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Fla.’s ‘Mother Teresa’ Arrested For $190M Ponzi Scheme

The former CEO of MJ Capital, Johanna Garcia — dubbed Florida’s “Mother Teresa” for helping companies get short-term financing — was arrested Friday on accusations she ran a $190 million investment Ponzi scheme through the company.

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Jorge L. Piedra’s Meteoric Rise: 4 Years to Managing Partner

By Laura Willis August 21, 2023 Jorge Piedra is an outstanding trial lawyer, said Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton co-founding partner Harley Tropin. Click here to read the original article.

Fla. Powerhouses Lead Way In Increasingly Crowded Market

The firms honored as Law360’s 2023 Florida Powerhouses range from a single-office firm with a couple of dozen lawyers to one of the largest law firms in the world, but what they have in common is a long history in, and deep understanding of, their home state, which has positioned them as leaders in…

3rd-Party Releases In Ch. 11 May Die At Supreme Court

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to look at the nonconsensual liability releases against the Sackler family in Purdue Pharma’s Chapter 11 plan, bankruptcy experts say the current set of justices, with their textualist bent, could put an end to a tool practitioners have used for decades to get to resolutions in bankruptcy.

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A Panel Just Consolidated an Insulin MDL—Meet the Lawyers Leading the Charge

“This may turn into one of the most significant cases in recent history,” attorney Benjamin J. Widlanski said.

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Ex-Florida Lawyer to Take $650K Loss Over Stolen Attorney Fees

Charles Throckmorton and Latasha Hines of the law firm Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton in Coral Gables represented the plaintiff law firms, Stewart Tilghman Fox Bianchi & Cain, William C. Hearon P.A. and Todd S. Stewart P.A. against the defendant, Kane.

Podhurst, Kozyak Picked To Lead Class In Chrysler Seat Case

A Florida federal judge picked two “well-qualified” attorneys to represent a group of consumers suing Chrysler over allegedly faulty headrests, appointing Peter Prieto of Podhurst Orseck PA and Benjamin J. Widlanski of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton LLP as lead counsel.

Kozyak Leads Shareholder Class Action in Miami Against U.S. Century Bank Directors

“What we see lately is more of an effort to buy those local businesses by out-of-state people, who are actually moving here or temporarily moving here, for ulterior motives, with no intentions of growing roots here,” said Jorge Piedra, a partner at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton.

Investors Say Fla. Bank Converted Shares To Benefit PE Firms

By David Minsky July 5, 2023 “Their voting interest is not strong enough to elect any truly independent director to the board, that is now all controlled by the seven equity funds,” Jorge Piedra said. Click here to read the original article. Click here to read the full PDF.

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With a Growing Number of Businesses In Distress, Fla. Lawyers Are Looking at Alternatives to Bankruptcy Filings

By Alexander Lugo June 26, 2023 Having that real estate roadmap makes the process more attractive, Lee said. But she sees both receiverships and bankruptcy as complementary rather than different practices. Click here to read the original article. Click here to read the full PDF.

Ex-Everglades Org. Scientist Found Guilty Of Deleting Docs

By Carolina Bolado May 26, 2023 A scientist embroiled in a fight with his former employer The Everglades Foundation is facing jail time after he was found guilty of indirect criminal contempt on Thursday for deleting foundation materials that were on his electronic devices despite a court order barring him from doing so. Click here […]

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BREAKING: This South Florida Lawyer Just Became a Federal Judge

By Michael A. Mora May 10, 2023 The movie might have been a bomb, but the result at trial was anything but for a South Florida team of attorneys going up against a production company owned by David Boies, an attorney at one the most powerful law firms in the country. Click here to read […]