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Yearly Archives: 2018

Flickr Miami City Employee Says He Was Fired for Using Medical Marijuana

More than 70 percent of Floridians voted to legalize medical marijuana in 2016, yet many local governments still have bizarrely hostile relationships with pot. Take the City of Miami. Despite the fact that Miami-area cops have the option to issue tickets for weed, a New Times investigation found that they’re instead still arresting thousands of mostly minority residents for weed. Elsewhere, city officials have compared Continue Reading...

Litigation Over Ultra Music Festival’s Trademark Abroad Proceeds to Trial in Miami

A case being heard in federal court in Miami will decide the fate of the city’s world-renowned Ultra Music Festival across the Atlantic Ocean. Just as tickets were placed on sale for the forthcoming 21st edition of the Miami-born festival on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Federico A. Moreno presided over litigation between Worldwide Entertainment Group and Adria MM Productions, battling for the right to use the Ultra Continue Reading...

‘Bullied’ Stores Sue Miami Mall for Sparking ‘Mass Exodus’ Over Poor Conditions

Eduardo Maura of Ayala Law in Miami has filed a putative class action lawsuit on behalf of a string of businesses that claim that landlords Sterling Retail Services Inc. and SC Mota Associates Partnership, which own the Miami Mall of the Americas, favored Costco’s side of the retail center over theirs. The named plaintiff is Ulises Ruiz, owner of Mota Pizza Rustica Corp., which opened Continue Reading...

X Miami $106M Loan was ‘David Versus Goliath’ Battle for Developer’s Attorneys

Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr partners Luis Flores, Rebecca Abrams Sarelson and Louis P. Archambault, all based in Miami. Three Miami attorneys were pitted against two big institutions — a New York investor and a Los Angeles bank — plus their legal teams in financing negotiations to secure a $106 million loan. Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr partners Luis Flores, Rebecca Abrams Continue Reading...

Legal feud, criminal probe ends at UM’s Bascom Palmer

A bitter legal feud between two superstar doctors who were once rivals at the nation’s No. 1 ranked eye institute in Miami has been resolved with a paltry $75,000 settlement. The University of Miami, which operates Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, has agreed to pay $37,500 to settle a federal False Claims Act case brought by Dr. Philip Rosenfeld, a retinal Continue Reading...

Kidnapping suspect with AK-47 is dead after shooting at cops near Miami airport

Kidnapping suspect with AK-47 is dead after shooting at cops near Miami airport A man who was at the center of an armed kidnapping FBI case was shot and killed late Thursday by police after he fired at several officers with an assault rifle, police said. Rapid gunfire erupted near Northwest 72nd Avenue and Seventh Street — just blocks away Continue Reading...

Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature

Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature The firing of a white Dallas police officer charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of her black neighbor inside his own apartment was premature and unfair, an attorney for the officer said. Robert Rogers, who represents former officer Amber Guyger, said Monday night that Police Chief U. Renee Hall “bowed Continue Reading...

Stand your ground law should be reviewed by Legislature, Florida’s black leaders say

Stand your ground law should be reviewed by Legislature, Florida’s black leaders say The debate over Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law was reignited last month after a heated argument outside a Clearwater convenience store left a black man mortally wounded, his white killer free to go home and civil-rights activists up in arms. The law, which permits the use of Continue Reading...

Florida Justices Deal Blow to Insurer in ‘Bad Faith’ Dispute

Florida Justices Deal Blow to Insurer in ‘Bad Faith’ Dispute In a case stemming from a fatal car accident a dozen years ago, a sharply divided Florida Supreme Court backed a jury’s conclusion that GEICO General Insurance Co. acted in “bad faith” in the way it handled a customer’s claim. The 4-3 ruling came in a multimillion-dollar case that has Continue Reading...

Why Florida law may shield companies behind deadly FIU bridge from criminal charges

Why Florida law may shield companies behind deadly FIU bridge from criminal charges Engineers working for Florida International University saw gaping cracks open in their brand-new bridge. Someone thought the damage was sufficiently ominous to take a series of pictures. But no one thought to share the photos with employees at the Florida Department of Transportation, which could have ordered Continue Reading...