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2020 Marks First Year Backyard Fireworks on 4th of July Legal in State of Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Independence Day is this Saturday, and as the weekend approaches, it’s worth remembering that this year, fireworks are legal on the 4th of July. Previously, Floridians buying fireworks have been legally required to sign an affidavit stating their roman candles, sparklers and spinners will be used for agricultural and fishery purposes, specifically for “frightening birds from… Read More »

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Party Hosts & Liability : 4th of July Edition

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Parades have been called off, public gatherings prohibited, and fireworks have been shortened or cancelled altogether. It’s essentially feels like Independence Day has been cancelled this year. But this is the USA, and that means Americans will find ways to celebrate no matter the circumstances. Therefore, private, smaller gatherings with only close friends and… Read More »

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Palm Beach County Mandates Face Masks in Public Buildings: Can They Do That; and What if You Refuse?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

After hearing from local residents, on Tuesday, June 23rd, Palm Beach County commissioners voted unanimously in favor of requiring face masks to be worn inside public buildings to help prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus. The 7-0 vote will mandate that masks be worn “inside businesses or any building where the public has… Read More »

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COVID-19 Employment Lawsuit: Florida Worker Alleges Workplace Safety Violations, Unpaid Overtime

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected virtually every aspect of life in South Florida, including workplace relations between employers and employees. In a recent case (Macke v. HT AirSystems of Florida), a worker has filed a lawsuit against a Central Florida contractor on the grounds that the company violated the Fair Labor Standard Act (FLSA)…. Read More »

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Can a Florida Employer Fire Their Employee for Protesting?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In the wake of widespread protests over the killing of a black man by police, many people complained that they had been fired for attending the protests. But can employers in Florida actually fire their workers for protesting? In short, yes, an employee can be fired for pretty much any reason or no reason… Read More »

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How Can Florida Landlords Make Living Spaces Habitable?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

All landlords in Florida must comply with the law of habitability. In other words, a landlord has an obligation to make living spaces habitable before a tenant moves in. Unfortunately, many landlords do not know what makes a living space “habitable” and thus fail to comply with all reasonable provisions required by building, housing,… Read More »

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The Community is Remembering a Popular Florida High School Student who was Killed in Tragic Bicycle Accident

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from the Miami Herald, a promising local high school student has passed away after a horrific bicycle accident in Sunny Isles Beach. Sholem Benchimol—the son of a prominent South Florida Rabbi—was a talented soccer player who was well-liked by friends and classmates. Tragically, the teenager was killed in April after… Read More »

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One Killed, One Injured in Serious Florida ATV Accident

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from WKMG News 6, a 26-year-old woman was killed and a 57-year-old man was seriously injured in a North Florida ATV accident. The crash occurred in Volusia County, at an intersection along a rural stretch of Florida State Road 46 (SR-46). Below, our West Palm Beach ATV accident attorneys explain… Read More »

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Will Insurance Cover Protest-Related Damages to Your Florida Business?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The killing of a black man by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota, triggered nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality. Unfortunately, protests entailed property damage to businesses, which had not still recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic that shuttered them for two months. In view of this, many business owners whose businesses are… Read More »

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Will a COVID-19 Liability Waiver Hold Up in Court?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

More and more businesses that are reopening are posting coronavirus disclaimers or requiring employees and customers to sign waivers, but there are questions about whether those waivers will actually protect businesses from liability. Will a jury really think that liability waiver is enforceable? While owners may think they are reducing the risk of a… Read More »

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