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$127.5 million settlement over FBI errors in Parkland shooting: ‘One step closer to justice

Posted on November 23, 2021

By DAVID FLESHLER NOV 23, 2021 AT 5:16 PM The father of a 14-year-old girl killed in the Parkland school shooting takes little satisfaction in winning a stunning $127.5 million legal settlement for the FBI’s failure to follow up on tips that could have prevented the massacre. “None of this feels good,” said Fred Guttenberg, […]

Justice Department to Pay About $130 Million to Parkland Shooting Victims

Posted on November 22, 2021

Family members of victims had sued over how the F.B.I. handled tips warning about the gunman before he killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. By Patricia Mazzei and Katie Benner Nov. 22, 2021 MIAMI — The Justice Department will pay about $130 million to 40 survivors and families of victims of the […]

Fresh Off $42M Settlement, Miami Lawyer Says ‘It’s About Time’ South Florida Judges Receive More MDLs

Posted on September 17, 2021

“The stats show that about half, or little bit more than half, of cases in the federal courts are MDLs.” By Raychel Lean | September 16, 2021 | Law.com Multidistrict litigation is fast permeating federal courts, according to Podhurst Orseck partner Peter Prieto. He’s landed another settlement agreement in Miami’s ongoing multidistrict litigation over defective Takata Corp. […]

VW reaches $42 million settlement with U.S. owners over Takata air bags

Posted on September 02, 2021

By David Shepardson WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) – Volkswagen’s (VOWG_p.DE) U.S. unit has agreed to a $42 million settlement covering 1.35 million vehicles that were equipped with potentially dangerous Takata air bag inflators, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Miami. The settlement is the latest by major automakers and much of the funding […]

How Miami Attorney Kristina Infante Became a Litigation Leader at the Dawn of Her Career

Posted on June 07, 2021

Litigator Kristina Infante’s early start in law placed her in some important rooms for important moments, albeit as a “lowly intern.” By Raychel Lean | June 07, 2021 When Podhurst Orseck’s Kristina Infante was an undergrad in college, she was already a fully fledged ”Supreme Court junkie,” who jumped at the chance to work on Northwestern University’s “Oyez […]

Litigation Departments of the Year: Podhurst Orseck is a National Class Action Heavyweight

Posted on June 01, 2021

Podhurst Orseck’s office in Miami. Photo: J. Albert Diaz. Firm: Podhurst Orseck We don’t think of ourselves as a business or law firm, but part of the Podhurst family and that extends to our employees’ families and our clients,” the firm’s managing partners said. By Raychel Lean | June 01, 2021 Responses by managing partners Steven Marks and Peter […]

How Litigation Firms Moved Forward While Courts Were Largely Halted

Posted on April 30, 2021

Podhurst Orseck, PA,  managing partners, Steven Marks and Peter Prieto, head of the Miami firm’s commercial and class action practice By Raychel Lean and Jonathan Ringel | April 30, 2021 Litigation-based firms braced for severe business interruptions when the pandemic descended, and while the absence of trials had its effect, in many places, court dockets […]

Litigation Leaders: Peter Prieto Discusses the 3 Big Opportunities of 2021

Posted on April 26, 2021

For more than 25 years, Podhurst Orseck partner Peter Prieto has focused his practice on complex commercial litigation, including class actions and white-collar criminal defense. He has represented clients in an array of civil litigation, including business and employment disputes, health care, antitrust, product liability, anti-corruption law and class action litigation. Prieto serves as the […]

Lawyers Avoid Sanctions But Client Can’t Escape $5M Judgment, Attorney Fees

Posted on April 22, 2021

Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal ruled that counsel for Continental Motors Inc. have dodged Miami-Dade Circuit Court-imposed sanctions. However, Ricardo M. Martinez-Cid and Lea P. Bucciero, partners at Podhurst Orseck in Miami who represented widow Carly Johnson, said opposing counsel’s client is still on the hook for attorney fees and a multimillion-dollar lower court […]

MDL and Class Action Trends Take Center Stage at Miami Forum

Posted on April 20, 2021

By Peter Prieto and Benjamin Widlanski | April 20, 2021 When Congress passed the Multidistrict Litigation Act in 1968, no judge or lawyer today could have foreseen the extent to which MDLs would eventually dominate the federal docket. MDLs compose more than half the federal docket nationwide: the 185 MDLs currently pending represent more than […]