Government Agencies

January 9, 2018

BANKRUPTCY’S FRESH START

For small businesses, just as for individuals, bankruptcy should dispose of all disputes with their creditors.  A discharge under Chapter 7 or confirmation of a payment […]
December 21, 2017

WHAT TO MY WONDERING EYES SHOULD APPEAR…

… but a massive, enormous, extravagant Christmas lights display on what used to be a quiet residential corner. In an era when enterprising people organize paying […]
October 26, 2017

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR LLC’S CORPORATE VEIL

Limited liability is the cornerstone of modern, corporate free enterprise.  It means the entrepreneur puts no more of their personal fortune at risk than they invest […]
October 17, 2017

A NEW TWIST TO AN OLD QUESTION ABOUT NON-COMPETES

The purpose of non-compete agreements, paradoxically, is to allow competition (there is a right to work and compete), all while preventing unfair competition by protecting employers’ Legitimate Business […]
August 17, 2017

FIRE THEM! OR CAN YOU?

In the wake of the events in Charlottesville, a question came up in the business community.  Can you fire someone for being a white supremacist? The […]
August 4, 2017

THE SCOURGE OF PROFESSIONAL PLAINTIFFS

The ADA is a noble law, and not just for bleeding-heart types of reasons. Certainly, it is primarily motivated by the emotional desire to see those […]
August 3, 2017

BUT WE’RE FAMILY!

We’re all family.  We all get along.  So we don’t need to pay a lawyer to prepare all kinds of paperwork for our family business. Right? […]
July 25, 2017

YOU’RE ON JURY DUTY. NOW WHAT?

If you have been selected for jury duty, a New York Times headline might have grabbed your attention.  It said that “Jury Secrecy Doesn’t Apply if […]
July 19, 2017

DELTA MESSED UP. ARE THE LAWYERS TO BLAME?

The most useful and most ignored advice in crisis management is this: say it early, say it all, and say it yourself. But when media personality […]
February 10, 2017

DOWN IN THE TRENCHES

Do you know the difference between general and special damages? One “actually and necessarily” flows from the alleged wrong; the other “might result” from it but […]
January 31, 2017

CHOOSE YOUR REGISTERED AGENT CAREFULLY

For businesses, the first quarter of each year brings a number of fiscal and legal obligations.  A business must, for instance, file its Annual Report with […]
January 24, 2017

HOW THE YEAR ENDED

The Florida Supreme Court decides remarkably few civil decisions, and even fewer commercial ones.  Its docket is dominated by review of death-penalty decisions and updating rules […]
November 2, 2016

WHAT IS YOURS IS MINE

A Chinese-American restaurateur wished to purchase a second restaurant.  For reasons that are not known but do not matter either, he decided to keep the down […]
July 20, 2016

STILL FIGHTING OVER WHO PAYS

A few statutes provide that the prevailing party receives their attorneys’ fees back from the other side.  One would think that who wins in a lawsuit […]
June 9, 2016

OVERTIME PART 2

Our last blog built on the Department of Labor’s new rules on overtime to remind business owners of some basic principles, and warn of some pitfalls. […]
June 6, 2016

OVERTIME RULE CHANGES: WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

It has been a couple of weeks since the Department of Labor finalized new rules for overtime compensation.  In our 24/7 news cycle, those changes stayed […]
March 2, 2016

ENDLESS OVERSIGHT (OR HOW BIG BROTHER IS STILL WATCHING YOU)

Executive action is a hallmark of every administration, even more so in a divided government.  So it should be no surprise that 2015 was, and 2016 […]
August 5, 2015

WHEN A SMALL WIN CAN HERALD A BIGGER ONE

It seemed a narrow case, one of those of no interest to anyone but the parties involved.  A law that gave the federal government the right […]
May 29, 2015

STORIES IN MISCONDUCT

To an employer, the words “You can’t fire me! I quit!” are music to the ears.  Employees who quit are ineligible for unemployment.  Those who are […]
May 14, 2015

MAKING NOBODY HAPPY

This past April, the U.S. Supreme Court published yet another opinion dealing with the Administrative State.  The number of opinions in that arena each year is […]
May 8, 2015

DUAL TRACKS

Our firm occasionally confronts the administrative state on our clients’ behalf.   An unexpected consequence of its very existence is that two litigants may at times be […]