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Jose Luis Baloyra Featured In Law360

Becker’s newest Shareholder, Jose Luis Baloyra, is featured in the latest edition of Law360’s Real Estate Authority section. His move has also been featured in the South Florida Business Journal.  Mr. Baloyra provides counsel to condominium and homeowner associations and has been involved in all aspects of community association law. His work with these communities includes […]

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“Retweets As Evidence: The Developing Case Law” – Law360

Social media encourages seamless communication among a variety of different platforms, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok. Commentators no longer need to gain notoriety before having their opinions published, broadcast, or heard by millions. Today, social media platforms provide us with the ability to share ideas and opinions with the simple touch of a […]

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“Tax Equity Requires Reinstating the Home Office Deduction” – Law360

Over the past two and a half years, the job market has changed tremendously due to the COVID-19 pandemic. During this unprecedented time, employees have experienced a new normal that included working from home, eliminating both the time and cost of commuting to the office. Unable to go to the office, employees were forced to […]

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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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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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Airline Contractor Sues Supplier Over Banned Hand Sanitizer

Law360 (October 11, 2018, 7:49 PM EDT) — Airline amenities provider Linstol USA LLC sued a hand sanitizer maker Thursday in Florida federal court for allegedly failing to tell Linstol of a U.S. Food and Drug Administration ban on the product, which Linstol says cost the company its contract with United Airlines. In a suit filed in the Middle District […]

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Law360 Highlights New Partner Trio in Florida Offices

            In an October 4th article titled “Becker & Poliakoff Lands Partner Trio In Fla. Offices,” Law360 took note of Becker’s  continued, fast-paced growth in key practice areas including  real estate, community associations, development, zoning and land use, as well as business litigation. The story reported that David K. Blattner, […]

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Cabbies In Uphill Battle Against Regulators Over Uber Rules

Law360 (May 2, 2018, 9:11 PM EDT) — The Second Circuit’s finding that traditional taxicabs weren’t unconstitutionally harmed by New York City rules governing ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft may derail similar challenges in other cities from taxicabs seeking more hard-line rules for their new rivals, attorneys say. In another setback for taxicabs claiming […]

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