkin |

While cybersecurity and data breaches have been a concern for law firms for the past several years, last month the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility went one step further, issuing new guidance for lawyers as it relates to their handling of client data. Even though the ABA does not set final rules over attorneys, this is another clear indication to the industry that data security must be considered a priority, writes Josh Merkin.

U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson of Florida

Florida Senator Pitches Plan to Ease Burdensome Student Debt

By Lloyd Dunkelberger |

Meeting with college students and recent graduates dealing with the burden of student debt, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson outlined legislation that would cap rates on federal undergraduate loans at 4 percent and allow the refinancing of older loans at lower rates.

Ronika J. Carter of Watson in Orlando.

More Than a Fantasy? An Analysis of the Legality of Daily Fantasy Sports

By Commentary by Ronika J. Carter |

On Jan. 8, 1991, an Attorney General advisory legal opinion was issued on the topic of gambling and fantasy sports leagues. At its core, the opinion letter served as a brief analysis of Section 849.14, but the attorney general noted an important nuance in the law: contests in which the skills of the contestants are predominant do not violate Florida's gambling statute. However, staking, betting or wagering anything of value on such contests does violate the gambling laws in Florida, writes attorney Ronika J. Carter.

Doral Bank, 1451 F.D. Roosevelt Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Fourth DCA: Foreclosure Initiation Not Enough to Show Irreparable Harm

By Samantha Joseph |

Initiation of foreclosure proceedings does not rise to the level of "irreparable harm" sufficent to justify a temporary injunction, the Fourth DCA ruled.

Transwestern managing director John Bell

Transwestern Brokers Sale of High-Vacancy Jacksonville Tower

By Carla Vianna |

Transwestern's Miami-based managing director John Bell helps market and sell an underperforming office asset in downtown Jacksonville for $15 million.

A large crowd rallies on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, led by top Democrat lawmakers, to denounce President Donald Trump’s executive order banning immigration from 7 Muslim-majority countries, on January 30, 2017.

Justices Reject Trump Plea to Narrowly Define 'Close' Family in Travel Ban

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, rejecting a Trump administration challenge, said grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members with close U.S. relatives can travel here from six predominantly Muslim nations. But the court continued to bar refugees with sponsorship agreements with U.S. resettlement agencies.

Settlement Talks Put House-Florida Lottery Contract Fight on Hold

By Jim Turner |

Amid settlement talks, a stay has been issued in the state House's challenge to the legality of a ticket-sales contract signed last year by the Florida Lottery.

Rick Scott, governor of Florida.

Florida Governor Defends Right to Appoint Justices

By Brandon Larrabee |

Dismissing concerns of a constitutional crisis, lawyers for Gov. Rick Scott asked the Florida Supreme Court to reject a petition that seeks to bar Scott from appointing three new justices on his last day in office.

First District Court of Appeals Judge Harvey Jay

Appeals Court Grapples With Hamilton Downs 2-Horse Race

By Dara Kam |

It's clear gambling regulators weren't keen on a horse race between two aging nags on a dirt path, with the race launched by a red rag on a stick. But what's less clear is whether the regulators had the authority to punish a tiny North Florida horse track that ran the race.

Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel

US Hotel, NFL Arena May Sport Grenfell Tower Flammable Panels

By Juliet Linderman, Jason Dearen and Jeff Martin |

In promotional brochures, a U.S. company boasted of the "stunning visual effect" its shimmering aluminum panels created in an NFL stadium, an Alaskan high school and a luxury hotel along Baltimore's Inner Harbor that "soars 33 stories into the air." Those same panels — Reynobond composite material with a polyethylene core — also were used in the Grenfell Tower apartment building in London. British authorities say they're investigating whether the panels helped spread the blaze that ripped across the building's outer walls, killing at least 80 people.

Bread and Roses Women’s Health Center in Gainesville, Florida

Abortion 24-Hour Waiting Period Case Goes Back to Court

By Dara Kam |

The Florida Supreme Court put a temporary block on a 2015 law requiring women to wait 24 hours before getting abortions, but a Tallahassee judge will hold a hearing on a request by opponents to find the law unconstitutional.

Judge Terry Lewis

Judge Gives State More Time to Defend Abortion Law

By Dara Kam |

A Tallahassee judge gave Florida officials more time to present their defense of a 2-year-old law requiring women to wait 24 hours before receiving an abortion, but seemed skeptical that the state would convince him to keep the law on the books.

Goldman Partners Mark Era's End as Stock Holding Dips Below 5 Percent

By Dakin Campbell |

In a symbol of how much Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has changed from its days as a true partnership, the company disclosed that the combined ownership of its so-called partners has dropped below 5 percent.

Kasowitz Benson Torres' New York office at 1633 Broadway

Client Sues Kasowitz Firm for Alleged Billing Fraud, Cites Work for Trump

By Christine Simmons |

A former corporate client that Kasowitz Benson Torres earlier sued for unpaid legal fees is fighting back with a malpractice lawsuit alleging billing fraud, claiming it didn't receive legal services "commensurate with a law firm that represents the president of the United States."

Stephen Tilbrook, of GrayRobinson in Fort Lauderdale.

Climate Agreement Withdrawal Sends a Message to South Florida

By Commentary by Stephen Tilbrook |

President Donald Trump declared that the Paris Climate Agreement is a bad deal for the United States and that the economic disadvantages of the agreement outweigh the uncertain environmental benefits. But the withdrawal also sends a clear message to South Florida, a region at particular risk to the effects of climate change. The message for South Florida is: you are on your own, writes Stephen Tilbrook.

U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

Subcontractor’s Alleged Negligence Was “Occurrence,” Seventh Circuit Says

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, affirming a decision by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, has ruled that a subcontractor’s alleged negligence was an “occurrence” for purposes of a commercial general liability (“CGL”) insurance policy.