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The Pipeline: Is South Florida’s Legal Community Doing Enough on Diversity for the Next Generation?

A region that prides itself on diversity still has work to do to ensure opportunities for all underrepresented law students.

A Swift $1 Billion Settlement Shows ‘It Can Be Done’: Lead Counsel Discuss Surfside Condo Collapse Class Action

Welcome to Southeast Takeaways, a weekly look at news of the legal profession that will highlight important developments to help you manage your firms, grow your practices and serve your clients better.

Miami-Dade Jury Returns $35M Verdict in High-Profile Real Estate Dispute

The defendants in the litigation included some of the most prominent business people in South Florida who own property on an exclusive Caribbean island.

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Why ‘Bristol Myers’ Doesn’t Apply to Class Actions

Class action defendants are attempting to rewrite longstanding principles of personal jurisdiction, trying to defeat certification of nationwide classes by arguing that a court lacks personal jurisdiction over out-of-state class members’ claims where the defendant does not reside in the court’s forum state.

Here’s The One Thing You Absolutely Need In Crypto Smart Contracts

One of the features of blockchain technology that cryptocurrencies rest upon is so-called smart contracts. These are programs built into transactions that can control or enforce the terms of a transaction.

Blockbuster Surfside Settlement Left Judge Speechless

Miami — The nearly $1 billion in settlements in the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse litigation resolved what could have been a messy, emotionally charged dispute pitting neighbor against neighbor and was an outcome that left Judge Michael Hanzman, who took pains to expedite the complicated case, speechless.

Lawyers in Suit Over Surfside Collapse Reveal Staggering Legal Settlement: $997 Million

In a surprisingly swift resolution of the Champlain Towers South class-action lawsuit, relatives of the victims and survivors of the Surfside condo collapse have reached a settlement that will pay them nearly $1 billion, a state court judge was told Wednesday.

Nearly $1 Billion Settlement Reached for Surfside Condo Collapse Victims Weeks Before Anniversary of Tragedy

The families of victims and survivors of the Champlain Towers South condo collapse, which killed 98 people, are set to receive a nearly $1 billion settlement.

Lawyers: Nearly $1B tentative settlement in condo collapse

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A nearly $1 billion tentative settlement has been reached in a class-action lawsuit brought by families of victims and survivors of last June’s condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, an attorney said Wednesday.

Surfside Condo Collapse Victims to Share Over $1B in Recovery Funds: Lawyers

The pool of funds intended to compensate victims of the collapse of the Champlain Towers South condominium will increase to more than $1 billion, attorneys Wednesday told the judge overseeing the resulting class action lawsuit. 

Surfside Victims Reach $997M In Settlements

Attorneys representing the victims of the Champlain Towers South condominium collapse in Surfside, Florida, announced Wednesday that they had secured $997 million in proposed settlements, ending the consolidated claims against all but one defendant.

Surfside Condo Collapse Survivors Reach Nearly $1 Billion Settlement

Survivors of the condo collapse in Surfside, Florida, have reached an almost $1 billion tentative settlement, attorneys confirmed to CBS News Wednesday. The settlement is still subject to court approval but was made in record time due to an expedited schedule, attorneys added.