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Price Fixing, Collusion and the Realtor’s Settlement: There’s a Lesson to be Learned

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

You may not give much thought to collusion, the act of working with your competitors to fix or agree on prices. But collusion is illegal, and can get you sued, whether by consumer or by the government, as the recent lawsuit related to realtors’ commissions demonstrates. Realtor’s Settlement As you may know from buying… Read More »

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Don’t Discriminate Against Employees who File for Bankruptcy

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Filing for bankruptcy is not a “Scarlet Letter,” or a mark of some kind of shame for people who do file. Nonetheless, as an employer you may have, and have a right to have, your own opinion on what it means when employees file for bankruptcy. What you don’t have a right to do,… Read More »

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The Dangers of Commingling Business and Personal Assets and Property

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

One of the great things about operating as a duly formed and legally recognized Florida corporation is the corporate protection for liabilities. Absent personal wrongdoing (like fraud), or your signing a personal guarantee, your personal assets cannot be touched or collected upon, to satisfy the debts, liabilities, or judgments, of the company. But despite… Read More »

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What Happens to a Company When a Manager of an LLC Dies?

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

If you have worked hard to create a successful business, the intention may be for that business to carry on after you are gone. Whether it supports your family after you pass, or whether you intend for your family to actually operate the business, succession planning is something that you should plan for right… Read More »

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Apple Gets Sued for Not Paying Retail Employees

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

You would never think of not paying your employees. Aside from knowing it’s illegal, it’s also just immoral. You stay on top of wage and labor laws, and know who is supposed to be paid what. One thing you know is that employees need to be paid for every hour that they work. Except,… Read More »

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Some Injuries Can be Slow To Develop

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Let’s say that you get into an accident. You feel a little funny, but overall, you feel fine. Maybe you even agree to go to the emergency room, and they find nothing. You go home, assuming that you came out of the accident uninjured. You May Actually be Injured But not so fast. The… Read More »

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A Rundown of New Florida Laws Going Into Effect January 1, 2023

By Michael Pike |

Several new laws are set to take effect on New Year’s Day, focusing on issues like newborn health care, toll relief and, of course, the shaky property insurance system. Here’s a look at them: Electronic filing of taxes (SB 2514) The law lowers the threshold for Florida taxpayers to file electronically from $20,000 to… Read More »

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Case Result: Did Award-Winning Photographer Bring Copyright Case Over Unregistered Photos? Defense Lawyers Say Yes

By Michael Pike |

A lawsuit by Florida resident Charles Ngo over the alleged use of a copyrighted photograph by award-winning Texas photographer Tom Hussey has developed into a claim of fraud on the court, as the defense asserts the photo was never registered as claimed. South Florida lawyers Daniel Lustig, Michael J. Pike and Dominique Torsiello claim award-winning Texas photographer Tom… Read More »

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Case Result: Should Have Skipped Leg Day: Gym Records Crush Defendant’s Protection Against $2.2M Judgment

By Michael Pike |

A California dentist’s gym records foiled his alleged plans to avoid paying a $2.2 million judgment against him by claiming Florida homestead protection. A California resident’s reported love for exercise helped dash his chance of escaping a nearly $2.2 million judgment against him, plaintiffs lawyer Michael Pike said. The result was a landmark ruling against… Read More »

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Pike & Lustig Case Result: South Florida Marketing Agency Wins $2.5 Million Verdict in Copyright Case

By Michael Pike |

West Palm Beach lawyers won a $2.55 million verdict earlier this month in a copyright infringement case. A South Florida marketing agency that designed a website to promote singles clubs along the East Coast won a $2.55 million copyright infringement judgment earlier this month after one of its clients had the design copied and… Read More »

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Pike & Lustig Client Lands Deal On Shark Tank

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Alexiou Gibson, CEO and President of The Transformation Factory, recently landed a deal with Mark Cuban and Kevin Hart on the Season Finale of ABC’s Shark Tank. The Transformation Factory, now a multi-million dollar company, manufactures and sells nutrient-rich sea moss gel on a global scale. Managing Partner Michael Pike and Associate Andrew Boloy… Read More »

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What To Know Before Hiring Someone To Put Up Your Christmas Lights

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

There’s no better way to show off your Christmas spirit than by decorating your home with a festive display of holiday lights. However, we all know that the task can be a bit daunting, and even a bit dangerous. Therefore, you might be considering a professional service this year. However, there are a few… Read More »

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Eleventh Circuit Court Of Appeals Dismissed FDUTPA Claim, Clarifies Federal Preemption

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On November 8th, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit dismissed a Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practice Act (FDUTPA) claim filed against Bermuda based rum  and gin maker Bacardi. In doing so, the federal appeals courts clarified the preemption standard for deceptive and unfair trade practices cases. Here, our… Read More »

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Timothy O’Neill Joins Pike & Lustig LLP

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Pike & Lustig is pleased to announce the addition of Timothy O’Neill as senior associate and trial attorney at Pike & Lustig LLP. Timothy O’Neill practices in the areas of business litigation, partnership disputes, real estate litigation, estate, and trust litigation, and intellectual property litigation. Timothy received his Bachelor of Science Degree from the University… Read More »

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Pike & Lustig Delivers 300+ Free Lunches To Healthcare Workers At Palms West Hospital

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

On September 17, 2021, Michael Pike and members of the Pike & Lustig team delivered lunch to the entire staff at Palms West Hospital. More than 300 healthcare workers were treated to the complimentary lunches as a small thank you for the work they have been doing throughout the pandemic. “It’s the least that… Read More »

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Attorney Daniel Lustig Quoted In The Sun Sentinel

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

Attorney Daniel Lustig, of the firm Pike & Lustig, said any negligence by a condo association could put owners at risk of losing their insurance coverage, leaving them with no compensation for the loss of their homes. “The insurance company for the condominium association will try to latch itself to anything to avoid coverage,”… Read More »

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Civil RICO Liability: Forced Divestiture, Dissolution Or Reorganization

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organization Act (RICO Act) contains civil provisions. A civil RICO lawsuit may be filed by an individual, private company, or a government agency. One of the most notable things about civil RICO litigation is that plaintiffs can obtain treble damages. Defendants could face significant financial liability if they lose… Read More »

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Pike & Lustig Wins in Appellate Court: Circuit Court Judge’s Ruling Reversed

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

In the case of Thomas G. Hinners, Mary J. Wamser and Florida Affordable Housing, Inc. (Appellants) v. Brian J. Hinners (Appellee) in Florida’s District Court of Appeal’s 4th District, Pike & Lustig Partners Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig represented the Appellants in their request to reverse the judge’s ruling on their case in circuit… Read More »

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Michael Pike and Pike & Lustig are happy to support our colleague and friend, Grasford Smith, in his pursuit for re-election to the Palm Beach County Bar Association’s Board of Directors

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

“Grasford has been serving the community for much of my legal carrier in several voluntary bar organizations. He has served our community, our attorneys and the general public in every endeavor he has undertaken. This proven track record of success establishes that Grasford is the right choice!”   – Michael Pike, Managing Partner, Pike… Read More »

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Holiday Party Liability

By Michael Pike and Daniel Lustig |

The holidays are upon us and although this year may look a bit different than others, friends and family wishing to get together will undoubtedly find a way to do so. Although Florida Health recommends that everyone refrain from hosting gatherings of more than 10 people, there are no actual travel restrictions currently in… Read More »

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