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Category Archives: Commercial Litigation

Agreement

Does Your Business Need An Operating Agreement? Yes, And Here’s Why

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In life, it can be easy to skip over the details. The same can be said for business. If you run or own an LLC, it may be easy to want to skip over the formality of having a written operating agreement. But for a number of reasons, that could be a very big… Read More »

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Snooping Into Someone Else’s Computer Can Have Serious Consequences

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

When there is a business dispute, especially a dispute among former partners, shareholders or people who worked together, the incentive to snoop into, or even hack into, the other party’s emails or other online data, can be pretty enticing. But there are laws against this kind of activity, and the penalties can be severe…. Read More »

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Subpoena

What To Do If You’re Not In A Lawsuit, But You Get A Subpoena

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Your business isn’t in trouble. You’re not in any lawsuits and you’re not suing anyone. Nobody’s even upset with you (that you know of). And yet, suddenly you receive a subpoena for a deposition. What’s this all about? Why do you have this? And most importantly, what do you do now? Getting Information From… Read More »

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BankLegal

What’s An Assignment For The Benefit Of Creditors?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

If your business isn’t doing well, and you have creditors, you may be considering bankruptcy. But there may be other reasons why a bankruptcy won’t work for you, or why you may not want to file for bankruptcy. You could just sell all your stuff yourself, outside of bankruptcy, and use the money to… Read More »

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Defamation

The Basics Of Defamation Law

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

If you say anything negative about somebody, you’re certain to get a threat of being sued for defamation or slander. It seems more people threaten defamation, than actually know what it is. Regardless of whether you’re the one being defamed, or you’re trying to prevent getting in trouble for defaming someone else, a quick… Read More »

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BusinessLawsuit

Shareholder Vs. Shareholder: Individual Or Derivative Lawsuits?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

As you may know, a shareholder can sue a company and its owners or directors, for mismanagement of the company, or for dereliction of their fiduciary duties to the company. But what about one shareholder or partner (in a partnership) suing another? Do those cases have to be brought as derivative actions—that is, on… Read More »

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Who Owns That Intellectual Property? Depends On Whether It’s Work For Hire

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

It’s the company holiday party, or summer party, or a charity event. You ask someone to take some pictures of the event, to put it on your website, or on social media. That’s a great idea from a marketing standpoint. But have you thought about the copyright problems that may be involved with that?… Read More »

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Being Dishonest Can Get You in Trouble Under FDUTPA

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Honesty is a good thing in life. But is it illegal to be dishonest? Unfair? Deceptive? You may say that these are bad qualities to have, but not illegal. But in fact there is a law that makes just these types of business practices illegal. Florida’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act The law is Florida’s… Read More »

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Handling Partnership Disputes in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In business your partners are often your friends, or at least people that you have a somewhat amicable relationship with. Hopefully, that carries on throughout the partnership. But sometimes it doesn’t. Whether it’s the business that infects the personal relationship, or the other way around, sometimes things go bad in business partnerships. How do… Read More »

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CourtHouse

Do You Want a Remote Jury? Maybe Not.

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Although the courthouse continues to function virtually for hearings and non-jury matters, one thing has changed as a result of the COVID 19 crisis: Jury trials. In-person jury selection and trials have ceased since the pandemic began. If you have a case where you would normally want or have the right to a jury… Read More »

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