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New York attorney disbarred in Florida after attempted perjury guilty plea

Attorney Jeffrey William Butcher of Ithaca, New York, practicing in Florida for more than 18 years, has been reciprocally disbarred following a Jan. 11 Florida Supreme Court order after his guilty plea last spring for attempted perjury, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Measure could politicize Florida administrative law judge selection process, ALJ Association president says

Florida House lawmakers are making a second attempt to give Gov. Rick Scott the power to appoint administrative law judges, something that would threaten the independence of that judicial group, the Association of Administrative Law Judges president said during a recent interview.

Opioid judge doesn't want media to know details of settlement talks

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - The judge overseeing multidistrict litigation against opioid manufacturers and distributors has named the teams of lawyers who will try to negotiate a settlement of hundreds of federal lawsuits - a complex task given parallel investigations and litigation by state attorneys general and potentially conflicting goals of private attorneys and their government counterparts.

Usual Suspects: Lawyers used to getting their way in MDL process to lead opioid litigation

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CLEVELAND (Legal Newsline) - There will be a lot of familiar faces in U.S. District Judge Dan Polster’s courtroom in Cleveland on Jan. 31, when lawyers gather for a hearing on multidistrict litigation against the nation’s opioid manufacturers and distributors.

Appeals court rules in favor of J.P. Morgan Securities in $25 million investment case

A $25 million investment that went awry for a Florida company recently ended with an appeal before Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal.

McGraw-Hill, Pearson claim Palm Beach book sellers sold counterfeits

MIAMI — Two textbook publishers are suing Javian Moore and Lakeria Moore, citing alleged copyright and trademark infringement for selling unauthorized copies of their titles.

Palm Beach attorney receives revocation for securities fraud

The Florida Supreme Court recently issued a disciplinary revocation to Jonathan Paltiel Flom, an attorney in Palm Beach, Fla., stemming from his federal money laundering conviction. 

Action taken by Met Life against squabbling sisters results in settlement

ORLANDO -- A disputed estate has caused Metropolitan Life Insurance to file an interpleader complaint and bow out of the fray, leaving the court to decide which sister gets the insurance money.The sisters, however, took it upon themselves recently to settle their dispute.

South Florida officials applaud court ruling in water transfers case

NEW YORK  — The U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled in favor of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in a case that dealt with the application of the Clean Water Act, a move officials in South Florida are praising.

Hyman maintains AV Preeminent rating

Awarded to fewer than 10 percent of those registered

Florida attorney in payment dispute with estate of former NFL player

MIAMI — A Florida attorney is embroiled in a dispute over payment for legal services provided to a now-deceased NFL player.

Consumer accuses Bank of America of invasion of privacy, harassment

TAMPA — On Dec. 8, Florida resident Jennifer McCambridge filed a complaint with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida against the Bank of America claiming harassment and invasion of privacy against the business. 

Bucs' Winston settles suit with former FSU classmate

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston has settled a sexual suit involving a former Florida State University classmate, but the details of the compromise are likely to forever remain cloaked in secrecy.

Casey Anthony attorney jailed on suspicion of cocaine trafficking

Todd Macaluso, ex-attorney for Casey Anthony in a notorious murder case, has recently been disbarred as an attorney and booked into jail for seeking to transport five kilograms of cocaine and distribute it.

FSU law school wins prestigious competiton

TALLAHASSEE – When Florida State University's (FSU) College of Law mock trial team won first place earlier this month at the 2016 Buffalo-Niagara competition, it won the largest “invitation-only” event of its kind.

Best Lawyers group names two ARHMF attorneys to 2017 ‘Lawyers of the Year’ list

CORAL GABLES, Florida – Two lawyers from Coral Gables law firm Avila Rodriguez Hernandez Mena & Ferri LLP are recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” for 2017.

Retired football player files suit against NFL for denial of disability claim

PALM BEACH -– A former professional football player who is now a Palm Beach resident has filed a lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) to claim the medical benefits he allegedly earned. The lawsuit was filed in the West Palm Beach Division of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Camel milk startup looking to break into North American market

WELLINGTON -- A former petting zoo camel who has a new home with a Florida family also is the basis for a new business using camel's milk, called Camel Life Inc. 

Voting booth selfies banned in Florida

TALLAHASSEE -- People want to take “selfies” everywhere they go, which includes the voting booth. However, by law, Florida residents cannot take selfies when they vote. 

Major League Baseball sued in New York district court by defunct Florida business owner

MANHATTAN -- Neiman Nix, owner of a Florida sports performance facility and baseball academy, claims his now-defunct Florida business to be collateral damage of Major League Baseball’s (MLB) 2013 Biogenesis doping crackdown and has filed suit against the league.