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The Life Settlement Industry – Bankruptcy Issues – Part 3

August 22, 2017
Leslie Gern Cloyd  |  Bankruptcy Litigation, Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Business Reorganization, life settlements

This third installment of our series delves into the following issues: (1) Are life settlements viewed as securities under applicable state law?  (2) How can the debtor-in-possession, i.e. the debtor in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case (“DIP”) or the trustee avoid the life settlements going in to grace and/or lapsing due to insufficient funds to make[…]

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July 31, 2017
Colin M. Roopnarine  |  Administrative Law, Government and Regulatory

While speaking with a younger administrative lawyer regarding a state agency matter, I abruptly interrupted his tirade against agencies and the manner in which this particular agency was not following its own statutes, with a very simple question – “What do the rules say?”  His response was one of shock and confusion –“Rules? What rules?  Agencies have[…]

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Administrative Law in Florida

July 12, 2017
Colin M. Roopnarine  |  Administrative Law

Welcome to Florida! Unlike many states, Florida is an “agency intensive” state.  This means that quite often, if you want to do anything, get anything, build anything, sell anything, or practice anything professionally, it is highly likely that you will need a license or a permit and/or you will need to have a significant amount of contact with a state[…]

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Vlog: Mediation Minute with Former Northern District of Florida Judge Lew Killian

June 30, 2017
Lewis M. Killian Jr.  |  Business Reorganization, Mediation

Berger Singerman attorney Lew Killian discusses his role as a mediator and the mediation process. Click here to watch. For more information on this topic, please contact Lewis Killian on the firm’s Business Reorganization Team.   […]

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Governor Signs Condominium and Homeowners Association Legislation but Vetoes Legislation Which Would Have Modified the Condominium Sprinkler Retrofit and Life Safety Requirements

June 27, 2017
Jeffrey R. Margolis  |  Condominiums, Homeowners Association, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate

Citing to the recent London high-rise fire, Florida Governor Rick Scott vetoed House Bill 653 which, among other things, sought to amend the condominium fire sprinkler retrofitting and life safety systems requirements. However, the Governor signed House Bill 1237 and House Bill 6027 into law on June 26, 2016.  The legislation signed by the Governor goes[…]

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2017 Statutory Changes to Florida’s Condominium Termination Statute

June 26, 2017
Barry D. Lapides  |  Condominiums, Homeowners Associations, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate

As an update to my previous blog dated June 15, 2017 on terminations of condominiums which can be found here, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 1520 into law on June 16, 2017. Senate Bill 1520 addresses the termination of condominiums in Florida and impacts the manner in which Florida condominiums may be terminated pursuant to Section[…]

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Terminating Condominiums in Florida

June 15, 2017
Barry D. Lapides  |  Condominiums, Homeowners Association, Real Estate, Residential Real Estate

One of the hot development trends in Florida are developers terminating existing residential condominium buildings and repurposing such buildings or land. One reason why developers are attempting to gain control of condominium buildings is because the property’s highest and best use is not for a condominium building but rather a rental building or some[…]

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Governor Signs Condominium and Homeowners Association Legislation

June 15, 2017
Jeffrey R. Margolis  |  Condominiums, Homeowners Association, Real Estate, Real Estate Development, Residential Real Estate

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed House Bill 398 into law on June 14, 2017. House Bill 398 addresses estoppel certificates and expands the scope of the current statutory provision.  Specifically, the legislation changes the process and requirements for issuance of estoppel certificates by condominium and homeowners associations as follows: The time[…]

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After the Storm: What an Association Needs to Know

June 15, 2017
Michael J. Higer  |  Hurricane Preparedness, Insurance, Insurance Litigation

Michael Higer and Gina Clausen Lozier teaches some of the important things an association needs to know following the reporting of an insurance claim. Click here to watch. For more information, please contact Michael J. Higer or Gina Clausen Lozier on the firm’s dispute resolution team.   […]

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Vlog: Winds of Change: Updates to the NHC Warning System

June 12, 2017
Gina Clausen Lozier  |  Hurricane Preparedness, Insurance

Berger Singerman attorney Gina Clausen Lozier interviews WPEC CBS 12 meteorologist Lauren Olesky on updates to the NHC Warning System. Click here to watch For more information on what you need to know to protect your right to insurance benefits please do not hesitate to contact Gina Clausen Lozier in our Insurance Litigation[…]

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Hurricane Warning: Protecting Our Governmental Assets

June 9, 2017
Dawn M. Meyers  |  Government and Regulatory, Hurricane Preparedness

Florida saw two named hurricanes make landfall upon its shores in 2016, and the Atlantic Hurricane Season Forecast recently issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls for an above-average number of storms this year.  Hurricanes affect every aspect of our community, including our highly important but vulnerable local[…]

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Who’s on First/Third?

June 7, 2017
Jonathan F. Claussen  |  Hurricane Preparedness, Insurance, Insurance Litigation

As Floridians prepare for the upcoming hurricane season, it is important to understand the different types of claims that may result in damage to your property. Claims related to damage to your property can fall under what are called a first party claim or a third party claim.  A first party claim generally involves seeking coverage for the loss or damage[…]

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