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200 New Condo Towers Planned In South Florida Since May 2011

An exciting announcement was recently made in South Florida - between May 2011 and today more than 200 new condo towers east of I-95 in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have been scheduled to be built. Yes, this...more

The Womble Carlyle Economic Development Digest - March 12, 2014

Womble Carlyle’s Economic Development Digest aggregates news, opportunities and legislation impacting business in the United States....more

Florida’s False Claims Act – Did You Know It Changed Last Year?

In June 2013, Florida’s legislature significantly amended Florida’s False Claims Act, Fla. Stat. §§ 68.081-68.092 (“FFCA”), effective July 1, 2013. Although these amendments have not received much publicity or commentary,...more

FinCEN Director Discusses 2014 Priorities

On February 20, in remarks to the Florida International Bankers Association Anti-Money Laundering Conference, FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery reviewed FinCEN’s key initiatives over the past year and outlined...more

Mayor Speaks Of Miami’s Emergence In Technology Sector

Miami’s technology movement is not on the brink of happening…it is happening and it’s happening now. With the Downtown Development Authority’s success in facilitating hedge fund Universa Investments’ relocation to Miami, and...more

Healthcare Sector Heating Up Throughout South Florida

The University of Miami just announced plans to build a 200,000 square foot medical facility at its main campus in Coral Gables. Currently, many of UM’s medical facilities are concentrated in Miami’s Health District, where...more

Facebook Fishing Expeditions Prohibited

In Root v. Balfour Beatty Const., LLC, 2014 WL 444005 (Fla. 2d DCA February 5, 2014), Florida joined a growing list of courts around the country that expressly prohibit “fishing expeditions” in social media discovery. Root...more

Three Reasons to See a Doctor Quickly After Sustaining a Head Injury in a Florida Vehicle Accident

The brain controls almost every function in the body, so any head injury should be taken seriously. However, many people whose injuries appear minor just take a pill for the headache and move on without even considering...more

Editorial: Pitfalls In Fla.'s Revised Condo Termination Statute

In 2007, the condominium termination statute (Section 718.117 of Florida Statutes) was completely rewritten to address problems with an aging condominium inventory and declarations that typically required 100 percent of unit...more

Florida Law Can Recognize Employer Liability in Construction Site Accidents and Other Workplace Injury Claims

Because of the high likelihood of sustaining injuries at construction sites, most workers know from personal experience that they must file workers’ compensation claims to obtain compensation for on-the-job injuries. The...more

Florida Court Holds Insurer Not Estopped From Denying Pre-Tender Costs

In its recent decision in Embroidme.Com, Inc. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7715 (S.D. Fla. Jan. 23, 2014), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida had occasion to...more

Federal Judge Dismisses All Anti-Kickback Claims in Halifax Hospital Medical Center Case

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. district judge in the Halifax Hospital Medical Center (Hospital) case pending in the Middle District of Florida granted the Hospital's motion to dismiss all of the relator's anti-kickback law...more

Florida Employers May (Still) Terminate Their Employees For Insubordination

In a legal environment where employers often feel the deck is stacked against them, it is good to know that Florida courts will support employers who do not discriminate, when they need to terminate an insubordinate employee....more

Real Estate Tip – Part 2: Planning Board Demands: When Are They Unconstitutional?

Koontz v. St. John’s River Water Management District 133 S.Ct. 2586 (2013) - In our last real estate tip, we saw how the U.S. Supreme Court under the Nollan and Dolan cases test conditions of approval under the 5th...more

Slip-And-Fall and the Banana Peel

The person who slips and falls on a banana peel is a classic element in many physical comedy routines. But there is nothing funny about the thousands of Floridians who are injured in such an incident. These slip-and-fall...more

Revised Florida LLC Act Takes Effect January 1, 2014 For Newly-Formed LLCs

New Florida LLC Act Does Not Apply To Existing LLCs until January 1, 2015, Unless Prior Application is Elected - Effective January 1, 2014, the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (the “New Florida LLC Act”),...more

Miami Hotel Outlook For 2014

Attracting International Travelers - The economic outlook for the Miami hotel market continues to be positive for 2014. Many expect strong demand and continued growth in the hospitality sector due to increasing numbers...more

Thinking Of Establishing Florida Residency? What To Consider Before Changing Your Legal Residence

Many clients whose family circumstances and employment situation permit them to spend in excess of six months every year in Florida may elect to become Florida residents. The biggest advantage, compared to being Michigan...more

It is Now Illegal in Florida to Drive Too Slow in the Fast Lane

Did you know that in Florida you can get a traffic ticket for driving too slowly? In July, Florida passed a comprehensive highway bill that included a provision to allow police to ticket certain slow drivers. Specifically, it...more

Contracts For Future Residential Construction Fuel Florida Rebound

The total dollar value of contracts for future residential construction in Florida has risen more than 45 percent for the year to date, which translates into approximately $1.2 billion of new construction work in a state that...more

Sometimes Hiring a New Employee Can Invite an Unwanted Lawsuit

Let’s set the scene: Your search for an employee with the required job skills and experience results in your Florida-based company’s decision to hire someone presently working for your competitor. During the salary/benefit...more

Court Says It’s Time to Pay The Piper, Even if the Piper Hasn’t Paid: Fee Provisions and Third Party Payments

Employers who have the foresight to draft a non-compete agreement often fail to consider some of the potentially adverse financial ramifications from enforcing the non-compete agreement through litigation. Most employers...more

Valid Non-Compete Agreement Declared Ineffective: Hard Lessons from Soft Language

Even a valid non-compete agreement can fail to provide the scope of protection that the drafter expects. In March 2012, Florida’s Fifth Circuit of Appeal decided Heiderich v. Florida Equine Veterinary Services, Inc., 37 Fla....more

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