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Category Archives: lawsuits

Attorneys Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig in the Daily Business Review “After South Florida’s Lawyer’s Suicide, Fight Over Alleged Misappropriated Funds”

By Michael Pike |

Connecticut-based Twin City Fire Insurance Co., an affiliate of the Hartford Financial Services Group, has filed a federal lawsuit in Florida denying any liability for former West Palm Beach lawyer Leonel R. Plasencia, who killed himself in 2017, allegedly before turning over settlement money owed to clients in a personal injury case. Michael J…. Read More »

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Attorney Michael Pike Argues To Send iPhone to Apple In the Case Of The Missing Teen Boaters – Sun-Sentinel

By Michael Pike |

Sun-Sentinel Article Published on 4/30/2016 An iPhone recovered in last year’s at-sea disappearance of two Tequesta teens will be sent immediately to Apple in hopes the tech giant retrieves vital information from it, a judge ordered Friday afternoon. “Good luck,” Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Gregory Keyser told the families of Perry Cohen and… Read More »

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Making the First Move: Declaratory Judgment Actions

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Most people think of lawsuits as straightforward things. One person or company thinks they were wronged by another, and then they sue the alleged wrongdoer. However, real lawsuits are often messier than that. Defendants may have their own grievances with plaintiffs, and they may bring counterclaims or multiple defendants may bring claims against each… Read More »

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The Geography of a Lawsuit Part 2: Venue Law

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The U.S. court system is a patchwork of many different courts covering different geographic areas. Figuring out which of these different courts is the right one to file a lawsuit in can be of major importance to a case. It can change what law applies. It can alter the types of people who are… Read More »

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The Geography of a Lawsuit Part One: Personal Jurisdiction

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Most people think that issues about the jurisdiction and reach of different courts across the country sounds like a dry topic, and for the most part that intuition is correct. Questions of jurisdiction tend to be more of a tactical and procedural matter for lawyers to worry over, rather than anything business litigation clients… Read More »

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A Business Negotiation Primer

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

People who find themselves involved in litigation often make the mistake of thinking about it like a sport, with each side trying to score points and the judge in the middle watching closely as a referee. However in real life, business litigation often does not look like that. Much of litigation involves posturing and… Read More »

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How to Handle Squatters in Florida

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Discovering that a home has become the residence of a squatter is always an unsettling experience. If the home is privately owned, it can feel like a violation of the owner’s privacy. If it is a commercially owned property, then the squatters can mean serious financial damage to the property’s value. Fortunately, the law… Read More »

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Dealing with Bad Reviews Online

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Internet review platforms like Yelp have provided a voice for any customer to broadcast their experience with a company to the world at large. While this benefits companies that receive consistently strong reviews, it also allows a small number of dissatisfied customers to do serious damage to a company’s reputation and its bottom line…. Read More »

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Options for Handling Bad Customers

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

People just starting out in a business often think that any customer is a good customer, but often that is not the case. While putting up with the occasional rudeness might be worthwhile, customers who are constantly demanding or unreasonably failing to live up to their duties can end up costing a business more… Read More »

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When Your Words Come Back to Haunt You: Emails as Evidence

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Emails have become a ubiquitous part of the modern business landscape. They, along with texting and instant messaging, have created a massive textual record of conversations between colleagues that used to happen over the phone or in person, never to be written down. Of course, as with many new technologies, the convenience comes with… Read More »

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