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Monthly Archives: February 2019

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Florida Court Awards $400,000 in Domain Name Dispute

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Florida Record, Palace Resorts — a Caribbean vacation company —  has been granted $400,000 in financial compensation in a trademark infringement lawsuit over “confusingly similar domain names”. In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Judge Federico Moreno found the plaintiff’s claim to be well-supported… Read More »

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Jacksonville Agrees to Pay $4.9 Million to Settle a Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On February 14th, 2019 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC), announced that the City of Jacksonville — more specifically, the Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters — agreed to pay $4.9 million to affected parties to settle a racial discrimination lawsuit. In addition, the city agreed to take measures to reform the employment practices within… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Rules Against Auto Dealers in Franchise Law Case

By Michael Pike |

On January 9th, 2019, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of an auto manufacturer (the franchisor) in a franchise law dispute. In the case of Maserati of Fort Lauderdale and Maserati of Palm Beach v. Maserati North America, the appeals court overturned a lower court’s decision — ruling that the automaker… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Denies Company’s Protest of Miami’s Contract Bidding Process

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On February 13th, 2019, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeals ruled in favor of the City of Miami and a private company in a dispute over the bidding process for a local government redevelopment contract. This decision paves the way to allow for Miami’s $80 million Virginia Key development project to move forward. In… Read More »

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Georgia Hospital Agrees to Pay $5 Million to Settle Case Over Alleged Stark Law Violations

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On February 6th, 2019, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia announced a settlement in a Stark Law and False Claims Act case that was brought against a Blairsville, GA medical center. Union General Hospital, located two hours north of Atlanta, agreed to pay $5 million to resolve allegations that… Read More »

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Stuck in a Partnership Dispute? Here are the Top Four Mistakes You Should Avoid

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A partnership is one of the most common types of business structures. Forming one can be an effective way for a business to grow and prosper. Of course, business partnerships are ultimately relationships between people. Similar to any other type of relationship, disputes happen. If you are in a disagreement with a business partner,… Read More »

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EEOC Sues Florida Company for Pregnancy Discrimination

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a press release from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), two United States military contractors in North Florida are being sued for pregnancy discrimination. The EEOC claims that these companies (M2 Services Corporation and Day & Zimmermann Group) improperly forced a pregnant worker to take unpaid leave and then unlawfully fired her… Read More »

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Business Fraud Watch: Florida Regulators are Cracking Down on ‘Moving Company Scams’

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

CBS News reports the state of Florida is cracking down on all-too-common “moving company scams”. In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Florida Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against 14 different moving companies. A number of different specific allegations were raised against these firms —… Read More »

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