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Monthly Archives: September 2018

ConstructionLaw

Florida Construction Contracts: What is a Change Order?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Construction contracts are notoriously complex. When negotiating this type of agreement, it is not always easy for the parties to perfectly define the scope of the work that is to be performed. In many cases, contracts will need to be amended during the development. This can be done through a process commonly referred to… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Rules In Favor of Landlord: This Case Shows Why You Need a Well-Drafted Lease

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On August 8th, 2018, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of a commercial landlord in a complex lease renewal dispute. In the case of Jahangiri v. 1830 North Bayshore, the appeals court declined to uphold a renewal clause included within a commercial rental agreement on the grounds that it was not… Read More »

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Can You Be Held Personally Liable for Business Debt in Florida?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Starting, building, and growing a business is a great way to support yourself and your community. Of course, owning a business is not without its risks. As any business owner can tell you, not every opportunity works out as planned. It is crucial that Florida business owners know how to protect their rights and… Read More »

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HHS and CMS are Considering Stark Law Reform

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The ‘Stark Law’ refers to a collection of federal regulations that prohibit self-referral by physicians. Medical practice owners and operators must be aware of these regulations. Stark Law violations can come with severe penalties, potentially including denial of payment, heavy fines, and a permanent exclusion from participating in federally funded health programs (Medicare &… Read More »

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Lawsuit: Florida Massage Franchise Location ‘Hid’ Sexual Abuse

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Recently, the Sun Sentinel filed a report on a very disturbing case arising out of South Florida. According to allegations raised in a recent lawsuit filed in a court in Palm Beach County, several female customers of Massage Envy, the largest chain of franchise massage spas in the entire country, were victims of sexual… Read More »

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Florida Contract Law: What is Reformation?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

When a contract is breached, there may be several different remedies available to rectify the issues. In the vast majority of cases, the remedy for breach of contract is the payment of compensatory damages. The party that was financially harmed by the breach of contract can be awarded monetary relief to be placed back… Read More »

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Three Important Tips to Protect Your Trademark on Social Media

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

For South Florida businesses, a strong social media presence is a valuable asset. According to data provided by Statista, nearly 80 percent of Americans currently have an active social media account on at least one platform. Just ten years ago, only 20 percent of Americans were on social media. Many businesses are still adjusting… Read More »

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Four Tips to Avoid Destructive Partnership Disputes

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Creating a partnership can be a very successful way to build and grow a new business. Of course, as with any other type of business, there is always the risk that a dispute will arise. If allowed to persist, a small internal dispute can destroy a business. This is an especially worrying issue with… Read More »

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