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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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ABA Report: COVID-19 Prompts a Wave of Business Interruption Claims from Restaurants

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The restaurant industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting government shutdowns. Many of the restaurants that have moved to “carry-out only” services have reported a sharp decline in their revenue, while some other restaurants have been closed altogether during the outbreak. Business interruption insurance provides protection for companies that… Read More »

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DOJ Updates Corporate Compliance Guidance

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The US Department of Justice published updated guidance on how it evaluates corporate compliance programs when conducting investigations, making charging decisions, and negotiating pleas or other agreements. The document, entitled “Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs,” was first released in February 2017 and was last updated in April 2019. The latest revisions to the guidance… Read More »

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Is Adding the ‘COVID-19 Surcharge’ Legal in Florida?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As businesses across Florida are reopening following the coronavirus pandemic, some of them are adding the so-called “COVID-19 surcharges” to their bills. If you are a business owner who is considering adding the surcharge to your customer bills, you may be worried about the legitimacy of such surcharges. Is it legal to add the… Read More »

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South Florida Company Files One of the State’s First Coronavirus-Related Bad Faith Business Interruption Claims

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

According to a report from the Insurance Journal, a dive shop based in Monroe County, Florida has filed one of the state’s very first bad faith lawsuits over the denial of a COVID-19 business interruption claim. Experts expect that many more similar complaints will be filed in the coming weeks and months. Below, our… Read More »

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5 Types of Lawsuits in Post-Pandemic Business Litigation

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

While in-person services in Florida courts remain limited and all jury trials in the court system were postponed through July 2, 2020, American businesses are consulting with lawyers as they prepare for a potential wave of coronavirus-related lawsuits in the post-pandemic world. The COVID-19 crisis has impacted almost all aspects of our lives, and… Read More »

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Using a Waiver to Protect Your Business from COVID-19 Liability Risks? Read These 7 Tips

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As Florida’s businesses continue to reopen after the state’s stay-at-home order expired on April 30, 2020, many companies are concerned about the risk of being sued after reopening. Requiring visitors to sign a liability waiver may be an efficient way to mitigate liability risks. However, when using waivers to protect yourself from COVID-19-related business… Read More »

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COVID-19: 6 Liability Risks a Business is Facing After Reopening

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As businesses across the nation are seeking protections from coronavirus-related liability, companies are facing a number of legal, regulatory, and liability risks after reopening in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. While businesses barely survived the government-mandated shutdowns, a possible wave of coronavirus-related lawsuits could discourage them from reopening to avoid liability risks. Social… Read More »

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Four Tips for Bringing a Business Interruption Claim in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As of April 28th, the Florida Department of Health reports that 33,193 COVID-19 cases have already been confirmed in the state. Unfortunately, the outbreak is still expected to last for several more weeks, maybe longer. At this point, many businesses have been restricted (or even closed) for multiple weeks. If your company has been… Read More »

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5 Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change Business Litigation Forever

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The coronavirus pandemic has had a tremendous impact on society, business, and the economy as a whole. The pandemic will change not only our personal hygiene habits but also business litigation. While not all of the impacts on commercial litigation may be long-lasting, it is evident that the way courts handle business disputes will… Read More »

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