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Understanding the Basics of Contract Interpretation in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In many cases, contract disputes arise over the meaning or implications of the terms in the agreement. Interpreting a contract is not always as simple as reading and applying the terms of the page. There are many complex issues that must be addressed. To the best of their ability, Florida courts attempt to determine… Read More »

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Miami-Dade County Judge Recommends Disbarment for Florida Lawyer

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On March 28th, 2018, a Miami-Dade County judge recommended permanent disbarment for a Miami attorney. In the case of The Florida Bar v. Bernardo Roman III, the judge ruled that disbarment was an appropriate sanction given the severity of the alleged misconduct. This case is still being appealed, and it will next move forward… Read More »

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Florida Federal Judge Awards Franchisor Attorneys’ Fees in FDUTPA Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On March 26th, 2018, a Florida federal judge awarded a franchisor more than $730,000 in attorneys’ fees after the company successfully defended itself against a Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act (FDUTPA) lawsuit. In this post, our experienced West Palm Beach franchise law lawyers analyze they key facts of this case, and we… Read More »

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What is a Joint Venture?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

There may come a time when your company has an opportunity to collaborate with another firm in order to work together to achieve a common commercial goal. In these cases, companies often form ‘joint ventures’ in order to most effectively complete their business objectives. At Pike & Lustig, LLP, our Miami business law attorneys… Read More »

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Florida Business Law: What You Need to Know About Statutory Conversions

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In order to thrive, a business needs the proper legal foundation. Legal form is an important thing for entrepreneurs to consider when creating a new company. Some businesses work best as a partnership, others as a limited liability company (LLC). You need the appropriate structure for your business. Of course, by nature, business is… Read More »

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Florida Construction Liens: Defining the Last Day that Work Was Performed

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A construction lien (also called a ‘contractor’s lien’ or ‘mechanic’s lien’) is a powerful collection debt tool. If a construction company has not been paid for its work or materials, it can place a lien against the property that was created or improved. In placing a construction lien, there are many different legal requirements… Read More »

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The Top Four Reasons Why Your LLC Needs an Operating Agreement

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A Limited Liability Corporation (LLC) is one of the least complex and most flexible business structures available to entrepreneurs in Florida. It offers some of the advantages of a partnership, such as the ability to operate as a pass-through entity, and some of the benefits of a traditional corporation, such as liability protection. If… Read More »

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Four Things Employees Should Know About Severance Agreements

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Are you an employee who is considering leaving your position? If so, you may be offered a severance package as part of the termination process. In far too many cases, Florida employees simply agree to sign the initial severance agreement that is offered to them by their company. Unfortunately, this is sometimes a serious… Read More »

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Commercial Landlord Rights: What Options are Available for Landlords Dealing With Financially Distressed Tenants?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

For commercial landlords, it can be deeply frustrating to have a tenant fall behind on their rental obligations. The loss of the reliable rental income stream can cause you and your company major financial headaches. At this point, you need to be ready to carefully assess your available options so that you can best… Read More »

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Taylor Swift Wins Copyright Infringement Lawsuit: Lyrics ‘Too Banal’ for Protection

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from CNBC, pop music star Taylor Swift has prevailed in a copyright infringement lawsuit. Two Los Angeles based songwriters are accusing Taylor Swift of unlawfully using their copyright protected song lyrics on her 2014 number hit single ‘Shake it Off’. However, a federal district court judge has dismissed the case…. Read More »

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