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The New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles Have Filed Joint Trademark Lawsuit

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Prior to taking the field as opponents in Super Bowl LII, the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles have teamed up in the courtroom. According to reporting from Courthouse News Service, the two NFL franchises have joined with the NFL’s League Office in order to file a collective trademark lawsuit against an alleged counterfeiting… Read More »

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The DMCA Safe Harbor Regime: Explained

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Signed into law by President Bill Clinton in October of 1998, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) seeks to provide a balanced environment, both protecting the interests of copyright holders and accounting for the concerns of website owners and operators that accept user-created submissions. The ‘Safe Harbor’ provisions contained within this law provide immunity… Read More »

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Florida Supreme Court Issues Important Ruling in Construction Defect Notice Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Recently, the Supreme Court of Florida issued an important decision in a case that centered on construction defect notices. In Altman Contractors, Inc. v. Crum & Forster Specialty Insurance Company, the state’s highest court ruled that Florida’s pre-lawsuit notice and repair process constituted a claim, and thus was required to be recognized by the… Read More »

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BusLaw

Four Things to Think About Before Going Into Business With Family

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Many people go into business with their family members. In fact, according to data cited by the Family Firm Institute (FFI), approximately 50 percent of all U.S. companies are family businesses. On the one hand, running a family business is not much different than is running any other type business. The same basic rules… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Vacates Award Calling for Attorneys’ Fees and Punitive Damages

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On January 24th, 2018, Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal ruled in favor of the defendant (a real estate developer) in the case of DFG Group, LLC, et al. vs Heritage Manor of Memorial Park, Inc., et al. This appeal was centered around a jury award for attorneys’ fees and punitive damages. This decision… Read More »

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BusinessLaw

Florida Court Rules Against Uber in Trade Secret Dispute

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Businesses have the legal ability to protect certain valuable information as ‘trade secrets’. There are often disputes over what types of information can be protected by trade secret laws. A recent case involving Uber raised a very interesting question: Can a private company protect sensitive business information as a trade secret if that information… Read More »

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Eleventh Circuit Court Issues Decision in ‘Commodores’ Trademark Dispute

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Commodores is an American funk/soul band that was originally formed in 1968. Over the decades, this band has had many different members, most notably Lionel Richie. Recently, the band has been locked in a trademark infringement lawsuit with a former member. On January 9th, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the… Read More »

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What are the Benefits of Arbitration for a Business Law Dispute?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which the parties agree to settle their case outside of a traditional courtroom. This is done by going before a private arbitrator, who will hear the dispute and issue a binding decision. Arbitration is used to resolve many different types of legal issues, including… Read More »

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Franchise Law Implicated in Latest South Florida Immigration Raids

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On January 10th, 2018, the Miami New Times reported that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents raided five 7-Eleven franchise locations in South Florida. These South Florida immigration raids were a part of nationwide step up in enforcement against employers. Beyond the myriad of other legal issues that are at stake, these raids… Read More »

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What is the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA)?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As a general rule, landlord-tenant issues are governed by state and local regulations. However, for the most part, these regulation are relatively similar from state to state. The primary reason for this is that most U.S. states have adopted all or much of the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA). Passed in 1972, this… Read More »

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