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USPTO Announces New Trademark Rule: Foreign Applicants Will Be Required to Have U.S. Attorney Starting in August 2019

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On July 2nd, 2019, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) announced new regulations that will impact foreign companies and foreign individuals who are involved in trademark cases in the United States. Under the updated rules, foreign-domiciled entities will be required to seek representation from a trademark law attorney who is licensed to… Read More »

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Lawsuit: Two Central Florida Medical Practices Accused of Violating Anti-Kickback Laws

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Orlando Sentinel, AdventHealth and Florida Cancer Specialists are facing allegations that they violated federal antitrust regulations and anti-kickback laws. Mid Florida Cancer Centers, an oncology practice with four locations in Central Florida, filed a lawsuit accusing the defendants of crafting an illegal non-compete and referral agreement. The plaintiff alleges… Read More »

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EEOC Files Wage Discrimination Lawsuit Against the University of Miami; Allegedly Underpaid Female Professor

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On July 29th, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed a gender discrimination claim against the University of Miami. According to the EEOC, the university unlawfully paid a female political science professor less than an equally qualified male counterpart who holds a substantially similar position. Below, our top-rated Miami employment law attorneys… Read More »

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Copyright Infringement Lawsuit: Jury Rules that Pop Star Katy Perry “Copied” Hit Song

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Associated Press, a jury based in Southern California has ruled in favor of a songwriter named Marcus Gray and two of his co-authors in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Notably, this legal claim was brought against the music industry giant Capitol Records, pop star Katy Perry, and several other defendants…. Read More »

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Non Compete Agreements in Florida: What is a Legitimate Business Interest?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A non compete agreement is a contract under which one party commits to refraining from engaging in competition with another party for a pre-defined period of time. Notably, a non compete agreement is a restrictive covenant and a restraint on trade. Under Florida law (Florida Statutes § 542.335), non compete contracts must conform to… Read More »

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Do Business Law Attorneys Take Cases on Contingency?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Law firms are paid for their services in a number of different ways. For clients concerned about the cost of obtaining high-quality legal representation, a contingency fee agreement may provide a solution. As explained by Cornell Law School, a contingency fee is an arrangement whereby the client pays their lawyer as a “share of… Read More »

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Five Things to Consider When Selling a Dental Practice in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to data provided by the American Dental Association (ADA), there are approximately 200,000 dentists currently working in the United States — many of whom own their own medical practice. Buying or selling a dental practice is a complicated business transaction. If you are a dentist in Florida and you are preparing to sell… Read More »

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Florida McDonald’s Franchise Location Sued for Religious Discrimination

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On July 16th, 2019, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced the filing of a religious discrimination lawsuit against Chalfont & Associates Group — a company that owns and operates several McDonald’s franchise locations in Central Florida. In this article, our Miami employment law attorneys offer an overview of the religious discrimination complaint filed… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Rules Contract Language ‘Unambiguous’, Enforces Agreement

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On July 10th, 2019, the Fourth District Court of Appeal for the State of Florida found that a termination provision within a contract was not ambiguous. As a consequence, it upheld the contract and allowed Marriott to terminate the agreement. In the case of Corporate Creations International v. Marriott International, the West Palm Beach-based… Read More »

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Five Tips to Help You Painlessly Dissolve a Partnership in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Even the best of business partnerships may eventually need to come to an end. Dissolving a partnership is a complex process — there are many different potential pitfalls that must be avoided. The good news is that there are steps that you can take to protect your legal rights and financial interests as you… Read More »

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