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“Fla. Construction Defect Bill Would Hurt Consumer Interests,” Law360

Last year, Florida politicians attempted to weaponize Chapter 558 of the Florida Statutes and eviscerate the cause of action for violations of the Florida Building Code. Thankfully, that legislation died in committee and never saw the light of day. Unfortunately, through H.B. 583 filed by Rep. Clay Yarborough, R-Jacksonville, and S.B. 736 filed by Sen. […]

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Becker Defends New Mother Accusing Former Employer of Pregnancy Bias

Becker successfully advocated for our client – a former sales executive with Nice Systems, Inc. – and helped her win the right to present her story of discrimination and retaliation before a trial. Employment litigator Jamie Dokovna represented new mom Stacey Malo, while counsel for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) presented their objective […]

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“Older Attorneys Face Unique Hurdles In Late-Career Lateral Moves,” Law360

Older attorneys face unique issues when making late-career lateral moves or finding new jobs after decades at the same law firms, according to industry recruiters. Many law firms still have mandatory retirement ages and succession plans for when senior partners are expected to transition their business to their younger colleagues. And while some firms welcome […]

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“Ex-Fla. Lawmaker Joins Becker & Poliakoff’s Gov’t Practice,” Law360

Former Florida lawmaker Katie Edwards-Walpole recently told Law360 that she chose to join Becker due, in large part, to the firm’s commitment to innovation and collaboration. Becker welcomed Katie to its Government Law & Lobbying team just prior before Election Day 2020. Bernie Friedman, the team’s chair, believes that Katie’s extensive experience – both in […]

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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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