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Stories From the Field: from Mediator/Arbitrator A. Michelle Jernigan
Stories From the Field: from Mediator/Arbitrator A. Michelle Jernigan Michelle tells us about a challenging gender discrimination case she handled recently (“Jane” vs. “Acme Corporation”) following Jane’s termination by the company. Read More

Class-Action Objectors Under Renewed Scrutiny from Bench and Bar
Class-Action Objectors Under Renewed Scrutiny from Bench and Bar Recent rule changes and more aggressive scrutiny by courts and class action practitioners have put objectors to class action settlements under a renewed spotlight. Just last week, Southern District of Florida Magistrate Judge Jonathan Goodman ordere... Read More
By Lance A. Harke

11th Circuit Ruling Against Class Incentive Awards Still Causing Confusion, Conflicting Approaches
11th Circuit Ruling Against Class Incentive Awards Still Causing Confusion, Conflicting Approaches These awards have been routine in class actions around the country. In a split decision last year, the 11th Circuit surprised the class action bar by rejecting a proposed $6,000 incentive award to the class representative as part of a settlemen... Read More
By Lance A. Harke

Trump’s Big-Tech Class-Action Suits Land in South Florida
Trump’s Big-Tech Class-Action Suits Land in South Florida Former President Donald Trump has launched three class-action lawsuits against Twitter, Facebook, and Google-owned YouTube, alleging these social media behemoths of censoring him and a class of similarly situated plaintiffs in violation of the First ... Read More
By Lance A. Harke

Meet Our Mediators: Bo Dennis
Meet Our Mediators: Bo Dennis Multi-sport athletes have to have their act together. Moving among different sets of people, sport-specific fundamentals and the obligations you have to multiple sets of teammates and coaches requires adaptability, extra effort and time management sk... Read More

Roundup MDL Judge Rejects Attorneys’ Fee 'Holdback'
Roundup MDL Judge Rejects Attorneys’ Fee 'Holdback' In a sweeping ruling analyzing the authority of an MDL Judge to award “holdback” attorneys’ fees to lead counsel for common benefit work, Roundup MDL Judge Vince Chhabria of California refused to hold back for lead counsel 8.25% of all recoveries in ... Read More
By Lance A. Harke

US Class Action Spending Reaches All-Time High of $2.9 Billion in 2020
US Class Action Spending Reaches All-Time High of $2.9 Billion in 2020 A survey released recently reveals that class action spending in the United States is growing at more than twice the rate of other litigation categories, and has reached an all-time high of $2.9 billion in 2020 Read More
By Lance A. Harke

Meet Our Mediators: Ana Cristina Maldonado
Meet Our Mediators: Ana Cristina Maldonado In this installment of “Meet our Mediators,” we get to know Ana Cristina Maldonado. You may already have met her as a mediator, or through her work with The Florida Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Craig S. Barnard Inns of Court, Palm Bea... Read More

Amazon Quietly Makes It Easier to Sue
Amazon Quietly Makes It Easier to Sue After years of including a mandatory arbitration clause in its terms of service with its customers, internet behemoth Amazon has quietly changed its terms of service after being inundated with tens of thousands of arbitration demands by plaintiffs’ l... Read More
By Lance A. Harke

Lance Harke, Founding Partner of S. Florida Law Firm, Becomes Full-Time UWWM Mediator/Arbitrator
Lance Harke, Founding Partner of S. Florida Law Firm, Becomes Full-Time UWWM Mediator/Arbitrator Mr. Harke is well-known for his advocacy in national multi-district mass tort and class action cases and will be a presenter for Upchurch Watson White & Max's Webinar this month, "Resolving Class Actions & Mass Claims in 2021: A Civil and Ethical App... Read More

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