‘Fake’ Lawyer Charged With Falsifying Papers

By JAMES H. BURNETT III, Miami Herald Undocumented immigrants seeking legal status hired a Palm Beach County man who represented himself as an attorney to handle their immigration applications. But he was a scam artist, authorities say. Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2011/05/28/2239089/palm-beach-co-man-charged-with.html#ixzz1Nwob8fO8 … [Read more...]

J. Bart McNiel joins Carr Allison

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J. Bart McNiel has joined Carr Allison as a shareholder in the firm’s Pensacola and Mobile, Alabama, offices. McNiel’s practice areas include general liability, complex litigation, construction litigation, products liability, medical liability/malpractice, nursing home and long-term care, appellate advocacy, the HIPAA Privacy Rule, and EMTALA. … [Read more...]

‘Diversity on the Bench’ Press Briefing Today

By DOTTIE PARIS, TFLJ Features Editor In an effort to enable greater understanding, the American Constitution Society and the National LGBT Bar Association will co-host a press briefing today on diversity on the bench. Moderating "The Path to the Federal Bench," will be Caroline Fredrickson, executive director of the ACS. The briefing is being held in advance of release of a guide on how to pursue federal judgeships. Diversity on the bench increases the ability of the courts to grapple with complicated issues that affect underrepresented groups. Citizens also have more confidence in a federal judiciary that reflects the nation's diverse population. However, current obstructions plague nominations of diverse judges to the federal judiciary. For example, Edward DuMont’s long-pending nomination faced obstructions that prevented him from being an openly gay judge in the federal … [Read more...]

Florida Bar Clears Foreclosure Lawyer Ticktin Over Plan

By KIMBERLY MILLER, The Palm Beach Post Foreclosure defense attorney Peter Ticktin was cleared of wrongdoing by the Florida Bar following a complaint about his firm placing second mortgages on clients' homes to pay for services. Ticktin, who is based in Deerfield Beach but has offices throughout Florida, uses the unique payment plan in cases where homeowners wouldn't otherwise be able to afford an attorney. The Bar opened an investigation following media reports about how struggling homeowners were paying court costs. In addition to paying a monthly stipend - a common practice in foreclosure defense - Ticktin said he came up with the second mortgage as a type of contingency fee. If Ticktin's firm gets a case dismissed or a mortgage reduced, the client must take out a new mortgage that awards the firm 40 percent of whatever the homeowner saved. Read more: … [Read more...]

Internet Cafes Legal Under Florida Law

By Kelly Mathis, Sun-Sentinel It's time to set the record straight regarding Internet cafes in Florida. Under Florida law, Internet cafes are not gambling and are legal. Internet cafes offer game promotions, which have been legal in Florida since 1971, as a marketing tool to promote the sale of retail products, such as telephone minutes and most recently, Internet time. Our electronic game promotions are no different than peel-backs at your favorite fast food restaurants or online surveys on receipts from large retailers and restaurants to electronically reveal a consumer has won a prize. In fact, over 6,700 game promotions are filed with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services each year — many by Fortune 500 companies. To state — as many media outlets have — that customers "gamble" during their visits to local Internet cafes is simply false. Further, to … [Read more...]