U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida News

Corrections officer proclaims innocence in case involving alleged assault of inmates

By Karen Kidd | Jun 18, 2019

Prosecutors in the case of a Florida corrections officer accused of assaulting two detainees in 2017 are taking the testimony of another officer involved in the incident who pled guilty, rather than the defendant who maintains his innocence, the Miami attorney defending the officer said during a recent interview.

Federal judge slaps preliminary injunction on online retailers allegedly selling TOMS knockoffs

By Karen Kidd | May 15, 2019

A federal judge has ordered more than two dozen defendants in a trademark infringement complaint filed by a popular U.S. shoe and apparel company to stop selling their knockoffs and has moved to claw back at least part of their alleged ill-gotten gains.

Empire Today granted motion to default in alleged trademark infringement case

By Marian Johns | May 7, 2019

MIAMI — A federal court has granted a motion for default in a case involving Empire Today's allegations of trademark infringement against a Coconut Creek flooring business.

Court partially grants, denies summary judgment motions in lawsuit regarding stranger-originated life insurance

By Gabriel Neves | May 7, 2019

MIAMI – A lawsuit involving the estate of a deceased woman recently took an interesting turn when a bank and an insurance company were granted in part and denied in part summary judgment motions regarding life insurance policies on the woman.

Miami attorney voluntarily disbarred after allegedly practicing law while suspended

By Karen Kidd | May 6, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Suspended Miami attorney Cyrus A. Bischoff has been voluntarily disbarred following a March 7 Florida Supreme Court order and allegations that he practiced law while suspended, according to a recent announcement by the Florida Bar.

Judge rules two expert witnesses can testify about 2016 yacht pump failure, fire

By Karen Kidd | Apr 11, 2019

Two expert witnesses will be allowed to testify about a pump failure that cause a fire in a yacht in 2016, according to a federal judge's recent order.

Ex-Aspen Corp. CEO, accused of violating employment agreement, granted transfer of case to Miami

By Marian Johns | Apr 4, 2019

A Florida man, who formerly served as CEO of Aspen Corporation, has won an order from a judge allowing him to take to Miami federal court a lawsuit accusing him of violating his employment agreement.

Imprisoned Hillsboro Beach attorney disbarred following 'pump-and-dump' conviction

By Karen Kidd | Apr 1, 2019

TALLAHASSEE — Longtime Hillsboro Beach attorney James M. Schneider, sentenced in February for his alleged role in a "pump-and-dump" securities fraud scheme, has been disbarred following a March 7 Florida Supreme Court order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Judge allows expert witnesses to testify for both sides in Carnival cruise slip-and-fall case

By Chandra Lye | Mar 27, 2019

A Miami federal judge has rejected requests by both sides to reject testimony from expert witnesses amid a lawsuit over a slip-and-fall suffered by a man aboard a Carnival cruise ship.

Judge denies Florida man's request for class action against debt collector for unpaid credit card bill

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 18, 2019

A federal judge has denied a request for class action certification in a lawsuit filed by a Florida man claiming a collections company violated the Fair Debt Collections Practices Act.

Judge: Norwegian Cruise Line not on hook for child's salmonella caused by other child's diarrhea in pool

By Takesha Thomas | Mar 14, 2019

A federal judge has handed Norwegian Cruise Line a win in court, granting NCL summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by parents who sued the cruise line after their child, then 11 months old, became ill from salmonella while onboard an NCL vessel in 2016.

Preliminary injunction denied for two therapists seeking to perform 'sexual orientation therapy' on youth

By Chandra Lye | Feb 23, 2019

The U.S. District Court for Southern Florida denied a motion for preliminary injunction that two therapists sought against ordinances preventing them from practicing sexual orientation and gender identity therapy on youth.

Judge denies First Transit's motion for new trial

By Chandra Lye | Feb 22, 2019

MIAMI -- A U.S. district court judge has denied First Transit's motion for a new trial.

Woman allegedly fired for being pregnant has days to file amended complaint, federal judge rules

By Karen Kidd | Feb 19, 2019

A woman who claims she was fired in 2016 for being pregnant has days to file her another amended complaint after the first two were dismissed, the second because she sued the wrong defendant, according to a federal judge's recent order.

U.S. court delivers split decision on attorney fees case

By Charmaine Little | Feb 15, 2019

MIAMI -- A federal court has granted in part and denied in part a motion by sheriff Scott Israel and captain Wayne Adkins to assess costs against USA Entertainment Group Inc. and motion to stay in its lawsuit against USA Entertainment and the city of Pompano Beach.

ADT granted partial summary judgment in lawsuit with competitor

By Charmaine Little | Feb 14, 2019

MIAMI -- ADT's motion for summary judgment against its alarm system competitor Alder Holdings LLC's counterclaims against it was granted in part and denied in part Feb. 7 by U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Chanel granted default judgment in trademark counterfeiting and infringement suit

By Charmaine Little | Feb 13, 2019

MIAMI – The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida recently granted Chanel Inc's motion for entry of final default judgment in its trademark and counterfeiting lawsuit against BestAAAChanel.org and other defendants.

Court grants summary judgment to apartment renovator in dispute involving oral contract

By Charmaine Little | Feb 8, 2019

MIAMI -- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has granted summary judgment for an asset management company being sued for breach of contract after failing to come to a written agreement with a fund manager.

Court denies Ford's motion requesting instruction in liability case

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 7, 2019

MIAMI -- Automaker Ford has suffered a loss in court, after its motion requesting an adverse interference instruction on a liability case was denied.

Court grants in part, denies in part motion to strike trust in Broward County hotel case

By Gabriel Neves | Feb 1, 2019

A local investor and a company sued for unjust enrichment and tortious interference regarding the operation of a Broward County hotel had a motion to strike an inter vivos trust granted in part and denied in part.

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