st. augustine

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 […]
July 12, 2016

CREATIVE SENTENCING – OR NOT

A woman who left her dog in filth for a week spent the day picking up garbage at a dump.  A teen who didn’t pay for […]
February 16, 2016

MORE ARBITRATION PITFALLS

Our readers are well familiar now with many reasons why arbitration is not recommended in business to business contracts.  And more pitfalls keep coming to mind […]
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 […]
June 15, 2015

AN EYE ON APPEALS

A man fell off a ladder and died.  It is as tragic as it is improbable.  But the improbable did not stop there.  When a jury […]
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 […]
November 20, 2014

STALKING FOR PARKING

Talks of harassment, stalking, or restraining orders seem the stuff of domestic abuse cases.  But businesses, or at least business owners, are not immune to those […]
October 9, 2014

KEEP ON TRUCKIN’

Earlier this week we talked, albeit briefly, about overtime.  Today, we address a different kind of regulations which apply to certain industries.  These (usually) federal regulations […]
July 9, 2014

TAKING YOUR TIME FOR INTERNATIONAL DEALS

Taking one’s time when negotiating a commercial deal is always a good idea.  Too many contracts that start out as well thought out documents end up […]
June 18, 2014

RELIGION AND POLITICS

Many employers undoubtedly wish to keep those two often emotional topics out of the workplace.  Yet so long as people will have the gift of speech […]