Florida lawsuit calls Digital Domain ‘de facto Ponzi scheme’

South Florida Business Journal -- The State of Florida filed a lawsuit against Digital Domain calling it a “de facto Ponzi scheme” and seeking to recover $20 million in state incentives granted to the company before it failed. The lawsuit, filed in St. Lucie County Circuit Court by Fort Lauderdale attorney William R. Scherer on July 22, could draw attention in this year's governor’s race. Charlie Crist approved the incentives for Digital Domain while he was Republican governor in 2009. Crist is now running as a Democrat seeking to unseat Governor Rick Scott, who authorized this lawsuit. Read more about Digital Domain here   … [Read more...]

How Would Medical Marijuana be Sold and Controlled?

TAMPA BAY.COM -- Four years ago in Colorado, pot trounced latte in a head-to-head storefront count. Starbucks had 209 franchises in the state. Denver alone had 390 medical marijuana dispensaries operating with no regulations. READ MORE HERE … [Read more...]

Rebecca Sedwick’s mother to pursue law changes

Tricia Norman, mother of Rebecca Ann Sedwick

  By Arelis Hernández, Orlando Sentinel -- The mother of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide after months of alleged cyberbullying plans to pursue changes to state and federal law, as well as civil lawsuits against her daughter's bullies, she and her lawyer said today. Matt Morgan, an attorney for the mother of Rebecca Ann Sedwick, promised a "crusade" against bullying during a press conference today in Orlando. http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-11-25/news/os-rebecca-sedwick-cyberbullying-lawsuit-20131125_1_rebecca-ann-sedwick-tricia-norman-law-changes … [Read more...]

Former Informant Suing U.S. for Abandoning Her

CBS12 News, WPEC, West Palm Beach --  A former confidential informant working for the United States in Colombia claims in a lawsuit that the U.S. government abandoned her when she got into legal trouble for her undercover operations. Astrid Hurtado says she wound up spending three years in a Colombian jail. She is seeking $15 million in damages. The 52-year-old Hurtado worked for a U.S. task force investigating money laundering. She now lives in Florida. A 2006 U.S. government document says Hurtado's work led to the investigation, prosecution and guilty pleas of three people on drug-money-laundering charges. According to her lawsuit, the U.S. government didn't come to her aid after she was arrested in Colombia. The Justice Department has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. No one from the U.S. government would comment on the lawsuit. … [Read more...]

Fashion Law Blogs are All the Fashion

Robert Ambrogi is a lawyer, writer and media consultant. His LawSites blog is influential in the online publishing industry.

By ROBERT AMBROGI, LawSites --Last week, the entertainment and business law firm Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp launched Ooh Law Law, a blog about fashion law. Targeted for fashion industry executives and legal professionals involved in the fashion industry, the blog promises to provide regulatory news, legal updates and business insights for fashion industry executives. That news reminded me of another fashion law blog I’d once written about, CaseClothesed, which is written and edited by law students at New York Law School. That got me wondering just how many blogs there are that cover fashion law. As is so often the case, once I started to look around, I was surprised by how many I found. Here are at least some of the blogs covering fashion law. If you know of others that I missed, drop a comment below. Continue to read Robert's blog LawSites article here. … [Read more...]