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TLo secures dismissal of defamation lawsuit with prejudice, citing Florida’s litigation privilege

Agreeing with arguments from Thomas & LoCicero, a federal judge dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit asserting defamation claims against two law firms over statements they made in a separate case.  As the Court explained, “protecting these statements from liability is necessary to safeguard the truth-seeking function of the adversarial system.” The defamation claims arose from…

Stagecoaches or newspapers? Jim Lake assesses issues in U.S. Supreme Court social media cases

In a Florida Law Review article, TLo’s Jim Lake examines the U.S. Supreme Court’s pending cases concerning Florida and Texas social media law, including labels the justices might apply. Using an analogy one justice recently borrowed from Benjamin Franklin, Lake writes that social media companies are less like stagecoaches and more like newspapers.

TLo Wins Marsy’s Law Appeal in Florida Supreme Court

In a November 30, 2023, ruling that will have sweeping impact on the public’s ability to conduct oversight over law enforcement action, and more generally better monitor crime in local communities, the Florida Supreme Court held that the Florida constitutional provision known as “Marsy’s Law” cannot be used to shield the names of crime victims,…

Misleading mailings target trademark owners

By Jim Lake Trademark owners, beware! Shady businesses are mining U.S. Patent & Trademark Office records for your contact information and sending misleading solicitations. Carefully review and consider any correspondence concerning your registrations before responding. For example, the self-styled “Patent & Trademark Bureau” (not a real government agency) has been advertising overpriced renewal services for…

TLo wins dismissal of golfer Patrick Reed’s defamation claims

A federal court in Florida has dismissed with prejudice two lawsuits professional golfer Patrick Reed brought against media companies, alleging defamation and tortious interference. Thomas & LoCicero represented defendants Gannett Co., Inc. and Gannett Satellite Information Network, LLC in the first case (Reed v. Chamblee, No. 3:22-cv-1059-TJC-PDB) and defendants The Associated Press, Hachette Book Group,…

Thomas & LoCicero Partners Earn Top Honors in Best Lawyers in America®

Thomas & LoCicero is pleased to announce that seven lawyers have been recognized in the 2024 edition of “Best Lawyers in America.” Since its inaugural publication in 1983, Best Lawyers has become an eminent legal distinction. It is universally respected for its unbiased and meticulous evaluation process. This year’s 2024 edition of Best Lawyers in…

James J. McGuire appointed to Supreme Court Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract & Business Cases

On July 12, 2023, Thomas & LoCicero partner James J. McGuire was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court as a member of the Committee on Standard Jury Instructions in Contract & Business Cases.  The Committee is responsible for preparing standard jury instructions to be used in Florida state courts for various…

2023 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Announced

Five lawyers from Thomas & LoCicero have been named to the 2023 Florida Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists. The Thomas & LoCicero attorneys honored this year, and their practice areas, are: Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer…

TLO Attorney Daniela Abratt Panelist at NAMWOLF Annual Meeting

Daniela Abratt will serve as the moderator and panelist for a CLE session titled: OMG! She said what?? #risky. Identifying Legal Issues on Social Media, at the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Annual Meeting in Chicago this September. Her panel will address a wide range of issues, including First Amendment, defamation, copyright, and employment,…

“Best Lawyers in America” Honors Six TLo Partners

The publication “Best Lawyers in America” has honored all six Thomas & LoCicero partners in its newest list of elite legal professionals. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Attorneys are divided by geographic region and practice area. They are reviewed by…