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What Is Included In A Typical Shareholders’ Agreement?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

When someone buys shares in, say Microsoft, or Amazon, or Costco, or any number of larger companies, shareholder agreements aren’t really vital—after all, you’re probably buying the shares largely to make money, and your involvement in the company will be limited to choosing how long you keep the stock you purchased. But in a… Read More »

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Is A Contract Enforceable If Only One Side Signs It?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Let’s say that you have a small business fixing computers. A company hires you. They send you a contract, but you miss it or get busy, and you don’t sign it. You do show up and do the work. The company later doesn’t pay you, or pays you less than agreed, based on the… Read More »

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What To Know About Shareholder Agreements And Mandatory Arbitration

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Are you involved in a shareholder dispute in Florida? If so, it is crucial that you know your rights under the shareholder agreement and state law. Many modern shareholder agreements contain contract language calling for arbitration for any disputes. You may hear this referred to as a mandatory arbitration provision or a forced arbitration… Read More »

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What Makes A Civil RICO Claim Different From A Business Fraud Claim?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

There has been a rise in civil RICO litigation in recent years. Under the federal RICO Act and the Florida RICO Act an individual or business that suffered losses due to illicit racketeering activity can seek justice and compensation. Additional compensation is available in a civil RICO claim—but it is more difficult to prove… Read More »

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FDUTPA Watch: Eleventh Circuit Upholds Injunction Against Florida’s Social Media Law

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On May 23rd, 2022, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit upheld the injunction of Florida’s controversial “social media” law.  The law—which would allow individuals to sue social media companies for inconsistent bans—has been deemed likely to violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In this article, our West Palm… Read More »

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Want To Avoid A Partnership Dispute? Six Things That Should Be Addressed In Your Partnership Agreement

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

A legal dispute with a business partner can be costly. It can be time-consuming, expensive, and, perhaps worst of all, it could even destroy your business. The best way to avoid a partnership dispute is to ensure that you have a comprehensive and well-drafted partnership agreement. A partnership agreement should thoroughly address all of… Read More »

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False Advertising In Florida: Know The Definition And Your Legal Options

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Advertising is everywhere. As all savvy consumers know-well, advertising is not independent or unbiased. An advertisement is trying to sell a product or service. Companies have a right to advertise. At the same time, you have a fair and reasonable expectation that an advertisement is making accurate representations. False advertising is an illegal, deceptive… Read More »

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DOJ: Fourth Person In Florida Pleads Guilty To RICO Charges In ‘Grandparent Scam’ Case

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On May 26th, 2022, the Department of Justice (DOJ) officially obtained a guilty plea from a fourth person in a so-called “grandparent scam.” The defendant, Joaquin Lopez, 46 of Broward County, is one of several people in this case who has ties to Florida. Mr. Lopez was allegedly part of a criminal racketeering scheme… Read More »

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June 20 Is Ride To Work Day

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The internationally-recognized Ride to Work Day, which is held on the third Monday of June, is coming up in just a couple weeks. The 501 c4 non-profit organization advocates and supports the use of motorcycles and scooters for transportation, and provides information about everyday utility riding to the public. Motorcyclists are encouraged annually to… Read More »

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Doing Business With The Government Can Threaten Your Trade Secrets

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

When you sign up to do a government contract, or any service for the government, you may be forgetting one thing: Government information is public, both under federal and state law. That means that anybody can ask for it, and receive it. But you may have information in your bid, or correspondence with the… Read More »

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