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PROMINENT ATTORNEY/BROTHER TEAM FORM DORTA LAW


PROMINENT ATTORNEY/BROTHER TEAM FORM DORTA LAW

Hispanic-owned boutique trial law firm fills niche in South Florida  CONTACT: Cindi Perantoni | Kreps DeMaria | 305.663.3543 | cperantoni@krepspr.com MIAMI (April 7, 2014) –Prominent South Florida attorneys Gonzalo R. Dorta and Matias R. Dorta announced today the formation of Dorta Law, a boutique Coral Gables-based trial law firm. The minority-owned firm will provide trial practice services with […]

Millionaire’s will spawns international fight


Millionaire’s will spawns international fight

BOCA RATON, Fla. — It seemed too good to be true. When American multimillionaire Wilson C. Lucom died in 2006, he left the bulk of his fortune to a new foundation dedicated to feeding Panama’s poor children — not to his politically-connected Panamanian widow, nor to her children. It would be one of the largest […]

$91M awarded in Batchelor case


$91M awarded in Batchelor case

BY ELINOR J. BRECHER ebrecher@MiamiHerald.com A Circuit Court jury in Miami decided on Monday that the accounting firm BDO Seidman should pay the late philanthropist/aviation pioneer George Batchelor’s estate and foundation $91 million for “fraudulently” concealing false information about a company in which Batchelor had invested. The award consists of $55 million in punitive and […]

Miami Lakes mayor’s e-mail list can remain private


Miami Lakes mayor’s e-mail list can remain private

BY LAURA ISENSEE lisensee@MiamiHerald.com The town of Miami Lakes does not have to disclose the e-mail distribution list used by Mayor Michael Pizzi, according to a Miami-Dade circuit judge who ruled last week that the addresses are not public record. Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley issued a ruling from the bench Friday, addressing two dueling lawsuits […]

Miami Attorneys Help Internationally Renowned Law Firm in Securing $521M Verdict Against BDO Seidman in Landmark Accounting Negligence Case.


Miami Attorneys Help Internationally Renowned Law Firm in Securing $521M Verdict Against BDO Seidman in Landmark Accounting Negligence Case.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — A team of highly experienced Coral Gables-based attorneys played an important role in securing a $521 million verdict for Portugal’s Espirito Santo Bank against accounting firm BDO Seidman for negligent financial audits performed over several years at E.S. Bankest, a Miami factoring company. Those audits were blamed for facilitating one of […]

An $11 Million Deal + No-Show = Lawsuit


An $11 Million Deal + No-Show = Lawsuit

BY JOAN FLEISCHMAN Raquel Woolin has been trying to unload her Miami Beach estate for years, especially after her mil- lionaire husband’s 2002 suicide. She asked $14.9 million. Finally, Woolin found a buyer: California developer Richard Meruelo, who signed a contract to buy the 2.35-acre property for $10.95 million. Meruelo flew to Miami for the […]

Miami Herald calls Alvarez Renta verdict a milestone – DominicanToday.com


Miami Herald calls Alvarez Renta verdict a milestone – DominicanToday.com

ANALYSIS – Victory against Latin bank fraud marks milestone A Dominican government legal victory in Miami sparks questions about banking justice in Latin America BY JANE BUSSEY – jbussey@herald.com The Dominican government’s victory in a Miami courtroom earlier this week over one of the Caribbean nation’s most powerful financiers was a milestone in bringing the […]

Developers Cashing in Unfairly, Home Buyers Say


Developers Cashing in Unfairly, Home Buyers Say

BY MATTHEW HAGGMAN Zoilo C. Nieto plunked down a $209,000 deposit in May for a $1.04 million condo unit at Trump Pal- ace with visions of a sleek new residence to go with his plans to expand his language school busi- ness into South Florida. But weeks later, after assurances the unit was his, the […]

Former Cuban general’s suit tossed


Former Cuban general’s suit tossed

BY WILFREDO CANCIO ISLA A Miami federal judge on Wednesday dismissed the case filed by former Cuban General Rafael del Pino against several prominent Spanish language media personalties and Brigade 2506. The Bay of Pigs Association (Brigade 2506), its president Félix Ismael Rodríguez and Univisión Communications were excluded on Wednesday from the civil action by […]

Miami-Dade Jury Orders Ford to Pay Hurt Girl $15.4 Million


Miami-Dade Jury Orders Ford to Pay Hurt Girl $15.4 Million

BY ELAINE DE VALLE AND JAY WEAVER A Miami-Dade County jury Thursday ordered Ford Motor Company to pay a $15.4 million award to a young girl who suffered paralysis and severe brain damage in a rollover van accident during her fam- ily’s trip to Disney World two years ago. Mary “Phoebe’’ Jimenez, 12, and her […]

In the Courtroom, Historic Political Battle Attracts Hordes of Lawyers Large, Small Names Join The Fray


In the Courtroom, Historic Political Battle Attracts Hordes of Lawyers Large, Small Names Join The Fray

BY ELINOR J. BRECHER Wherever a Florida “pregnant chad’’ labors, it seems there’s a lawyer standing by to deliver. Florida hasn’t endured an esquire invasion of such magnitude since the last American Bar Associa- tion convention at Disney World in August 1996. If it feels like the state’s post-election frenzy has sucked in all 972,900 […]

200 Residents File Suit Over Blasting


200 Residents File Suit Over Blasting

BY IVETTE M. YEE Angry residents in Northwest Dade have had enough of blasting. Citizens Against Blasting, a group of more than 200 homeowners, announced Wednesday that it will file a class action lawsuit against Rinker Materials Corp. and six other companies over the effects of blasting limestone in Northwest Miami-Dade County to produce building […]

Jury Awards $18M to Mom in Tragic Crash


Jury Awards $18M to Mom in Tragic Crash

BY DAVID LYONS Shaken by the case of a young mother who suffered severe brain damage after driving off a dark road and into a canal, a Miami-Dade jury has decided she and her son deserve nearly $18 million in what lawyers say is the largest award in memory for a negligence lawsuit. The tragedy […]