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Florida Developer Stuck Contract Dispute With the Tampa Housing Authority

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from The Ledger, Pinnacle Group Holdings, a Florida real estate development company has brought a breach of contract lawsuit against the Tampa Bay Housing Authority. Last summer, the city’s housing authority cancelled a $7.4 million contract it had with the developer. This occurred after Pinnacle Group Holdings had already put a… Read More »

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Coachella Brings Trademark Infringement Lawsuit Against Urban Outfitters

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Coachella is one of the most prominent musical festivals in the United States. Many of the nation’s top acts perform each year. Tickets for this year’s April event sold out in less than one hour. Last year, the festival brought in more than $84 million. There is no doubt that concerts like this are… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Developer, Against the City of Sarasota

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On March 3rd, 2017, Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of a commercial developer, Buck-Leiter Palm Avenue Development, LLC, and against the City of Sarasota in a complex contract litigation case. Originally, the city was granted summary judgment by a trial court, but the appeals court determined that summary judgement was… Read More »

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Florida Landlord-Tenant Disputes: Constructive Evictions

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A constructive eviction occurs when a landlord’s actions (or inactions) interfere with a tenant’s legal right to enjoy the use of property. If a tenant, either residential or commercial, can prove constructive eviction in court, then that tenant is legally entitled to terminate the lease and to seek damages in the form of financial… Read More »

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Proposed Florida Bill Seeks to Curb Abusive ADA Lawsuits

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) provides important legal protections to disabled individuals. The law is wide ranging, and it affects businesses in many different ways. Overall, there is no doubt that the legislation has produced considerable benefits. However, some Florida businesses have also complained that the law has been abused. More… Read More »

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Resolving Intra-Family Business Disputes

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

While resolving any dispute between business partners can be challenging, there is no doubt that  intra-family business disputes are among the toughest. Any experienced business litigation attorney will tell you that intra-family business disputes can quickly become nasty, protracted and all around destructive. Not only can a drawn out family business dispute damage the… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Decision May Have Significant Ramifications for Commercial Leases

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A recent court decision out of Florida’s Fifth District Court of Appeal is likely to have major ramifications for how commercial leases will be drafted in the future. The case, Genuinely Loving Childcare, LLC v. Bre Mariner Conway Crossings, LLC, was decided on January 13th, 2017 and involves the legal concept of frustration of… Read More »

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Miami High Rise Condos the Subject of Construction Defect Lawsuit

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Vizcayne condo complex is made up of a pair of forty-nine story luxury buildings that overlook the Biscayne Bay. According to reporting from The Real Deal, this condo facility is once again the subject of litigation. Specifically, the condo’s southern tower has filed a lawsuit against more than a dozen different construction companies…. Read More »

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Former NFL Star Sues Under Armour for Alleged Trademark Infringement

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman and his company Lights Out Holdings, LLC, have filed a trademark infringement claim as well as a breach of contract claim against Under Armour, INC. The lawsuit, which was filed on February 1st, 2017 in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California, comes after the… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Declines to Enforce Online Arbitration Agreement

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On February 15th, 2017, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal issued an instructive decision in a case  involving a mandatory arbitration agreement. The case, Vitacost.com, INC v James McCants, originated after the two parties got into a dispute regarding the sale of online dietary supplements. By making a purchase on the Vitacost website, the… Read More »

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