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Overview

Our litigation teams are well-equipped to handle the most complex business trials, arbitrations, and appeals. We have developed especially deep experience in the defense of class actions and mass actions, white collar representation, high-stakes business litigation, and government investigations. We have tried more than 1,500 cases to judgment or verdict and defended several hundred class actions across the country. We are one of only a handful of firms that have actually tried major class action cases. In the life insurance and financial product liability areas alone, we have represented life and annuity companies in well over 200 class actions in more than 30 states. 

The cases we handle cut across every subject area, including consumer and business fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act enforcement, contracts, shareholder disputes, antitrust, insurance, securities, product liability, construction, real estate, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, labor and employment, intellectual property, health care, telecommunications, energy, constitutional claims, international and domestic arbitration, and federal and state governmental disputes. 

Our firm and our trial attorneys receive frequent recognition for their professional excellence and accomplishments. In the 2019 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers, we earned national rankings in several practices including commercial litigation.

Experience

  • Counsel for national construction contractor in connection with more than $100 million in claims relating to central Florida convention center project
  • Counsel for subcontractor defending $85 million claim for failure of phosphate reservoir
  • Represent international airport authority on construction and insurance issues for multibillion-dollar airport expansion
  • Counsel for homebuilder in class action relating to $200 million in hurricane claims involving more than 8,000 homeowners
  • Counsel for homebuilder in class action, involving site-related claims by 118 homeowners seeking more than $10 million in damages
  • Represented contractors and homebuilders in connection with Chinese drywall claims exceeding $300 million
  • Represented contractor in connection with $120 million in claims arising from luxury hotel construction
  • Represented contractor in connection with claims relating to a $200 million-plus resort in Dade County, Florida
  • Defended lead designer of space shuttle launching facility at Cape Canaveral
  • Represented lead designer of $70 million highway expansion project in central Florida
  • Defended class action alleging underground storage tanks leaked due to construction defects; Class certification denied
  • Represented government entity on a $75 million claim arising from termination of a contractor on a waste water treatment plant; Matter involved untimely performance of defective work/delay, latent defects, bid irregularities, design defects, 255 bonds, interpretation of bid documents, plans and specifications, and errors and omissions
  • Represented government entity on a delay and construction defects claim against a paving contractor on a multimillion-dollar road construction project
  • Represented government entity on a multimillion-dollar claim against a general contractor for defective construction and delays arising from the construction of a water treatment plant
  • Represented regional airport authority on multiple matters, including advice during construction and representation in litigation
  • Represented county on multimillion-dollar claim against design professional for defective design and contract administration arising from the construction of a water treatment plant
  • Represented county school district on a delay and defective construction claim against a general contractor arising from the multimillion-dollar high school renovation.
  • Represented construction company against numerous subcontractors involving numerous related cases arising out of hotel construction for major Orlando theme park
  • Represented construction company suing for wrongful termination of a subcontract on a construction project for a public university
  • Defended two separate lawsuits by a general contractor against subcontractor payment and performance bond sureties for defective construction, latent defects, and delay damages arising out of a luxury condominium
  • Defended a suit against a subcontractor's performance bond for latent water damage in a condominium project
  • Defended an architect against allegations of negligent design and project administration involving a commercial office and warehouse
  • Defended numerous payment and performance bond claims by community schools involving school construction
  • Defended general contractor's performance bond surety for mold and water damage to a county sheriff’s building
  • Represented bleacher designer, manufacturer, and installer in dispute where claims exceeded $14 million and involved a 75,000-seat super motor speedway; Action also involved suing engineer and foundation designer for design defects
  • Represented general contractor for breach of contract and delay damages, involving a claim that exceeded $2 million
  • Represented national heavy highway contractor against an engineering firm regarding supply of inaccurate soil data
  • Represented site contractor against developer for delay damages
  • Represented subcontractor against delay claim alleged by major theme park and general contractor
  • Represented county on multiple construction matters arising from defective construction, design, or delay
  • Represented numerous condominium associations on claims against developers, contractors, and designers arising from defective construction

All Insights

Carlton Fields Defends Transamerica in Putative Class Action Involving Long-Term Care Insurance

Carlton Fields Defends Transamerica in Putative Class Action Involving Long-Term Care Insurance

May 10, 2019

The judgment was an appropriate and significant win for the insurance industry.

Food for Thought: A Review of 2018 Litigation

Food for Thought: A Review of 2018 Litigation

April 9, 2019

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others relate to summary judgment.

Gender Diversity With Mediators, Arbitrators and Expert Witnesses <i>(subscription required)</i>

Gender Diversity With Mediators, Arbitrators and Expert Witnesses (subscription required)

January 24, 2019

This program discusses the gender disparities in use of mediators, arbitrators and expert witnesses and strategies for improvement. (Subscription required)

Food for Thought: Ninth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Putative Class Action Alleging Misleading Label on Kroger Bread Crumbs

Food for Thought: Ninth Circuit Reverses Dismissal of Putative Class Action Alleging Misleading Label on Kroger Bread Crumbs

October 14, 2018

In Hawkins v. The Kroger Company, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the district court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s putative class action alleging that the defendant, The Kroger Company, sold Kroger Bread Crumbs with packaging that included misleading labels.

Food for Thought: Plaintiff’s Claim Still Has Some Muscle – Ninth Circuit Reverses Class Action Against Protein Powder Manufacturer Alleging Source of Protein Was Misrepresented

Food for Thought: Plaintiff’s Claim Still Has Some Muscle – Ninth Circuit Reverses Class Action Against Protein Powder Manufacturer Alleging Source of Protein Was Misrepresented

October 12, 2018

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal reversed an order from the Northern District of California that dismissed an action against defendant MusclePharm Corporation alleging false or misleading statements.

Putting the Brakes on Red-Light Camera Lawsuits

Putting the Brakes on Red-Light Camera Lawsuits

August 15, 2018

Carlton Fields attorneys helped secure the dismissal of a putative federal class action lawsuit against American Traffic Solutions, Inc.

Innovative Mass Tort Team Resolves Hundreds of Cases and Slashes Defense Costs

Innovative Mass Tort Team Resolves Hundreds of Cases and Slashes Defense Costs

August 15, 2018

A traditional defense strategy would have been time-consuming and costly. Our team had a better idea. 

Supreme Court to Resolve Copyright Registration Circuit Split

Supreme Court to Resolve Copyright Registration Circuit Split

July 2, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear a case that should resolve the longstanding question surrounding what is required for a plaintiff to bring a copyright infringement claim. This article discusses the different approaches taken by the circuits and the reasons why the Supreme Court’s decision will be important.

Practical Considerations in Electronic Discovery

Practical Considerations in Electronic Discovery

July 1, 2018

Electronic discovery in litigation can be confusing and intimidating. This article is intended to provide a brief primer on the basics of electronic discovery and some practical considerations for addressing electronic-discovery related projects and issues.

Updates to Berman’s Florida Civil Procedure Flag Traps for the Unwary

Updates to Berman’s Florida Civil Procedure Flag Traps for the Unwary

June 26, 2018

Shareholders Bruce J. Berman and Peter D. Webster recently published the 20th annual edition of Berman’s Florida Civil Procedure (West Group), a leading treatise on Florida state practice and procedure.

Food for Thought: A Review of 2017 Litigation

Food for Thought: A Review of 2017 Litigation

May 24, 2018

Food for Thought is a review of significant court decisions affecting the food, beverage, dietary supplements and personal care products industry. Although many cases in this edition focus on class certification, others relate to summary judgment.

Food for Thought: Under California Law, Individual Class Members Need Not Show Reliance on Allegedly Misleading Statements at Time of Purchase

Food for Thought: Under California Law, Individual Class Members Need Not Show Reliance on Allegedly Misleading Statements at Time of Purchase

May 18, 2018

In its latest opinion addressing class action claims related to allegedly misleading labels, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal held that individual class members need not show they relied on allegedly misleading statements for a proposed class action against supplement manufacturer Pharmavite LLC to proceed.

Considerations Regarding Attorney-Client Privilege in the Joint Representation of Multiple Clients

Considerations Regarding Attorney-Client Privilege in the Joint Representation of Multiple Clients

April 11, 2018

What happens when infighting arises among those who were parties to the joint representation?

Food for Thought: Starbucks Defeats Icy Class Action

Food for Thought: Starbucks Defeats Icy Class Action

March 27, 2018

The lead plaintiff alleged that Starbucks’ method of preparing its iced beverages deceives its customers by misrepresenting the amount of liquid a customer receives when he or she orders an iced drink.

Cyan Makes SLUSA Removal Proponents Feel Blue: Supreme Court Holds That Securities Act of 1933 Class Actions Can Stay in State Court

Cyan Makes SLUSA Removal Proponents Feel Blue: Supreme Court Holds That Securities Act of 1933 Class Actions Can Stay in State Court

March 22, 2018

Cyan sets – and limits – the legacy of SLUSA as affixing the federal substantive standard to class actions for securities wrongdoing against issuers and their officers and directors.

The Next Frontier of Mediation: Mediating E-Discovery Issues

The Next Frontier of Mediation: Mediating E-Discovery Issues

March 14, 2018

Who should participate in e-discovery mediation and how must practitioners prepare for the mediation?

Food for Thought: For the Second Time, California Federal Court Declines to Certify Class Action Against Baby Food Manufacturer

Food for Thought: For the Second Time, California Federal Court Declines to Certify Class Action Against Baby Food Manufacturer

February 13, 2018

Plaintiff alleged that defendant violated federal and state law by making false and misleading claims on food labels.

The Ten Commandments of Writing an Effective Appellate Brief

The Ten Commandments of Writing an Effective Appellate Brief

February 11, 2018

This article, by Carlton Fields shareholders Sylvia H. Walbolt and D. Matthew Allen, provides10 steps to follow when writing appellate briefs.

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