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Meland Russin & Budwick and its attorneys are routinely contacted by the news media regarding their high-profile, impactful legal matters and to provide commentary on general legal trends and issues. Here is a summary of some of the firm’s media coverage.

  • Billionaire, fund manager buy Coconut Grove properties out of bankruptcy November 10, 2017 A company managed by billionaire insurance magnate William R. Berkley and equity fund manager Bruce Berkowitz acquired a collection of properties in Miami’s Coconut Grove at bankruptcy auction for $5.4 million.
  • The buyers of six key lots in West Grove aren’t so mysterious after all November 10, 2017 The “mystery” buyers who won six sought after West Coconut Grove lots in U.S. bankruptcy court are not so mysterious after all: They are well known Miami financial figures Bruce Berkowitz and Bill Mahone.
  • Bruce Berkowitz and billionaire W.R. Berkley buy Coconut Grove site November 9, 2017 A company led by billionaire William Berkley and Bruce Berkowitz of Fairholme Holdings just picked up pieces of an assemblage in west Coconut Grove.
  • Revealed: Buyers of 6 Coconut Grove Properties in Bankruptcy Sale November 8, 2017 The $5.4 million purchase of six lots along Miami’s Grand Avenue is the latest development for a storied stretch that’s been mired in lawsuits, including a bankruptcy filing, and is home to dilapidated buildings and vacant parcels.
  • Trump wants tax reform. Could it hurt South Florida real estate? November 6, 2017 The tax reform proposal unveiled this week in Washington calls for capping the interest expense deduction for residential mortgages at $500,000 rather than the current $1 million. Deductions would be allowed only for primary residences. How could that affect South Florida’s real estate market, one of the region’s biggest employers?
  • Condo bulk sale in Palm Beach goes for $18M October 18, 2017 A large portion of the units in the Monteverde at Renaissance Commons condominium in Boynton Beach have sold in a bulk deal for $17.88 million. Of the 267 units in the building, at 1625 Renaissance Commons Blvd., 118 were owned by 1625 Monteverde LLC, an affiliate of New York-based Delma Properties.
  • Your Contingency Fee May Be at Risk if Your Client Files for Bankruptcy October 18, 2017 Attorneys bringing personal injury and other suits on a contingency fee basis often face bankruptcy-related issues. A defendant may be insolvent, a bankruptcy trustee may assert an insurance policy is property of a bankruptcy estate, or a bankruptcy trustee may bring a competing claim against the same defendant, as just a few examples.
  • Hurricane Irma Drags Out Some South Florida Real Estate Deals September 26, 2017 The sale of a Miami residential property was scheduled to close Sept. 8. The sale of a home in the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo was to close Sept. 15. And the sale of Boynton Beach condominiums was to close Sept. 22.
  • Home Health Care Companies Protected by Noncompete Pacts September 18, 2017 The referral sources for home health care companies can be protected by noncompete agreements because they qualify as a legitimate business interests under the state law on restrictive covenants in contracts, the Florida Supreme Court ruled.
  • Federal Court To Decide Whether GE Capital Was Complicit In Ponzi Scheme July 6, 2017 By December 8, 2000, GE Capital Corporation (GECC) had received nearly $50 million that it had loaned to Petters Capital, a company that specialized in buying bulk lots of merchandise from various retailers and then re-selling them to large, big box, distributors like Costco and Walmart.  
  • Lawsuit Against GE Finance Unit Over Petters’ Fraud Heads to Trial June 15, 2017 In a 34-page ruling, Judge Paul Hyman refused to dismiss a federal lawsuit that accused the General Electric unit of conspiring to commit fraud by keeping quiet in 2000 when its employees allegedly discovered that Mr. Petters was operating a Ponzi scheme. The dispute will head to a jury in a trial that has yet ...
  • Judge Won’t Toss Suit Against GE Capital Over $3.6B Scheme June 15, 2017 A Florida bankruptcy judge on Thursday denied General Electric Capital Corp.’s bid to escape a suit alleging it participated in the $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme orchestrated by Tom Petters, paving the way for the claims to go to a jury.
  • Lawsuit Against GE Finance Unit Over Petters’ Fraud Heads to Trial June 15, 2017 A lawsuit against General Electric Co.’s finance unit over its relationship with convicted businessman Thomas Petters, whose $40 billion empire collapsed in 2008, will move to trial as a result of a bankruptcy judge’s ruling on Thursday.
  • New Trends in the Miami Beach Luxury Market June 4, 2017 To listen to real estate developer Todd Michael Glaser describe the Miami market, building modern luxury homes has never been more lucrative, and in demand — as long as those homes aren’t being built on the water.
  • Defend Trade Secrets Act: Lessons From Year 1 May 11, 2017 How the time flies: The Defend Trade Secrets Act, the culmination of a yearslong bipartisan effort to create a federal system of trade secrets law, was signed into law by President Barack Obama one year ago Thursday.
  • Guitarist turned novelist pays $11M for Todd Glaser-developed home on Allison Island May 10, 2017 A Chicago horror novelist now has a new setting for his books. Jeremy Wagner, a death metal guitarist turned horror book writer, and his wife Kym Foglia paid $10.9 million for the newly built waterfront home at 6411 Allison Road in Miami Beach, a source told The Real Deal.
  • He Wanted a Postcard View of Downtown Miami — and Paid $10 million for it April 19, 2017 The buyer was looking for a postcard view of downtown Miami. He got just what he wanted — for a cool $10 million.
  • Why Every Business Should Have a Document Retention-Destruction Policy February 23, 2017 We live in a digital age. Most corporate data is now electronic, and the volume of electronically stored information, or ESI, continues to grow exponentially.
  • ‘It Really Worked’: Opposing Firms Join Forces to Save a Business From Bankruptcy February 3, 2017 Here’s how two opposing Miami law firms rethought traditional Chapter 11 bankruptcy infighting to help a struggling chain of Florida shoe stores restructure while other retailers folded.
  • The Story Behind the Rare Retailer Standalone Restructuring January 23, 2017 Retailers are collapsing all around us, but the lawyers who helped a small Florida-based shoe chain survive said they relied on a key ingredient: a little civility.
  • An Unlimited Reach-Back Period When IRS Is Triggering Creditor? January 1, 2017 Using the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as the “triggering creditor” under § 544(b) of the Bankruptcy Code provides a powerful tool for bankruptcy trustees to reach back for periods of 10 or more years in the pursuit of fraudulent conveyances that are otherwise outside the applicable state law statutes of limitation.
  • Lessons for Employers from Obama’s Push Back Against Noncompetes December 9, 2016 Too many employers overuse noncompete agreements. For example, highprofile companies have recently received negative press for forcing low-level employees, often with limited or no access to proprietary information, to sign noncompete agreements.
  • James Moon Joins Board of Directors December 7, 2016 Although he is not Jewish, James Moon, a partner with the law firm Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A., makes the case that progressives and LGBTQ in particular can and should support Israel – the only country in the Middle East where LGBTQ can find hope for a valued and respected life.
  • What will Trump’s presidency mean for Miami’s real estate? November 11, 2016 The king of real estate is set to rule the country, but what will a Donald Trump presidency mean for local real estate, one of South Florida’s biggest industries?
  • Miami pro bono attorney works to reunite teen with his aunt October 24, 2016 Attorney Zach James of Meland, Russin & Budwick found Jake’s case through Dade Legal Aid’s Put Something Back program, which pairs low-income clients in need of legal representation or assistance in areas of civil law with lawyers willing to donate their services pro bono. After learning about the dispute between government agencies and the child ...
  • Trustee Tests New Tactic in Construction Bankruptcy September 20, 2016 A debtor in a bankruptcy case is fighting back against an unusual maneuver that would allow trustees to boost their clawback authority in cases that involve unpaid federal taxes.
  • Glenn Beck Media Outlet Says Texas Suit Trumps Del. Filing September 13, 2016 Glenn Beck’s media outlet TheBlaze.com told the Delaware Chancery Court on Monday that it should halt proceedings in a suit its former CEO brought against the company — seeking an order that it foot the defense bill for a related Texas suit accusing him of mismanaging Beck’s production company — characterizing it as “forum shopping.” ...
  • Trustee Has Longer ‘Reach-Back Weapon’ in Arsenal September 9, 2016 A Chapter 7 trustee can “step into the shoes” of the Internal Revenue Service and pursue actions that are time-barred under state law, but ones that the IRS could have pursued under its 10-year period allowed for collection activities, a bankruptcy court in Florida held Aug. 31
  • Glenn Beck’s News Outlet Says Ex-CEO Can’t Get Indemnity August 24, 2016 The former CEO of Glenn Beck’s news outlet TheBlaze Inc. on Wednesday asked a Delaware court to order the company to foot the bill for a suit accusing him of mismanaging Beck’s production company, just days after TheBlaze asked a Texas state court to do the opposite.
  • Miami-Dade PD’s Summer Scholars introduces kids to the justice system August 15, 2016 Enthusiastic support poured in from the legal community and the number of children grew from eight to 22, when the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Summer Scholars program gathered again for the sixth year.
  • Real Estate Developer Latest to Be Sued Over Doomed Fashion Mall August 11, 2016 Litigation over the doomed Fashion Mall project in Plantation shows no signs of slowing, and a real estate developer is now facing allegations of fraud, self-dealing and usurpation of corporate opportunities.
  • Put Something Back Recognizes Distinguished Attorneys for Exceptional Pro Bono Service July 30, 2016 Zachary N. James, a partner with Meland Russin & Budwick, received the Child Advocacy Award for zealously handling dependency cases for youth. “James not only advocated on behalf of these children, but treats them like his own family members,” said Karen Ladis, Executive Director of Dade Legal Aid.
  • Spec home developers shy away from the water in Miami Beach July 7, 2016 On Pine Tree Drive, a waterfront spec home with its own massive concrete waterslide hit the market in January at $34 million.
  • Trade Secrets Bill Clears House, Obama to Sign Into Law April 27, 2016 The House’s overwhelming passage of the Defend Trade Secrets Act April 27 promises to start a shift of trade secrets cases to federal courts, attorneys say. The bill, which cleared the House 4102, now moves to President Barack Obama, who has promised to sign it. It passed the Senate April 4.
  • Pro Bono Success Stories February 12, 2016 In December 2014, Zach James accepted a pro bono case through Dade Legal Aid’s Put Something Back program to serve as 15-year-old Jake’s Attorney ad Litem. Jake grew up in a home where he was witness to drug use and violence and subject to significant neglect. Following the termination of Jake’s parents’ parental rights, Jake ...
  • MOVERS: Senior-level hires and promotions February 10, 2016 At Meland Russin & Budwick in Miami: Zachary James has been promoted to partner. He concentrates his practice on business litigation and complex commercial matters. James has a bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin and a law degree from UM. Eric Ostroff has been named administrative partner. Ostroff, a trial lawyer, focuses his ...
  • Petters Ponzi Trustee Sets $160 Million Liquidation January 29, 2016 Miami attorneys from Meland Russin & Budwick helped craft a more than $160 million liquidation plan to repay victims of one of the largest Ponzi schemes in history.
  • Attorney Guides Record Miami Beach Spec Mansion Sale January 12, 2016 The partner at Meland Russin & Budwick in Miami Beach represented sellers Todd Michael Glaser and the Posner Group in the record-setting sale of a showpiece mansion, scooped up for $19.48 million after 10 days on the market at the height of the holiday season.
  • Secret buyers pay $19.5 million for Miami Beach mansion December 29, 2015 A Miami Beach mansion made a splash when it sold for $19.48 million — but the new owners don’t want their identities to leak out.
  • Pine Tree Drive spec home in Miami Beach fetches $19.5M December 23, 2015 A waterfront Miami Beach spec home developed by Todd Glaser and Jarrett and Sean Posner has just sold for $19,480,001 million, The Real Deal has learned.
  • Surrender, Reaffirmation and Right to Defend a Post-Discharge Foreclosure Action December 1, 2015 Lenders are seeking to reopen long-closed bankruptcy cases to compel debtors to cease asserting defenses to foreclosure actions that survive or are commenced after the debtor’s discharge. Courts are divided on the appropriate remedies. How can creditors protect their rights?
  • Greater Miami Jewish Federation draws over 500 to real estate event October 9, 2015 More than 500 people attended the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s 18th annual Sunset Over Miami event for real estate professionals on Oct. 8.
  • The “unusual” bankruptcy: Univita Health September 3, 2015 Miramar-based Univita Homecare Solutions LLC and 11 of the company’s subsidiaries filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Aug. 28, capping off a month of silence from the home health care provider after it abruptly terminated all of its Florida HMO contracts.
  • Implications of Wholesale Adoption of UVTA Choice-of-Law Provisions September 1, 2015 In July 2014, the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (UFTA)1 was amended and renamed the Uniform Voidable Transactions Act (UVTA).
  • Bankruptcy Judge Sides With Owner on Home Surrender August 24, 2015 A Miami bankruptcy judge threw another wrench into the already convoluted and controversial “surrender” issue linking bankruptcy and foreclosure cases.
  • Why Your Firm Should Worry About Doc Destruction August 18, 2015 Document destruction claims have dominated several high-profile cases in the past year, as highlighted by Takeda Pharmaceutical Co. Ltd.’s misadventures in the federal Actos litigation. Attorneys say the best way to fight such claims is to thoroughly catalog clients’ data — and ensure it’s preserved — at the first hint of litigation.
  • Adidas Slammed With $14M Loan Fraud Lawsuit August 14, 2015 A suit brought by Veritas Financial Partners against Adidas AG accusing the apparel company of falsely verifying invoices from a vendor to whom VFP lent nearly $14 million, which turned out to be an elaborate fraud scheme, was removed to Florida federal court on Wednesday. VFP is being represented by James M. Miller and Erin ...
  • Doral office building loses $23M foreclosure judgment, competing buyers could head off auction July 23, 2015 The Doral Court office building has been scheduled for foreclosure auction on Sept. 1, but several potential buyers are competing to purchase the property before then.
  • 5 Questions In The Cardinals Hacking Scandal July 20, 2015 News last month that the St. Louis Cardinals, a venerated baseball franchise with a squeaky clean image, is the target of a federal investigation into the hacking of the Houston Astros’ player database sent shock waves through the sports world and beyond, but with several details yet to emerge, key questions remain.
  • BMO Harris To Pay $16M To End Petters Ponzi Row July 16, 2015 BMO Harris Bank NA agreed Thursday to pay $16 million to settle an adversary suit launched by the trustee for two bankrupt Florida investment firms, which alleged a BMO unit helped convicted Ponzi scammer Thomas Petters bilk investors out of $3.7 billion.
  • How to Avoid 5 Common E-Discovery Mistakes July 15, 2015 New e-­discovery rules approved by the U.S. Supreme Court in April will go into effect in less than six months, with changes designed to spur attorneys to narrow evidentiary requests to be “proportional to the needs of the case.” With the new rules in mind, here are five blunders you should avoid when tracking down ...
  • Jury Selection: Time for Exposing Bias and Selling Your Case May 5, 2015 While most attorneys recognize the importance of selecting the right jurors, they often neglect to take full advantage of the jury selection process to gain a competitive advantage at trial. With the right approach during the jury selection process, attorneys can greatly increase their chance of success.
  • Cruise Excursion Insurer Wins Injunction Against Ex-Workers April 10, 2015 Royal Marine Insurance Group, which offers a unique insurance program to third-party cruise excursion operators, won a temporary injunction Thursday against three former employees accused of taking proprietary information and starting up a similar program at competitor THB International Inc.
  • Law grad duo fights financial fraud on ‘American Greed’ April 1, 2015 Meland Russin & Budwick’s Mark S. Meland, Michael S. Budwick, and Daniel N. Gonzalez were featured Thursday on CNBC’s American Greed for their work on behalf of the bankruptcy trustee in the high-profile case of Claudio Osorio and his former company, InnoVida Holdings. Osorio, once at the pinnacle of Miami’s elite business and social scene, ...
  • Meland Russin & Budwick Attorneys Featured On CNBC’s American Greed Episode About Ponzi Schemer Claudio Osorio February 27, 2015 Meland Russin & Budwick’s Mark S. Meland, Michael S. Budwick, and Daniel N. Gonzalez were featured Thursday on CNBC’s American Greed for their work on behalf of the bankruptcy trustee in the high-profile case of Claudio Osorio and his former company, InnoVida Holdings. Osorio, once at the pinnacle of Miami’s elite business and social scene, ...
  • Move Over, Miami: Fla. Cities Poised For RE Growth In 2015 December 9, 2014 Thanks to an influx of foreign capital, Miami’s white-hot real estate market has led the way in Florida, but development in other metropolitan areas in the state has finally begun to pick up after the recession, and attorneys expect steady growth in the coming year.
  • Ariz. Deepens States’ Rift On UTSA Preemption November 22, 2014 The Uniform Trade Secrets Act is more than three decades old, but a ruling in Arizona this week highlights the fact that the various states that have adopted it are still split over a sticky question: whether the act preempts all other claims of information theft.
  • The ‘George Costanza Defense’ to Stealing Trade Secrets October 31, 2014 The unfortunate reality is that your employees present one of the greatest threats to your company’s proprietary information and trade secrets. Just by working at your company, they have gained skills and knowledge about your industry.
  • BMO Harris Socked With $24B Suit Over Petters Ponzi Scheme September 18, 2014 A trustee for two bankrupt Florida investment firms on Thursday hit BMO Harris Bank NA with a $24 billion adversary suit, alleging its Marshall & Illsley Bank helped convicted Ponzi scammer Thomas Petters bilk investors out of $3.7 billion.
  • GE Capital and Petters-related fund in legal battle September 3, 2014 A billion-dollar legal battle is brewing in Florida over who knew what and when about the decade-long Ponzi scheme operated by former Wayzata businessman Tom Petters.
  • Avoid These 6 Mistakes in Safeguarding Proprietary Information June 26, 2014 As an attorney who litigates trade secrets and noncompete cases, I see firsthand the many mistakes companies make when trying (or forgetting) to protect their proprietary information. Litigation can be a very expensive lesson, even when the result is favorable. So it’s much cheaper and safer to avoid making mistakes in the first place.
  • Seeking Trade Secret Protection? Don’t Just Rely on a Label. May 14, 2014 Creativity is a powerful asset in business, and there is no reason to disregard this way of thinking when trying to protect your company’s proprietary information.
  • 5 Ways to Shrink the Threat of an Employee’s Exit to Proprietary Info April 30, 2014 Employee departures present one of the greatest threats to a company’s proprietary information. Certainly, employees need access to such information to do their jobs. But when they leave a company, they might use it against the firm, particularly if they continue working in the same industry. Employers too often ignore this risk to their critical information.
  • Thomas Kramer’s Star Island homes fall into receivership April 8, 2014 A receiver was appointed on Tuesday for Thomas Kramer’s multi-million homes at 4 Star Island and 5 Star Island in Miami Beach, as the once high-flying German real estate developer’s financial troubles worsen.
  • Hedge Fund Spars With a Nameless Blogger March 17, 2014 Who was the leaker? That is what David Einhorn, the outspoken hedge fund manager, wanted to know after one of his firm’s investments was disclosed by an anonymous blogger last year.
  • Spat between Miami business partners turns to nasty emails, defamation suit March 14, 2014 The emails to Marcelo Cordeiro’s business associates claimed the Key Biscayne financial advisor was being investigated for fraud and gang activity.
  • Mover’s Spotlight January 27, 2014 Daniel N. Gonzalez has been names partner at Meland Russin & Buddwick in Miami.
  • Labor and Employment in 2013: Looking Back and Forward December 27, 2013 In-house attorneys had a lot to think about in 2013, from the legal pitfalls of cloud computing and the growing popularity of outsourcing legal processes to the difficulties faced by law firm partners. On the labor and employment front, there’s been plenty going on as well.
  • Downtown art museum a huge leap December 26, 2013 Downtown Miami has long been known as a business hub, but its growth as a center for arts and culture took a massive leap in 2013 with the opening of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (or PAMM). That momentum is expected to continue in 2014.
  • Sunbeam Hopes Judge Will Rule Its Way In Land Dispute Next To Channel 7 Studio December 10, 2013 To view original article click here. Edmund Ansin will be hoping for a special Christmas gift this season, the acquisition by foreclosure of a property next to his Fox television station that he could not get control of in 11 years of litigation. On Dec. 20, the owner of Sunbeam Realty Co. Inc. will ask Miami-Dade Circuit ...
  • Intensive efforts in Washington for Cubans stranded in Spain to receive a U.S visa November 6, 2013 Sandra Ferrera Attorney at Law comments on efforts in Washington to provide U.S visas to Cubans stranded in Spain
  • 6 Key Ingredients For Pop-Up Restaurant Deals October 28, 2013 With restaurateurs turning to pop-up restaurant models as a way to boost a brand’s image and test a new concept without going all in financially, attorneys say clients should be well-advised to avoid issues presented by zoning, employment and liability hurdles before diving in.
  • Fulbright Can’t Shake Malpractice Suit Over Petters Scheme October 11, 2013 A Florida bankruptcy judge refused Monday to dismiss a $748 million lawsuit accusing Fullbright & Jaworski LLP of failing to properly advise funds involved in Tom Petters’ $3.6 billion Ponzi scheme
  • Another fraud, another missing diamond ring October 11, 2013 Miami Beach businesswoman and philanthropist Amarilis Osorio, who received immunity from prosecution in her husband’s fraud, allegedly lost a $50,000 diamond ring days before she and her spouse filed for bankruptcy in 2011.
  • Major law firm loses bid to dismiss $718M Ponzi lawsuit for Palm Beach Finance October 9, 2013 A Palm Beach County bankruptcy judge has green-lighted a massive Ponzi scheme lawsuit against one of the biggest law firms in the United States – Fulbright & Jaworski.
  • Hotels, Celeb Chefs Turn To New Option On Negotiation Table September 26, 2013 With top resorts increasingly jumping into the celebrity-chef craze, hotels and chefs alike are moving away from traditional deals and instead opting for a new model aimed at allowing chefs to develop the menu while hotels focus on the oversight.
  • DBR’s Rising Stars Honors South Florida’s Best Young Lawyers September 17, 2013 In another first for the Daily Business Review this year, we are pleased to introduce the opening edition of our Rising Stars recognition program – a selection of young South Florida lawyers who we believe are making a difference in the community and will continue to do so in the future.
  • 5 Ways To Craft An Ironclad Celebrity Chef Deal September 16, 2013 Celebrity chefs are hot commodities, with hotels and restaurants clamoring to put internationally loved personalities in their kitchens to lure foodie crowds. But in the run-up to signing a top cook, its important to spell out noncompete, intellectual property and other provisions carefully to protect the venture’s owner, attorneys told Law360.
  • Palm Beach Finance can pursue $1B Ponzi claim vs. GE Capital August 27, 2013 Palm Beach Finance, which lost a billion dollars in the Tom Petters financial fraud, is cleared to pursue its lawsuit against General Electric Capital Corp.
  • Palm Beach Finance can pursue $1B Ponzi claim vs. GE Capital August 27, 2013 Palm Beach Finance, which lost a billion dollars in the Tom Petters financial fraud, is cleared to pursue its lawsuit against General Electric Capital Corp.
  • Palm Beach Finance can pursue $1B Ponzi claim vs. GE Capital August 27, 2013 Palm Beach Finance, which lost a billion dollars in the Tom Petters financial fraud, is cleared to pursue its lawsuit against General Electric Capital Corp.
  • Petters, Capmark, AMR, Lehman, Valence, Norse: Bankruptcy August 27, 2013 General Electric Capital Corp. temporarily defeated eight of nine fraud claims in a $1 billion lawsuit brought by creditors of hedge funds swindled by the Thomas Petters, the architect of the third-largest Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.
  • Court OKs Tom Petters victim’s $1B lawsuit against GE Capital August 27, 2013 A Florida firm that lost a billion dollars in the Tom Petters financial fraud is cleared to pursue its lawsuit against General Electric Capital Corp.
  • Lawsuit Claims GE Capital Could Have Stopped Petters’ Multi-Billion Ponzi Scheme August 26, 2013 According to a complaint filed on behalf of the liquidator of Palm Beach Finance Partners, GE Capital Corporation (GECC) had information that should have led it to believe that Thomas Petters was running a Ponzi Scheme back in 2000.
  • Judge Allows Petters Feeder Fund Lawsuit to Move Forward August 26, 2013 A bankruptcy judge said a major feeder fund to convicted Ponzi-scheme operator Tom Petters may move forward with a lawsuit to collect more than $4 billion in damages from General Electric Capital Corp .
  • New Bal Harbour Hotel Suit Targets Lumber Liquidators Founder August 12, 2013 A bankruptcy clawback lawsuit involving the financially troubled Bal Harbour Hotel & Spa takes aim at the deepest pocket in the case: Lumber Liquidators founder Tom Sullivan.
  • One Bal Harbour groups sue Lumber Liquidators founder Tom Sullivan August 12, 2013 The residential and condo hotel associations at One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa have filed suit against the owners of the resort, including Lumber Liquidators founder Tom Sullivan. Overall the suit seeks about $20 million in damages.
  • Justice Watch: Battle Intensifies Over One Bal Harbour August 2, 2013 Gary Daniels recalls when Jorge Arevalo announced he and his brother Juan would manage the financially troubled One Bal Harbour Resort & Spa.
  • South Florida Enjoys Less Distress In Residential June 24, 2013 As Broward County’s property appraiser and a Davie homeowner, Lori Parrish can gauge the impact of foreclosures on Broward property values in multiple ways.
  • Will Casey Anthony tell the truth in a new deposition? June 24, 2013 Miami attorney Peter Russin is hoping Casey Anthony won’t take the Fifth Amendment in an upcoming deposition.
  • Beach Lawyers Celebrate Milestone May 5, 2013 More than 400 guests — including judges, attorneys and other community lead- ers — attended the 20th anniversary celebration of Miami-based law firm Meland, Russin and Bud- wick.
  • Former Karu & Y owner Seecomar pursued for $60M April 24, 2013 A business owned by former Miami nightclub operator Clive Seecomar has been slammed with a $60 million judgment for civil theft related to a cellphone recycling business he was involved in.
  • Meland Russin & Budwick throws party for 20th anniversary April 19, 2013 Miami law firm Meland Russin & Budwickpitched a tent and threw a big party in downtown Miami on Thursday evening for its 20th anniversary.
  • Ugo Colombo attempts to sell $20 million jet in bankruptcy April 5, 2013 Longtime Miami developer Ugo Colombo is attempting to sell a $20 million corporate jet through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. But another well-known developer Craig Robins, who has been litigating with Columbo’s company, contests the bankruptcy.
  • Plea hearing canceled, new judge takes over Osorio criminal case March 1, 2013 A new judge is taking over in businessman Claudio Osorio’s criminal case, the latest in a long line of attorneys and judges who were involved in his cases over the last 12 years.
  • Sagamore struggle: LNR seeks ‘emergency’ reconsideration November 27, 2012 Miami Beach lender LNR Partners is seeking to overturn a loss handed to it Friday by U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A.J. Cristol in the Sagamore Hotel foreclosure dispute.
  • ‘Gross mismanagement’ alleged in RoboVault bankruptcy November 19, 2012 An attorney for high-tech storage company RoboVault said he couldn’t answer questions about the company’s Chapter 11 case recently because he was having root canal surgery.
  • Taplin wins battle versus LNR in Sagamore Hotel foreclosure war November 12, 2012 Miami Beach developer Marty Taplin’s company deserves another chance to cure a default regarding the Sagamore Hotel, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A.J. Cristol has ordered.
  • Sagamore Hotel case: Judge blasts ‘wasteful’ attorneys November 12, 2012 In a written order, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge A.J. Cristol blasted attorneys in his courtroom for wasting paper on Friday.