First, there was some kind of altercation over there over something:
A man is suing Akerman, alleging he was severely injured when he was restrained by a security guard while at the law firm's Miami office for a deposition.
Henry Tien of Miami filed the pro se lawsuit Sept. 5 in Miami federal court, alleging negligence by the Miami-based law firm.
The complaint said Tien was ordered to attend the deposition by Akerman shareholder Michael Chavies. When Tien arrived on the 25th floor of the SunTrust International Center, he asked opposing attorney David Robert Black in an elevated voice, "Where is my father?"
Someone at Akerman called a security guard, who "snuck up behind Tien and ... without any warning or announcement to Tien grabbed him forcefully," according to the complaint. The guard slammed Tien's head, shoulder and body against a wall and twisted his right elbow joint "beyond the maximum limit of that joint with intense force," causing tears to ligaments, tendons and nerves. The guard then forced Tien into the elevator to remove him from the building.I don't know, a simple "Henry, I am your father" might have sufficed.
Secondly, they apparently had an issue with the deadline to file an amicus brief in the Mike Pizzi/Miami Lakes mayor fiasco, now up before the Florida Supremes, though it appears to have been fixed:
Miami Lakes’ attempt to become a part of former mayor Michael Pizzi’s case against Gov. Rick Scott was shot down by the Florida Supreme Court last week.Only $50k for one (possibly late) brief? That's actually not that bad.
The court refused to consider the the town’s “friend of the court” brief as an interested party in the case because the brief was filed too late. And now Pizzi is criticizing the council’s decision to spend money on the brief.
“It is a shame that the town wasted so many thousands of tax dollars based on bad advice,” Pizzi said. “The council should reimburse the taxpayers out of their own pockets.”
The Town Council voted, at an Aug. 27 special meeting, to approve a contract with legal giant Akerman LLP to pay a team of attorneys $375 an hour to provide additional legal counsel as the town prepared and filed its motion. The resolution stated that the costs could add up to as much as $50,000.