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Federal Prosecutor, Ex-Foley & Mansfield Partner Found Dead on Beach

By Brian Baxter |

No cause of death has been determined for Beranton Whisenant Jr., a major crimes prosecutor with the U.S. attorney's office in Miami. The body of Whisenant, who left Foley & Mansfield for public service in January, was found this week on a beach in Hollywood, Florida.

Ted Olson, of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, testifies before the House Financial Services Committee, during a hearing entitled “The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection’s Unconstitutional Design,” on March 21, 2017.

DC Circuit Shows No Sign of Punting on CFPB's Constitutionality

By C. Ryan Barber |

The D.C. Circuit's en banc argument in PHH v. CFPB was one of the hottest tickets in Washington on Wednesday. Here are some highlights from the 90-minute hearing over the constitutionality of the single-director structure at the President Barack Obama-era agency long in the crosshairs of Republicans and criticized by business advocates and financial companies.

Ivo Labar, Kerr and Wagstaffe, San Francisco.

Hartford Insurance Must Face Calif. 'Lowballing' Class Action

By Greg Land |

A federal judge has certified a class of nearly 20,000 California policyholders represented by Kerr & Wagstaffe in a suit claiming routine underpayment of damaged property claims.

Greenberg Traurig Agrees to Withdraw From Case in Which it Faced Conflict of Interest Allegations

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Greenberg Traurig has withdrawn as litigation counsel in a federal lawsuit, thereby avoiding allegations that it tried to switch sides and invalidate patents that it had previously helped prosecute.

Pro Bono Lawyer Caught in 14 Years of Divorce Litigation

By Samantha Joseph |

Elizabeth Goings, the attorney representing former real estate lawyer Frank Amsalem's ex-wife, has been pulled in as a defendant in the former couple's 14-year custody battle.

Six Carlton Fields Real Estate Lawyers Jump to Duane Morris in Miami

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Six real estate lawyers have jumped to Duane Morris' rapidly growing Miami office following a down year at Carlton Fields, where real estate was one of the financial bright spots.

Ocean Bank executive vice president Ralph Gonzalez-Jacobo and senior vice president Roger Villareal.

Ocean Bank Backs Miami Gardens Retail With $43 Million Loan

By Carla Vianna |

The bank is funding construction of a shopping plaza between the Hard Rock Stadium and the Palmetto Expressway.

Kobre & Kim: Growth Despite Its Best Efforts

By Gina Passarella and Emily Barker |

From its founding out of a partner's home 14 years ago, Kobre & Kim has crafted a unique business model that propelled it into the Am Law 200—even if that wasn't the intention.

U.S. Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

Proposed DOJ Corporate Crime-Fighting Budget Suffers Few Cuts

By Sue Reisinger |

Though the U.S. Department of Justice took a small hit in President Donald Trump's 2018 budget request, the Criminal Division actually saw its budget increase slightly. By comparison, however, the Civil Division did not fare quite as well.

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New Twist in the Case of Marvel CEO's Secretly Collected DNA

By Celia Ampel |

A Florida attorney will defend himself against the accusation that he participated in fraud by deposing billionaire Ike Perlmutter as a way to collect his DNA.

Florida-based Firms Rise and Fall in the 2017 Am Law 200

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

Two of the four Florida-based Am Law 200 firms moved up in the 2017 rankings, with gross revenue gains.

James L. Ferraro

Q&A: Jim Ferraro Talks His New Book on Groundbreaking Birth Defect Trial

By Celia Ampel |

The book, "Blindsided," is out June 13.

Robin Bresky, left, and Michael J. Gelfand, right.

Special Election for Seat on Fla. Bar's Board of Governors Has Begun

By Monika Gonzalez Mesa |

The special election to determine who will fill The Florida Bar's board of governors Palm Beach Circuit seat vacated by Florida Bar president-elect Michelle Suskauer runs through June 12.

Albert Dotson Jr. of Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod.

Bilzin Sumberg's Al Dotson Named DBR Attorney of the Year

By Catherine Wilson |

The Bilzin practice group leader is recognized at the Daily Business Review's Professional Excellence Awards event.

Pam Bondi

Florida Judge Orders Halt to Alleged Debt Relief Scam

By Celia Ampel |

The defendants allegedly collected millions of dollars.

Cybersecurity Insurance: What to Do Before Hackers Attack

By Commentary by Hugo Alvarez |

The financial ramifications of a cyberattack are staggering and the damage to a company's reputation may be irreparable. Consequently, these companies look to their insurers to help alleviate the financial damage caused by cyberattacks, writes Hugo Alvarez.

Avison Young's Michael Fay, John Crotty, and Jonathan Satter.

Avison Young Builds Tenant Base Before $18.6M Office Sale

By Carla Vianna |

Avison Young helps revive, market and sell a previously troubled office complex in Palm Beach Gardens.

Real Estate Agent Accused in Killing Prompts New Law

By Seanna Adcox |

People who sell or manage property in South Carolina will have to pass a background check to renew their license under a new law prompted by November's arrest of a real estate agent accused of killing seven people.

Easton Buys New Medley Warehouse for $22 Million

By Carla Vianna |

The Easton Group buys a newly built spec-warehouse for $120 per square foot.

Ruling Illustrates Unpredictability of Fair Housing Litigation for Associations

By Commentary by Michael E. Chapnick |

The appellate panel of the First District Court of Appeal was divided in its recent ruling involving a Fair Housing Act discrimination complaint by a wheelchair-bound unit owner against his condominium association. The majority and dissenting opinions in the case highlight the unpredictable nature of FHA litigation for unwary associations, writes attorney Michael E. Chapnick.

Courtyard by Marriott Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Lauderdale Beach Marriott Hotel Sells for $83 Million

By Carla Vianna |

The seller more than doubled the value of the 261-room hotel in 12 years.

Medical marijuana

Florida Health Officials Move Ahead With Pot Process

By Dara Kam |

After state lawmakers failed to act, health officials laid out a framework for adopting regulations required by a voter-approved constitutional amendment that could make Florida one of the nation's largest medical-marijuana markets.

Giancarlo Stanton, outfielder for the Miami Marlins.

Marlins' Stanton Grabs Three-Story Penthouse

By Carla Vianna |

Miami Marlins home-run hitter Giancarlo Stanton pockets a tony penthouse unit at the Aria on the Bay in Miami.

Administrative Law Judge Backs 2 More Marijuana Licenses

By Dara Kam |

In a long-awaited decision, an administrative law judge called for the state to issue two new licenses to medical marijuana operators, saying competing businesses, which lost out to another operator selected by Florida health officials in 2015, were virtually tied.

Timothy Lee Hurst. Credit: Florida DOC.

US Supreme Court Won't Hear Death Penalty Unanimity Case

By Dara Kam |

Bolstering a state law requiring unanimous jury recommendations in death penalty cases, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal by Attorney General Pam Bondi on the issue.

Phosphate mine

Supreme Court Justices Side With County in Property Dispute

By Jim Saunders |

The Florida Supreme Court rejected arguments that a property owner should receive $38 million in compensation because of a county land-use decision that allowed a phosphate mine to operate near a neurological-rehabilitation center.

Bonnie Navin and Peter Spillis of Kelley/Uustal.

Failure to Note Patient's Meds Leads to Verdict Against Surgeon

By Celia Ampel |

A Weston woman died after her surgeons failed to warn her about blood clot risks, plaintiffs attorneys argued.

Workers remove concrete from the cooling towers at the St. Johns River Power Park in Jacksonville, Florida.

FPL Seeks Approval of Plan to Shut Down Coal-Fired Plant

By Jim Saunders |

Florida Power & Light asked state regulators to give approval by Dec. 1 of a plan to shut down a jointly owned coal-fired power plant in Jacksonville.

Neal Roth.

Claims Bill Signed for Barahona Abuse Survivor

By Staff and wire reports |

The governor signs a bill to pay nearly $4 million to a boy and his late twin sister who suffered extreme abuse in their Miami-Dade foster home.

How Florida Prosecutes — or Not — Accidental Child Shootings

By Brendan Farrington |

Across the nation, 152 children under 12 were accidentally shot and killed, by either self-inflicted gunshot wounds or by another child, from 2014 through 2016.

High Court Ruling May Give Voter Rights Groups a Strong Tool

By Jonathan Drew and Mark Sherman |

The Supreme Court's ruling that two North Carolina congressional districts relied too heavily on race should give voting-rights advocates a potent tool to fight other electoral maps drawn to give Republicans an advantage in the state.

Odebrecht headquarters

Argentina Authorities Raid Odebrecht Offices in Buenos Aires

By Debora Rey |

Argentine federal agents searched the offices of the Brazilian construction conglomerate Odebrecht in Buenos Aires as part of an investigation into alleged bribes in the granting of construction contracts for a water treatment plant.

Adriana Kostencki.

Business Owners: Keep a Close Eye on H-1B Visa Program Changes

By Commentary by Adriana Kostencki |

Four months into President Donald Trump's administration, we have seen a wave of executive orders signed, and several U.S. companies are beginning to feel the effects of his immigration plan and policies on businesses.

Ibragim Todashev

Boston Marathon-Bomber Friend's Family Sue Agents Over Death

By Mike Schneider |

The parents of a Chechen man who was fatally shot while being questioned in Florida about a Boston Marathon bombing suspect in 2013 have sued four law enforcement agents for wrongful death.

Lawyer Who Failed To Forward Warning Letter to Malpractice Insurer Has No Coverage For Lawsuit That Followed

By Steven A. Meyerowitz |

A letter to a lawyer that directed him to refer it to his professional liability insurance carrier gave the lawyer “a basis to reasonably expect a claim” and his failure to inform his insurer of the letter doomed his bid for coverage under his claims-made professional liability insurance policy of the malpractice action that subsequently was brought against him.

Javier Valdez

Mexican Journalists Caught in Crossfire of Rival Drug Cartels

By Maria Verza |

Just as each batch of the weekly newspapers was dropped off at newsstands around Culiacan, men quickly bought them up as they followed the delivery trucks along their routes.