Federal Court

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 […]
December 6, 2016

APPLE VS SAMSUNG – IT’S NOT OVER

One would think that a U.S. Supreme Court decision puts finality to a legal battle, even one between two giants of the business world.  But that […]
August 3, 2016

TIGHT-ROPE WAKING

An old maxim holds that every wrong should have a remedy.  For better or worse, this is not exactly true.  Before one can avail oneself of […]
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 […]
February 15, 2016

WHY EVEN LIBERALS SHOULD MOURN JUSTICE SCALIA

In 1953, Justice Jackson wished that the Court could have decided a case that came before them “by analysis of the statute instead of by psychoanalysis of […]
October 24, 2014

CIRCUIT SPLIT

Our last post explained how any of the nearly 400,000 cases filed in Federal Court each year may work its way up to the U.S. Supreme […]
October 23, 2014

SUPREME COURT TERM STARTED

The beginning of the Supreme Court’s 2014-15 is a good opportunity to take a moment and step back to review how those headline-making cases end up there […]