Article: Florida Sues CDC Over Cruise Ban, Citing Losses for Operators and State Economy

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Florida Sues CDC Over Cruise Ban, Citing Losses for Operators and State Economy

Lawrence C. Strauss, 08 April 2021

Florida is suing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to resume U.S. cruise sailings, calling the lockdown “arbitrary and capricious” and citing hundreds of millions of dollars in potential losses for the state economy.

The suit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Tampa by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, asserts that “the cruise industry has been singled out, and unlike the rest of America, prevented from reopening.” Continue reading “Article: Florida Sues CDC Over Cruise Ban, Citing Losses for Operators and State Economy”

Article: Here’s What We Know Right Now About Matt Gaetz’s Indicted Tax Collector Friend Joel Greenberg

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Here’s What We Know Right Now About Matt Gaetz’s Indicted Tax Collector Friend Joel Greenberg

AARON KELLER, 07 April 2021

A former Florida tax collector and close associate of Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) is facing a 45-page federal indictment alleging wire fraud, sex trafficking, and a litany of other offenses connected to the alleged abuse of his office and other crimes. That former tax collector, Joel Greenberg, is suspected of being a possible cooperating witness against Gaetz, Politico and others have recently reported, as Gaetz faces a reported inquiry into his own sexual behavior. Continue reading “Article: Here’s What We Know Right Now About Matt Gaetz’s Indicted Tax Collector Friend Joel Greenberg”

Article: Matt Gaetz Says He Won’t Resign as Pressure Mounts

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Matt Gaetz Says He Won’t Resign as Pressure Mounts

Siobhan Hughes and Sadie Gurman, 02 April 2021

WASHINGTON—Rep. Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) on Friday said he wouldn’t resign in the face of rising pressure over reports that the FBI has been investigating him since last summer, in part over whether he broke federal sex-trafficking laws.

“Of course not,” Mr. Gaetz said in a text message Friday, addressing whether he would leave office. He declined to say more, citing Good Friday. His lawyer also said Mr. Gaetz wouldn’t step down.

With the House in recess, members have been largely silent about Mr. Gaetz since Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) earlier in the week referred to “serious implications” in connection with the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry. But in the state capital of Tallahassee, Republicans were already discussing who would replace Mr. Gaetz, people familiar with the conversations said. Continue reading “Article: Matt Gaetz Says He Won’t Resign as Pressure Mounts”

Article: High Profile Crypto Execs Dodge Bitcoin Cash ‘Hijack’ Lawsuit

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High Profile Crypto Execs Dodge Bitcoin Cash ‘Hijack’ Lawsuit

Andrew Asmakov, 02 April 2021

A federal court in Florida has dismissed an antitrust suit filed against Bitcoin.com founder Roger Ver and several other prominent figures in the crypto industry, accused of market manipulation during a contentious split of the Bitcoin Cash network in November 2018, Law360 reported.

Other defendants in the case included Kraken CEO Jesse Powell, former CEO of Bitmain Technologies Jihan Wu, as well as Bitcoin Cash developers Shammah Chancellor and Jason Cox.

First filed by United American Corp (UAC) in December 2018 and amended in March 2020, the lawsuit claimed that the defendants colluded to manipulate the cryptocurrency market to favor Bitcoin Cash as some participants on the network were engaged in creating a competing clone called Bitcoin SV. Continue reading “Article: High Profile Crypto Execs Dodge Bitcoin Cash ‘Hijack’ Lawsuit”

Article: Swiss banker’s sentence slashed in alleged $1B Venezuelan money laundering scheme

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Swiss banker’s sentence slashed in alleged $1B Venezuelan money laundering scheme

Keith Larsen, 24 March 2021

A Swiss banker’s sentence was cut for his role in an alleged $1 billion international money laundering scheme that illegally funneled money into South Florida real estate.

Matthias Krull was a key figure in a sophisticated scheme in which Venezuelan officials and wealthy elite siphoned money out of the country’s state oil company, PDVSA, and into assets in Europe and the United States, according to federal prosecutors. Some of the money allegedly went to buy luxury properties in Wellington, Coral Gables’ Cocoplum neighborhood and in Sunny Isles Beach, including at the condominium Porsche Design Tower. Continue reading “Article: Swiss banker’s sentence slashed in alleged $1B Venezuelan money laundering scheme”

Article: Jupiter Wellness Awarded Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Safe Sea(R) for the Entire Florida Market

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Jupiter Wellness Awarded Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Safe Sea(R) for the Entire Florida Market

ACCESSWIRE, 09 November 2020

upiter Wellness, Inc. (NASDAQ:JUPW), a cutting-edge wellness brand dedicated to providing multiple therapeutic and medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD), today announced the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement for Safe Sea products. The distribution agreement’s initial phase is through the end of 2021 and covers all of Florida.

Safe Sea develops, markets, and distributes the world’s first sunscreen that provides protection from jellyfish stings and sea lice. The Safe Sea line of products are also patent protected, biodegradable and safe to marine life, and provide UVA/UVB protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Continue reading “Article: Jupiter Wellness Awarded Exclusive Distribution Agreement with Safe Sea(R) for the Entire Florida Market”