Rogers Towers

1301 Riverplace Boulevard Suite 1500
Jacksonville, FL 32207, United States

Ms. McNeal Goes to Washington

For those of you who have followed our blog since its inception, you will know that one of our most discussed opinions is that of In re McNeal, in which the Eleventh Circuit held that a debtor may strip a wholly unsecured junior…more

Chapter 7, Consumer Bankruptcy, Lien Stripping, Mortgages, SCOTUS

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Rogers Towers: Florida’s Construction Lien Act: Who Is a Lienor?

We hear this term, lienor, but it is often misunderstood. One does not have to record a Claim of Lien to be a lienor. The Act provides that anyone who has the right to file a Construction lien is a lienor…more

Construction Liens, Contractors, Liens, Subcontractors

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Florida’s Slavin Doctrine: Alive, Well and Expanding?

In a recent opinion, the Fourth District Court of Appeal appears to have expanded the Slavin doctrine in the context of design professional liability. In McIntosh v. Progressive Design and Engineering, Inc. (Jan. 7, 2015), the…more

Appeals, Car Accident, Construction Industry, Contractors, Department of Transportation

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Authenticating Loan Records From Prior Lenders

In special assets litigation, a bank offers into evidence its own loan records as well as the records of other lenders who previously serviced the loan. However, Florida courts treat these records as inadmissible hearsay until…more

Banks, Business Records, Hearsay Exceptions, Loan Documentation, Promissory Notes

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Social Media and Spoliation

As we discussed in our previous post regarding the Christou case, social media is discoverable – and consequently subject to a litigation hold. From an evidentiary standpoint, social media is not without its shortcomings, and it…more

Evidence, Litigation Hold, Social Networks, Spoilation

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Issues of Agency in Garnishment Procedures

It is well established that after a judgment of default, a creditor may serve a writ of garnishment upon the debtor’s employer to collect the unpaid principal and interest of the underlying loan from the employee’s monthly…more

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Rogers Towers: Post-Judgment Recovery of Attorney’s Fees and Costs

One of the issues faced by a judgment creditor in pursuing collection of the judgment is the amount of attorney’s fees and costs that will be incurred in the collection efforts. They can be substantial and are generally not…more

Attorney's Fees, Judgment Creditors, Judgment Debtors, Legal Costs

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Rogers Towers: City Approves Partial Mobility Fee Waiver

The City of Jacksonville has enacted Ordinance 2013-94-E, granting a partial waiver of mobility fees for 18 months. The ordinance applies to both residential (single family and multifamily; existing lots and new development) and…more

Building Permits, Fees, Local Ordinance, Real Estate Development, Waivers

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Documentary Stamp Taxes: Enforcing a Promissory Note and Mortgage Prior to Payment

While failure to pay Florida’s documentary stamp taxes on a promissory note or mortgage can subject the offender to criminal and financial sanctions, the state’s courts of appeal are split when it comes to determining whether…more

Appeals, Enforcement Actions, Mortgages, Promissory Notes, Stamp Taxes

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Rogers Towers: Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA): Ceasing Communications with a Debtor's Attorney?

The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) gives a debtor the right to notify a debt collector that he or she wishes the debt collector to cease communication with respect to the debt, with some exceptions…more

Debt, Debt Collection, Debt Collectors, Debtors, FDCPA

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Documentary Stamp Taxes: Enforcing a Promissory Note and Mortgage Prior to Payment

While failure to pay Florida’s documentary stamp taxes on a promissory note or mortgage can subject the offender to criminal and financial sanctions, the state’s courts of appeal are split when it comes to determining whether…more

Appeals, Enforcement Actions, Mortgages, Promissory Notes, Stamp Taxes

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IBERIABANK v. Beneva

When an institution acquires a failed bank from the FDIC as Receiver and then faces litigation arising from the failed bank’s loans, FDIC “special powers” can often be asserted by the institution, as assignee of the FDIC as…more

Appeals, Assignments, Banks, Commercial Leases, Commercial Loans

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Where, Oh Where, Can My Lawsuit be Filed?

When preparing or negotiating the terms of construction contracts, parties often indicate where any dispute that may arise between the parties must be litigated. Courts will generally enforce such “venue” or “forum selection”…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Industry, Contract Negotiations, Contractors, Forum Selection Clause

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Rogers Towers: Impact of the Reorganization of the Jacksonville DEP Office

Located in Jacksonville, the Northeast District Office of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) will soon change its organizational structure to be consistent with the other DEP district offices and provide…more

Department of Environmental Protection, Reorganizations

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Foreclosing Lender Forced to File a Separate Action on Association Assessments

Foreclosing mortgagees often wait until after a foreclosure judgment and certificate of title are issued to determine the extent of liability to a homeowners or condominium association for past due assessments. But what if there…more

Condominium Associations, Condominiums, Foreclosure, Jurisdiction, Mortgage Lenders

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Rogers Towers: U.S. Construction, and Legal, Opportunities in Libya

Stepping off a plane in Tripoli at 6 am on September 12, 2012, Libya did not seem to be much of a prospect for American or other Western business opportunities, let alone construction or legal work, which I was there to further…more

Construction Contracts, Construction Site, Economic Development, Middle East

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Rogers Towers: Usury in Florida: Using the 365/360 Method to Calculate Interest

Many lending institutions use the 365/360 method of calculating interest on their loans. This method involves applying the ratio of the annual interest over a year of 360 days, multiplied by the outstanding principal balance,…more

Interest Rates, Lenders, Lending, Principal Balance, Usury

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Chapter 13 Debtors Choosing to Retain Residential Property and Not Claim Homestead Are Not Entitled to Wildcard Exemption

In Florida, it is well settled that a Chapter 7 debtor who does not claim or receive the benefit of the homestead exemption on his bankruptcy schedules is entitled to claim the “wildcard” exemption pursuant to Fla. Stat. §…more

Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Consumer Bankruptcy, Homestead Exemption, Primary Residence

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The Equal Credit Opportunity Act’s Safe Harbor for Assignees

In a previous post, we considered whether guarantors are considered to be “applicants” under the Equal Credit Opportunity Act (the “ECOA”), and today, we will consider whether assignees who acquire debt would be subject to…more

Assignees, Creditors, ECOA, Safe Harbors

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IBERIABANK v. Beneva

When an institution acquires a failed bank from the FDIC as Receiver and then faces litigation arising from the failed bank’s loans, FDIC “special powers” can often be asserted by the institution, as assignee of the FDIC as…more

Appeals, Assignments, Banks, Commercial Leases, Commercial Loans

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Rogers Towers: Florida House Bill 909 (2013): A Sigh of Relief for Water Mitigation Contractors and Restoration Companies

This past spring, the insurance and banking lobbies created quite a stir in the water and fire damage mitigation and restoration industry…more

Contractors, Lobbying, Property Damage, Rehabilitation and Restoration Plans

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Caveat Charities: Disgorging Donations as Fraudulent Transfers

The Bankruptcy Code permits a trustee to avoid transfers of property that a debtor has made within two years prior to its bankruptcy filing. In 1998, Congress added a safe-harbor provision for contributions to qualified…more

Charitable Donations, Consumer Bankruptcy, Disgorgement, Fraudulent Transfers, Religious Institutions

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Foreclosing Lender Forced to File a Separate Action on Association Assessments

Foreclosing mortgagees often wait until after a foreclosure judgment and certificate of title are issued to determine the extent of liability to a homeowners or condominium association for past due assessments. But what if there…more

Condominium Associations, Condominiums, Foreclosure, Jurisdiction, Mortgage Lenders

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Ms. McNeal Goes to Washington

For those of you who have followed our blog since its inception, you will know that one of our most discussed opinions is that of In re McNeal, in which the Eleventh Circuit held that a debtor may strip a wholly unsecured junior…more

Chapter 7, Consumer Bankruptcy, Lien Stripping, Mortgages, SCOTUS

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The Business Records Exception to the Hearsay Rule

When a bank assigns a mortgage to another bank, the assignor typically provides a loan payment history to the assignee as part of the transfer. If the assignee later brings suit to foreclose the mortgage, it is typical to seek…more

Assignees, Assignments, Banks, Foreclosure, Hearsay

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Disputes in the Manufacturing Supply Chain

Disputes in the automotive supply chain often involve questions concerning warranties, warranty disclaimers, limitations on remedies and limitations on damages. Understanding the basics of warranty law is critical to managing…more

Manufacturers, Statute of Limitations, Supply Chain, UCC, Warranties

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The Third District Weighs-in on the Application of the Statute of Limitation Defense to Mortgage Foreclosures

Who would have imagined that a dismissal with prejudice would be better for a lender than a dismissal without prejudice? It is counterintuitive to say the least, but when it comes to the application of the statute of limitations…more

Deutsche Bank, Dismissal With Prejudice, Foreclosure, Mortgage Lenders, Secured Lenders

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Chapter 13 Debtors Choosing to Retain Residential Property and Not Claim Homestead Are Not Entitled to Wildcard Exemption

In Florida, it is well settled that a Chapter 7 debtor who does not claim or receive the benefit of the homestead exemption on his bankruptcy schedules is entitled to claim the “wildcard” exemption pursuant to Fla. Stat. §…more

Chapter 13, Chapter 7, Consumer Bankruptcy, Homestead Exemption, Primary Residence

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Rogers Towers: Amendment to UCC Filing Requirements

Florida’s Uniform Commercial Code was subject to some recent changes and revisions which became effective on July 1, 2013. One change in particular was to Florida Statute § 679.5 16 which governs the UCC filing requirements in…more

Financial Restatements, New Legislation, Proposed Amendments, UCC

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If You Build It, “The Claims” Will Likely Come: Controlling Anticipated Risks In Large Projects

Sophisticated parties in large projects know that it is not unusual for claims of all types to occur during the course of the project. Despite everyone’s best efforts, claims for property damage, material loss and personal…more

Commercial General Liability Policies, Construction Industry, Construction Project, Liability Insurance, Real Estate Development

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Areas of Practice
  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business Organizations
  • Class Action
  • Commercial Law & Contracts
  • Construction Law
  • Debtor/Creditor
  • Energy & Utilities
  • Environmental Law
  • Family Law
  • Finance & Banking
  • Government
  • Health
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law & Trade
  • Labor & Employment Law
  • Litigation
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities Law
  • Taxation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning
  • Zoning, Planning & Land Use
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Other U.S. Locations
  • Florida
Number of Attorneys

50-100 Attorneys

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