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Florida Regulators Offer Tips To Help Consumers Avoid Online Fraud During The Holidays

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As the holiday season approaches, retail sales increase—including on the internet. Cyber Monday is consistently the top online shopping day for the entire year, with total sales nationwide surpassing $10 billion. Of course, e-commerce is big throughout the entire month of December. Florida officials want to make sure consumers are protected. On November 26th,… Read More »

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What Standard Of Proof Applies To Civil RICO Lawsuits?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act was signed into law in 1970. The primary purpose of RICO is to give the government the authority to hold parties accountable for racketeering activity performed as part of an ongoing criminal enterprise. A person arrested on a criminal RICO charge is innocent until proven… Read More »

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Social Media Company Pinterest Settles Shareholder Lawsuit Over Workplace Culture

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from NBC News, the social media company Pinterest has settled a shareholder lawsuit related to allegations over its “toxic” workplace culture. The lawsuit was initially filed by the Employees’ Retirement System of Rhode Island. The specific details of the settlement were not disclosed to the public. In this blog post,… Read More »

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American Airlines And JetBlue Seek Dismissal Of Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Over Business Partnership

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from CNBC, American Airlines and JetBlue are seeking a dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit designed to block a recently approved business partnership between the two companies. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and six U.S. states recently filed a lawsuit against the airlines’ “Northeast Partnership” on the grounds that the deal… Read More »

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Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals Dismissed FDUTPA Claim, Clarifies Federal Preemption

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On November 8th, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit dismissed a Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice Act (FDUTPA) claim filed against Bermuda based rum  and gin maker Bacardi. In doing so, the federal appeals courts clarified the preemption standard for deceptive and unfair trade practices cases. Here, our… Read More »

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What Florida Business Owners Need To Know

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

It’s no secret that Florida’s population is rapidly expanding. Palm Beach County has seen a surge in migration, especially during the pandemic, from residents in the Northeast, Midwest and even California. And with all the new residents comes many business owners looking to move their businesses to South Florida. However, it also brings many budding… Read More »

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Is Criminal Intent Required To Prove A Civil Violation?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Racketeering is a type of organized crime that involves fraudulent and dishonest business dealings. There are federal and state RICO laws in place under which perpetrators can be held criminally and civilly liable for a RICO violation. This raises an important question: Do you have to prove criminal intent to bring a civil RICO… Read More »

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Be Careful On The Roads This Holiday Season

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Holidays are traditionally a time of travel for families across the United States, which unfortunately makes the period from Thanksgiving until the end of the year one of the most dangerous times to be on the road. Roads may seem especially busy this year as AAA predicts 53.4 million people will travel for the… Read More »

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Are There Times When Attorney Client Privilege Can Be Waived?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Anything you tell your attorney is private and confidential. This is a maxim of our American legal system, and a vow that your attorneys are sworn to uphold. But is attorney client privilege always present? Actually, there are times when it can be waived—sometimes purposefully, but also sometimes accidentally, when attorneys and clients aren’t… Read More »

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Is It Legal To Record, Monitor, Or Videotape Employees At Work?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As an employer, you probably want to know that your employees are doing their jobs when they are on work time—that is, when you are paying them. Of course, it is also impossible for you to do your job, while also keeping your head over every single employee’s shoulder. Computer Keystroke Monitoring That’s why… Read More »

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