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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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