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“Why Remote Depositions Are Likely Here To Stay,” Law360

While many courts have held telephonic hearings for years, depositions have historically been conducted in person. The reasons for this are self-evident. First, an attorney taking a deposition will often want to use exhibits, and those exhibits will need to be shared with and manipulated by the deponent and the deponent’s counsel. Second, an attorney […]

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“Uber, Lyft No-Show Sparks House Panel Talk Of New Regs,” Law360

Uber and Lyft skipped out on a hearing this week before a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee panel, which has resulted in heightened scrutiny over the ride-hailing industry’s regulatory oversight. Business Litigation Shareholder Mark Stempler, who previously represented a Broward taxicab company in a regulatory dispute with Uber, commented on the issue: “There’s no one […]

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“Fla. Defamation Suit Shield Doesn’t Extend To Books, Movies,” Law360

Jon Polenberg, Yasin Daneshfar, and Andrew Polenberg represented Francisco Javier Ospina Baraya, the grandson of a former Colombian president, in a defamation suit that went up against publishing powerhouses Penguin Random House and Little, Brown and Company, among others. The ruling, in favor of the client, sets a precedent for defamation law in Florida. The appeals […]

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Becker Snags Construction Litigation Pro In Florida

Law360 (March 29, 2019, 4:18 PM EDT) — Florida-based firm Becker & Poliakoff PA has picked up some new firepower in its construction and litigation practices, adding a veteran litigator with more than 20 years’ experience from Boyd & Jenerette PA. Randy R. Dow comes to Becker as a shareholder in the firm’s West Palm Beach, Florida, office, […]

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“Becker & Poliakoff Launches Opportunity Zone Practice,” Law360

Becker & Poliakoff PA has launched a multidisciplinary opportunity zone practice to help clients navigate investing in the new low-income zones established by the 2017 tax reform law, the firm announced. The firm put together attorneys from their government policy, real estate, construction, public-private partnership, corporate and estate planning groups to provide comprehensive guidance for […]

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Keith Broll on How Contract Provisions Can Indemnify a Contractor’s Negligence

What if parties themselves could dictate which of them would be ultimately responsible for liabilities stemming from the business transaction and what if that was done with enforcement from the courts? Moreover, what if your agreement could be enforceable even where it dictates that one or more of the parties is responsible for another party’s […]

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Why Construction Companies Should Prioritize Protective Equipment

The construction industry is booming and is expected to continue to grow as we head into 2019. Given such growth, it should come as no surprise that construction workers are suffering an inordinate amount of serious occupational injuries. What may come as a surprise, however, is that construction accounts for 21 percent of America’s work-related […]

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Gary Schaaf on Labor Shortages and Construction Contract Needs

If you’re a fan of real estate development, now is a great time to be living, working and playing in Tampa. Between the skyline-altering Water Street Tampa project, and two other multi-billion dollar projects underway at Tampa International Airport and Port Tampa Bay, construction cranes dominate the city’s horizon. But, in keeping with the law […]

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A State Of Flux For Derivative Actions In Florida

Behind the scenes of the Florida Business Corporation Act, or FBCA, business lawyers are debating amendments that may change how shareholders bring derivative lawsuits. At present, a rift exists between the law and the courts’ ruling on the law regarding demand futility. The demand requirement is a concept concerning shareholder derivative actions that holds that […]

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Creditors Say Florida Insurance Company Fraudulently Dumped Assets

Law360 (October 17, 2018, 8:25 PM EDT) — A trustee for creditors of ATIF Inc. filed suit Tuesday in Florida bankruptcy court alleging the bankrupt title insurance underwriter’s 2015 transfer of assets worth millions of dollars to Old Republic National Title Insurance Co. was a fraudulent attempt to avoid paying creditors. Daniel J. Stermer, the trustee for the […]

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