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Monthly Archives: January 2019

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Four Mistakes Commercial Landlords Must Avoid When Dealing With Tenants Who Owe Rent

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

If you have a tenant in a commercial space and they have fallen behind on their rent obligations, it could cause you or your business significant financial damage. Beyond that, it is also frustrating to deal with a commercial tenant who is still operating but is not paying. At this time, it is crucial… Read More »

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Attorneys Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig in the Daily Business Review “After South Florida’s Lawyer’s Suicide, Fight Over Alleged Misappropriated Funds”

By Michael Pike |

Connecticut-based Twin City Fire Insurance Co., an affiliate of the Hartford Financial Services Group, has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida denying any liability for former West Palm Beach lawyer Leonel R. Plasencia, who killed himself in 2017, allegedly before turning over settlement money owed to clients in a personal injury case. Michael J…. Read More »

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Attorney Spotlight – Robert C. Johnson

By Michael Pike |

Robert C. “Burr” Johnson is an associate in Pike & Lustig’s Personal Injury and Commercial Litigation practices.  Prior to joining the Firm, Robert was a prosecutor with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office, where he fought to protect our local citizens who had been the victims of serious crimes. Robert received his law… Read More »

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Can You Fire an Employee For No Reason in Florida?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Florida is an ‘at-will’ employment state. Under these rules, employers have the right to terminate an employee at any time and without giving any advanced notice. Florida employers can fire a worker for a legitimate reason and they can also fire a worker for no reason at all. Companies have wide discretion over their… Read More »

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Former Fresh Prince Star Sues the Maker of ‘Fortnite’ for Profiting Off of His Likeness; Claims Rights to the ‘Carlton Dance’

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Miami Herald, actor Alfonso Ribeiro — formerly a star on the hit sitcom ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ — has filed lawsuits against the creators of two popular video games: Fortnite and NBA 2K. In his legal claim,  Mr. Ribeiro contends that the companies that made these games are… Read More »

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Understanding Contract Law: What is an Integration Clause?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Contracts are at the foundation of modern business. Many companies rely on their commercial agreements. A well-drafted contract can be the difference between a successful, continued business relationship and a nasty dispute. Companies get into disputes over commercial agreements for a wide range of different reasons. In many cases, there is confusion over what… Read More »

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Can Florida Employers Use Criminal Records and Arrest Record When Screening Applicants?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

For those who have a criminal record, obtaining a job can sometimes prove to be more challenging. Florida employers often use criminal backgrounds checks as part of their screening and hiring process. The use of criminal background checks has become more common in recent years: The National Association of Professional Background Screeners reports that… Read More »

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Today’s Attorney Spotlight – Dominique Torsiello

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Dominique Torsiello is an Associate of Pike & Lustig’s Commercial Litigation practice. Dominique’s experience includes representing individuals and business entities in diverse areas of litigation, including breach of contract, business torts, intellectual property, labor and employment, and fraud. Prior to joining Pike & Lustig, Dominique represented individuals and corporations under investigation by the Internal… Read More »

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