Rumberger Attorneys named to Florida Super Lawyers

Eleven attorneys from Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell have been named to Florida Super Lawyers 2010 and seven lawyers were named Florida Super Lawyers Rising Stars. Super Lawyers is a comprehensive guide to the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state, as chosen by their peers and categorized by city and practice area. Through peer nominations and independent research by Law & Politics magazine, attorneys are asked to nominate the best lawyers theyve personally observed in action. Safeguards are placed to avoid ballot manipulation, such as lawyers nominating themselves or stacking the ballots with only colleagues from within their own firms. Further evaluation is done based on peer recognition and professional achievement. Florida Super Lawyers is based on a survey of approximately 44,000 ballots of attorneys who have been in practice for more than five years. The following … [Read more...]

Griffin Named Leader in the Law

Melanie Griffin

ORLANDO, Fla -- Melanie Shoemaker Griffin has been named a 2010 Leader in the Law by the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. She was recognized during a special ceremony held last month for the honorees. Established in 1951, the Association serves as the statewide voice for Floridas women lawyers and a communication resource for its 27 chapters throughout the state. In addition, Ms. Griffin has been elected to serve as the President-Elect for the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers. Her exemplary volunteer service to the legal profession and the central Florida community has extended throughout the region for the past three years. She was recognized as a 2010 Florida Legal Elite Up & Comer by Florida Trend magazine, and selected by her peers as a 2010 Super Lawyers Rising Star. She is the recipient of the 2009 Young Lawyers Division of The Florida Bar Most Productive … [Read more...]

Attorney Rush: Clients are Genius, not Guilty

By DONNA BALANCIA, Editor, The Florida Law Journal TAMPA --A defense attorney says his clients ability to beat technology to buy thousands of top-tier tickets from Ticketmaster and make millions off their mark up was ingenious and not illegal. Mark Rush, attorney for Californians Kenneth Lowson, Kristofer Kirsch and Joel Stevenson of Wiseguy Tickets, said in a New Jersey federal courtroom that his clients were not guilty of fraud, but instead, they were extra-efficient at what they do. The men face a 43-count indictmentthatincludes conspiracy, wire fraud and unauthorized computer access. The wire fraud counts carry a maximum prison sentence of 20 years per count. Lowson and his partners are accused of circumventing the computer software known as CAPTCHA, that determines whether a machine or a person is making a purchase. The CAPTCHA software makes the user type a distorted word … [Read more...]

Class Action Filed Against Toyota

Mike Eidson

STAFF REPORT CORAL GABLES, Florida -- A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Toyota Motor Sales USA, Toyota Motor Corp. and their affiliates on behalf of plaintiffs Sharlene Cohen-Goldberg, Tiffany Jones, Thelma Reid and other Florida and national class members. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida on March 3, alleges Toyota knowingly designed, manufactured, distributed and sold certain automobiles equipped with the Electronic Throttle Control System with Intelligence that is defective and can cause sudden unintended acceleration of the vehicle engine. Lewis S. Mike Eidson, founding partner at Colson Hicks Eidson, will serve as lead counsel on behalf of the plaintiffs. When Eidson was 29 years old, he and his partners, tried and won the first case alleging that the Ford Pinto fuel system was defective. He was also involved in … [Read more...]

Barry Law Student Takes Top Bar Honors

Charlotte-Erdmann-Barry-Law

Barry University Law School student Charlotte Erdmann took first place in the Federal Bar Associations writing competition.She was awarded $2,000 and will travel to Washington, D.C. to accept her award during the Associations annual conference. Erdmann, a third-year law school student originally from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, submitted a paper for the competitions section on Taxation Report. Her paper, titled A Time For Change, A Time For Hope: The AMTs Adverse Effects on Large Families and Congress Season to Change it, discusses the unintended ramifications of the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) on large families, and was submitted as a directed research project in satisfaction of her upper level writing requirement for law school. Her paper notes that President Obamas campaign promise of no tax increases for families making under $250,000 cannot be realized without … [Read more...]