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Kardashians Kept Out of Arbitration (and other recent arbitration news)

Just three weeks into the year and already my pile of arbitration cases is a skyscraper! So, I will cover a lot of ground in this update. First, the headline. Kimberly, Kourtney, and Khloe Kardashian moved to compel...more

Miami-Dade County Commission Approves Incentive-Driven Workforce Housing Ordinance

On December 20, 2016, the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners approved an Ordinance proposed by Commissioner Barbara Jordan that provides incentives for builders to offer workforce housing units in new...more

Florida School Board Settles Pregnancy Discrimination Case with U.S. Department of Justice

The Palm Beach County School Board (“School Board”) recently settled a lawsuit brought by the United States Justice Department alleging that a local school’s principal unlawfully demoted an assistant principal after she...more

Los contratos gubernamentales promueven cada vez más los objetivos relacionados con las políticas laborales

El año pasado, el gobierno federal implementó varias normas que exigen que sus contratistas cumplan con ciertos requisitos de trabajo justo. Por ejemplo, una norma federal finalizada en el mes de septiembre exige que los...more

Florida 4th DCA Reiterates Insurers Negligence Not Enough to Sustain Bad Faith Claim

Directs Judgment to be Entered in Favor of Insurer - In GEICO v. Harvey, (Fla. 4th DCA Jan. 4, 2017), Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal held that the trial court erred in denying the insurer’s motion for directed...more

What Is An Offer of Judgment And Can It Really Lower the Cost of or Shorten Litigation?

Insurance coverage litigation today is often time consuming and expensive. Many cases include claims for “bad faith” damages, and some cases seek punitive damages. To support their allegations, litigants will usually seek a...more

Florida District Court Rejects Use of Statute of Limitations as a Basis for Asserting Consumer Protection Claims

Action Item: Florida District Court rejects use of statute of limitations as a basis for asserting a consumer protection claim and finds that SOL Issue should be raised—if at all—as an affirmative defense to an actual...more

Resolución de Año Nuevo: Tránsito de Miami Beach

Después de acelerar el proceso de solicitud para el proyecto del tren ligero o tranvía moderno de Miami Beach, el mes pasado la comisión de la ciudad de Miami Beach puso un freno. En respuesta a las preocupaciones expresadas...more

Mental Health, Baker Act, and Firearms: What's an Agency to Do?

Florida’s law enforcement agencies are frequently presented with calls for service involving individuals threatening others or themselves. When qualifying conditions are met, officers may involuntarily commit those who pose a...more

Government Contracts Increasingly Further Labor-Policy Goals

This past year, the federal government implemented a variety of rules requiring that its contractors meet certain fair-labor requirements. For example, a federal rule finalized in September requires federal contractors to...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Week Ending January 6, 2017

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure – Involuntary Dismissal: although lender’s witnesses failed to explain lender’s loan payment history statement, the statement reflected the principal amount due and had been admitted...more

Allegedly Time-Barred Foreclosures Do Not Form Basis for FDCPA/FCCPA Lawsuits Outside Bankruptcy Context

In an order issued yesterday, Judge Dalton of the Middle District of Florida held that in a non-bankruptcy context, allegations that collection of a mortgage debt is barred by the statute of limitations do not form a...more

Everything You Need To Know About Florida Deficiency Judgments – Part I

A mortgage judgment in Florida does two things – it sets the amount owed to the lender, and it orders the sale of the mortgaged property and applies the proceeds to pay down the debt. Where the sale proceeds are insufficient...more

New Year’s Resolution: Miami Beach Transit

After expediting the solicitation process for the Miami Beach light rail/modern streetcar project, the Miami Beach City Commission hit the brakes last month. In response to concerns voiced by City residents, the Commission...more

New Developments, New Fees: Orlando Residential Developments Face Park Impact Fees

Effective March 1, 2017, Park Impact Fees will be assessed on new residential permits issued throughout the City of Orlando. The fees are as follows...more

Recently Proposed Pollution Notice Rule Struck as Invalid

The Division of Administrative Hearings ("DOAH") recently struck down the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's ("FDEP") proposed Public Notice of Pollution Rule 62-4.161 ("the Rule") in response to a petition...more

Insurable Interest Found in Life Insurance Policies Procured by Investors Through Fraudulent STOLI Scheme

The Florida Supreme Court recently held that life insurance policies procured by investors through a STOLI scheme did not violate Florida’s insurable interest statute and could not be challenged after the two-year...more

Inbound Call Experts to Pay $10 Million for Consumer Redress

Florida-based tech support scheme, Inbound Call Expert, doing business as Advanced Tech Support, will pay $10 million for consumer redress in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) final order. The FTC, and the...more

Privacy Tip #67 – Don’t Fall for Telemarketing Schemes Offering to Fix Your Computer

I received a call last week on my home land line and when I picked it up (hardly anyone I want to actually talk to calls my home telephone number) the caller on the other end informed me that he was from “Microsoft 10,” that...more

Florida's Minimum Wage Rate Increases January 1, 2017

Effective January 1, 2017, Florida's minimum wage rate will increase from $8.05 per hour to $8.10 per hour. The increase is calculated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and is based on the percentage increase...more

New Executive Order on Zika Virus Extends Tolling Period Available for Certain Development Permits and Approvals

On June 23, 2016 Governor Scott issued Executive Order 16-149 declaring a state of emergency in certain Florida counties due to the threat posed by the Zika virus. That state of emergency was extended in August and October...more

Terminated Disney Employees Allege that Outsourcing Work to Indian Workers Discriminated against American Workers

Disney continues to face legal repercussions from the company’s 2014/15 layoffs of numerous American IT workers, and the outsourcing of their functions to two Indian companies employing H-1B workers. On Monday, Dec. 12th,...more

Don’t lock out your tenant, even if the lease says so

A Florida landlord recently learned that “self-help” is not allowed for evicting a tenant, even if the parties’ lease says it is. In Palm Beach Florida Hotel and Office Building Limited Partnership v. Nantucket...more

Auditor Liability: The Case against PwC

At least as far back as the Enron scandal and subsequent enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley, accountants and auditors have been viewed as uniquely positioned to serve a crucial watchdog role. Among their many functions, they...more

Update Beneficiary Designations After Divorce or Annulment

On July 1, 2015, the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal held, with a few exceptions, upon entry of a final judgment of dissolution or annulment, any provision of a will that “affects” a former spouse is void under...more

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