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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.

Leon Cosgrove Ranked Leading Firm By Chambers

By: Derek E. León

LONDON – April, 30, 2018—In its annual ranking of lawyers in the United States, Chambers and Partners – a trusted resource for ranking attorneys’ skills worldwide – ranked León Cosgrove LLP as a leading firm for litigation, Derek León and Scott Cosgrove as top commercial litigators in Florida and Andrew Zaron as a leader in the area of Bankruptcy and Insolvency law.

State Prevails in Enforcement Action Against Big Tobacco

By: Derek E. León

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.– Dec. 27, 2017—Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi announced in a news release issued today that the Palm Beach County Circuit Court has ruled in favor of the State of Florida in its lawsuit – brought forth by attorneys from León Cosgrove LLP and the state – against Reynolds Tobacco and Imperial Tobacco Group. The ruling, by Judge Jeffrey Dana Gillen, means that the tobacco company will need to continue to pay the state of Florida tens of millions of dollars in annual payments, 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. Law360 covered the ruling in this article, published on January 2, 2018.

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