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Hudson County Jury Awards $10M in Consumer Fraud Case Against Builder

By Celia Ampel, June 26, 2017. This article originally appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal. Reprinted with permission. In Grandview at Riverwalk Port Imperial Condominium Association v. K. Hovnanian at Port Imperial, a Hudson County jury on June 1 awarded a $10 million construction defect verdict against a publicly traded developer and an architectural company. The […]

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$10M Construction Defect Verdict in Fire Code Case

Florida attorneys from Becker & Poliakoff won a $10 million construction defect verdict against a publicly traded developer and an architectural company. The firm represented a condominium association whose members said they learned after buying units in a six-story New Jersey development that the building was not code-compliant — and that the developer’s parent company, […]

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Issue of Developer-owned Amenities Calls for Legislative Action

Developer-owned amenities, coupled with mandatory club agreements, are fast becoming an issue that screams for a legislative solution. We are all familiar with the traditional scheme of development of residential and resort condominiums. Developer constructs the condominium building and sells units to the public. During the sellout phase, the developer manages the amenities—the pool, fitness […]

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The Shores of Panama Case: The Fiduciary Duty Owed By Bulk Buyer Controlled Boards

The election had been fiercely contested, and everyone knew the vote would be close. The incumbent directors of the Shores of Panama Resort Community Association had the unwavering support of a group of investors who had, two and a half years earlier, purchased just less than half of the condominium units in bulk at a […]

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Becker & Poliakoff Wins $12 Million Federal Jury Award For Florida Resort Commmunity Association in Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – February 18, 2016 – A federal jury recently awarded almost $12 million in damages to a Panama City Beach, Fla., community association represented by Becker & Poliakoff in a breach of fiduciary case. John Cottle, managing shareholder of the firm’s Fort Walton Beach, Fla., office, assisted by senior attorney John P. Townsend, […]

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Condominium Director’s Liability: Conflicts of Interest and Self-Dealing

On February 3, a federal jury in Tallahassee returned a verdict for the Shores of Panama Resort Community Association for $11.9 million against four of its former directors. Of that amount, $10 million was for punitive damages – damages not covered by insurance under Florida law. The directors had been elected to the association’s board thanks to […]

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John Cottle Named Managing Shareholder of Becker & Poliakoff’s Fort Walton Beach, Florida Office

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. – January 5, 2016 – Becker & Poliakoff announced that John Cottle has assumed the role of managing shareholder of the firm’s Fort Walton Beach, Fla., office following the retirement of Raymond F. Newman, who founded the office in 1998. Newman’s retirement was effective December 31, 2015, and Cottle began his new […]

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Florida Bar Grants Prestigious Civil Trial Law Board-Certification to Becker & Poliakoff Attorney John Cottle

Florida Bar Grants Prestigious Civil Trial Law Board-Certification to Becker & Poliakoff Attorney John Cottle For Immediate Release Media Contact: Alan Penchansky The Pen Group Communications Tel: (305) 529-1944 email: alan@thepengroup.com FORT WALTON BEACH, FL, June 14 – Becker & Poliakoff, a diversified commercial law firm with 125 attorneys in 13 Florida offices, New York City, New […]

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