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Enforcing International Awards and Judgments in the U.S.

By: Derek E. León

León Cosgrove partner James R. Bryan participated Feb. 28 on a panel of the International Law Section of The Florida Bar discussing “Best Practices to Obtain Enforcement and Recognition in the U.S.” of international arbitration awards and litigation judgments. The panel discussion was part of the International Law Section’s 2014 International Litigation and Arbitration Conference.

In his remarks, Mr. Bryan highlighted the legal implications of recent international arbitration cases, such as Republic of Argentina v. BG Group PLC and COMMISA v. Pemex. The panel included attorneys from several other Miami firms, as well as General Counsel from global financial institutions.

León Cosgrove Attorney Clears Last Legal Hurdle to Collecting on $180 Million Fraud

By: Derek E. León

León Cosgrove has cleared a final legal hurdle to executing damage awards handed down by New York trial courts against convicted felons Maurice and Leon Cohen for their massive $180 million plus fraud against French banking entity CDR Creances S.A.S.

After years of complex litigation, on Feb. 18, 2014, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal entered a final order denying the Cohens’ request for a re-hearing of a 2012 Miami-Dade 11th Circuit Court ruling in favor of CDR’s right to collect on its New York judgments. Scott B. Cosgrove was co-lead counsel on the litigation domesticating the New York judgments to Florida.

In 2003 and 2006 CDR brought two actions in New York against the Cohens and several of their shell entities. The litigation resulted in five separate judgments in New York against the Cohens and their entities Blue Ocean, Iderval, and Summerson for amounts ranging from $268 to $187 million.

To collect on these New York judgments, Mr. Cosgrove domesticated them in Florida. He then brought a consolidated proceeding action naming additional parties he argued should also be responsible as alter-egos of the judgment debtors. Florida trial and appeals courts found for CDR and against all the original New York debtors, as well as the additional parties named in the Florida consolidated proceeding.

León Cosgrove, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi Sue Tobacco Companies for Violating Their Settlement Obligations

By: León Cosgrove

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.–Jan. 18, 2017—Attorneys from León Cosgrove LLC, with Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, filed suit today against Reynolds Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco Group in Palm Beach County Circuit Court. The suit aims to enforce tens of millions of dollars in annual payments due the state per the terms of the 1997 landmark agreement reached with RJR and other major tobacco companies to settle the state’s past and future legal claims for providing health care to Florida smokers.
Read the news release from the office of Florida’s Attorney General. Read the lawsuit.

León Cosgrove Hires New Attorney

By: León Cosgrove

MIAMI, Fla.—Jan. 19, 2017– León Cosgrove LLC has added to its stable of handpicked talent an attorney with a dual focus in international/Latin American matters and regulatory compliance for financial institutions.
Jordi C. Martínez-Cid joins the firm’s practice of complex business litigation and arbitration as an associate. A graduate of the Yale Law School and the University of Michigan, Martínez-Cid was a law clerk to the Hon. Federico A. Moreno of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Before and after his clerkship, he was with the Miami office of Hunton & Williams, where he represented foreign and domestic clients in state and federal litigation, international arbitrations, and internal investigations.

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