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The Sound of Silence

February 1, 2017
Debi Galler  |  Mindfulness

Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again, Because a vision softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was sleeping, And the vision that was planted in my brain Still remains Within the sound of silence. Paul Simon might have been on to something when he wrote those words. In today’s world, we all could do with a bit more silence. As[…]

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Beginning April 3, 2017, U.S. companies may file H-1B petitions on behalf of their prospective foreign workers

January 26, 2017
Adriana Kostencki  |  Business Immigration

The filing period for new H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 will begin on Monday, April 3, 2017. Cap-subject H-1B petitions will have an employment start date of October 1, 2017 or later. In preparation for the opening of the FY 2018 H-1B filing period, employers are strongly encouraged to begin[…]

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Exclusive Arbitration Clauses and Non-Parties to Agreements: The Eleventh Circuit Holds That the Kardashians Cannot Compel Arbitration

January 24, 2017
Paul A. Avron  |  Appellate Litigation, Arbitration, Registered Trademarks

Last week, the Kardashian sisters lost their bid in the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit to compel Kroma Makeup EU, LLC (“Kroma EU”) to arbitrate a dispute.  As background, Lee Tillett, Inc. (“Tillett”) developed and registered a trademark more than a decade ago for a line of cosmetics known as “Kroma” cosmetics.  Tillett gave Kroma[…]

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The Fight Over Short Term Rentals – Two Competing Bills Could Change the Short Term Rental Landscape in Florida

January 23, 2017
Jeffrey R. Margolis  |  Hospitality and Leisure, Real Estate, Short Term Rentals, State & Local Government

Florida is renowned for its tourism and real estate.  The two are intertwined, a symbiotic relationship that has continued to grow. And yet, the emergence of short term rentals has created a rift in the relationship, and regulation of short term rentals is a hot issue in both local governments as well as the Florida legislature.   The rise of the on-line[…]

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"The Life Settlement Industry – Bankruptcy Issues - Part 1”

January 17, 2017
Deborah B. Talenfeld  |  Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Business Reorganization

A “life settlement” is the sale of a life insurance policy to a third party for a value in excess of the policy's cash surrender value, but less than its death benefit.  The life settlement industry focuses on the purchase and sale of life settlements or fractional interests in life settlements to investors.  These investors may be anyone from[…]

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Ruden: The Story of the First Successful Reorganization of a Law Firm and Lessons Learned

January 11, 2017
Leslie Gern Cloyd  |  Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Business Reorganization

Ruden McClosky, P.A. (“Ruden”), a formerly large and prestigious law firm that was founded in 1959 and at its peak had more than 200 attorneys commenced a bankruptcy case by filing a petition for Chapter 11 relief (“Petition”) in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida on November 1, 2011.   The firm was a victim of the[…]

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Judge Strikes Down Proposed "Public Notice of Pollution" Rule

January 9, 2017
Daniel H. Thompson  |  Environmental, Government and Regulatory, Pollution

On December 30, 2016, an Administrative Law Judge with Florida’s Division of Administrative Hearing, Judge Bram D. E. Canter, issued a Final Order striking down a proposed rule of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection entitled “Public Notice of Pollution”   As explained in my July 29, 2016, blog, the proposed rule was intended to replace a[…]

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Foreign Businesses Catering to U.S. Tourists Can Enforce Contract Provisions Determining Where Litigation for Injuries Suffered Overseas Must Be Initiated

January 6, 2017
Paul A. Avron  |  Appellate Litigation, Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Foreign Businesses, Foreign Courts, Forum Section Clauses, U.S. Tourists

According to a new Eleventh Circuit opinion, Feggestad v. Kerzner Int’l Bahamas, Ltd., foreign businesses that employ online purchase or reservation systems to sell goods or services to U.S. customers can enforce so-called “forum selection” clauses—contract clauses that designate the geographic location of the court that will hear disputes arising from[…]

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