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Both Sides ‘Taken by Surprise’ as 11th Circuit ‘Eradicated’ Incentive Fees for Class-Action Representatives

South Florida attorneys are against a majority viewpoint by a federal appeals court, which disallowed incentive fees for class-action representatives. Harley S. Tropin, the president of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton in Coral Gables, said the ruling would not change class-action lawsuits where the class representative has the main motivation of reforming a practice.

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How South Florida Lawyer Jorge Piedra Helped Push for Miami-Dade’s New Civil Courthouse

Jorge Piedra helped push for Miami-Dade’s new Civil Courthouse by making it a mission to prove how it could boost our community’s economic engine.

Restaurants Say Structural Damage Unneeded In Virus Claims

Florida restaurants, El Novillo Restaurant Group are fighting underwriters over business interruption coverage which began from the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our client has the facts and the law on its side, as do all the other businesses with similar policies, “Benjamin Widlanski of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton LLP, representing El Novillo, told Law360 on Tuesday. “We look forward to Lloyd’s of London being forced to honor its contractual obligations.”

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Fla. Board of Bar Examiners’ Inability to Structure a Sensible Bar Exam Is Indefensible

Benjamin Widlanski authors poignant commentary in the Daily Business Review regarding the Florida Board of Bar Examiners’ unstructured bar examination and the subsequent delays for thousands of unadmitted lawyers to practice in the state of Florida.

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‘We Know What They Did’: Wells Fargo Accused of Quietly Changing Mortgage Maturity Dates Nationwide

Benjamin Widlanski serves as the plaintiffs attorney in a putative class action lawsuit alleging Well Fargo Bank N.A of fraudulent mortgage maturity date changes across the country. 

Advancing Diversity and Inclusion in the Legal Profession: ‘We Can Do Better’

Cori Lopez-Castro and the Florida Association of Managing Partners talk diversity in the legal profession.

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DBR Announces 2020 Professional Excellence Award Honorees

Javier Lopez has been named an honoree in the category of “On The Rise” for the 2020 Professional Excellence Awards by DBR.

Fla. Restaurants Sue Lloyd’s For COVID-19 Coverage

Florida restaurants, El Novillo Restaurant Group proposed a class action focusing on entities suffering COVID-19 related losses in the non-essential hospitality sector.

Retail tenants are seeking rent relief. Some landlords take a long view; others say no.

With tourism at a standstill and nonessential businesses closed, local commercial tenants are looking for rent breaks as the coronavirus crisis heads into April.

Bilzin Sumberg And Partner Shed Sanctions Order

A Miami-Dade Circuit judge has vacated a sanctions order against Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP and partner Jose M. Ferrer. Bilzin Sumberg and Ferrer are represented by Harley Tropin of Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton and Raoul Cantero of White & Case LLP. 

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Javier Lopez Takes Over as Youngest Managing Partner at Kozyak Tropin

Javier Lopez takes on management duties as the youngest managing partner at KTT. 

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7 Cases to Watch in 2020

Tal J. Lifshitz is keeping a close eye on a case before the Florida Supreme Court that will regulate a party’s ability to depose high-ranking officials in high-stakes discovery battles.