Walter J. Taché, Managing Partner
Walter J. Tache is an AV Preeminent rated attorney who concentrates his practice on complex commercial, business, class action, and other civil litigation in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels.
Mr. Tache represents clients in internal investigations, whistleblower suits and fraud-related civil litigation.
Mr. Tache also has experience in international disputes, ranging from jurisdictional disputes, including application of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, Foreign judgment defense, enforcement, and asset recovery, coordinating parallel litigation in the U.S. and internationally, and extradition.
Over the years, Mr. Tache has served as the “go-to” counsel for a Fortune 100 Healthcare Company, representing its various hospitals, surgery centers, and physician practices; regional litigation counsel for an international telecommunications company, and litigation counsel for an international financial services company operating throughout the Caribbean.
Mr. Tache’s litigation matters have been profiled in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, the Tampa Bay Times, Law360, Becker’s Hospital Review, and thesmokinggun.com.
Mr. Tache has been recognized by The Daily Business Review as one of its Most Effective Lawyers in the area of Complex Business Litigation, working together with his law partner, Stephen Bronis, in making federal criminal referrals and securing federal restitution for clients who were victims of healthcare related business fraud.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Tache studied accounting and provided accounting services in the private banking arm of an international bank operating in Miami, Florida. Mr. Tache’s financial background, as well as his extensive experience and knowledge in the area of health care fraud and abuse, makes him a valuable asset to corporations and executives in regulated industries.
• Complex commercial and business litigation
• Class action litigation
• Financial services litigation
• International Disputes
• Internal investigations, regulatory and enforcement actions
Florida State Courts
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
• Mendez et al. v. JFK Med. Ctr. Ltd. P’ship, No. 17-80866-CIV, 2018 WL 6448384, (S.D. Fla. Oct. 19, 2018) (granting summary judgment against patients who brought putative class action alleging balance billing claims against hospitals, surgery centers and their billing companies, finding, as a matter of law, Florida’s Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act does not apply to billing company’s debt collection activities)
• Serrano v. Tuition Options, LLC, No. 17-CV-24443, 2018 WL 3145809, (S.D. Fla. June 27, 2018) (compelling arbitration on student’s claims that lender and servicer of private consumer student loans violated Telephone Consumer Protection Act, 47 U.S.C. § 227 et seq., the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq. and related claims)
• Brush et al. v. Miami Beach Healthcare Grp. Ltd., 238 F. Supp. 3d 1359 (S.D. Fla. 2017) (dismissing, with prejudice, patient’s claims brought against hospital and healthcare provider, asserting claims of negligence, breach of contract, breach of implied contract, and unjust enrichment, arising out of data breach that resulted in her identity being stolen)
• Shah v. Orange Park Med. Ctr., Inc. and Intensive Care Consortium, Inc., No. 3:14-CV-1081-J-34JRK, 2016 WL 4943925 (M.D. Fla. Sept. 16, 2016) (dismissing, with prejudice, physician’s claims that hospital and physician practice took racially-motivated adverse employment actions against him)
• Case et al. v. Miami Beach Healthcare Grp., Ltd., 166 F. Supp. 3d 1315 (S.D. Fla. 2016) (dismissing putative class action against hospital for contractual claims arising out of data breach that affected over 85,000 patients)
• United States v. De Cespedes, 603 F. App’x 769 (11th Cir. 2015) (affirming summary judgment for United States and restitution victim, and allocated surplus proceeds from sale of homestead first to federal restitution lien, and then to federal tax lien)
• Herrera et al. v. JFK Med. Ctr. Ltd. P’ship, 87 F. Supp. 3d 1299 (M.D. Fla. 2015), rev’d and remanded, 648 F. App’x 930 (11th Cir. 2016) (striking class allegations alleging that that patients had been charged excessive rates for emergency radiological services, finding significant individualized issues with respect to breach, materiality, and damages existed, making class litigation highly impractical)
• Lawnwood Med. Ctr., Inc. v. Desai, 54 So. 3d 1027 (Fla. 4th DCA 2011) (reversing temporary injunction requiring defendant hospital to continue to allow plaintiff physician to practice at the hospital during the pendency of physician’s lawsuit against the hospital, finding that hospital had immunity from suit when claim arises out of appointment or reappointment process in absence of allegation of intentional fraud)
• Columbia Hosp. (Palm Beaches) Ltd. P’ship v. Hasson, 33 So. 3d 148 (Fla. 4th DCA 2010) (reversing order compelling non-party discovery against hospital and holding that terms of hospital’s managed care contracts and reimbursement information were confidential, and finding that trial court erred in failing to narrowly tailor any order requiring disclosure in such a way as to protect hospital’s trade secrets)
• Cedars Healthcare Grp., Ltd. v. Mehta, 16 So. 3d 914 (Fla. 3d DCA 2009) (reversing trial court order denying dismissal of claims brought by interventional cardiologist against hospital which suspended his clinical privileges, for failure to sufficiently plead intentional fraud in hospital’s peer review process)
• Urquiza v. Kendall Healthcare Grp., Ltd., 994 So. 2d 476, 478 (Fla. 3d DCA 2008) (denying writ of certiorari and finding that trial court properly denied stay of proceedings pending outcome of a related criminal action and holding that defendants failed to properly assert their Fifth Amendment privilege)
• Alexander v. Fla. Bar, No. 06-20046-CIV, 2006 WL 8433467 (S.D. Fla. Dec. 29, 2006), aff’d, 265 F. App’x 884 (11th Cir. 2008) (granting Florida Bar’s motion to dismiss, with prejudice, claims by victims of member of Florida Bar against Florida Bar’s Clients’ Security Fund)
• State, Dep’t of Revenue v. Bridger, 935 So. 2d 536 (Fla. 3d DCA 2006) (affirming summary judgment in favor of taxpayer class action against Florida State Department of Revenue seeking tax refunds for taxes collected pursuant to statute, which imposed tax on unlawful transactions, and had previously been declared unconstitutional)
• In re Extradition of Aguilar, No. 02-21420-CIV., 2004 WL 763802 (S.D. Fla. Apr. 7, 2004) (denying extradition as improper under the terms of Treaty between the United States and Portugal)
• Wentz v. Kindred Hosps. E., L.L.C., 333 F. Supp. 2d 1298 (S.D. Fla. 2004) (dismissing claims alleging violations of Medicare Secondary Payor Act in putative class suit against hospital chain for alleged practice of asserting liens against patients’ potential recoveries after receiving Medicare benefits)
• Arison v. Cobb Partners, Ltd., 807 So. 2d 101 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002) (affirming judgment against guarantor seeking to recoup payment against indemnitors where guarantor paid without being legally obligated to do so)
• Intrinsic Values Corp. v. Superintendencia De Administracion Tributaria, 806 So. 2d 616 (Fla. 3d DCA 2002) (affirming temporary injunction barring corresponding banks operating in United States from honoring irrevocable letter of credit, granting comity to Guatemala court ruling issued amparo barring Banco de Guatemala from paying on the letters of credit, and finding that honor of any presentment for payment under letter of credit would facilitate a material fraud)
• Alejandre v. Telefonica Larga Distancia, de Puerto Rico, Inc., 183 F.3d 1277 (11th Cir. 1999) (vacating garnishment judgment and holding that telecommunications companies’ payments due to Cuban telecommunications company, could not be subject to garnishment to satisfy judgment against Cuban government under Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act).
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