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Tips for Negotiating Commercial Agreements With Independent Contractors

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In the modern business world, an increasing number of companies are relying on work done by independent contractors. If your Florida business is considering hiring an independent contractor, or any other type of outside consultant, it is crucial that you have a properly structured business contract. There are some unique issues that must be… Read More »

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Florida Construction Law: What is a Contractor’s Final Payment Affidavit?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Under Florida law, construction companies and contractors have very powerful debt collection tools. Specifically, these companies can place a construction lien on real property if they have not paid for their work. However, to get access to Florida’s construction lien protections, contractors must follow certain required procedures. The failure to do so will make… Read More »

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Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Over Tom Brady Photo Reaches Settlement

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from World Intellectual Property Review, a professional photographer has settled a copyright infringement lawsuit with Time Magazine and other digital media publishers. The dispute, which garnered national headlines, centered around a picture of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, which displayed on many media sites through embedded tweets. Notably, with this… Read More »

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Landlord-Tenant Lawyers Allege that Residents are Being Improperly Evicted from Trailer Park in North Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to reporting from the Pensacola News Journal, a collection of landlord-tenant attorneys who are representing a group of tenants at the Flamingo Park trailer park are alleging that the landlord violated Florida law. The tenants, who are mostly lower income retirees, are scheduled to be evicted in June. Below, our West Palm Beach… Read More »

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The Internet Meme ‘Florida Man’ is Now the Subject of a Trademark Filing

By Michael Pike |

Popularized in recent years, the term ‘Florida man’ is an internet meme used to refer to news stories — arising out of the state of Florida — in which people do ill-advised or downright bizarre things. As explained by the Miami New Times, the term likely became associated with Florida because of the state’s… Read More »

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Arbitration Panels Orders UBS Financial Services to Pay $7.8 Million to a Couple and their Business

By Michael Pike |

According to reporting from Advisor Hub, an arbitration panel has ordered UBS Financial Services — one of the largest brokerage firms in the United States  — to pay a Florida couple and their business nearly $8 million in financial compensation (FINRA Office of Dispute Resolution Case Number: 16-02528). The couple sustained major losses after… Read More »

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Florida Appeals Court Stops Consumer-Led Class Action Against BJ’s Wholesale Club

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On May 8th, 2019, the Florida Third District Court of Appeal ruled against a consumer who was leading a charge to bring a class action against BJ’s Wholesale Club for alleged deceptive pricing practices. In the case of BJ’s Wholesale Club v. Bugliaro, a Florida consumer had filed a claim against the wholesaler on… Read More »

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Miami Company Settles Disability Discrimination Employment Law Claim for $30,000

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On April 25th, 2019, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced a settlement in a disability discrimination claim that it filed against Universal Diversified Enterprises, a South Florida-based contractor. Regulators allege that this company improperly terminated an employee due to his visual disability. Here, our Miami employment law attorneys provide an overview of… Read More »

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Inter Miami, Major League Soccer (MLS) are Opposing Inter Milan’s American Trademark

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In January of 2018, the City of Miami was awarded a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise. At the current time, the club is set to join the top professional soccer league in the United States at the beginning of the 2020 season. Playing in a brand new 18,000 seat stadium in Fort Lauderdale, the… Read More »

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How Does the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Decide Where to Arbitrate Commercial Disputes?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The American Arbitration Association (AAA) is the nation’s largest provider of ADR services to commercial entities. In the early stages of a business arbitration, one of the most important issues that must be resolved is determining where exactly the arbitration hearing will actually take place. Here, our West Palm Beach arbitration attorneys explain the… Read More »

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