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Miami libraries facing obstacles – Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library System provides support

Tightening a budget is always a difficult task for any city official.  As Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez reviews the options, the Miami-Dade Library System might be at risk. 

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: John J. Quick

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske’s own Alison Smith named one of South Florida’s Forty Under Forty

Congratulations to WSH Partner Alison Smith! 

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Miami Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysAlison Smith

All Aboard Florida

Train travel will only get better in Florida thanks to plans to expand the railway system. 

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Categories: Transportation Law
Tags: Mitchell A. Bierman

The Stars Are Rising at Weiss Serota Helfman

The annual list of Rising Stars included not one but two attorneys from the law offices of Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske.   

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: John J. QuickAlison Smith

Alan Fertel speaks to students at area high schools.

A frequent speaker at sports and entertainment law seminars throughout Florida, Shareholder Alan Fertel recently spoke to two Miami area high schools. 

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Categories: Sports and Entertainment Law
Tags: Alan FertelSports and Entertainment Attorney

Good Government Initiative Program Turns to Susan Trevarthen for Expertise

Susan Trevarthen, Esq, FAICP has been tapped to provide insight on “Ethics Scenarios in Florida” at the Leaders of Excellence program for the Good Government Initiative, 2014 Class.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)
Tags: Susan L. Trevarthen

Miami World Center Submit Plans for the First Phase of Development

Eight years in the making, Miami World Center developers have submitted the plans for the first phase of development and is awaiting approval. 

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)
Tags: Tony RecioMiami land use attorney

It’s a sporting town

Florida Sports fans have much to cheer about.

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Categories: Sports and Entertainment Law
Tags: Alan FertelSports and Entertainment Attorney

Proposed Rule To Expand Family Medical Leave Act Protections To All Same-Sex Marriages

A new rule change proposed by the Department of Labor  expands the protections of the Family and Medical Leave Act.
 

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentFederal Courts
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysGrace M. Murillo

WSH Files Suit to Extend Community Redevelopment Act for Pompano Beach

Redevelopment is important in many cities – Pompano Beach is no exception. 

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Categories: Construction LawReal Estate
Tags: Jamie A. ColeSouth Florida Local Government LawSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate Attorneys

It’s not just gambling for the Seminoles

The public often associates the Seminoles with gambling and casinos. However, the tribe has an economic development arm known as the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. (STOFI).  

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Categories: Business Organization and Transactions
Tags: Marc I. Solomon

Weiss Serota Partner John Quick Advocates for Library Funding

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal Government
Tags: John J. Quick

WSH Set to Host Law Firm Alliance Meeting in Fall 2014

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. will host the 2014 fall conference for the Law Firm Alliance, a strategic alliance of law firms dedicated to providing a vehicle for clients to obtain competent and responsive legal services by providing a network of member firms for referral of legal matters. Law Firm Alliance firms are mid-size firms with a relatively narrow geographic scope. All member firms are highly regarded commercial firms offering variety of corporate and litigation services; each U.S. based LFA member has received the AV-peer review rating from Lexis-Nexis Martindale Hubbell. Membership in the Law Firm Alliance is by invitation only.  WSH became the South Florida representative for the Law Firm Alliance in 2011.

The conference will take place in late October or early November.  You can read more about the Law Firm Alliance here.

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Categories: LitigationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Partner Elected Secretary of Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society

On January 9, WSH Partner John J. Quick was elected Secretary of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society, an influential network of lawyers and judges committed to preserving and celebrating South Florida’s rich legal history. Members help raise funds, catalog the history of important legal events, and recognize individuals who contribute to the legal system in South Florida. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit Historical Society is one of many interest societies affiliated with HistoryMiami, the premier cultural institution for documenting and showcasing Miami history through exhibitions, tours, education, research, collections, and publications.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJohn J. Quick
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Eleventh Circuit Court Establishes International Commercial Arbitration Subsection, The Second of Its Kind in the Nation

On December 3, the Eleventh Judicial Circuit issued Administrative Order 13-08, which creates an International Commercial Arbitration (“ICA”) Subsection within Section 40, the Complex Business Litigation Section. The ICA Subsection will hear all cases arising under the Florida International Commercial Arbitration Act and the Federal Arbitration Act, as well as related cases arising out of the same transaction or occurrence. All ICA Subsection cases will be heard by judges who have experience handling complex commercial matters and who receive specific judicial education in the handling of international commercial arbitration. Miami is the second city in the country to create a complex commercial arbitration subsection (the first of its kind was established in New York City). The creation of this subsection demonstrates Miami’s significance in the international business community; in recent years, Miami has become the gateway for businesses doing business in Latin America, particularly Venezuela, Brazil, and Argentina.

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Categories: LitigationCivil Procedure
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH To Serve as Town Attorney for Medley

On December 2, the Town of Medley appointed WSH as its Town Attorney. For the past four months, WSH has served as the Interim Town Attorney due to an unexpected vacancy. Founding Member Stephen J. Helfman will continue to serve as the town attorney on behalf of the Firm. Steve also serves as Town Attorney for Golden Beach, and as Village Attorney for Indian Creek and Key Biscayne. A member of WSH's Local Government Division and WSH's Public Land Use and Zoning Group, Steve has been extensively involved in the preparation of local government comprehensive plans and the adoption of municipal ordinances, including land development regulations and implementing those plans. He has been recognized as one of the "BestLaywers 2014" by BestLawyers for his work in Land Use and Zoning Law.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanGilberto PastorizaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

U.S. Senate Votes to Pass Employment Non-Discrimination Act

On November 7, 2013, the United States Senate approved the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)—proposed legislation that would extend federal employment discrimination protections currently provided based on race, religion, gender, national origin, age and disability to sexual orientation and gender identity. ENDA, which is closely modeled on Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the American with Disabilities Act, prohibits certain private and public employers from using an individual’s actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity as the basis for employment decisions, such as hiring, firing, promotion, or compensation. While some states prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual identity and/or gender identity, this vital piece of federal legislation will provide consistent protection for the LGBT community. All eyes are now on the House of Representatives to see if ENDA will make it to the floor to be put to a vote.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentFederal Law
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

WSH Attorneys Obtain Significant Appellate Victory For Client At State's Highest Court

On November 7, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court issued a unanimous, 25-page opinion in favor of Firm client, CMI, Inc., the Kentucky-based manufacturer of the Intoxilyzer brand breath-alcohol testing instrument used in Florida. The case is Ulloa v. CMI, Inc., __ So. 3d __, 2013 WL 5942299 (Fla. Nov 07, 2013). Criminal defendants throughout the state had served hundreds of subpoenas duces tecum on CMI's registered agent in Florida, demanding that CMI surrender the source code for the Intoxilyzer simply by "sending it to defense counsel." CMI repeatedly objected and moved to quash the subpoenas arguing, in relevant part, that it could not be subpoenaed through its registered agent and that defendants had to comply with Florida's Uniform Law to Secure the Attendance of Witnesses from Within or Without a State in Criminal Proceedings. This concerted effort by the criminal defense bar forced CMI to litigate in county and circuit courts throughout the entire state instead of defending against the subpoenas in Kentucky, as the act contemplated.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyJohn J. Quick
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

WSH Labor & Employment Attorneys Win Appeal For City of Lauderhill

On October 23, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit affirmed an award of summary judgment in favor of the City of Lauderhill in a seven count complaint filed against the City by Piertus Aristyld, a former City maintenance worker. In his complaint, the Plaintiff had alleged that the City: (1) discriminated against him on the basis of his age and national origin by failing to promote him; (2) retaliated against him for complaining that the failure to promote him was based on discriminatory animus by issuing unwarranted discipline; and (3) terminated his employment in retaliation for his complaint and because of his age and national origin.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFamily Medical Leave ActProtected ActivityFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

DOL Issues Clarification on Applicability of FLSA to Unpaid Internships

On September 12, the Department of Labor issued a clarification regarding its statement that law students may work as unpaid interns on pro bono matters at private law firms. Unpaid internships have become a hot button issue; in June, a federal judge for the Southern District of New York held that a major motion picture studio violated federal and State minimum wage laws when it failed to pay two interns for work they completed on the film “Black Swan” in 2009 and 2010. In a letter penned to the American Bar Association Immediate Past President Laurel G. Bellows, Solicitor of Labor M. Patricia Smith explained that a law school student who performs work for his or her own educational benefit would not be considered an employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”) where the following criteria are met:

  1. The internship is similar to training that would have been given in an educational environment;
  2. The internship experience is for the benefit of the intern;
  3. The intern does not displace regular employees, but works under the supervision of existing staff;
  4. The employer that provides the training derives no immediate advantage from the activities of the intern;
  5. The intern is not necessarily entitled to a job at the conclusion of the internship; and
  6. The employer and the intern understand that the intern is not entitled to waves for the time spent in the internship.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. SchneiderNational Labor Relations BoardFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment LawyersFair Labor Standards Act
Author(s): Brett J.Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

Appeals Court Holds Condo Cannot Foreclose On Property If Bank Files Foreclosure Suit First

A Florida appeals court recently held that a condominium association that filed a foreclosure complaint to recover unpaid assessments could not foreclose its lien because of an existing lis pendens placed on the property by the first mortgagee. The court held that, if a bank files a lis pendens on a property, this lis pendens bars others that have an interest in the property from enforcing liens and levies against the unit unless that party intervenes in the first mortgagee’s case. While the decision is only binding in Broward and Palm Beach Counties for now, courts in other Florida counties could rely on it as persuasive authority. This decision has important implications for community associations; if an association does not record a lien against a property before the bank records a lis pendens, a court can bar the association from foreclosing on that property. Therefore, it is important for associations to record liens early so that they can “get in front of” the bank’s lis pendens. Of course, community associations must still comply with the statutory waiting periods in pre-suit collections. Condominium associations must wait thirty days after sending a demand letter to record a lien against the property, and another thirty days after recording the lien to file a complaint. Homeowners associations must wait forty-five days between each step in order to file a foreclosure complaint against a delinquent owner.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsHomeowners' Associations
Tags: CollectionsCondos and HOAsCovenants and RestrictionsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesJoshua D. KrutMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Joshua D. Krut & Brooke P. Dolara

Mandatory Registration with the DBPR Begins for Florida HOAs

The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation recently launched a website where HOAs must register certain information about their associations. Newly passed legislation requires an HOA’s community association manager or management firm (or the HOA where there is no community association manager or management firm) to register with the Department and provide information about the HOA before November 22, 2013. The Department will use the information provided to prepare an annual report that will be submitted to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives. The Department will prepare annual reports containing this information until the reporting requirement ends in 2016 (unless reenacted by the Legislature).

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Categories: Homeowners' Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsJoshua D. KrutFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFlorida Community Association LawDepartment of Business and Professional Regulation
Author(s): Joshua D. Krut & Brooke P. Dolara

It’s the Law: Broward Community Associations Must Provide Specific Reasons to Applicants When Denying Applications to Rent or Buy

On September 10, the Broward County Commission passed an amendment to the County Code of Ordinances that would require community associations to provide written notices to applicants regarding the status of an application to rent or purchase a dwelling, including specific reasons when rejecting an application.

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Categories: Condominium AssociationsHomeowners' Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsGoverning DocumentsCovenants and RestrictionsJoshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association Law
Author(s): Joshua D. Krut

WSH Selected as Attorney for Village of Pinecrest

On September 3, WSH was selected by a unanimous vote to serve as Village Attorney for the Village of Pinecrest. The Village conducted a special meeting to interview the remaining finalists vying for the position, which ranged from sole practitioners to large-size firms. Founding Members Richard Jay Weiss, Joseph H. Serota, and Stephen J. Helfman played invaluable roles in WSH's presentation to the Council.  Member Mitchell A. Bierman, who serves as the Town Attorney for Cutler Bay, will serve as the Village Attorney. A member of WSH’s Local Government Division and Chair of WSH’s Airports and Aviation Services Group, Mitch provides key expertise to many of the firm’s other government clients on particular matters. An AV rated attorney, Mitch has earned accolades from BestLawyers, South Florida Legal Guide, Florida Trend, South Florida Business Journal, and the South Florida Daily Business Review. Partner Chad S. Friedman will serve as Deputy Village Attorney. In addition to his extensive experience representing local governments, Chad is a leading legal expert in the field of Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs.

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Categories: Local GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Appointed Town Attorney in Medley

On August 21, the Town of Medley selected WSH as Town Attorney.  Twelve firms and attorneys applied for the position, which was vacant due to the sudden resignation of Town Attorney Michael Pizzi. Founding Member Stephen J. Helfman will serve as the town attorney on behalf of the Firm. In addition to his role as Medley’s Town Attorney, Steve also serves as the Town Attorney for Golden Beach and the Village Attorney for Indian Creek and Key Biscayne. A member of WSH’s Local Government Division and Public Land Use and Zoning Practice Group, Steve has extensive experience with the State of Florida Growth Management Act and has been extensively involved in the preparation of local government comprehensive plans and the adoption of municipal ordinances, including land development regulations and implementing those plans. Recently, Steve was recognized by BestLawyers as one of the “BestLawyers 2014” for his work in Land Use and Zoning Law.

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Categories: Local GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Bonds for Capital Improvements for PortMiami to be Priced and Sold This September

Recently, The Bond Buyer reported that underwriters working on the capital improvement plan at PortMiami were scheduled to begin pricing $390 million of seaport revenue bonds to retail investors on September 9, followed by institutional sales on September 10. $360 million of the offering will be new-money bonds that will finance part of a $977 million capital improvement plan to expand the port. The County plans to use $162 million of bond proceeds to finance a portion of the “Deep Dredge Project,” which is expected to increase the depth of the port channel and accommodate larger ships to pass through the port. Bond proceeds will also be spent on infrastructure and terminal improvements, including rail transportation systems to the port, an underwater tunnel, and the purchase of additional cranes to service the ships. The project is aimed to bring increased port business to Miami as an alternative to freight and truck shipping. WSH attorneys serve as the underwriters’ counsel.

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Public FinanceMunicipal Bonds
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Obtains Significant Arbitration Victory for the City of Homestead

On August 22, 2013, the firm obtained a significant arbitration victory for the City of Homestead, in a case involving a former police officer who was terminated for committing numerous policy violations. Alison F. Smith defended the City against the employee’s claim that he was terminated without just cause in violation of the collective bargaining agreement between the City and the union that represents its police officers, and argued that the City had just cause for the employee’s termination based on numerous policy violations he had committed while conducting an investigatory stop (some of which could have resulted in harm to himself and the public). In particular, the City contended that just cause existed for the former police officer’s termination because he: (1) failed to notify Dispatch of his correct location and did not call in the stop; (2) failed to call for backup; (3) failed to advise dispatch of his delay in responding to another call to which he had been dispatched while conducting the investigatory stop; and (4) disclosed confidential information from a database that is restricted to law enforcement use and access to that individual. In denying the employee’s grievance, the arbitrator ruled that the evidence presented by the City established that it had just cause for the employee’s termination because the employee’s actions, including his failure to advise dispatch of his correct location while conducting an investigatory stop (which could have compromised his safety and by itself warranted his summary discharge), constituted “extremely serious/major offenses.”

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersBrett J. SchneiderAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

WSH Attorneys Recognized as “BestLawyers 2014” by National Publication

Each summer, BestLawyers compiles a list of the most esteemed attorneys throughout the country. This year, WSH is thrilled to announce that several of its Members and Partners have been selected for "BestLawyers 2014."

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanGilberto PastorizaMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Aviation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

European Chamber Hosts Summer Networking Cocktail in Downtown Miami; WSH Attorneys to Attend

On August 15, the European Chambers in Miami will be hosting a Summer Networking Cocktail at Vapiano Brickell in Downtown Miami from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The European Chambers are comprised of a number of nonprofit U.S. corporations that promote fostering trade between the United States and their representative countries. Marc C. Pugliese, Of Counsel to WSH, serves on the Compliance Committee for the Italy-American Chamber of Commerce, which has a membership of more than 170 members of both Italian and American origin.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMarc C. Pugliese
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Represents Seventeen Municipalities in High Profile Dispute with Broward County

On June 28, WSH Managing Director Jamie A. Cole, Partner Daniel L. Abbott, and Associate Justin D. Luger filed a complaint on behalf of several Broward municipalities (the “Cities) in a high profile case against Broward County.

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Categories: LitigationLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentDaniel L. AbbottJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation AttorneyJustin D. Luger
Author(s): Jamie A. Cole

WSH Appellate Chair Obtains Significant Win Before Third DCA on Premises Liability Discovery Dispute

On July 31, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal granted Publix Super Market Inc.’s petition for writ of certiorari to quash a trial court’s discovery order that instructed Publix to supply information relating to slip and fall incidents occurring at all of Publix’s stores throughout Florida. Holding that the trial court’s order gave the plaintiff “carte blanche” discovery of irrelevant information, the Court held that the order departed from the essential requirements of the law and caused irreparable injury to Publix. The decision has significant legal and practical implications for large retailers defending slip and fall lawsuits. WSH Partner Edward G. Guedes served as appellate counsel for Publix in the matter.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeCivil Procedure
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellDiscoveryFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

EEOC Files Title VII Disparate Impact Discrimination Suits Against Two Large U.S. Corporations

On June 11, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) announced that it had filed two lawsuits against two companies, BMW and Dolgencorp, in which it alleged that the companies violated the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by adopting criminal background checks that have a disparate impact on African American applicants.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationAdministrative Law
Tags: Employee MisconductFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment LawyersEqual Employment Opportunity Commission
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

Supreme Court Tightens Definition of “Supervisor” in Title VII Employment Discrimination Claims

On June 24, the United States Supreme Court issued a ruling that limits the definition of a “supervisor” as it relates to employer liability in harassment claims brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”). Title VII protects individuals against employment discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, and national origin. Under Title VII, an employer is only liable for the harassment of a co-worker if the employer was negligent in controlling workplace conditions. However, an employer may be liable for workplace harassment for the conduct of a supervisor if the harassment culminates in a tangible employment action, such as a significant change in employment status or a decision causing a significant change in benefits. In Vance v. Ball State University, 2013 WL 3155228 (U.S. Jun. 24, 2013), the Supreme Court held that an employee is a “supervisor” for purposes of vicarious liability under Title VII if he or she is empowered by the employer to take tangible employment action against the victim. The ruling has met with significant support from the business community, while opponents lament that it will make it harder for plaintiffs to advance harassment claims against their employers under Title VII.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationFederal Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

Supreme Court Holds Claim Of Unlawful Retaliation Held to Higher Standard of Causation than Discrimination In Title VII Cases

On June 24, the U.S. Supreme Court (the “Court”) held that retaliation claims under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act must be proven under the traditional principles of “but-for” causation, requiring proof that the unlawful retaliation would not have occurred in the absence of the alleged wrongful action or actions of the employer. In University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center v. Nassar, 2013 WL 2155234 (U.S. Jun. 24, 2013), the Court rejected the Government and Respondent’s argument that a plaintiff could prevail on a claim of unlawful retaliation if he or she could show that the plaintiff’s protected activity was a “motivating” or “substantial” factor in the employer’s alleged wrongful action, a lessened causation standard. The employer-friendly decision makes it harder for plaintiffs to present a prima facie case of unlawful retaliation under Title VII.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationFederal LawFederal Courts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysProtected ActivityFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

House Bill 319 : The Merging of Mitigation Standards for Traditional Transportation Concurrency and Alternative Mobility Funding Programs

In recent years, local governments attempting to address traffic congestion created by new development, and applicants seeking development approval, have encountered a rapidly-changing legislative landscape. House Bill 319 was adopted during the 2013 Legislative session. It builds on the sweeping changes of the 2011 Community Planning Act, that added limits on local governments’ ability to require developers to mitigate their impacts on the local transportation system. House Bill 319 was signed by the governor and became effective on May 30, 2013.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local Government
Tags: Community Planning ActMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysJohanna M. Lundgren
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen & Johanna M. Lundgren

U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Arizona Voter Registration Law Requiring Documentary Proof of Citizenship

On June 17, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an Arizona voter registration law requiring documentary proof of citizenship from people seeking to vote in federal elections. In Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., --- S.Ct. ----, 2013 WL 2922124 (U.S. Jun. 17, 2013), the Court held that Arizona’s proof of citizenship requirement was preempted by the National Voter Registration Act (“Act”), which requires States to “accept and use” a uniform federal form to register voters for federal elections.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationPreemptionJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

U.S. District Court Judge Holds Interns Working At Motion Picture Studio “Employees” Entitled to FLSA Protections

Earlier this month, a federal district court judge for the Southern District of New York ruled that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated federal and State minimum wage laws when it failed to pay two unpaid interns who worked on the film “Black Swan” from 2009 to 2010. In Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures, Inc., ----F. Supp. 2d ----, 2013 WL 2495140 (S.D.N.Y. Jun. 11, 2013), Judge William H. Pauley III held that plaintiffs Eric Glatt and Alexander Footman were improperly classified as “unpaid interns” and were actually “employees” protected by the Fair Labor Standards Act (the “FLSA”).

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationFederal Law
Tags: Employment AgreementsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment LawyersFair Labor Standards Act
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Attorneys Recognized as Florida SuperLawyers

Florida SuperLawyers recently revealed its list of "SuperLawyers" and "Rising Stars" for 2013; each year, the magazine rates outstanding attorneys from more than seventy practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process for SuperLawyers includes independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. This year, SuperLawyers recognized twenty WSH attorneys. 

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationCondominium AssociationsLocal GovernmentHomeowners' AssociationsAppellate Law & PracticeAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)Construction LawReal Estate
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentGary L. BrownJonathan CohenJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanEric P. HockmanJoshua D. KrutGilberto PastorizaMatthew J. PearlMichael S. PopokAnthony L. RecioBrett J. SchneiderClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaAlison F. SmithSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissSamuel I. ZeskindFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Labor Partner Wins Arbitration for Town of Golden Beach

On June 10, 2013, WSH Partner Brett J. Schneider obtained an arbitration victory for the Town of Golden Beach (the “Town”) in a dispute with the Fraternal Order of Police (“FOP”) over a 2012 increase in pay to a Town police officer during a time when officer and sergeant salaries were frozen under the collective bargaining agreement. The FOP alleged that the Town increased the officer’s pay from Step 2 ($46,786.00 per year) to Step 5 ($54,160.00 per year) in violation of a contractual salary freeze. The Town responded that it did not provide the officer with a pay increase; rather, it implemented a previously agreed-upon pay increase that had been deferred since 2009. Specifically, the Town asserted that it hired the officer with the expectation that it would pay him at a higher rate due to his prior experience, and entered into a verbal agreement with the officer to defer the implementation of the higher rate. Therefore, because the higher pay rate had already been in place (albeit deferred) prior to the freeze, the Arbitrator concluded that the Town did not violate the pay freeze language in the collective bargaining agreement.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentContractsAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersCollective BargainingBrett J. SchneiderFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

Divided Supreme Court Upholds Maryland DNA Collection Act

On Monday, a divided Supreme Court upheld the Maryland DNA Collection Act and ruled that police officers may take DNA samples from arrestees as part of a routine arrest booking procedure for serious crimes. In a 5-4 split, the Court likened swabbing of an arrestee’s inner cheek with a “Q-Tip-like” swab to that of taking fingerprints from an arrestee and held: “When officers make an arrest supported by probable cause to hold for a serious offense and they bring the suspect to the station to be detained in custody, taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee's DNA is, like fingerprinting and photographing, a legitimate police booking procedure that is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersGovernmental LitigationSara E. AulisioJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Sara E. Aulisio

President Nominates Three Candidates to Influential Federal Appeals Court

On June 4, President Obama announced the nominations of three people to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The nominees are U.S. District Judge Robert Leon Wilkins, Georgetown Law Professor Cornelia T.L. Pillard, and attorney Patricia Ann Millett, a Partner at Akin Gump Hauer & Feld, LLP. The announcement was the first time the President held an event to announce nominees to the federal bench other than the Supreme Court. The announcement also comes one month after the U.S. Senate unanimously approved Deputy Solicitor General Sri Srinivasan’s nomination to the same court.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Forms New Practice Group Focusing on International Litigation, Real Estate and Business

In recognition of South Florida's unique position as the gateway for investment, commerce and real estate in Latin America, WSH has announced the formation of the International Group, a new practice group working with our Business Organization and Transaction Group, Litigation Division, and Real Estate Group to offer services to clients doing business in the Americas. The International Group assists and represents entrepreneurs, private businesses, publicly traded companies, financial institutions, and other ventures conducting business across international borders. Attorneys in the Group have extensive experience in business litigation, including contract disputes, secured transactions, shareholder and partnership disputes, and the prosecution and defense of class actions. The Group also handles real estate matters across international borders, including acquisitions, development, financing, leasing, and joint ventures. Lastly, the Group offers dispute resolution services, representing individuals and sovereign nations alike in matters of private and public importance. Attorneys in the Group serve our clients' comfort by speaking in their native tongue, including Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese.

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Categories: LitigationContractsReal EstateAdministrative LawCorporate LawInternational Law
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerJoseph HernandezCarlos M. RodriguezRoger S. KobertMarc C. Pugliese
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Partner Headlines BAPA and FAU-Sponsored 2013 Legislative Update

On May 20, the Broward Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (“BAPA”) and Florida Atlantic University School of Urban & Regional Planning co-hosted the 2013 Legislative Update, a one-hour public policy workshop providing an overview of the legislation adopted during the 2013 Florida Legislative session. WSH Partner James E. White gave a one-hour presentation on the adopted legislation and the anticipated effects relating to planning, growth management and local governments.  James is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners ("AICP") focusing his practice on land use and zoning, comprehensive planning, administrative and general municipal law. James is also Board Certified by the Florida Bar in City, County and Local Government Law.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissJames E. WhiteDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government Law
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Senate Bill Aims to Attract International Disputes to Florida Courts

Earlier this year, State Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla introduced a bill that would allow international disputes to be handled in Florida. CS/SB 186 addresses personal jurisdiction in the Florida courts.

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Categories: LitigationCivil ProcedureAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsAlternative Dispute ResolutionMediationFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyRoger S. KobertMarc C. Pugliese
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

House Bill 7019 Permit Extensions Give Zombie Projects Another Chance At Life

In recent years, a series of legislative development permit extensions have enabled developers to keep previously-approved development orders and building permits alive despite economic conditions that resulted in stalled development throughout the state. Although Florida’s real estate market is now steadily recovering, the Legislature offered additional relief to qualifying developers that have been unable to complete previously-permitted projects within their expiration period.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawJohanna M. Lundgren
Author(s): Johanna M. Lundgren

Ethics Reform – A Primer for 2013

Ethics reform was one of the highest priorities on the legislative agenda this year in Tallahassee. The bill that eventually became law makes rather significant changes to Florida’s ethics statute (Chapter 112.313) and several changes will impact local elected officials.

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Categories: Local GovernmentEthics & Professional Responsibility
Tags: Municipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysRobert Meyers
Author(s): Robert Meyers

Developers Announce Major Projects in South Florida, Including Billion-Dollar Project in West Brickell

Following the economic collapse of 2008, the South Florida condominium market has shown signs of a slow and steady recovery, with developers successfully unloading previously unsold units to wealthy foreign investors. Developers report that the increased demand for condominium units has prompted new construction in South Florida; in the past two years, twenty five new condominium projects have been announced. The New York Times recently ran a story on this mini construction boom, recognizing noteworthy projects like Brickell CityCentre, a $1.05 billion shopping and mixed-use development located south of the Miami River and west of Brickell Avenue. The project’s developers are working with the Whitman family, owners of Bal Harbour Shops, to turn Brickell CityCentre’s 500-square foot retail space into an attractive luxury shopping destination along with a 1,600 space underground parking lot and renovated public transportation facilities. The project’s objective is to diversify the downtown area by offering accessible luxury retail to a location traditionally associated with offices and hotels.

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Categories: Condominium AssociationsLand Use & Zoning (Private)Real Estate
Tags: Stephen J. HelfmanJoshua D. KrutGilberto PastorizaMichael S. PopokFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysJoseph HernandezCarlos M. Rodriguez
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Litigators Win Red Light Camera Appeal for City of Aventura

On April 24, WSH Partner Edward G. Guedes and Associate Samuel I. Zeskind obtained an appellate victory for the City of Aventura (the “City”) in a dispute over the City’s red light camera program. The appeal challenged a conviction for a red light camera citation. In her appeal, Geovana Achury argued in part that the trial court violated her right to due process by predetermining the evidence and relying on evidentiary and pre-trial rulings made in an unrelated case. The trial court relied on previously-determined evidentiary rulings in State of Florida v. Jason Vanderpool, 2011 WL 2742641 (Fla. Miami-Dade Cty. Ct. 2011) concerning the validity of the procedures used by American Traffic Solutions and other companies that maintain red light cameras. Taking judicial notice of the evidentiary rulings, the trial court held that the photographs and video generated by these cameras were admissible evidence.

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Categories: LitigationLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentRed Light CamerasMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinSamuel I. ZeskindEvidenceMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Labor and Employment Lawyers Obtain Summary Judgment for City in Discriminatory Discharge Case

On April 23, WSH attorneys Brett J. Schneider and Alison F. Smith obtained summary judgment in favor of the City of Lauderhill in a federal lawsuit brought by a former City maintenance worker. The Plaintiff alleged, among other things, that the City discriminated against him on the basis of his age and national origin, retaliated against him for making a discrimination complaint, and ultimately terminated his employment because of his age and national origin. Judge Robin Rosenbaum, in a 30 page written order, adopted many of the arguments made by Brett and Alison and granted summary judgment as to all seven counts in the Complaint.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigation
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingGovernmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers

Supreme Court Justices Hold Plaintiff’s Claim Moot in Collective Action Under FLSA, Dismissing Case

On April 16, the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion that may limit the availability of collective action suits under the Fair Labor Standards Act. By way of background, the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) establishes federal minimum wage and overtime pay requirements that cannot be modified by contract. Section 16(b) of FLSA permits employees to bring a private cause of action on their own behalf and on behalf of “other employees similarly situated” for specific violations of the FLSA. A suit brought on behalf of other employees is known as a “collective action.” The issue before the Court was whether a collective action is justiciable when the lone plaintiff’s individual claim becomes moot.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsClass ActionsCivil Procedure
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Wins Appeal for Miami Art Museum

On April 17, 2013, the Third District Court of Appeals affirmed the decision of Judge Barbara Areces, Circuit Court Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court in and for Miami Dade County, finding that the lease of a portion of Bicentennial Park by the City of Miami (“City”) to the Miami Art Museum of Dade County Association, Inc. (“Miami Art Museum”) complies with the City’s Charter. WSH attorneys Joseph H. Serota and Eric P. Hockman represented Miami Art Museum in the trial court. Laura K. Wendell, who is Board Certified by The Florida Bar in the field of Appellate Practice, joined Joe and Eric on the appeal to write the brief in support of the trial court’s decision.

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Categories: LitigationLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Governmental LitigationMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellDavid M. WolpinMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

WSH Labor Attorneys Win Arbitration For City of Lauderhill

On April 11, 2013, attorneys Brett J. Schneider and Alison F. Smith obtained a significant arbitration victory for the City of Lauderhill, in a case involving a former City police officer who was terminated because he admitted to engaging in criminal activity while on duty as a Lauderhill police officer while underdoing polygraph examinations in connection with jobs he was seeking with two other Florida law enforcement agencies. In his defense, the employee claimed that he fabricated stories about engaging in criminal activity during those polygraph examinations because he wanted to fail the polygraph examinations, as he was no longer interested in working for those agencies. The City argued that it had just cause to terminate the employee because, whether he had in fact engaged in criminal activity on duty or had lied about doing so, neither lying nor engaging in criminal activity is a trait that any law enforcement officer should possess. The arbitrator agreed and denied the employee’s grievance in its entirety, holding that, as a law enforcement officer, the employee was required to demonstrate honesty and integrity and, failing that, could not have his employment salvaged by the City.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingBrett J. SchneiderAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

WSH Founding Member Richard Weiss Appointed to City Attorney Selection Committee in Miami

Earlier this year, the Miami City Commission announced that the City would select a new City Attorney to replace Julie O. Bru, who is retiring in September after more than twenty five years of service with the City. The Commission also announced it would form a selection committee to identify the best candidates for the position. Specifically, the committee would review all of the applications, and present a list of five candidates to the commissioners by May 23. In March, each commissioner selected a highly distinguished attorney to sit on the committee. We are thrilled to announce that WSH Founding Member Richard Jay Weiss has been appointed by Miami City Commissioner Francis Suarez to serve on this selection committee.

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Categories: Local GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Successfully Defends City of Lauderhill in Bid Protest Litigation

Earlier this year, WSH Partner and Construction Group Chair Gary L. Brown obtained a favorable decision on behalf of the City of Lauderhill (the “City”) in a lawsuit over a rejected bid protest for the construction of the City’s Performing Arts Center and Library.

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Categories: LitigationLocal GovernmentConstruction Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanGary L. BrownJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerMiami Construction LawyerMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

President's Visit to PortMiami Could Mean More Dollars For Federal Infrastructure Projects

On March 29, President Obama flew to South Florida for a tour of PortMiami and to deliver a speech promoting more private investment in public infrastructure projects. The President proposed raising caps on certain municipal and state bonds and making those bonds available for more projects; he also proposed an additional $4 billion in spending toward certain programs that provide funding for transportation projects. The proposals are part of the administration’s “Partnership to Rebuild America,” which include plans to enact a National Infrastructure Bank (“NIB”) capitalized with $10 billion to spend on public works projects throughout the country. The NIB would issue loans and loan guarantees to eligible projects; these loans could extend to 35 years. The administration has yet to release information regarding how these projects would be paid for, but indicated that it would be addressed next month.

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Categories: Government Affairs
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Major Banks Obtain Dismissal of Multiple Counts in Libor Case

On March 29, sixteen national financial institutions scored a major victory in federal court when U.S. District Court Judge Naomi Rice Buchwald dismissed several claims in private lawsuits alleging antitrust violations that resulted in injured investment returns for a number of plaintiffs. In 2011, the City of Baltimore and the New Britain Firefighters’ Benefit Fun filed a complaint against a dozen major U.S. banks, including Bank of America, Citigroup, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, HSBC and JPMorgan Chase. Specifically, the plaintiffs alleged that the banks manipulated the Libor, a key metric that sets interest rates using data computed daily from domestic and international banks. The plaintiffs claimed that by "suppressing" the Libor, the banks concealed their level of risk during the financial crisis. In 2012, the banks filed a Motion to Dismiss, arguing that the evidence does not support the existence of a conspiracy to manipulate rates. In addition to the dismissal of the antitrust claims, Judge Buchwald also partly dismissed the plaintiffs’ claims of commodities manipulation, a claim of racketeering, and state-law claims. Although the plaintiffs’ claim that the banks’ suppression of the Libor resulted in harm to traders who bet on interest rates was not dismissed, Judge Buchwald’s decision may give the banks’ leverage in future settlement talks.

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Categories: LitigationLocal GovernmentFederal LawFederal CourtsClass Actions
Tags: Governmental LitigationMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Supreme Court Rejects Class Certification In Comcast Lawsuit

On March 27, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Comcast Corporation (“Comcast”) in an antitrust case brought by a group of its subscribers in the Philadelphia area on the basis of the group’s improper class certification. In Comcast Corporation v. Behrend, --- S. Ct. ----, 2013 WL 1222646 (U.S. Mar. 27, 2013). the Court held that issues of damages can preclude class certification, and that district courts must conduct a “rigorous analysis” of whether a group of plaintiffs satisfies the certification criteria under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, even if certain issues in the analysis are also addressed in the merits of the case. The decision provides companies with a substantial defense to class certification in antitrust cases.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsClass ActionsCivil ProcedureTortsAdministrative Law
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Warrantless Search by Drug-Sniffing Dogs at Front Porch Constitutes Unreasonable Search

On March 26, the U.S. Supreme Court (the “Court”) held that the Miami-Dade law enforcement officers conducted a trespassory invasion when they used a drug-sniffing dog at the front door of a suspected marijuana dealer’s home without obtaining a search warrant, and that this invasion constituted an unreasonable search and a violation of the suspected dealer’s Fourth Amendment rights. The decision in Florida v. Jardines, --- S. Ct. ----, 2013 WL 1196577 (U.S. Mar. 26, 2013), will have an impact on how law enforcement agencies in Florida conduct K-9 searches.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional LawCriminal Law
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of First Amendment Challenge Against North Bay Village

On March 22, WSH obtained a favorable ruling for North Bay Village before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The Eleventh Circuit refused to overturn the dismissal of a lawsuit challenging North Bay Village’s adult entertainment use regulations. Partner Edward G. Guedes, Chair of WSH’s Appellate Practice Group, handled the appeal for the City.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawLand Use & Zoning (Private)Federal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenLaura K. WendellMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFirst AmendmentEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes & Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Welcomes Carlos M. Rodriguez, Of Counsel to the Firm

On March 18, WSH announced the addition of Carlos M. Rodriguez to the Firm. Carlos will serve as “Of Counsel” to WSH. Prior to joining the Firm, he worked as an associate at Greenberg Traurig, LLP and worked in various positions in the title insurance industry. Carlos joins fellow former Greenberg attorney Joseph Hernandez in our Real Estate Group. Carlos has extensive experience in real estate, having served as Lead Real Estate Counsel for development groups and real estate holding companies. He earned his BA from Florida State University and his JD from the University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law. In addition to his real estate experience, Carlos has also served in executive capacities in privately held companies and has prior management experience at two Fortune 500 companies. He is a Certified Family Business Specialist, and has provided specifically tailored business and planning services to family owned businesses regarding succession planning and other family-business specific matters.

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Categories: Real Estate
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerMiami Real Estate LawyerJoseph HernandezCarlos M. Rodriguez
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Tiara Condominium: The Final Chapter in the Economic Loss Rule in Florida?

In 1987, the Florida Supreme Court decided the seminal case of Florida Power & Light Co. v. Westinghouse Elec. Corp., 510 So. 2d 899 (Fla. 1987), which marked the beginning of what would become nearly three decades of the application of the "Economic Loss Rule" (or Economic Loss Doctrine)("ELR") in Florida to bar tort claims for "purely economic losses" that were not accompanied by personal injury or damage to other property. As the Court would later explain in Casa Clara Condominium Ass'n, Inc. v. Charley Toppino And Sons, Inc., 620 So. 2d 1244, 1246 (Fla. 1993), purely economic losses are "damages for inadequate value, costs of repair and replacement of the defective product, or consequent loss of profits -- without any claim of personal injury or damage to other property." While application of the rule in Westinghouse began in the context of products liability--to bar FPL's claims in negligence for defective steam generators designed, manufactured and furnished by Westinghouse--the Court quickly expanded its use to services in the case of AFM Corp. v. Southern Bell Telephone & Telegraph Co., 515 So. 2d 180 (Fla. 1987)--to deny recovery in negligence for what amounted to a breach of contact by Southern Bell which used an incorrect phone number in an advertisement for AFM causing only economic damages.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsHomeowners' AssociationsConstruction Law
Tags: Condos and HOAsFlorida Supreme CourtGary L. BrownJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesJoshua D. KrutMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaDamagesFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Gary L. Brown

Eleventh Circuit Expands FLSA Protection for Undocumented Workers

On March 6, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion that permits undocumented workers to recover back pay from their employers for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). In Lamonica v. Safe Hurricane Shutters, Inc., --- F. 3d ----, 2013 WL 811906 (11th Cir. Mar. 6, 2013), the Eleventh Circuit upheld a District Court decision awarding unpaid wages and liquidated damages to former employees, including one worker who was not authorized to work in the United States, who alleged that they were owed overtime wages under the FLSA. This was not a case of first impression for the Eleventh Circuit; the Court had previously held that undocumented workers could state a cause of action under the FLSA in Patel v. Quality Inn S., 846 F. 2d 700 (11th Cir. 1988). However, Hurricane Shutters, Inc. argued that Hoffman Plastic Compounds, Inc. v. NLRB, 535 U.S. 137, 122 S. Ct. 1275, 152 L. Ed. 271 (2002), a Supreme Court case which held that the National Labor Relations Board could not award back pay to undocumented workers who are terminated for union activity, effectively overruled Patel. The Eleventh Circuit disagreed, stating that the case was not controlling authority because it involved a different statute and different issues; whereas the employees in Hoffman alleged they were owed back pay for being deprived a job, the employees in Lamonica claimed they were owed back pay for work already performed.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationFederal Law
Tags: Collective BargainingMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

United Central Bank Borrower Declared a Fugitive

Recently, a federal judge in Chicago declared Boca Raton developer Atul Bisaria a fugitive after he failed to appear for his arraignment on numerous criminal charges. In 2012, U.S. attorneys filed an indictment against Bisaria, alleging that he secured millions of dollars from two Chicago area banks, Broadway Bank and Mutual Bank, for renovations at two hotel properties. Prosecutors allege that Bisaria would submit phony invoices for steel to be used in the renovations, but that no construction work was ever done on the properties. The indictment further alleged that Bisaria would use the proceeds of the loan for personal expenses and other business ventures.

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Categories: LitigationCriminal Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyJohn J. Quick
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Corporate Attorney Marc Solomon Joins WSH

WSH is proud to announce that Marc I. Solomon has joined the Firm as a shareholder specializing in corporate transactional work. Marc has extensive experience in corporate finance, contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and commercial real estate. He focuses his practice on representing local companies and entrepreneurs in all stages of development from formation through the operation, financing, expansion and future sale of their businesses. Marc also serves as general counsel for an international casino and hotel operator based in South Florida.

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Categories: Awards & RecognitionsCorporate Law
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMarc I. Solomon
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Sequester Results in Reduction of Bond Subsidy Payments

In the first significant impact of the federal sequestration on municipal bond issuers, the IRS announced on Monday that payments to issuers that elected to receive a direct credit subsidy under the Build America Bonds, Qualified School Construction Bonds, Qualified Zone Academy Bonds, New Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, and Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds programs, will be reduced 8.7% effective March 1, 2013. The sequestration reduction rate will be applied until the end of the fiscal year (September 30, 2013) or intervening Congressional action, at which time the sequestration rate is subject to change.

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Categories: Local GovernmentFederal Law
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinBondsFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysPublic FinanceMunicipal Bonds
Author(s): Jeffrey DeCarlo

Broward County Implements Wage Payment Law

In January 2013, Broward County implemented an ordinance that makes it easier for employees to take legal action against their employers for non-payment of earned wages. Under Broward County Ordinance 2012-32, if an employee has performed work in Broward County and his/her employer has failed to pay or has underpaid the wage rate applicable for the work performed within a reasonable amount of time from the date on which the employee performed the work, the employee may file a complaint with the Broward County Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards (“OIAPS”) to recover those lost wages. Section 20½-2(f) defines a “reasonable time” as no later than 14 calendar days from the date that the work is performed, unless the employer has established a pay schedule whereby employees earn and are consistently paid according to regular pay periods, in which case that pay schedule controls. A complaint will be heard by a hearing officer if:

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentAdministrative Law
Tags: Employment AgreementsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

FINRA Panel Holds Wall Street Powerhouse Can Prohibit Investors From Participating In Class Action Suits

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), Wall Street’s self-regulatory organization, recently announced that it will appeal a ruling that allowed Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (“Charles Schwab”) to require customers to waive their right to participate in class-action suits.

In February 2013, a FINRA hearing panel upheld Charles Schwab’s use of arbitration agreements that require customers to bring all disputes into FINA-run arbitration forums. In 2012, FINRA brought charges against the company, alleging that its arbitration agreements violated FINRA rules permitting customers to pursue class action claims in lieu of arbitration. FINRA claimed that by requiring customers to bring all disputes into arbitration forums, Charles Schwab forced customers to waive their right to participate in class-action suits. The panel held that, although Charles Schwab’s actions violated FINRA rules, the FINRA rules themselves violated the National Arbitration Act. The ruling essentially prohibits investors from pursuing class action lawsuits if they have signed arbitration agreements. FINRA has forty five days to appeal to its National Adjudicatory Council, its internal appellate board.

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Categories: LitigationAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsAlternative Dispute ResolutionFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneySecurities and Exchange Commission
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Legislators Consider Changes to Existing Foreclosure Laws

For the third time since 2010, Florida lawmakers introduced a bill designed to accelerate the foreclosure process in the state. House Bill 87, otherwise known as the "Fair Foreclosure Act,” offers a number of changes to civil procedures in foreclosure cases, including limiting discovery time available to owners and requiring lenders to file the original note or certification that they have the note. The bill makes these changes retroactively, so pending cases would be affected as by the legislation. Proponents of the Fair Foreclosure Act argue that it provides community associations with leverage against banks that file foreclosure lawsuits against delinquent owners and then fail to litigate the case aggressively. By speeding up the foreclosure process, they argue, the Fair Foreclosure Act helps community associations get rid of delinquent owners who incur massive arrearages during the pendency of a long foreclosure process. Detractors counter that the bill does not incentivize the banks to prosecute a foreclosure aggressively, and that most of the changes place too great a burden on homeowners.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsHomeowners' AssociationsCivil Procedure
Tags: CollectionsCondos and HOAsGoverning DocumentsCovenants and RestrictionsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesJoshua D. KrutMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFlorida LegislatureMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Founding Member Joseph Serota Praises Joe's Stone Crab in DBR Article

Since its doors first opened in 1913, Joe’s Stone Crab has earned a reputation for being the ultimate power lunch destination. Regular patrons at Joe’s include high-powered attorneys, judges, lobbyists, business leaders, athletes and celebrities. WSH Founding Member Joseph H. Serota recently sat down with reporters from the Daily Business Review to explain the appeal of the esteemed eatery. Joe explained that the celebratory atmosphere and professional service make the restaurant an ideal spot for Friday lunches. “More than anything,” Joe noted, “it’s a great place to see people you know and do some reminiscing.”

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Supreme Court Narrows Privilege Protecting Attorneys from Tort Suits for Conduct or Comments Made in Litigation or Pre-Litigation Investigations

On February 14, 2013, the Florida Supreme Court handed down its decision in Delmonico v. Traynor, which was somewhat less than a Valentine’s Day card to lawyers around the State of Florida. Historically, a lawyer engaged in litigation and pre-litigation investigation of matters has enjoyed an absolute privilege that protects him or her from being sued in tort for comments made or conduct engaged in while handling the litigation on behalf of a client. Yesterday, the Florida Supreme Court articulated a new rule, concluding that when a lawyer is investigating a matter in litigation, but engages in ex parte communications with a non-party witness, comments made to that witness that result in harm to one of the parties are actionable in tort. The lawyer may not invoke an absolute privilege, but rather only a qualified privilege, provided the comments were related to the substance of the litigation.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeTorts
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

Employers Must Exercise Caution in Developing Social Media Policies Aimed at Preventing Criticism of their Companies

With the recent widespread use of social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it is not surprising that most employees have a social media account. In response, many employers have implemented policies which expressly limit what activities employees are allowed to engage in on social media.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Employment AgreementsBrett J. SchneiderAlison F. SmithEmployee MisconductFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Alison F. Smith

Dogs Can Be Prescriptive Medicine - How Should a Condo Association Handle This?

“No dogs allowed” is the mantra for many condominiums, and residents who sneak in lap dogs are subject to punishment. But what if a dog is specifically ‘ordered’ by a physician to aid with the resident’s mental health? What’s a condo association to do?

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Categories: Condominium AssociationsHomeowners' Associations
Tags: Joshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association Law
Author(s): Joshua D. Krut

WSH Labor Attorneys Achieve Arbitration Victory for Bay Harbor Islands

On February 1, 2013, the firm obtained an arbitration victory for the Town of Bay Harbor Islands in a case involving a claim by the Dade County Police Benevolent Association (the “Union”) that the Town violated its collective bargaining agreement with the Union when it unilaterally implemented a policy requiring all Town police officers and sergeants to wear bullet proof vests while on duty. Brett J. Schneider and Mia R. Martin defended the Town against the Union’s claim. The Town successfully argued that the Union had waived its right to challenge the policy by not timely filing a grievance regarding the implementation of the policy and that the Town’s implementation of that policy did not violate any provision of the parties’ agreement and was an extension of the Town’s management rights.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingAwards & RecognitionsBrett J. SchneiderFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMia R. Martin
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

Will the Federal Tax Relief Act of 2012 Provide the Wireless Industry With Relief From Local Wireless Tower Ordinances?

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (the “Tax Relief Act”), which President Obama signed into law on February 22, 2012, is commonly thought of as the legislation which extended the payroll tax exemption. However, the Tax Relief Act contained numerous unrelated provisions.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local GovernmentFederal Law
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysJohanna M. Lundgren
Author(s): Johanna M. Lundgren

Bisaria Declared Fugitive After Failing to Appear for Arraignment

On January 25, a federal judge in Chicago declared Boca Raton developer Atul Bisara a fugitive after Bisaria failed to appear for his arraignment on fraud charges. In October, federal prosecutors filed an indictment against Bisaria and his contractor, Steve Lewis, alleging that both men engaged in a scheme to defraud two Chicago area banks and obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises and material omissions. Specifically, the indictment alleged that Bisara and Lewis created false invoices for $1.9 million in steel to be used in the renovation of a Boca Raton hotel. Bisaria’s companies received loans from Broadway Bank and Mutual Bank to fund the project. However, the steel was never delivered and no work had been completed. The indictment further alleged that Bisaria used the proceeds of the loans for personal expenses and failed real estate ventures.

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Categories: LitigationContractsCriminal Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsWhite Collar CrimeFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation AttorneyJohn J. Quick
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Named Top Law Firm by South Florida Legal Guide, Attorneys Also Recognized

We are proud to announce that the South Florida Legal Guide (“SFLG”) has named WSH among the Top Law Firms in this year’s edition of its annual publication. SFLG is a premier resource serving the tri-county legal community. Originally launched in 2000, SFLG provides a convenient, easily accessible print and online resource for the region’s professional community. In addition to WSH’s inclusion as a “Top Law Firm,” several of our Members and Partners were honored as 2013 “Top Lawyers” and “Top Up and Comers.”

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanNina L. BoniskeGary L. BrownJamie A. ColeIgnacio G. Del ValleEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Aviation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerAbigail Watts-FitzGerald
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Supreme Court Upholds Mandatory 3% Contributions to Pension Plan by Public Employees

In a much anticipated ruling, the Florida Supreme Court ruled (4-3) against government employees by upholding a 2011 law requiring government employees in Florida to contribute 3% of their earnings to a state retirement fund (i.e., the Florida Retirement System (“FRS”)). The ruling reverses County Circuit Court Judge Jackie Fulford’s ruling that the pension changes were unconstitutional because they impaired the obligation of contracts, took private property without full compensation and impaired the right of government employees to bargain collectively.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersCollective BargainingGovernmental LitigationFlorida Supreme CourtRaquel ElejabarrietaBrett J. SchneiderFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor Lawyer
Author(s): Raquel Elejabarrieta

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Koontz Property Rights Case

On January 15, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District. The Court granted certiorari to the appellant last October. The case involves Cory Koontz, a landowner who owned 15 acres of land, the majority of which fell within a riparian habitat-protection zone in the Econlockhatchee River hydrological basin and contained protected wetlands. The development of the land was under the jurisdiction of the St. Johns River Water Management District. The question presented in Koontz is whether a governmental entity’s denial of a permit can be the basis for a regulatory takings claim when it is denied solely because the landowner refused to agree to proposed conditions to the permit. The Court would also determine whether the decisions reached in Nollan v. California Coastal Commission, 483 U.S. 825, 107 S. Ct. 3141, 97 L.Ed. 2d 677 (1987) (holding that there must be an essential “nexus” between the permitted activity and the condition imposed on the permit) and Dolan v. City of Tigard, 512 U.S. f374, 114 S. Ct. 2309, 129 L. Ed. 2d 304 (1994) (requiring “rough proportionality” between the condition placed on the land and the extent of the impact of the proposed development”) are applicable to the present case, which involved no requirement to dedicate an interest in real property. In its 2011 decision, the Florida Supreme Court held that the Nollan/Dolan cases both involved the grant of permits rather than permit denials, and were only applicable where the condition imposed on the permit involves a dedication of the owner’s real property interest.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationEminent Domain
Tags: Governmental LitigationFlorida Supreme CourtMitchell J. BurnsteinJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Eminent Domain Attorney
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen & Peter D. Waldman

WSH Obtains Significant Trial Victory for City of Miramar In Bid Protest Litigation

On January 10, WSH obtained a trial victory for the City of Miramar in a lawsuit brought by Wheelabrator/Waste Management. The lawsuit challenged the award by the City of a contract for solid waste disposal. The contract was the result of the first competitive process in Broward County for solid waste disposal in more than twenty years, and broke the monopoly that Wheelabrator has held during that time period. The Court ruled that the City's procurement process was fair and proper, including the use of a "best and final offer" procedure. WSH Partner Daniel L. Abbott and Managing Director Jamie A. Cole litigated the case over 5 days, with substantial pre-trial assistance from Partner Douglas R. Gonzales and Associates Anthony C. Soroka and Samuel I. Zeskind.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentContracts
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentDaniel L. AbbottMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanDouglas R. GonzalesEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokAnthony C. SorokaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinSamuel I. ZeskindFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Jamie A. Cole

WSH Associate Eric Hockman And Other DCBA Directors Announce Registration for Annual Bench & Bar Conference

On February 8, the Dade County Bar Association (DCBA) will host its annual Bench & Bar Conference at the Coral Gables Country Club. WSH Associate Eric P. Hockman and his fellow DBCA directors will host 124 panelists in 23 diverse substantive law panels; participants have the opportunity to earn up to 8 continuing legal education (CLE) or continuing judicial education (CJE) credits by attending the course of their choice. Break-out sessions enable attendees to select the classes that best complement their practice area(s). More than several hundred attorneys and fifty-five federal and state judges have already registered to attend the program. To register for the event, please click here.

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Categories: LitigationAwards & RecognitionsConstruction Law
Tags: Eric P. HockmanFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMiami Aviation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman & Brooke P. Dolara

Threats To Tax-Exemption Of Municipal Bonds Diminish--For Now

Municipal market participants are breathing a sigh of relief that the recent fiscal cliff agreement did not include any changes to the tax-exempt status of interest on municipal bonds.

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Categories: Local Government
Tags: Municipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinBondsFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Public FinanceMunicipal Bonds
Author(s): Jeffrey DeCarlo

WSH Partner Chad S. Friedman Discusses PACE Progress with ELULS Section Reporter

In late 2011, WSH Partner Chad S. Friedman co-authored an article for The Environmental and Land Use Law Section Reporter about the continuing efforts of several South Florida local governments to implement property assessed clean energy (“PACE”) programs across the state. Under the PACE programs, local government non ad-valorem assessments are attached to a property tax bill through a lien to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy improvements or wind resistance improvements. Last month, Chad and his co-authors provided an update on the status of the PACE programs throughout the nation, singling out the significant progress made for PACE programs in Florida. You can read the update by clicking here.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinBondsFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Florida Environmental LawMunicipal Bonds
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Partner Brett J. Schneider is New President-Elect of Human Resource Association of Broward County

WSH Partner Brett J. Schneider has been elected as the President-Elect of the Human Resource Association of Broward County (“HRABC”) for the 2013 year. Prior to his election as President-Elect, he served as HRABC's Legislative Affairs Director from in 2011 and 2012.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsBrett J. SchneiderFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Federal Court Holds Condo Association Went Beyond Reasonable Inquiry into Owner's Disability

A Florida federal court recently held against a condominium association for violating federal and State law when it refused to grant an accommodation for an owner with an emotional support animal. The Association is a condominium association located in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The Association rules and regulations limit all pets to a maximum weight of 25 pounds. Owner Bhogaita acquired a dog weighing more than 25 pounds. The Association sent Bhogaita a notice demanding that Bhogaita remove the dog. Bhogaita responded by sending a note from his doctor, which stated that Bhogaita suffered from chronic anxiety brought on by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and that the doctor had prescribed an emotional support animal to help Bhogaita cope with his anxiety. The Association subsequently sent written requests for additional information pertaining to Bhogaita’s mental impairment and treatment he had received, and demanded that the dog be removed. Bhogaita sued the Association, claiming it violated the Fair Housing Act and corresponding State law by denying his requested accommodation.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsHomeowners' Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesJoshua D. KrutMichael S. PopokFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney

WSH Selected as One of South Florida Business Journal's Best Places to Work in 2013

The South Florida Business Journal (“SFBJ”) has named WSH as one of the 2013 Best Places to Work for the fourth year in a row. Each year, the SFBJ surveys employees at numerous firms to determine which employers in South Florida foster a great workplace. WSH placed among the finalists for medium-sized (51-149 employees) firms. On February 21, the SFBJ will announce the rankings of all the named finalists at its celebratory awards luncheon in Fort Lauderdale. We are thrilled to be chosen by the SFBJ for this honor.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeStephen J. HelfmanJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Aviation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerFort Lauderdale Tax AttorneyMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Eminent Domain AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Fourth DCA Takes Firm Stance Against Party Seeking Appellate Attorneys' Fees

On December 19, the Fourth District Court of Appeal (the “Court”) determined that a request for attorneys’ fees in an original appellate proceeding must be included in a party’s petition, response or reply, or it will be considered untimely.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

WSH Attorneys Michael Popok and Mitch Burnstein Obtain Judgment for Large Bank in Commercial Foreclosure Action, Erasing $95M in Damages for Borrower

On December 17, WSH attorneys Michael S. Popok, Mitchell J. Burnstein, and Eric P. Hockman obtained a Final Judgment of Foreclosure and Voluntary Dismissal for United Central Bank in a 3-year long property dispute in Orange County Circuit Court, erasing $95 million in damages for the borrower. Business Division Judge Alice Blackwell heard four of the WSH team’s summary judgments: (a) to foreclose and obtain a deed; (b) to cancel a provision of the Deed in Lieu agreement relating to the bank’s future performance, which forms the basis of the Borrower’s Counterclaims; (c) to dismiss with prejudice as a matter of law, any claims based on purported “oral agreements” under the D’Oench doctrine, which prohibits a party who lends to him or herself from asserting an unrecorded agreement against the FDIC, and Federal common law; and (d) to deny the Borrower the ability to put on a damage case based on purported lost profits, diminution in value of the subject property, and lost “FF&E” (furniture, fixtures and equipment). The Court granted summary judgment of foreclosure to United Central Bank, placing the deed in the hands of the bank for future disposition. The Court also dismissed with prejudice any and all claims based on the purported oral agreements of the prior bank, granting summary judgment to the bank on the basis of the D’Oench doctrine. United Central Bank also obtained summary judgment as to the issue of damages; the Court held that the only damages the borrower would be entitled to would be for breaches in the Deed in Lieu agreement. As a result, the borrower’s counterclaim for $95 million took a significant beating.

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: Mitchell J. BurnsteinEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Michael S. Popok & Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Supreme Court Holds State Noise Law Unconstitutional

In an opinion issued on Thursday, December 13, 2012, the Florida Supreme Court declared Section 316.3045, Florida Statutes (2007), to be invalid. The law prohibits motorist from playing music or amplified sound at a volume that is “plainly audible” to someone 25 feet away.

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Categories: LitigationLocal GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida Supreme CourtMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellJames E. WhiteDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): James E. White

WSH Attorneys Validate $500M in Bonds for PACE District

On October 23, 2012, WSH lawyers Mitchell J. Burnstein, Jeffrey DeCarlo, and Chad S. Friedman were successful in validating $500,000,000 in bonds on the behalf of the Green Corridor Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE) District (the “District”), which is located within Miami-Dade County and currently includes the geographic boundaries of the City of Miami, City of Coral Gables, City of South Miami, Village of Pinecrest, Village of Palmetto Bay, Town of Cutler Bay, and Miami Shores Village. The District intends to use the bond proceeds to finance energy efficient (i.e. Energy star rated HVAC units), renewable energy (i.e. solar panels), and wind hardening improvements (i.e. impact resistant windows) on private properties within the District. These bonds will be paid for by voluntary special assessments to be placed on properties that chose to participate in the program.

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell J. BurnsteinJeffrey DeCarloChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Chad S. Friedman & Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Member Michael S. Popok Addresses La Ley Lawsuit with Miami Herald

For more than seven months, the City of Homestead has been defending itself in a lawsuit brought by La Ley Sports, the operator of the Homestead baseball stadium over La Ley’s $162,000.00 delinquency to the city for unpaid insurance and utility bills. Since La Ley began operating the stadium in 2011, the arrearage has crept up. In October, a circuit court judge dismissed the lawsuit and gave the operator an opportunity to re-file the complaint. After La Ley filed its amended complaint, the City asked a judge to dismiss the case. The Miami Herald recently contacted WSH Member and Partner-in-Charge of the Miami office, Michael S. Popok, for his thoughts on the lawsuit. Michael stated that the City’s position is that the operator owes the City of Homestead approximately $100,000.00.

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Three WSH Attorneys Named as New Partners in 2013

On December 13, WSH announced that attorneys Lillian M. Arango, Chad S. Friedman, and John J. Quick would be made Partners at the Firm. All three attorneys have been part of the WSH team for more than 10 years. Their first day as Partners will be January 1, 2013.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsLillian M. ArangoChad S. FriedmanFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerJohn J. Quick

Condo Levels Sand Dune In Accordance with Modification Granted in ALJ Final Order

This summer, we reported on a favorable decision in an administrative proceeding that WSH Members Mitchell J. Burnstein and Susan L. Trevarthen obtained on behalf of the Mayan Beach Club (“Association”). The case arose when Broward County and the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (“STOP”) challenged a modification to an Association permit that would level a 176-foot sand dune, arguing that the dune provided significant environmental protection and should not be destroyed for the purpose of providing a more desirable ocean view for the Association’s owners. On October 17, Secretary Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr. issued a Final Order adopting the Recommended Order in its entirety and granting the Association's Modification.  In the Final Order, Secretary Vinyard acknowledged that there was competent substantial evidence of record supporting the decision in the Recommended Order.Last week, the Mayan Beach Club leveled the 176-foot long dune.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityCondominium AssociationsAdministrative Law
Tags: Condos and HOAsMitchell J. BurnsteinJoshua D. KrutClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Florida Condo Association LawFlorida Environmental Law

WSH Associate Sam Zeskind Elected to Board of Directors of Local Charitable Organization

WSH Associate Samuel I. Zeskind was recently elected to the Board of Directors of Voices for Children of Broward County. Voices for Children of Broward County is a Plantation-based organization that raises funds and awareness to support the State’s Guardian Ad Litem program, which recruits, trains and supervises volunteers who work with abused and neglected children, make recommendations for placement, and advocate for the children’s best interests.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsSamuel I. Zeskind
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Managing Director Jamie Cole Among Winning Team At 2012 Herald Hunt

 WSH is proud to announce that Managing Director Jamie A. Cole and his team, the “Fiscal Cliff Hangers,” won this year’s Hunt.  The Herald Hunt (originally called the Tropic Hunt) is a major South Florida event that has taken place almost every year since 1984 and is hosted by celebrated authors Dave Barry and Tom Shroder. Each year, the Hunt attracts thousands of people, including locals and out-of-state participants, who maneuver through a series of brainteasers, hoping to win the grand prize of an 8 day cruise for eight people aboard the Carnival Breeze. This year’s Herald Hunt took place on December 1 at Coconut Grove’s Peacock Park.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. Cole
Author(s): Jamie A. Cole & Brooke P. Dolara

Weiss Serota Helfman Attorneys Joe Serota and Eric Hockman Participate in Inaugural “Legal Legends v. Young Guns” Event

On Friday, November 30, 2012, the Dade County Bar Association held its inaugural mock trial demonstration at the Dade County Courthouse in the fully-restored Courtroom 6-1. Conceived by DCBA President Garrett Biondo and WSH attorney Eric P. Hockman, the “Legal Legends v. Young Guns” demonstration brought together some of the greatest legal legends in Miami Dade County and pitted them against the stars of the next generation. The concept allowed the audience to observe the styles of some of the best attorneys in South Florida. The event also afforded an opportunity to see cutting-edge trial technology put to use in a courtroom environment.

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Categories: LitigationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsEric P. HockmanJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

Attorney At Law Magazine Features WSH Attorneys James White & Johanna Lundgren

Recently, we reported that Partner James White and Associate Johanna Lundgren were reelected to their positions on the Board of Directors for the Broward section of the American Planning Association ("APA").  This month, Attorney At Law Magazine featured an article announcing both attorneys' reelection to their leadership posts.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenJames E. WhiteFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Johanna M. Lundgren
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Achieves Dismissal of High-Profile Case for City of Homestead

Last week, WSH Founding Member Joseph H. Serota and Partner Matthew H. Mandel achieved a significant victory for the City of Homestead in a high-profile case brought by a former city employee. Circuit Court Judge Jorge E. Cueto dismissed former city administrator Johanna Faddis’ lawsuit against the city and its elected officials finding that Faddis lied under oath multiple times and thereby forfeited her right to seek relief from the court.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationTorts
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersGovernmental LitigationSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Matthew H. Mandel & Brooke P. Dolara

Public Employees Alleging Sovereign Immunity Do Not Have To Wait for Lawsuits to Be Resolved to Appeal Non-Final Orders

On November 15, the Florida Supreme Court (the “Court”) unanimously ruled in Keck v. Eminisor, 2012 WL 5516053 (Fla. Nov. 15, 2012) that public employees do not have to wait until lawsuits are resolved to appeal non-final orders denying summary judgment based on claims of sovereign immunity.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeTorts
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersGovernmental LitigationSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Obtains Appellate Victory For Town of Manalapan

On November 14, the Fourth District Court of Appeal issued a per curiam affirmance of the trial victory obtained by WSH Partner Daniel L. Abbott in a long-lasting battle between a homeowner and the Town of Manalapan over a zoning issue.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentRule EnforcementDaniel L. AbbottMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation Attorneys
Author(s): Daniel L. Abbott

John J. Quick, Of Counsel to WSH, Elected President of the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library

On November 13, WSH attorney John J. Quick was elected President of the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library. John will serve as President until November 2014. Founded in 1974, the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library is a non-profit volunteer organization that raises funds for and advocates on behalf of the Miami-Dade Library System. Through its outreach activities, the Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library helps promote and fund numerous library programs, such as the Art of Storytelling Festival, Children’s Book Week, and other programs promoting literacy.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJohn J. Quick
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Division of Retirement Letters Signal Changes to Interpretation Regarding Use of Tax Revenues to Fund Pensions

Recently, the Florida Division of Retirement (the “Division”) issued letters to the Cities of Naples and Hollywood concerning those Cities’ eligibility for and use of future premium tax revenues to fund their respective police and fire pension obligations under Chapters 175 and 185, Florida Statutes. These letters reflect an important change to the Division’s previous position concerning a municipality’s eligibility for and use of premium tax revenues.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingRaquel ElejabarrietaBrett J. SchneiderFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Raquel Elejabarrieta

The Red Light Camera Diaries: Florida Supreme Court to Determine Whether Programs Preempted by State Law

The Florida Supreme Court will hear cases from the Third and Fifth District Court of Appeal to determine the legality of red light camera ordinances in Aventura and Orlando. The Third and Fifth Districts issued conflicting opinions on whether the red light cameras circumvented Florida’s Uniform Traffic Control Law. In Aventura v. Masone, the Third District ruled that the City of Aventura’s red-light camera program was a valid and enforceable program that was not preempted by state law. Specifically, the Court found that Aventura properly invoked its broad home rule and police powers to regulate red light camera violations on its own roads through the use of red light camera powers, and to issue citations and collect fines under its code enforcement powers. The Court further found that Chapter 316 did not expressly preempt the City’s police powers in this area of traffic regulation. In City of Orlando v. Udowychenko, the Fifth District held that the city’s red light camera ordinance expressly and impliedly conflicted with state law because it enforced conduct specifically prescribed by state law.

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Categories: LitigationConstitutional Law
Tags: Red Light CamerasRule EnforcementFlorida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFlorida LegislatureMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney

WSH Attorneys Support Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic

On Saturday, November 10, lawyers, judges and law students will convene at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah for the 9th Annual Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic. The Picnic is sponsored by many businesses, multiple voluntary bar associations, a bank and numerous law firms. WSH will have several attorneys representing the firm at this year’s festivities; each of our attending attorneys has an opportunity to serve as a mentor to a attending law student. We are thrilled to be supporting this wonderful event.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMiami Aviation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysScope of the Project RuleFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerFort Lauderdale Tax AttorneyMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Eminent Domain AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers

WSH Broward Office Welcomes Two New Associates

WSH is pleased to announce the addition of two associates to the Firm. Sonja C. Darby and Mia R. Martin. Joining our Community Association, Club & Resort Practice Group, Sonja represents community associations in matters of corporate governance, compliance, and debt collection. She is skilled at mediating between competing factions of community association boards and advising boards on compliance with their governing documents and applicable laws. A member of our Real Estate Group, Sonja also has experience representing parties in the purchase, sale, refinancing and lease of properties. Licensed in Florida, New Jersey and New York, Sonja graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where she achieved Dean's List honors. A member of our Labor and Employment Law Practice Group, Mia serves as employment counsel to public sector clients and private employers in labor arbitrations, state and federal court, mediation, and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mia has experience handling both employment litigation and non-litigation matters. Licensed in Florida and New York, Mia is a cum laude graduate of Loyola New Orleans School of Law.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentCondominium AssociationsHomeowners' AssociationsReal Estate
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerSonja C. DarbyMia R. Martin
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

District Court Judge Green-Lights Whistleblower Suit Brought Under Dodd-Frank Act

On September 26, a federal district court denied a Motion to Dismiss in a whistleblower case under the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd-Frank Act”), holding that the plaintiff could establish a prima facie violation of the Dodd-Frank Act based on the allegations contained in the complaint. The decision in Kramer v. Trans-Lux Corp., 3v11cv1424 (SRU) is significant because the Dodd-Frank Act, which was signed into federal law in 2010, provides greater protection against whistleblower retaliation than past legislation aimed at financial reform.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigation
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysProtected ActivityFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Obtains Favorable Final Order in Significant Environmental Law Matter for Condominium Association

This summer, WSH reported on a favorable decision in an administrative proceeding that WSH Members Mitchell J. Burnstein and Susan L. Trevarthen obtained on behalf of the Mayan Beach Club (“Association”). The case arose when Broward County and the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (“STOP”) challenged a modification to an Association permit that would level a 176-foot sand dune, arguing that the dune provided significant environmental protection and should not be destroyed for the purpose of providing a more desirable ocean view for the Association’s owners. Specifically, the challengers alleged that the dune contained an endangered species of plant known as the beach star, helped prevent coastal erosion of the shoreline, and provided a nesting habitat for species of marine turtles that are protected under state law. The Association and the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) countered that the Association had agreed to partner with the City of Fort Lauderdale as part of a dune restoration project at the Palms Condominium, under which a stretch of beach would harbor several endangered species of vegetation. The Association and DEP also argued that neighboring beach areas provided nesting habitats for the turtles. On August 25, Florida Administrative Judge David Maloney recommended that the DEP enter a final order issuing the Modification. In his opinion, Judge Maloney stated that there was no evidence that the adjacent beaches provided inferior protection for the sea turtles or endangered vegetation. He also held that the facts did not support a finding that the dune prevented coastal erosion, since it lacked the height or continuity along the shore needed to be considered a “significant dune.”

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLand Use & Zoning (Private)Eminent Domain
Tags: Mitchell J. BurnsteinJoshua D. KrutClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Florida Environmental Law
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

The Right of Private Individuals to Video and Photograph Public Employees

In the era of ubiquitous cell phone cameras and social media usage, public employees need to be mindful of the law as it pertains to the rights of citizens to monitor public employees at work. Private individuals have a right to record public employees, including police officers, in the public discharge of their duties. The First Amendment provides private individuals a constitutionally protected right to photograph or video record public employees. This right, however, is not completely unqualified and may be subject to reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions. In Gilk v. Cunniffe, 655 F.3d 78, (1st Cir. 2011), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit addressed the issue of whether there exists a constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public. The First Circuit answered this question in the affirmative, holding, “Basic First Amendment principles, along with case law from this and other circuits, unambiguously establish that private individuals possess a constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties.” Id. at 82. Recording governmental officers engaged in public duties is a form of speech through which private individuals may gather and disseminate information of public concern, including the conduct of law enforcement officers. Id. In Gilk, arrestee Simon Gilk was arrested for using his cell phone’s digital video camera to film several police officers arresting a young man on the Boston Common. The Charges against Gilk, which included violations of Massachusetts’s wiretap statute, were subsequently judged baseless and dismissed. Gilk then brought suit under §1983, claiming that his arrest for filming police officers arresting a young man constituted a violation of his rights under the First and Fourth Amendments. The First Circuit held that the officers were not entitled to qualified immunity on the First and Fourth Amendment claims and Gilk was awarded $170,000.

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Categories: LitigationConstitutional Law
Tags: Public EmployeesGovernmental LitigationSara E. AulisioJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsProtected ActivityFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Sara E. Aulisio

Law Firm Survey Shows Managing Partners Optimistic, But Pragmatic, About Future

Each year, the Daily Business Review ("DBR") releases a survey of managing partners in South Florida’s largest and most prestigious law firms. This year’s annual survey, which was released on October 22, shows that law firms are cautiously optimistic about the economy and its impact on firm business. The survey shows that law firms are handling more corporate deals than in the years immediately following the 2008 economic slump; real estate and banking practices have also increased in 2012. In addition, many law firms reported an increase in gross revenue and profit per partner. However, the survey also shows that certain costs remain high for many law firms. In an interview with the DBR, WSH Managing Partner Jamie A. Cole spoke about the impact of increased health care costs on firm business. The survey also showed a strong desire for growth among various firms, and highlighted new mergers between boutique firms and larger establishments.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
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WSH Obtains Summary Judgment Against Local Hotelier, Preserving $36 Million Deficiency Judgment

On October 22, 2012, the Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Judge Lucy Chernow-Brown, granted a motion for summary judgment against an attempt by Shubh Hotels Detroit, LLC, Atul Bisaria, and Mihu Bisaria to collaterally attack a loan deficiency judgment in excess of $36,000,000 entered against them by a Michigan State Court. The Michigan judgment is in favor of United Central Bank, which is represented in Florida by Michael S. Popok and Eric P. Hockman.

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Categories: LitigationCivil ProcedureTorts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

Jamie Cole to Chair Florida Association of Managing Partners

WSH is proud to report that Managing Director Jamie A. Cole has been elected Chair of the Florida Association of Managing Partners, a 25 member group of managing partners from midsized South Florida law firms. The Association meets several times per year to discuss issues relating to law firm management, including law firm economics, health care costs, and administration. In addition to his duties as Managing Partner, Jamie is a member of our Litigation Division, Local Government Law Division and Appellate Practice Group. He serves as the City Attorney for both Miramar and Weston, and has presided over more than 1000 City Commission meetings. He speaks at numerous local government seminars addressing a myriad of governmental issues. Throughout his career, Jamie has earned numerous accolades, including his selection as a SuperLawyer each year since 2007. Jamie will serve as Chair through October 2014.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. Cole
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

News of Bisaria Indictment Reaches South Florida Papers

As we reported in our blog last week, the Chicago Tribune reached out to WSH Member and Miami-Dade Partner-in-Charge Michael S. Popok for his reaction to the recent indictments of Boca Raton developer Atul Bisaria and contractor Steve Lewis, who are charged with defrauding Chicago’s Mutual Bank and Broadway Bank out of more than $19 million in loans. WSH represents United Central Bank, the successor to Mutual Bank, in a related foreclosure.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsCriminal Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyJohn J. Quick
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH’s Michael Popok, Counsel for Lending Institution, Responds to Indictment of South Florida Hotelier Atul Bisaria

On October 9, federal prosecutors in Illinois filed an indictment against Atul Bisaria and his contractor, Steve Lewis, alleging that both men engaged in a scheme to defraud two Chicago area banks and obtain money and property by means of materially false and fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises and material omissions. Mr. Bisaria allegedly persuaded Mutual Bank and Broadway Bank to loan him in excess of $9 million and $10 million each to renovate and hotels he owned in Boca Raton and Cincinnati. Mr. Lewis allegedly sent invoices to the bank falsely representing that payment was due for materials and work performed at the hotels to justify the large sums being loaned by the banks. In reality, no work had been completed at either job site. The indictment further alleges that Bisaria used the proceeds of the loan for personal expenses and failed real estate ventures. United Central Bank, a Texas based community bank which has acquired Mutual Bank’s assets, has retained WSH Member and Miami-Dade Partner-in-Charge Michael S. Popok to represent it in a related foreclosure. Commenting on Bisaria’s phantom renovations, Michael stated that the “only thing [Bisaria] built was a pile of invoices.”

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Categories: LitigationBankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

U.S. Supreme Court Will Hear Widely-Publicized Florida Case Involving Rules on Exactions and Inverse Condemnation

On October 5, the United States Supreme Court granted a petition for certiorari filed on behalf of the plaintiff in Koontz v. St. Johns Water Management District.  Oral arguments will be scheduled in the coming months. The case involves Coy Koontz, a landowner who owned 15 acres of land, the majority of which fell within a riparian habitat-protection zone in the Econlockhatchee River hydrological basin and contained protected wetlands. The development of the land was under the jurisdiction of the St. Johns River Water Management District.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationAppellate Law & PracticeLand Use & Zoning (Private)Federal CourtsConstitutional LawEminent DomainAdministrative Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationFlorida Supreme CourtMitchell J. BurnsteinJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesGilberto PastorizaMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen & Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Achieves Major Defense Victory for Settlement Provider

On October 8, Michael S. Popok, John J. Quick, and Eric P. Hockman achieved a major victory in defending against a motion for partial summary judgment in a breach of contract case involving a damages claim for $10.1 million. Judge Meenu T. Sasser, in the Palm Beach County Circuit Court, adopted the proposed order written and submitted by Michael, John and Eric almost verbatim.

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Categories: LitigationContracts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyJohn J. Quick
Author(s): Matthew H. Mandel & Brooke P. Dolara

Nine Years After Grutter v. Bollinger, Supreme Court Revisits Affirmative Action in College Admissions

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas to consider whether use of race in undergraduate admissions decisions violates equal protection under the U.S. Constitution. The Court’s decision will have significant consequences for affirmative action policies at public universities.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Attorneys Recognized as "Top Lawyers" in South Florida

This week, South Florida Legal Guide’s Legal Leaders published its annual list of attorneys who have earned the coveted AV Martindale-Hubbell rating, the highest peer review rating available to an individual lawyer. Legal Leaders recognized several WSH attorneys as members of South Florida’s “Top Rated Lawyers” in different practice areas:

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)Real Estate
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMitchell J. BurnsteinJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloIgnacio G. Del ValleStephen J. HelfmanGilberto PastorizaGail D. SerotaJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerMiami Real Estate Lawyer
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Member Susan Trevarthen to Discuss Digital Signs and Billboards at Upcoming Strafford Seminar

WSH Member Susan L. Trevarthen will be speaking at an upcoming live seminar entitled “Digital Signs and Billboards: Crafting and Enforcing Local Regulations.” The seminar will be conducted via phone and the web on Thursday, September 27 from 1 pm to 2:30 pm EST. Affiliates with WSH are eligible to attend the seminar at 50% off. For more information or to register at half price, please call 1-800-926-7926 ext. 10 (mention code: ZDFCT).

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Government AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Municipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFirst AmendmentElectronic Signs

WSH Obtains Favorable Ruling From Florida Supreme Court in Wrongful Death Case

On September 14, 2012, WSH Partners Matthew H. Mandel, Edward G. Guedes, and Jamie A. Cole, obtained a favorable ruling from the Florida Supreme Court on behalf of the City of Boca Raton in a wrongful death action. The issue in the appeal was whether the police, after releasing an impaired person from their custody, owed a duty of care to that person. The Florida Supreme Court denied the plaintiff’s petition to have the Court review the favorable En Banc decision from the Fourth District Court of Appeal, which held that the police did not owe a duty of care. The entire panel of judges from Fourth District Court had reversed an earlier decision by 3 of its judges and affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint.

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Categories: LitigationTorts
Tags: Governmental LitigationFlorida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation Attorneys
Author(s): Matthew H. Mandel

Fourth DCA Affirms Denial of Writ of Mandamus in Public Records Request; Finds No Abuse of Discretion by Municipality

The Fourth District Court of Appeal recently released a decision that provides municipalities and law enforcement with significant firepower against public records requests for information obtained in criminal investigations. In Harvard v. Village of Palm Springs, 11-1192, the issue was whether the Village of Palm Springs (the "Village") properly withheld law enforcement records, including a juvenile offense report and copy of a videotaped interview. The Fourth District sided with the Village, holding that the release was discretionary under 985.04(3) and that the investigation fell within one of the exemptions set forth in 119.071(2)(h)(1)a-c.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Public RecordsGovernmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): John J. Quick & Brooke P. Dolara

Citrus Canker: Appellate Victory for Homeowners in Appeal Before Third DCA

WSH Founding Member Joseph H. Serota and Grossman Roth P.A. attorney Robert Gilbert recently obtained an appellate victory before the Third District Court of Appeal on behalf of Miami-Dade homeowners whose trees were destroyed by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Citrus Canker Eradication Program (“CCEP”). In Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services v. Lopez-Brignoni, et al., 10-2024, the Department appealed the lower court’s certification of the plaintiff class on the basis that 1) the plaintiffs did not have a private cause of action for additional compensation under Florida law, nor a claim for inverse condemnation, and 2) the trial court applied an improper measure of damages for the destroyed trees. The majority opinion rejected these arguments and affirmed the lower court’s order granting the homeowner’s motion for class certification.  Since 2000, the firm, through Managing Director Jamie A. Cole, has been co-lead counsel with Robert Gilbert in multiple lawsuits against the State to obtain full and just compensation for the hundreds of thousands of healthy citrus trees that were destroyed by the state of Florida as part of the CCEP.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsAppellate Law & PracticeConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Public Employee Pension Case

On September 7, the Florida Supreme Court (the “Court”) heard oral arguments concerning an appeal by state officials seeking to overturn a decision issued by state court Judge Jackie Fulford in Leon County, Florida that voided a law that, among other things, required public employees to contribute 3% of their pay into a state retirement system. The central issue in Scott v. Williams, SC122-520, is whether the state of Florida can revise the terms of the public pension plan for active participants who were hired before the law took effect. The State, along with local governments and other public entities that participate in the state retirement system, argued that the lower court’s decision will produce significant financial hardship for the State, which will have to repay an estimated $1 billion in worker contributions if the decision is upheld. No timetable was given for a decision from the Court.

 

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationConstitutional LawContracts
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersSenate Bill 88Governmental LitigationFlorida Supreme CourtFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Partner Gary Brown to Speak at NBI Construction Law Seminar in 2013

This coming March, WSH Partner and Construction Group Chair Gary L. Brown will be speaking as a featured panelist at an upcoming Continuing Legal Education course offered by the National Business Institute (“NBI”). Gary will give two one-hour long presentations discussing the fundamentals of construction defect claims (including applicable laws, regulations and standards of care) along with indemnity provisions and insurance relating to construction defects. This will be Gary’s second presentation for the NBI; he previously taught a seminar entitled “Managing Contract Changes/Handling Changes to Jobsite Conditions” at the NBI’s Construction Law Seminar in 2008.

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Categories: LitigationAwards & RecognitionsConstruction Law
Tags: Gary L. BrownCommercial General LiabilityConstruction DefectsFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

For WSH’s Broward Office, YOLO Offers Premier Power Lunch

As an Ultimate Broward CEO, WSH Managing Director and Member Jamie A. Cole has a wealth of experience conducting luncheon meetings with important clients. Jamie recently sat down with the Daily Business Review to extoll the virtues of You Only Live Once (“YOLO”), the ideal restaurant in Broward County for the ultimate business luncheon. In the interview, Jamie identified the Las Olas restaurant’s speedy service and atmosphere as its biggest assets. “I like that they are quiet,” Jamie acknowledges. “I can usually get in and out in an hour. Also, it’s not so loud that you can’t have a business meeting.”

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Jamie A. ColeFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Judges to Crack Down on Jurors' Use of Social Media During Trial

The federal judiciary recently issued new jury instructions aimed at restricting jurors’ use of electronic tools and social media in particular to research and/or communicate about a case. The instructions will be read to jurors by the judge at the outset of trial and again before deliberations. The instructions include an all-inclusive list of prohibited methods of communication, including cell phones, Blackberries, iPhones, the Internet, e-mails, blogs and websites. The instructions allow for restrictions on newly developed electronic tools and social media, prohibiting “other tools of technology” and “any similar technology of social media,” even if these tools are not specifically identified by the judge. The instructions also mandate that jurors identify and report any other juror who violates the instructions. The aim of the new instructions is to remind jurors that they must decide the case solely on the evidence presented at trial, and not rely on outside influences. By limiting jurors’ exposure to electronic media, the judiciary hopes to curb the influence of inaccurate, inflammatory, and prejudicial comments that can permeate the Internet.

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Plaintiffs Alleging Securities Fraud Face Difficulty Establishing Prima Facie Case

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion addressing what elements a plaintiff in a private securities fraud case must prove in order to establish a prima facie case. In Hubbard v. BankAtlantic Bancorp, Inc., 2012 WL 2985112 (11th Cir. Jul. 23, 2012), the Court held that the plaintiff had to prove loss causation, or that the plaintiff’s loss can be attributed to the defendants’ fraud and not ancillary factors unrelated to the defendant’s actions. The decision highlights the difficulty for most plaintiffs in establishing a prima facie case of securities fraud in a turbulent economic environment.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsTorts
Tags: Market Share LiabilityFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneySecurities and Exchange Commission
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Attorneys Re-Elected to BAPA Leadership Positions

WSH Partner James E. White and Associate Johanna M. Lundgren have been re-elected to their current leadership positions Broward Chapter of the American Planning Association (“BAPA”) for the 2012-13 fiscal year. James currently serves as the Board’s Legislative Representative Committee Member, while Johanna serves as an At-Large Board Member. The American Planning Association is a not-for-profit educational organization that champions good planning through direct public advocacy in government. Created in 1978 through the consolidation of two separate planning organizations, the APA has more than 40,000 national members, including more than 15,000 certified planners.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsGilberto PastorizaSusan L. TrevarthenJames E. WhiteFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Johanna M. Lundgren

The Red Light Camera Diaries: Sarasota County Denies Due Process Challenge Brought by Driver

Last week, we reported that a Polk County judge denied a Motion to Dismiss brought by 40 ticketed drivers challenging red light camera citiations on constitutional grounds.  In that case, the court rejected the drivers' argument that issuance of citations generated by red light camera violations violated the equal protection clausen. On August 29, a County Court judge in Sarasota County denied a Motion to Dismiss brought by a defendant driver who had been issued a red light camera citation. County Court Judge Kimberly Bonnner held that the defendant failed to prove that the issuance of a citation for red light camera violations did not constitute a violation of the due process clause.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentRed Light CamerasRule EnforcementMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellDavid M. WolpinFlorida ConstitutionFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Board of Contributors: CMBS Loans on Verge of Rebound But With Stricter Rules

As economic conditions improve, a recent article explains how the booming Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities market collapsed with such stunning speed and severity. About $32.5 billion of the loans made in 2007 are maturing in 2012; and, according to CoStar Group, 50 to 60 percent of those maturing this year will fail to refinance or pay off in full.

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Categories: Real EstateCorporate Law
Tags: Condos and HOAsSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerMiami Real Estate Lawyer
Author(s): Joseph Hernandez

First DCA Holds Non-Compete Covenants are Transferable Even Under General Assignment of Rights

In today’s business environment, businesses merge and sever with unprecedented frequency. Because change in business ownership is so common, questions may arise as to what rights and obligations a business has into previously agreed-to covenants. A recent case from the First Circuit Court of Appeals gave some good news to such businesses. In DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc. v. Waxman, et al. 2012 WL 3138681 (Fla. 1st DCA, Aug. 3, 2012), the District Court held that non-compete agreements entered into between a distributor and its sales representatives were enforceable where the agreements were properly assigned under a sale of the distributor’s intangible assets. The case is significant because it holds that a mere general assignment of rights and obligations is sufficient to effectuate a transfer of enforcement rights; no formal assignment is needed.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationContracts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Attorneys Recognized as BestLawyers by National Publication

Each summer, BestLawyers compiles a list of the most reputable attorneys throughout the country. This year, WSH is thrilled to announce that several of its Members and Partners have been selected for "BestLawyers 2013."

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

ALJ Recommended Order OKs Condominium Association Plan to Level Sand Dune

WSH Members Mitchell J. Burnstein and Susan L. Trevarthen recently obtained a favorable decision in an administrative proceeding on behalf of the Mayan Beach Club (“Association”). The case arose when Broward County and the Sea Turtle Oversight Protection (“STOP”) challenged a modification to an Association permit that would level a 176-foot sand dune, arguing that the dune provided significant environmental protection and should not be destroyed for the purpose of providing a more desirable ocean view for the Association’s owners. Specifically, the challengers alleged that the dune contained an endangered species of plant known as the beach star, helped prevent coastal erosion of the shoreline, and provided a nesting habitat for species of marine turtles that are protected under state law. The Association and the Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) countered that the Association had agreed to partner with the City of Fort Lauderdale as part of a dune restoration project at the Palms Condominium, under which a stretch of beach would harbor several endangered species of vegetation. The Association and DEP also argued that neighboring beach areas provided nesting habitats for the turtles. On August 25, Florida Administrative Judge David Maloney recommended that the DEP enter a final order issuing the Modification. In his opinion, Judge Maloney stated that there was no evidence that the adjacent beaches provided inferior protection for the sea turtles or endangered vegetation. He also held that the facts did not support a finding that the dune prevented coastal erosion, since it lacked the height or continuity along the shore needed to be considered a “significant dune.”

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityLand Use & Zoning (Private)Eminent DomainAdministrative Law
Tags: Mitchell J. BurnsteinClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Florida Environmental LawMiami Eminent Domain Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

New Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Guidelines Aim to Curb Foreclosures, Facilitate Short Sale Process

The Federal Housing Finance Agency (“FIFA”), the regulatory agency governing Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks, recently promulgated new guidelines to facilitate approval for eligible borrowers for a short sale.

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Categories: Condominium AssociationsHomeowners' AssociationsReal Estate
Tags: CollectionsCondos and HOAsJonathan CohenJoshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerMiami Real Estate Lawyer
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Courts Continue to Side with Municipalities in Red Light Camera Challenges

Throughout the past year, judges in both Broward and Miami-Dade County have heard challenges to the red light camera systems on constitutional and evidentiary grounds, and have ruled in the municipalities’ favor. This summer, Polk County entertained a similar challenge from more than 40 ticketed drivers, with similar results.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Red Light CamerasRule EnforcementJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaSamuel I. ZeskindFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Supreme Court Adopts Amendments Governing Discovery of Electronically Stored Information

Effective September 1, procedural rule amendments governing discovery of electronically stored information (ESI) will go into effect in Florida courts. These amendments permit discovery of ESI during the pretrial and discovery phases of civil litigation. Rule 1.340, which governs interrogatories, permits production of ESI in response to an interrogatory or specific request. Rule 1.280 sets limitations on discovery and specifies procedures for a recipient of a discovery request to object to the action if producing the ESI is too costly or too burdensome (the Court may still grant the movant’s request, but may be shift some of the cost to the movant). For a complete list of all procedural rule amendments regarding ESI, please click here.

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaDiscoveryFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Associate Alison F. Smith Elected President of CBA

WSH Associate Alison F. Smith has been elected as the next President of the Caribbean Bar Association, a voluntary bar organization of South and Central Florida lawyers from the Caribbean community. 

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationAwards & RecognitionsAdministrative Law
Tags: Michael S. PopokAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Elections and Condominium Associations: Who Can Serve as a Director?

A condominium’s annual election provides the association’s voting members with the opportunity to select new individuals to serve on its board of directors.  Candidates provide their notice to the association at least forty days before the scheduled election, leaving plenty of time for unit owners to weigh their options and research the qualifications of both incumbents and challengers.  Each election, some questions may arise as to whether certain candidates are qualified to serve on the board of directors.  Although Florida law places some restrictions on who can serve as a director, it permits individual associations to tailor their qualifications for board membership.

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Categories: Condominium AssociationsCorporate Law
Tags: Joshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFlorida Condo Association LawAbigail Watts-FitzGerald

WSH Achieves Significant Victory in Arbitration for Public Employer

On August 10, 2012, the firm obtained a significant arbitration victory for the City of Miramar in a case involving a former police officer who was terminated after he had been found to be psychologically unfit for duty by a City-appointed psychologist.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingBrett J. SchneiderAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment Attorney
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider

House Bill 937: Give Me a Break! (At Least a Little One on Advertising Costs)

Section 50.061, Florida Statutes regulates the amount a publisher of a newspaper can charge local governments for the publishing of any and all official public notices or legal advertisements. The cost of advertisements can vary in price from a couple hundred dollars to several thousand dollars for a comprehensive plan amendment and certain government initiated zoning ordinances. Over the last couple of years, the Florida Legislature has considered several different bills that would help to reduce the cost of publishing legal advertisements. On May 4, 2012, the Governor signed House Bill 937 (the “Bill”), which may provide some relief to local governments when publishing an advertisement that requires multiple publications.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Government Affairs
Tags: Chad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs Attorneys
Author(s): Chad S. Friedman

Florida Bar Says Undocumented Status Does Not Automatically Disqualify Applicant from Practicing Law

The Florida Bar recently notified the Florida Supreme Court that there were "no good moral character and fitness issues" that would automatically disqualify an undocumented immigrant from being admitted to practice law in Florida.  The Bar had previously denied the application of Jose Godinez-Samperio, a Tampa resident who entered the United States with his parents under a tourist visa.  In its filing with the Court, the Board of Bar Examiners noted that it would wait for the Florida Supreme Court to issue an opinion before making a decision on Mr. Godinez-Samperio's application.  The Court has given no timeline for an advisory opinion on the matter.

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Categories: Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Tags: Florida Supreme Court
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

SEC Asks Congress for Greater Control Over Municipal Bond Market

The Securities and Exchange Commission("SEC") recently released a report on the municipal bond market which requests Congressional approval for authority to regulate municipal bond issuers and the required content of disclosure documents provided to investors. Under current law, municipal issuers are required to comply with the broad antifraud provisions of federal and state securities laws, but are not directly regulated by the SEC. The SEC currently has authority to regulate broker-dealers and municipal securities dealers, which has an indirect impact on the municipal marketplace. The requested authority would provide the SEC, for the first time, with direct authority over municipal bond issuers.

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal GovernmentFederal Law
Tags: Jeffrey DeCarloFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Public FinanceSecurities and Exchange CommissionMunicipal Bonds
Author(s): Jeffrey DeCarlo

Condos Should Check Insurance Policy to Ensure Compliance

As South Florida nears the second half of hurricane season, many community associations are bombarded with questions from unit owners regarding insurance coverage on the condominium property. More often than not, owners want to know whether property damage to their specific unit is covered under the association’s insurance policy. Fortunately, the Florida Condominium Act, 718.001 et seq. and 718.111(11)(f) in particular, provide associations with guidance in identifying what they are obligated to cover.

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Categories: Condominium Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsJoshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFlorida Condo Association Law

Total Recall: How an Association Can Remove a Board Member

Board members are elected by owners to run the association and manage its property and finances. Owners rely on the board to enforce association rules and resolve problems. When a board member loses the confidence of the owners, he or she may be replaced at the annual election of board members. However, some circumstances warrant the immediate removal of a director. In the event that the owners want to remove a director, the Florida Condominium Act provides a procedure for an association’s voting interest to “recall” a director.

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Categories: Condominium AssociationsHomeowners' AssociationsReal EstateCorporate Law
Tags: Joshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association Law

Town of Cutler Bay Receives Award for Revolutionary Green Initiative PACE Program

The Florida League of Cities awarded the Town of Cutler Bay with the Environmental Stewardship Award for its Go Green Initiative, and specifically for its revolutionary Property Assessed Clean Energy District (PACE) Program. The Town was the first governmental entity in Miami-Dade County to achieve the Florida Green Building Coalition’s Silver Certification. WSH Associate Chad S. Friedman worked with the Town on its Green Initiative from its inception, drafting legislation at the state and county level and researching similar programs. The PACE Program is the country’s first partnership among cities aimed at reducing their carbon footprint. Over the next five years, the program is predicted to reduce carbon dioxide output by more than 35,000 metric tons, as well as stimulate the local economy by $735 million and create 4,500 jobs.

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Tim Ravich, Of Counsel with WSH, Speaks with CityBizList Regarding His Appointment to ABA House of Delegates

Last month, the American Bar Association appointed WSH litigator Timothy M. Ravich to its House of Delegates.  As we reported last month, Tim will represent the Dade County Bar Association during his tenure in the House.  Recently, Tim sat down with reporters from the local chapter of CityBizList to discuss his appointment.  You can read a copy of the article here.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Tribal Immunity for Miccosukee in Dram Shop Case

The Eleventh Circuit recently affirmed a lower court decision to dismiss a father’s claim against the Miccosukee Indian Tribe for violating state dram shop laws by knowingly serving excessive amounts of alcohol to his daughter, who subsequently died in a fatal car accident. In Furry v. Miccosukee Tribes of Indians of Florida, the Court held that tribal sovereign immunity barred Furry from bringing suit against the Miccosukee Indians.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsUnited States CongressFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Fourth DCA Holds State Traffic Statute Does Not Violate Equal Protection Clause, Red Light Camera Violators Not Similary Situated

On July 25, the Fourth District Court of Appeal handed down a decision holding that section 316.075 of the Florida Statutes, which governs traffic control signal devices, is constitutional and does not violate the Equal Protection Clause of either the United States or Florida Constitutions. The Fourth District reversed the trial court’s decision, which had found that the statute violated the Equal Protection Clause on the basis that the law unlawfully differentiated between individuals who were observed running red lights by law enforcement officers, and individuals caught running red lights by red light cameras. Under the Florida Statutes, red light violations that are observed by law enforcement officers are punishable by fines and points assessed against the driver’s license. However, red light violations that are captured via a red-light camera are cited and fined, but no points are assessed.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentFederal LawConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

WSH Appellate Team Obtains Favorable Decision by Fourth DCA in Premises Liability Case

Florida’s Fourth District Court of Appeal today granted a petition for writ of certiorari filed by Publix Super Markets, Inc., and quashed a trial court order that had required the supermarket chain to turn over privileged work product documents prepared by its risk management team in connection with a premises liability incident. WSH's Appellate Practice Group  members Edward G. Guedes and Laura K. Wendell, represented Publix and took the unusual approach of asking the appellate court to engage in an in camera inspection of the privileged documents, since the documents represented evidence available to establish the applicability of the privilege. In adopting the appellate team’s argument, the Fourth District adopted a very favorable view of the privilege in premises liability cases, highlighting the practical realities that retailers face when these incidents occur on their premises.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeTorts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

Third DCA Holds FCRA Does Not Support Claim for Discrimination Based on Pregnancy

Today, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal issued an employment ruling very favorable to employers, but certified conflict with the Fourth District on the same issue. The decision is Delva v. The Continental Group.   You can read a copy of the Opinion here.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

WSH Partner Josh Krut Discusses Responsibility for Mold Remediation in Cooperatives

For South Florida residents, mold infestations are an unfortunate byproduct of the humid tropical summers.  Eradicating mold can be costly and time-consuming.  For people living in shared communities, the question of whether the owner or association is responsible for mold remediation may be puzzling.  WSH Partner Joshua D. Krut, who chairs our Community Association, Club and Resort Practice Group, recently spoke with the South Florida Cooperator about what responsibilities cooperatives owe their residents with respect to paying for mold remediation. 

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsHomeowners' AssociationsReal Estate
Tags: Condos and HOAsJonathan CohenJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesJoshua D. KrutMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate Lawyer
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Fourth DCA Overturns Denial of Summary Judgment Motion After Verdict and Damages Awarded

The Fourth District Court of Appeal (“DCA”) recently reversed a lower court’s denial of the defendant’s motion for summary judgment even though the case subsequently went to trial and the plaintiff obtained a favorable judgment. In overturning the trial court’s decision, the Court held that where the material facts are not disputed and the denial of summary judgment is based on the resolution of a purely legal question, a decision is appealable after final judgment.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeCivil Procedure
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Dade County Bar Association Releases Results of 2012 Judicial Poll

Each year, the Dade County Bar Association (“DCBA”) conducts a Judicial Poll that allows attorneys in Miami-Dade County to express their opinion regarding the qualifications of incumbent judges and their challengers for judicial office. The Judicial Poll was first introduced by the DCBA in 1941 as a method of identifying fitness for retention of judicial office for Florida Supreme Court justices. This year, online voting was held from June 27 through July 12. 1,439 attorneys returned ballots to the DCBA, although not every judge had that many total votes. The DCBA compiled the results into a report revealing the number of votes each judge and/or candidate received regarding their qualifications. You can find the results of the 2012 DCBA Judicial Poll here.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Governmental LitigationMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Litigator Tim Ravich to Represent Dade County in ABA's House of Delegates

WSH Litigator Timothy M. Ravich has been appointed to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates as the representative for the Dade County Bar Association.  The appointment is for a two year term, and he will be sworn in at the end of August 2012 at the Annual Meeting in Chicago.

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Categories: LitigationAirports and AviationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsTimothy M. RavichFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMiami Aviation AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Eleventh Circuit Upholds County's Nude Dancing Ban, Despite Strip Club's Unsavory Allegations Against Lower Court Judge

The Eleventh Circuit recently upheld a Spaulding County, Georgia ordinance banning nude dancing in places where alcohol is sold. In holding for the County, the Court also upheld the Order of Summary Judgment by the District Court Jack Camp, a judge who was all-too familiar with the subject matter of after-hours entertainment.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentFederal LawFederal Courts
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokSusan L. TrevarthenFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Hosts Reception for New FAWL President Laura Wendell This Wednesday

This Wednesday, WSH will hold a reception honoring Partner Laura K. Wendell, who was recently sworn in as the President of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (“FAWL”) for the 2012-2013 year. The reception will be held at six o’clock at our Coral Gables office, located at 2525 Ponce de Leon Boulevard.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsLaura K. Wendell
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

More Clubs File for Bankruptcy as Refundable Membership Deposit Structures Nosedive

As refundable membership deposit structure has tumbled in popularity, many membership deposit clubs find themselves filing for bankruptcy in an effort to restructure their liabilities. Before the economic downturn, refundable membership deposit structures were the preferred method of financing for clubs. A club would charge a membership deposit to join the club, which would be repaid in thirty years or after the member’s resignation from the club or death. In order for the structure to work, new members would have to join so that resigning members could receive their repayments. However, as resigning members began to outnumber new members, many outgoing members had to wait longer for their refunds. In 2007, membership market prices fell further, affecting the market for club properties.

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Categories: Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Tags: Chapter 7 BankruptcyChapter 11 BankruptcyJoshua D. KrutAleida Martinez MolinaChapter 13 BankruptcyFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysChapter 9 Bankruptcy
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Former WSH Associate John Quick Returns to Firm, Named Of Counsel

Former WSH Associate John J. Quick has rejoined the firm as part of its Litigation Division. John, who is Of Counsel to the firm, has extensive experience in contract litigation, maritime litigation, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights issues, aviation litigation, banking and secured transactions, and employment litigation. Prior to his return to the firm, John previously served as in-house corporate counsel for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in Downtown Miami. He has also served as a clerk to the Honorable Stephen P. Nugent of the Rhode Island Superior Court.

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Former Broward Teachers’ Union President Arrested for Numerous Offenses Against Union

On Tuesday, former Broward Teachers’ Union (“BTU”) President Pat Santeramo surrendered to authorities after he was charged with racketeering, grand theft, campaign contribution violations and money laundering. The arrest warrant alleges that Mr. Santeramo charged union credit cards for personal expenses, fraudulently obtained compensation for sick and vacation leave that he was not entitled to, and orchestrated an illegal campaign contribution scheme under which BTU members would be reimbursed with union funds after writing checks to political candidates. Mr. Santeramo is also charged with receiving numerous kickbacks from South Florida vendors while billing the union for the incurred expenses.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentCriminal Law
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersMunicipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanAlan L. GabrielBrett J. SchneiderRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Michael S. Popok & Brooke P. Dolara

Changes in Argentina's Foreign Exchange Rules May Affect South Florida

On July 5, 2012, the Argentine Central Bank modified certain rules regulating the foreign exchange market in Argentina. These rules regulate Argentine residents who wish to convert Argentine currency into foreign currency for various purposes. Argentine residents seeking to convert Argentine pesos for foreign currency are required to do so in the central foreign exchange market in Argentina. The recent changes are in addition to recent restrictions imposed by the Argentine government in 2010 and 2011 on the purchase of foreign currency. The measures imposed in 2010 were ostensibly aimed at reducing tax evasion and money laundering; however, many observers agree that the regulations were also intended to reduce capital flight from Argentina. Individuals and companies wanting to exchange Argentine pesos for foreign currency must now explain the source of their funds and be current with their tax obligations.

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Categories: Real EstateCorporate Law
Tags: Jonathan CohenFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysAbigail Watts-FitzGeraldJoseph Hernandez
Author(s): Joseph Hernandez

WSH Partner Ed Guedes Wins Appeal Before Third District Court of Appeal for Miami-Dade School Board

WSH was recently retained by the Miami-Dade School Board to take the lead in a difficult, ongoing appeal before the Third District Court of Appeal of a decision by the State Board of Education. The ruling had overturned the School Board’s politically sensitive decision to terminate the charter of an existing charter school, which the School Board had determined was performing poorly and jeopardizing the students’ education. After the School Board’s decision to revoke the charter, the school appealed the decision to the State Board of Education in Tallahassee. Despite a recommendation from the Charter School Appeal Commission favorable to the School Board, the State Board of Education rejected the recommendation and upheld the school’s appeal, directing the School Board to reinstate the school’s charter.

The School Board appealed the decision to the Third District Court of Appeal, and WSH, led by Appellate Practice Group Chair Edward G. Guedes, stepped in to complete the briefing for the School Board and handle the oral argument. In The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida v. Rise Academy of South Dade Charter School, The Third District reversed the State Board’s decision, finding that the decision was erroneous under “any standard of review,” and remanded the matter to the State Board with directions to deny the charter school’s appeal, thus upholding the School Board’s original decision.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeFederal Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

Supreme Court Decision Protects Creditors’ Right to Credit-Bid on Own Collateral

In 2007, RadLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC purchased the Radisson Hotel at Los Angeles Airport and neighboring properties with the objective to renovate the hotel and construct a new parking structure. During the financial crisis of 2008, RadLAX ran out of funds and stopped construction on the project. RadLAX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2009, and proposed a plan to sell substantially all of its property at auction and using the proceeds to pay the bank. RadLax sought to bar its creditors from bidding on the property using the debt it was owed to offset the purchase price, a practice known as “credit bidding.” The Bankruptcy Court denied the debtor’s request, because the auction procedure did not comply with the federal Bankruptcy Code’s requirements. Specifically, because the proposed plan was rejected by a class of creditors, it was a “cramdown” plan, under which certain applicable standards must be met for confirmation by a Bankruptcy Court. The Seventh Circuit affirmed, holding that the debtors could not sell encumbered assets free of any liens without allowing the creditors to credit-bid. RadLAX appealed to the Supreme Court.

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Categories: Bankruptcy & Creditors’ RightsFederal LawFederal Courts
Tags: Chapter 11 BankruptcyAleida Martinez MolinaFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

City of Baltimore Sues Major Banks, Alleging Antitrust Violations

In 2011, the city of Baltimore and the New Britain Firefighters' Benefit Fund sued more than a dozen major U.S. banks, alleging that the banks engaged in antitrust violations that resulted in injured investment returns for the plaintiffs.  Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that the banks manipulated the Libor, a key metric that sets interest rates using data computed daily from domestic and international banks.  The plaintiffs claim that by "suppressing" the Libor, the banks concealed their level of risk during the financial crisis.  The allegations of wrongdoing carry serious weight: last week, the British banking behemoth Barclays Plc agreed to pay U.S. and British regulators $455 million in fines for manipulating the Libor.

The case is being litigated in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  Most recently, the banks filed a Motion to Dismiss , arguing that the evidence does not support the existence of a conspiracy to manipulate rates.  

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentFederal Courts
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Michael S. Popok

Michael Serota's Washington Post Article Addresses Comprehension of Supreme Court's Ruling on Constitutionality of Obamacare

While many people passionately debate the merits and faults of the Court’s recent decision in ideological terms, few understand the issues from a constitutional perspective. Truthfully, not many people are eager to sit down and read a 187-page Supreme Court decision littered with baroque legal terms and impenetrable sentences. Federal law clerk Michael Serota’s editorial “Why We Need Supreme Court Cliff Notes,” which appears in today’s Washington Post, argues that the Supreme Court should make their opinions more accessible to the public by providing abridged versions written in straightforward vernacular. In the article, Michael argues that providing more readable decisions makes the Court more accessible and relevant to the general public, and fosters greater interest among people in the Court.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellPatient Protection and Affordable Care ActMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Condos and HOAs: A How-to On Running An Effective Board Meeting

One of the most common problems community association boards face is difficulty conducting an efficient board meeting. Many board meetings are plagued by disorganization, bickering, and other time-wasting habits. This unpleasantness can be lessened, and even eliminated, by the adoption of a fair and uniform meeting protocol.  According to WSH Partner Joshua D. Krut, who chairs the firm's Community Association, Club and Resort Group, a few simple tweaks in procedure can have even the most combative boards functioning properly.

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Categories: Condominium AssociationsHomeowners' Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsJoshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFlorida Condo Association Law
Author(s): Joshua D. Krut

WSH Founding Member Joe Serota Inducted into Legal Elite Hall of Fame

WSH is thrilled to announce that Founding Member Joseph H. Serota has been inducted into Florida Trend’s Legal Elite Hall of Fame. For the past nine years, Florida Trend has consistently ranked Joe among the top tier (1%) of its Legal Elite. Joe has also received numerous accolades from other legal publications, including SuperLawyers and the South Florida Legal Guide.

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Categories: LitigationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJoseph H. SerotaMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Celebrates Installation of Partner Laura K. Wendell as President of FAWL

This summer, WSH Partner Laura K. Wendell was sworn in as the President of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers (“FAWL”) for the 2012-2013 year. In honor of Laura’s installation, WSH is hosting a reception at its Coral Gables office on July 18 from 6 to 8 p.m.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH’s Kenneth Colbert Featured in DBR Article Addressing Changes in Contemporary Law Firm Administration

WSH’s Chief Financial Officer and Broward Office Manager Kenneth Colbert recently spoke with the Daily Business Review about the benefits and challenges he has encountered in running a medium-sized law firm in the twenty-first century. In the article,  "The Way Law Firms are Run Has Changed Radically," Ken discussed how advances in technology have dramatically affected job duties of office administrators in law firms. Specifically, administrators now must acquire a working knowledge of the firm’s computer-based systems in addition to their traditional roles as human resources managers and accountants. Even if certain responsibilities (phone systems, internet) are delegated to independent companies, an administrator needs to be familiar with the programs to provide effective problem-solving for attorneys and staff. Now more than ever, an effective office manager needs to be an efficient multitasker.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & Recognitions
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Employment Attorneys Win Appeal For City of Deerfield Beach

On June 6, the 4th DCA affirmed the entry of summary judgment on behalf of WSH client, the City of Deerfield Beach, in a case brought against it by a former City firefighter.  Congratulations to Brett J. Schneider and Alison F. Smith for obtaining this result for the City!

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersGovernmental LitigationAwards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment Attorney
Author(s): Jamie A. Cole

WSH Partner Matt Mandel Recognized as a "Top Lawyer"

WSH Partner Matthew H. Mandel has been honored as a “Top Lawyer” in the areas of Governmental Litigation and Commercial Litigation by the South Florida Legal Guide. The South Florida Legal Guide is a widely circulated and highly reputable legal services publication serving the tri-county area.

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Categories: LitigationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Litigators Obtain Victory in North Bay Village First Amendment Challenge

On June 12, Judge Ungaro of the Federal Southern District of Florida, granted the City of North Bay Village's motion for summary judgment seeking the dismissal on standing grounds of a First Amendment challenge to the City's Land Use Code. Applicant Isle of Dreams, Inc., which has indicated that it would like to operate an adult-use nightclub, filed its suit without first applying for and obtaining a decision on a site plan application. Without that, the Court ruled, Isle of Dreams had no standing to raise any constitutional challenges to the City's Land Use Code. Congratulations to WSH litigators Edward G. Guedes, Matthew H. Mandel and Michael S. Popok, and land use attorneys' Stephen J. Helfman, Susan L. Trevarthen and City Attorney Nina L. Boniske on the victory.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)Constitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentNina L. BoniskeJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFirst AmendmentFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Michael S. Popok

WSH Founding Partner Joseph Serota Named Of Counsel to Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Joseph H. Serota, one of our firm's founding partners, was recently named Of Counsel to the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. Joe will serve in this capacity for a two-year term. Joe previously served as Chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the New World Center Committee (Downtown Development) of the Chamber.

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Categories: LitigationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney

WSH's Adrian Alvarez Installed as Director of Broward County Hispanic Bar Association

This past weekend, WSH Associate Adrian J. Alvarez was installed as a Director of the Broward County Hispanic Bar Association (“BCHBA”).

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsAdrian J. Alvarez
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Three WSH Members Recognized as "Leading Lawyers"

Each year, the South Florida Business Journal lists the area’s most reputable firms and noteworthy attorneys in its Book of Law. We are thrilled to announce that the South Florida Business Journal selected three WSH attorneys as "Leading Lawyers" in its 2012 Book of Law. Members Mitchell J. Burnstein, Michael S. Popok and Jamie Alan Cole all have extensive litigation experience and hold top management positions at our firm.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsAwards & RecognitionsEminent Domain
Tags: Governmental LitigationSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell J. BurnsteinJamie A. ColeMichael S. PopokFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Eminent Domain Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Attorneys Recognized as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by National Legal Publication

We are thrilled to report that several WSH attorneys were recently selected as Super Lawyers and Rising Stars by Super Lawyers magazine.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentHomeowners' AssociationsAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)Federal CourtsConstruction Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsGary L. BrownJamie A. ColeJoshua D. KrutMatthew J. PearlMichael S. PopokAnthony L. RecioRichard Jay WeissSamuel I. ZeskindFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Aviation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Matthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysScope of the Project RuleFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysAdrian J. AlvarezFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerFort Lauderdale Tax AttorneyMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Eminent Domain AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Partner Matt Mandel Discusses Trial Strategy and Preparation with Major South Florida Business Publication

Great litigators understand that trials can be time-consuming, expensive and draining for both the attorneys and parties, but that a favorable verdict can be enormously rewarding. Recently, Fort Lauderdale Business Litigation Attorney and WSH Partner Matthew H. Mandel sat down with the South Florida Business Journal to discuss his philosophy about whether to take a case trial. Matt discussed both his method of preparation for trial, as well as how he prepares clients for litigation. You can read a copy of the article here.

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation Lawyer
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Social Media Users Beware - Your Posts May be Discoverable in Court

Many social media users are well aware of the perils of oversharing on the internet. Employers and college recruiters scour Facebook and Twitter for potentially compromising information about job applicants. Now an additional deterrent may cause people to think twice before posting disparaging comments or inappropriate photos on their pages: the information may be discoverable in court. Last November, a judge in the 17th Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County entered an order in a medical negligence case granting the defendants access to information Plaintiff posted on social networking sites.

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: Daniel L. AbbottJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaDiscoveryEvidenceFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyNegligence
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Trainspotting - Success of California High Speed Rail Plan Could Have Consequences for Florida Train Travel

With more drivers on the roads every day in South Florida, state transportation planners face a daunting challenge to alleviate road congestion while efficiently moving thousands of drivers.

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Categories: Government Affairs
Tags: Fort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Supreme Court to Tackle Conflict Between 2nd and 5th District Court of Appeal Decisions Reached in CMI Cases

The Florida Supreme Court has recently accepted jurisdiction in Ulloa v. CMI, Inc. to resolve a conflict between the Fifth District Court of Appeal and Second District Court of Appeal in CMI, Inc. v. Landrum. In both cases, our appellate practice chair, Edward G. Guedes, represented CMI. The issue to be reviewed by the Florida Supreme Court relates to the ability of state courts to subpoena documents from an out-of-state corporate witness that happens to do business in the state, but otherwise has no documents, employees or offices in the state.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeCivil Procedure
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

EEOC Finds Claim of Discrimination Based on Transgender Status Available Under Title VII

On April 20, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued its decision in Mia Macy v. U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives(“Bureau”), in which it changed course from prior decisions and found that a claim of discrimination based on transgender status can be brought under Title VII’s sex discrimination prohibition.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigation
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesAlexander L. Palenzuela-MauriMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Alexander L. Palenzuela-Mauri

Florida DOT Starts Sending Letters for State Road 7/US 441 Project

The State of Florida Department of Transportation has started to send Owner Notification letters for its State Road 7/US 441 Project from North of Fillmore to South of Stirling Road in Hollywood. This is a significant project, which will impact many commercial properties and the businesses located on those properties. Since Florida is a full compensation State the Department of Transportation is responsible for paying the attorney’s fees and costs of affected property owners, which includes businesses. The attorney’s fees and costs provisions put property owners on an “equal footing” with condemning authorities in ensuring that they are fully compensated for the taking of their properties. Now is the time for property owners and business owners that are being impacted by the State Road 7 project to seek representation by experienced eminent domain counsel.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Land Use & Zoning (Private)Eminent Domain
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanPeter D. WaldmanSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain Attorney
Author(s): Peter D. Waldman

Federal Judge Holds Florida Executive Order Requiring Drug Testing for State Workers Unconstitutional

Today U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro ruled that Governor Rick Scott’s Executive Order 11-58 providing for pre-employment drug testing and random drug testing of state employees violates the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. See American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 79 v. Rick Scott, Case No. 11-civ-21976-UU. “To be reasonable under the Fourth Amendment, a search ordinarily must be based on individualized suspicion of wrongdoing,” Judge Ungaro wrote in her order, citing previous U.S. Supreme Court orders that ruled that urine tests are considered government searches.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationGovernment AffairsFederal LawFederal Courts
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersGovernmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Raquel Elejabarrieta

WSH Member Mitch Bierman and Miami-Dade Partner-in-Charge Michael Popok Represent Firm at Law Firm Alliance Spring Meeting in Vancouver

WSH Member Mitchell A. Bierman and Partner-in-Charge of the Miami-Dade office Michael S. Popok will be representing our firm at the 2012 Law Firm Alliance Spring meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia from April 26 through 28. The meeting will focus on interactive management, social media, and law firm marketing. The meeting will focus on interactive management, social media, and law firm marketing.  The Law Firm Alliance is a loose affiliation of law firms created to provide a vehicle to obtain competent and responsive legal services.  LFA members are mid-size firms with a relatively narrow geographic scope.  All are highly regarded commercial firms offering a variety of corporate and litigation services, and each U.S. based LFA member has received the highly-coveted preeminent AV-peer review rating from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell.  Membership in the LFA is by invitation only.  WSH is the sole member firm representing the South Florida region.

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Categories: LitigationCorporate Law
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokGail D. SerotaLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMiami Aviation AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Matthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation AttorneyAbigail Watts-FitzGerald
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Partner Josh Krut Discusses Condominium Associations and Permissible Religious Displays by Unit Owners

Earlier this month, WSH Partner Joshua D. Krut sat down with Aventura News to discuss permissible displays of religious faith by condominium unit owners on the doors to their units. The topic stemmed from a legal battle in Connecticut in which a condominium association threatened to fine a unit owner $50 per day until she removed a mezuzah from her doorpost. Arguing that other unit owners were permitted to display crucifixes and wreaths on their doors without penalty, the owner and her attorneys persuaded the condominium association to permit the unit owner to display the mezuzah without incurring any fine.

You can read a copy of the article here.

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Categories: Condominium Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsGoverning DocumentsCovenants and RestrictionsRule EnforcementJoshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association Law
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Supreme Court Abrogates Joint Residency Rule, Gives Plaintiffs Greater Latitude in Selecting Venue

On March 15, the Florida Supreme Court held that a plaintiff suing defendants who reside in different counties is not limited by the “joint residency rule” and can sue in the county of his or her choice.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeCivil ProcedureTorts
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFlorida LegislatureMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation AttorneyNegligence
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

A Sad Day for Growth Management in South Florida

John M. DeGrove, the father of growth management in Florida and many other states, recently passed away at age 87. As one of the hundreds of planners, policymakers and attorneys around the state who got their start working with Dr. DeGrove, I can attest that the state and the planning profession have suffered a great loss. A political scientist by training, he was a planner by choice. While he held high ideals, he was a pragmatist, and more than willing to work across party lines and find consensus on solutions to protect and improve the quality of life in Florida. While we can look back from this point and regret what may not have worked as intended, in large part because it was never funded properly by the Florida Legislature, we must not lose sight of what was accomplished under the 1985 Growth Management Act. The state has chosen to move on from Dr. DeGrove’s brand of growth management, but it will always benefit from the many poor decisions averted and wise decisions nurtured under the policies he fathered.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Awards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActCommunity Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsSusan L. Trevarthen
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

First Annual Philanthrofest, Co-Founded By WSH Attorney Estrellita Sibila, Takes Place at Midtown Miami Greenspace

On April 14, the first ever PhilanthroFest will host a day of outdoor festivities showcasing about 90 nonprofit organizations. The free event is the result of a partnership between Miami Crawls founder and WSH attorney Estrellita S. Sibila and Life is Art founder James Echols.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsEstrellita S. Sibila
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Steven Lippman, Former Partner and Close Ally of Scott Rothstein, Charged with Conspiracy to Commit Bank Fraud and Election Fraud

Federal prosecutors indicted Steven Lippman, a former partner of Scott Rothstein at Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler, has been indicted in an alleged conspiracy to commit bank fraud and to violate federal election laws. The information charging Lippman with violating the Federal Campaign Act alleges that Lippman schemed with Rothstein “to dramatically increase the stature and political power” of Rothstein’s law firm by making large campaign contributions to several political candidates. The information also alleges that Lippman participated in check kiting and pocketed the excess funds drawn from the inflated checks among his co-conspirators. The information also alleges Lippman defrauded the Internal Revenue Service by failing to report these reimbursements as taxable income. If convicted of all charges, Lippman faces up to five years in federal prison.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsCriminal Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsWhite Collar CrimeFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Distinguished Attorney Abigail Watts-FitzGerald Joins WSH as Chair of Business Organization and Transactions Group

Distinguished Miami corporate attorney Abigail Watts-FitzGerald has joined WSH as a Partner and the Chair of the firm’s Business Organization and Transactions Group.

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Categories: Corporate Law
Tags: South Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Abigail Watts-FitzGerald
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Miami Dade County Commissioners Vote to End Moratorium on New Cities

On Tuesday, Miami-Dade commissioners unanimously voted to lift the County moratorium on city incorporations.

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Categories: Local Government
Tags: Municipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida League of CitiesFlorida City Government WeekMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Supreme Court Tackles Health Care: Day 3 of Oral Arguments

On the third and final day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court, the central issue was whether the individual mandate portion of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) was severable from the remainder of the Act.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellPatient Protection and Affordable Care ActFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsUnited States CongressUnited States SenateFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

EEOC Placing Greater Focus on Remedying "Systemic" Discrimination

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") recently announced its strategic plan for fiscal years 2012-2016 where it indicated that it will focus more on remedying systemic discrimination.    The EEOC describes systemic cases as those “that address pattern or practice, policy or class cases where the alleged discrimination has a broad impact on an industry, occupation, business or geographic area.” The crux of a systemic case is that the alleged discrimination affects a group of individuals rather than one individual.  According to the strategic plan, by the end of fiscal year 2016 a percent (yet to be determined) of cases in the EEOC’s docket will be systemic cases.  This, according to the strategic plan, will provide the EEOC with an incentive to conduct systemic investigations. 

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsAdministrative Law
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaEmployee MisconductMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Raquel Elejabarrieta

Supreme Court Tackles Health Care: Day 2 of Oral Arguments

The second day of oral arguments before the United States Supreme Court concerning the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the “Act”) addressed the substantive question of whether or not a government mandate requiring Americans to purchase health insurance or face a penalty is constitutional.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellPatient Protection and Affordable Care ActFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsUnited States CongressUnited States SenateFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Member Mitch Bierman Moderates Panel Discussion on Design-Build Delivery Method

WSH Member Mitchell A. Bierman will moderate a panel of speakers at the Design-Build Institute of America Florida Region, Inc.'s March 29 luncheon at the Shula Hotel & Golf Club in Miami.  The panel will discuss the popularity of the Design-Build delivery method and its fitness for different organizations in a presentation called "Design-Build: Love It or Leave It?: An Owners Perspective."  Speakers include Alfred Lurigados of MDX, Kevin Powell of U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers, John Cal of Florida International University, and Patrick Shortal of the Port of Miami. 

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Categories: Airports and AviationAwards & RecognitionsConstruction LawContracts
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanGary L. BrownConstruction DefectsSet-OffSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Supreme Court Tackles Health Care: Day 1 of Oral Arguments

This Monday, oral arguments began in the challenge brought by the attorney generals of 26 states to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellPatient Protection and Affordable Care ActFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsUnited States CongressUnited States SenateFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

U.S. Supreme Court Slaps Down EPA for "Strong Arming" and Denial of Due Process to Citizens It Regulates in a Decision Under the Clean Water Act

Michael and Chantell Sackett were the victims of EPA’s “strong arming” according to Justice Scalia’s scathing opinion in the case of Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, 566 U.S._______ (2012)(Supreme Court Case No. 10-162). All the Sacketts wanted to do was build a home near, but not adjacent, to a lake. Their 2/3 acre lot is located in Bonner County, Idaho, and others had already built structures closer to the lake. Having received their local building approval, they began to fill part of their lot with dirt and rock. Then the EPA hammer descended.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationGovernment AffairsAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawLand Use & Zoning (Private)Federal CourtsConstitutional LawAdministrative Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsUnited States CongressUnited States SenateFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation Attorneys
Author(s): Clifford A. Schulman

WSH Member Susan Trevarthen Presents at APA's 2012 National Planning Conference

WSH Member Susan L. Trevarthen will be speaking at the American Planning Association's 2012 National Planning Conference.  In "Bridging the Attorney-Planner Gap," Susan will join Kimberley Mickelson and Edward J. Koconis to discuss effective working relationships between attorneys and planners.  The conference will be held in Los Angeles from April 14-17. 

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Government AffairsLocal GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysUrban Development Boundary
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Associate Estrellita Sibila Speaking at "Smart Planning for a Green Future"

Associate Estrellita S. Sibila will be speaking at the Smart Planning for a Green Future 2012 Virtual Conference & Expo taking place on April 4 – 6, 2012. On April 5, 2012, Estrellita will speaking as part of a six member panel of state and national environmental leaders offering discussions and insights on Smart Planning for a Green Future. The program is hosted by the Future Is Now Foundation and 1000 Friends of Florida (@floridafriends) and will showcase timely topics on energy and environment including clean energy needs and options, green infrastructure, economic development and Florida jobs.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanEstrellita S. SibilaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Urban Development BoundaryFlorida Environmental Law
Author(s): Estrellita S. Sibila

Founding Member Richard Jay Weiss to Speak at Good Government Initiative

On March 22, Founding Member Richard Jay Weiss will be speaking at the Good Government Initiative as part of a four member panel discussing “The Tension over Pensions: Good Public Policy or Obsolete Extravagance?” The Good Government Initiative is a program that provides early-career elected and appointed officials with leadership training and community conversations with the public to consider issues important to governance in the community. The Good Government Initiative was founded by former Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson, who will serve as the moderator for the upcoming panel.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentContracts
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingSunshine LawGovernmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinUnemployment CompensationEmployee MisconductNational Labor Relations BoardFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Mandatory Contribution by Public Employees of 3% Earnings to FRS Declared Unconstitutional

In a long awaited opinion, Judge Jackie Fulford issued a decision on March 6, 2012, in which shedeclared unconstitutional a requirement that government employees in Florida contribute 3% of their earnings to a state retirement fund (i.e., the Florida Retirement System). Judge Fulford wrote in her opinion that the Legislature committed “an unconstitutional impairment of plaintiff’s contract with the State of Florida, an unconstitutional taking of private property without full compensation, and an abridgement of the rights of public employees to collectively bargain over conditions of employment.” This ruling could cost the state more than $1 billion a year. The ruling does not impact the 3% contribution to the state retirement fund from employees hired after July 1, 2011, when the law went into place.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationConstitutional LawContracts
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersCollective BargainingGovernmental LitigationSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFlorida LegislatureMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Raquel Elejabarrieta

WSH Wins Appeal of Wrongful Death Case Before Fourth DCA

On February 22, WSH Partners Matthew H. MandelJamie A. Cole and Laura K. Wendell  obtained a favorable en banc decision on behalf of the City of Boca Raton in a wrongful death action from the Fourth District Court of Appeal.  The issue in the appeal was whether the police, after releasing an impaired person from their custody, owed a duty of care to that person.  Holding that the police did not owe a duty of care, the entire panel of judges from Court reversed an earlier decision by 3 of its judges and affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of the plaintiff’s complaint.

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Categories: LitigationLocal GovernmentTorts
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentVicarious LiabilityMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation AttorneyNegligence
Author(s): Matthew H. Mandel & Brooke P. Dolara

Gibraltar Bank Reaches Settlement with Investors in Scott Rothstein's Scheme

On February 28, a group of Scott Rothstein's money-losing investors settled a dispute with Gibraltar Bank & Trust for $10 million in cash and an additional share in bad faith insurance claims.  By settling the dispute out of court, the parties will avoid a trial in a highly publicized case; the investors originally sought $186 million in compensatory damages.  WSH Member Michael S. Popok represented former Gibraltar officer John Harris in the dispute. 

In addition to the Gibraltar settlement, investors also settled with TD Bank for $190 million, and Platinum Advisors for another $10 million.

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Categories: LitigationClass ActionsTorts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaDamagesFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsAlternative Dispute ResolutionFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

U.S. Supreme Court Revisits Affirmative Action in Higher Education

A new case tackling affirmative action in higher education is set to be argued before the Supreme Court this fall. The case, Fisher v. University of Texas, was brought by a white student alleging that the University of Texas denied her admission because of her race. The case, which was appealed from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, has the potential to eliminate diversity as a permissible factor used in admissions decisions, changing the precedent established by the Court in the 2003 case Grutter v. Bollinger. In Grutter, the Court upheld an affirmative action admissions policy of the University of Michigan Law School. The Court held that the law school had a compelling interest in promoting class diversity, and that admissions officers could consider race and ethnicity as part of a “holistic” review of an applicant’s file. The Court held that a separate affirmative action program, which incorporated a quota system, was too mechanistic and unconstitutional. The dissent argued that the “holistic” approach was itself a thinly-veiled and unconstitutional quota system. As a result of the decision, public colleges and universities could take race into account in admissions, but were not required to do so. Supporters and opponents of affirmative action have noted that the Fisher case will be decided by a much different Court than the one which decided the Grutter case. Because of the Court’s different makeup and the temporal proximity of oral arguments to the national election, supporters and opponents of affirmative action will be watching the developments of the Fisher case intently.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

University of Miami Welcomes WSH Associate Estrellita Sibila to Speak About Work-Life Balance

Associate Estrellita S. Sibila has been invited to speak at the University of Miami School of Law. On February 27, 2012, Estrellita will be leading a discussion on work-life balance and the legal profession. “While at the University I served as Vice President of Miami Law Women. It gives me great pleasure to return and inspire our next generation of female lawyers.” Miami Law Women (MLW) is a division of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers, an organization devoted to the advancement of women in the legal profession through community service, networking, and social programming.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsEstrellita S. Sibila
Author(s): Estrellita S. Sibila

Jamie A. Cole Selected as One of Top 50 Entrepreneurs in South Florida

Business Leader, a national business publication, has selected Managing Director Jamie A. Cole as one of the 50 Top Entrepreneurs in South Florida. After receiving his award, Jamie sat down with Business Leader for an interview, during which he outlined his strategy for success: “I believe that three characteristics are important in success. 1) Integrity – doing the right thing is always important. 2) Loyalty – If you are loyal to your team – employees, superiors, clients, vendors – this will engender loyalty in return. 3) Willingness to take calculated risk. I don’t advocate wild risk-taking, but well-analyzed risks can pay off.” Jamie’s blueprint for success has yielded commendable results; while in his current position, the firm has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work” for four consecutive years.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. Cole
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

2011 Champions WSH Ready to Defend Title at Dade County Bar Association Softball Tournament

For the ninth consecutive year, WSH attorneys and staff will suit up and play in the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section Softball Tournament. Having won the championship last year, our players are eager to defend their title in this year’s competition. WSH Partner Matthew H. Mandel leads an impressive roster of players in the all-day event, which will be held this Saturday at Miami’s Tropical Park. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Miami Foundation, a charitable organization that provides millions of dollars in grants and scholarships to members of the Greater Miami community.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsSara E. AulisioMichael S. PopokAmy J. SantiagoAnthony C. SorokaJoanna D. ThomsonSamuel I. ZeskindMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Associate Estrellita Sibila Discussing Business On Popular Radio Talk Show

On February 23 at 5:00 p.m., WSH associate Estrellita S. Sibila will be speaking on the popular “Fried on Business” radio show. Estrellita will join Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida and the University of Miami U-Health Program to discuss developments in business in a segment entitled “Business Information for the Business Person from Business People.”

You can listen to “Fried on Business” on 880 the Biz on your A.M. radio dial.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaEstrellita S. SibilaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Government Officials Reach $26 Billion Settlement with Major Banks to Bring Relief to Homeowners

Federal and state officials have reached a $26 billion foreclosure settlement with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citigroup, and Ally Financial, five of the nation’s largest banks. The settlement is the largest deal reached to alleviate the damage caused by the housing market crash, and could provide relief to nearly two million current and former homeowners affected by the crash.

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Categories: LitigationClass ActionsAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: CollectionsChapter 7 BankruptcyChapter 11 BankruptcyJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaDamagesFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsAlternative Dispute Resolution
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Dog Ownership in Condos - What's Everybody Barking At?

Rule enforcement at community associations can be problematic enough when dealing with delinquent owners and rowdy neighbors. However, managers and board members may have an equally difficult time enforcing the rules when it comes to owners’ most beloved companions – their pets.

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Categories: Condominium AssociationsHomeowners' Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsGoverning DocumentsCovenants and RestrictionsRule EnforcementJoshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association Law
Author(s): Joshua D. Krut & Brooke P. Dolara

Ruling: APA Administrative Procedures Act Confers Jurisdiction Over State Officials

In a matter of first impression, a federal court of appeals recently decided that courts in the Eleventh Circuit—which hears matters arising in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia—have jurisdiction under the Administrative Procedures Act ("APA") over state officials.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsFederal LawFederal CourtsAdministrative Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMitchell J. BurnsteinJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokTimothy M. RavichJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Author(s): Timothy M. Ravich

Florida Employers Take Note....Eleventh Circuit Holds Pre-Eligibility Notice of Post-Eligibility Leave Is Protected Activity Under FMLA

In a case of first impression, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (the “Court”) has held that the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) protects employees’ pre-eligibility requests for post-eligibility leave. The case, Pereda v. Brookdale Senior Living Communities, Inc., ---- F. 3d -----, 2012 WL 43271 (11th Cir. Jan. 10, 2012), should provide guidance to Florida employers dealing with the question of whether an employee is engaging in “protected activity” under the FMLA.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationFederal LawFederal Courts
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFamily Medical Leave ActProtected ActivityFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

Key Decision Under Florida’s New Growth Management Law Finds Proposed Farmton Large Scale Development Does Not Proliferate Urban Sprawl

On January 24, 2012, Administrative Law Judge David Maloney issued a recommended order finding the Farmton Local Plan (FLP) incorporated into the Volusia County Comprehensive Plan as “in compliance” with the Community Planning Act.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)Administrative Law
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActCommunity Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissJames E. WhiteDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): James E. White

Bloomberg BusinessWeek Interviews Michael Popok For Feature on Ponzi Schemer Scott Rothstein

Self-confessed thief and admitted liar Scott Rothstein continues to make national news for the fallout of his $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Bloomberg BusinessWeek, a national publication, recently ran an article detailing Rothstein’s allegations in his explosive December 2011 deposition testimony.

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Categories: LitigationFederal LawEthics & Professional ResponsibilityCriminal Law
Tags: EthicsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsWhite Collar CrimeDepositionsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Telemarketing Lawsuits in Federal Court

In a ruling that is certain to impact where consumers can bring private lawsuits against telemarketing companies, the Supreme Court of the United States recently decided that claims under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") may be brought in federal district courts.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsFederal LawFederal CourtsTorts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokTimothy M. RavichJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsUnited States CongressFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Timothy M. Ravich

DBR Recognizes WSH as One of the Ten Most Diverse Law Firms in South Florida

On January 23, the Daily Business Review released the names of the 25 most diverse law firms in South Florida.  This year, WSH was named the 10th most diverse firm, coming ahead of large law firms such as Greenberg Traurig, Akerman Senterfitt, and Becker & Poliakoff. 

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsDaniel L. AbbottLillian M. ArangoSara E. AulisioMitchell A. BiermanNina L. BoniskeGary L. BrownMitchell J. BurnsteinJonathan CohenJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloIgnacio G. Del ValleBrooke P. DolaraRaquel ElejabarrietaChad S. FriedmanAlan L. GabrielDouglas R. GonzalesEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanEric P. HockmanHarlene Silvern KennedyJoshua D. KrutKathryn M. MehaffeyAleida Martinez MolinaAlexander L. Palenzuela-MauriGilberto PastorizaMatthew J. PearlMichael S. PopokTimothy M. RavichAnthony L. RecioAmy J. SantiagoBrett J. SchneiderClifford A. SchulmanDaniel A. SeigelGail D. SerotaJoseph H. SerotaJonathan C. ShamresEstrellita S. SibilaAlison F. SmithAnthony C. SorokaEduardo M. SotoJoanna D. ThomsonSusan L. TrevarthenPeter D. WaldmanRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellJames E. WhiteDavid M. WolpinSamuel I. ZeskindFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Aviation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Matthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysScope of the Project RuleFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysRobert MeyersAdrian J. AlvarezAlternative Dispute ResolutionJohanna M. LundgrenFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association LawFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Environmental LawFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Real Estate LawyerFort Lauderdale Tax AttorneyMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Eminent Domain AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneyMiami Real Estate LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Can Insurer's Conduct During Claims Administrative Process Expose It to Tort Liability?

On January 20, 2012, WSH obtained a complete defense victory for a major insurer in a case involving a unique section of Florida's Workers' Compensation Law. An employee who was injured in an on-the-job accident more than 10 years ago sued his insurer for "intentional infliction of emotional distress," arguing that the insurer's conduct during the claims administration process was deliberately intended to (and did) worsen his injuries. The employee demanded punitive and a million dollars in compensatory damages.

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Categories: LitigationContractsTorts
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokTimothy M. RavichJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Timothy M. Ravich

Freshman Senator Marco Rubio Renounces Support for Senate Version of SOPA

Backers of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) were dealt a major blow when freshman Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) released a statement withdrawing his support for Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA),  SOPA's companion bill in the Senate. Rubio joined several prominent senators in coming out against PIPA after an estimated 7,000 websites blacked themselves out in protest over the proposed bill.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsFederal LawConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFirst AmendmentCopyrightUnited States CongressUnited States Senate
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Supreme Court Gives Death Row Inmate Relief Due to Big Law Firm Mailroom Screwup

On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court ruled in Maples v. Thomas that a death row inmate in Alabama must be given another chance to file an appeal after his attorneys abandoned their representation of the defendant, failing to notify the court of their departure and consequently missing the filing deadline for an important appeal.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional LawCivil ProcedureCriminal Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Electronic Billboard Signs Create New Issues for Florida’s Local Governments

As sign technology evolves, so do the challenges faced by local governments in creating regulations that preserve the health, safety and welfare of their communities. Local regulation of electronic signs is increasingly an issue at the forefront for local governments throughout the state, as approximately 217 digital billboards now populateFloridaroadways, with more proposed.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Government AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysJohanna M. LundgrenFirst AmendmentElectronic Signs
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen & Johanna M. Lundgren

Citing Religious Freedom, Supreme Court Backs Church In Discriminatory Discharge Case

On January 11, the United States Supreme Court held for the first time that federal discrimination laws do not protect church employees who perform religious duties. In Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, 2012 WL 75047 (Jan. 11, 2007), the Court recognized that the “ministerial exception” under the First Amendment protects religious institutions from discriminatory discharge where the former employee qualifies as a “minister.” Although the term “minister” is not strictly defined, the term may apply to those who conduct worship or serve as a messenger or teacher of faith.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFirst AmendmentFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

South Florida Local Governments: Take Heed From Largest US Municipal Bankruptcy

The recent spate of ruptured water lines and sewer breaks in Broward County underscores the challenge of replacing, upgrading and ultimately financing our aging sewer infrastructure in the midst of a recession. Jefferson County, Alabama filed for protection under chapter 9 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in November. Listing $4.15 billion in debt, it is the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in U.S. History. The catalyst was its inability to address a staggering $3 billion in sewer financing obligations.

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Categories: LitigationBankruptcy & Creditors’ RightsGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentFederal LawFederal Courts
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesAleida Martinez MolinaMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsChapter 9 BankruptcyFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Aleida Martínez Molina

WSH Successfully Defends Golden Beach in Labor Arbitration

Last week, WSH obtained a significant arbitration victory for the Town of Golden Beach in a case involving a former police officer who was terminated for sleeping on the job.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentContractsAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanBrett J. SchneiderAlison F. SmithRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysAlternative Dispute ResolutionFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerSouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Important Changes to Florida's Unemployment Compensation Laws

On June 27, 2011, Governor Rick Scott signed new legislation amending Florida’s unemployment compensation law.  As we reported in our August 26 blog post, the new laws significantly expand the definition of employee misconduct.  The amendments also have important consequences for employee severance pay.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. SchneiderAlison F. SmithUnemployment CompensationEmployee MisconductSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Alison F. Smith

NLRB Changes Procedures to Speed Up Union Elections; Employer-Friendly Organizations Respond With Lawsuit

On December 21, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) published a new Rule that will change the procedures for private sector union representation elections.  The Rule, which will take effect on April 30, 2012, shortens the time period between the initial filing of the election petition and the election, unless the parties stipulate to the election date. As a result, the Rule eliminates pre-suit challenges to NLRB rulings such as the appropriate bargaining unit and which workers are eligible to vote in an election.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationGovernment Affairs
Tags: Employment AgreementsGovernmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Litigation Team Wins for the Miami Art Museum

Judge Barbara Areces of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court for Miami-Dade County entered a declaratory ruling today that the lease between the City of Miami and Miami Art Museum of Dade County Association, Inc. to construct a world-class art museum near downtown Miami complies with the City’s Charter. Judge Areces rejected efforts by Miami Neighborhoods United and a Miami resident to void the lease and prevent the project.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentReal Estate
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJonathan CohenJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Matthew H. MandelMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

Supreme Court Decision on Health Care Overhaul Could Be Stalled Until 2015

This spring, oral arguments are scheduled to begin in a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Before the Supreme Court tackles the challenged “individual mandate” in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it may first have to determine whether or not a challenge to the Act can be litigated at all. The Court could decide to delay any decision until 2015, when the penalties will be assessed against those who refuse to buy health insurance.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellPatient Protection and Affordable Care ActFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Because Social Media is Discoverable, Businesses Should Take Precautions to Limit Liability

Social media sites and blogs have become increasingly popular among employees for firm marketing and business purposes. These marketing activities offer employers great potential exposure; an August 2011 Nielsen Company study found that Americans spend approximately one-fourth of their time online on social networking sites and blogs. Although these marketing activities can provide employers with positive exposure, social media sites can create a significant litigation risk for companies when employees engage in inappropriate activity online.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigation
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaDiscoveryEvidenceEmployee MisconductFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Rothstein Continues to Lie; Media Excoriates Him Over Dubious Deposition Testimony

In his recent deposition testimony, confessed liar and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein hurled unsubstantiated accusations at executives and bankers, alleging they were complicit in his $1.2 million Ponzi scheme.

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Categories: LitigationCriminal Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsWhite Collar CrimeDepositions
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Legislature Will Tackle Several Significant Planning and Growth Management Bills In Upcoming Legislative Session

In less than two weeks, Florida representatives and senators will convene for the 2012 Legislative Session. Legislators will tackle a number of bills relating to planning and growth management issues. WSH Partner James E. White provided a synopsis of several bills in the new edition of Planner’s Perspective, the quarterly electronic newsletter of the Broward Section of the American Planning Association. In addition to his contributing to the newsletter, James is a member of the American Planning Association and a Legislative Policy Committtee Member of its Broward Section.

To read the synopsis, click here. To check on the status of any individual bill or read the bill’s text and/or amendments, you can visit the Florida Legislature’s website.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment Affairs
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActCommunity Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Holiday Displays On Public Property and the First Amendment

Each holiday season brings festivities, family time and a welcome break from the daily grind. For local government attorneys and officials, the holiday season also involves important issues of the types of holiday displays a city or county may authorize within its rights of way, parks and other public properties.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsJohanna M. Lundgren
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen & Johanna M. Lundgren

Disbarred Attorney Scott Rothstein Attacks Gibraltar Bank in Deposition; WSH Member Michael Popok Fires Back

Ponzi schemer and disbarred attorney Scott Rothstein returned to South Florida recently to give testimony concerning his illegal activities. Specifically, the confessed liar and scammer made allegations about the alleged role of other individuals and institutions in his money-laundering crimes. One of these individuals, former Gibraltar Private Bank & Trust Vice President John Harris, has retained WSH Partner-in-Charge Michael S. Popok to defend him against the accusations made by Rothstein. The South Florida Business Journal recently interviewed Michael in connection with their reporting on Rothstein’s deposition testimony.

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Categories: LitigationCriminal Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsWhite Collar CrimeDepositions
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

11th Circuit Holds Discrimination Against Transgendered Employee Violates Equal Protection Clause

In Glenn v. Brumby, 1:08-CV-02360-RWS (11th Cir. December 6, 2011), the court found that a governmental employer violates the Equal Protection Clause’s prohibition of sex-based discrimination when it terminates an employee because of gender-nonconformity when the employee announces that he or she is planning to transition from one sex to another. The case is significant because it contradicts earlier cases that relied on Congress’s intent in passing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to find that the law only protected against discrimination so that the sexes would be treated equally and did not protect those who were transitioning.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationGovernment AffairsFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesAlexander L. Palenzuela-MauriBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysEleventh Circuit Court of AppealsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Labor LawyersFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Alexander L. Palenzuela-Mauri

Mandatory Foreclosure Mediation Ends in Florida

On Monday, Florida Supreme Court Justice Charles Canady issued an Order terminating the state’s mandatory foreclosure program. Citing the program’s abysmal success rate, Justice Canady wrote that the state “cannot justify the continuation of the program.”

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsBankruptcy & Creditors’ RightsHomeowners' AssociationsAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: CollectionsFlorida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeDouglas R. GonzalesEdward G. GuedesJoshua D. KrutAleida Martinez MolinaMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsAlternative Dispute ResolutionMediation
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Google Alert: You've Been Served....Federal Court Allows Service of Process By E-Mail

The U.S. District Court in Delaware ruled that a defendant can be served via his or her e-mail address, and that a client’s e-mail address is not subject to attorney-client privilege.

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Categories: LitigationFederal CourtsClass ActionsCivil Procedure
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaService of ProcessFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

600 Brickell Ready for Occupancy, Showcases Cutting Edge-Technology and Environmental Sustainability

The recently completed 600 Brickell at 600 Brickell World Plaza, is not only Miami’s newest commercial real estate tower – it’s also the only building that’s been LEED pre-certified platinum, the highest green rating offered. WSH handled land use and zoning issues for the project in its infancy.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Gilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanEstrellita S. SibilaSusan L. TrevarthenSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Applications to Move Miami-Dade Urban Boundary Line Could Help Give Understanding to State’s Authority over Land Use

The Miami-Dade County Commission recently approved two applications that could move the Urban Development Boundary (“UDB") and allow more development on previously sacrosanct property.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActCommunity Planning ActGovernmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys Urban Development Boundary
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Website Is An "Outstanding Achievement"

The Interactive Media Association (“IMA”) has awarded Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L.’s website with an Outstanding Achievement Award, acknowledging its design as one of the three best law firm website designs for 2011.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanNina L. BoniskeMitchell J. BurnsteinJamie A. ColeStephen J. HelfmanGilberto PastorizaMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Aviation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

No More "Loosey-Goosey" Mediation For Insurance Companies

New rules for mediation take effect on January 1, 2012 that impact the way insurance companies participate in mediation.

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Categories: LitigationAlternative Dispute Resolution
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaInsuranceFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsAdrian J. AlvarezMediation
Author(s): Adrian J, Alvarez

SEC Issues Subpoenas For Information Relating to Marlins Stadium Financing

The Securities and Exchange Commission subpoenaed Miami-Dade County and the City of Miami seeking information on any investigation and analysis they did prior to issuing millions of dollars in bonds to pay for the stadium and adjacent parking lots.

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal GovernmentFederal LawContracts
Tags: Sunshine LawMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJonathan CohenJamie A. ColeIgnacio G. Del ValleChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Broward League of Cities Shines Spotlight on WSH

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. is currently in the Broward League of Cities’ Member Spotlight. The League is currently profiling our Firm on its website, citing our service as city attorney to several Broward municipalities. Firm Member Susan L. Trevarthen and Partner Matthew H. Mandel devote substantial time and energy to League Committees, while Managing Director Jamie A. Cole and Member David M. Wolpin provide counsel to the League on an ongoing basis. We are thrilled and humbled to be acknowledged on the League’s website.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Government AffairsLocal GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida League of CitiesAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Tentative Settlement Reached in Yankeetown Challenge to 2011 Growth Management Reform

Following the passage of the sweeping growth management legislation included in House Bill 7207 of 2011 (the “Community Planning Act”), the Town of Yankeetown,Florida sued to overturn the bill. Yankeetown alleged that HB 7207 is unconstitutional because it contains more than one subject and has a misleading title, and because it contains an unconstitutional delegation of authority to the state planning agency. Yankeetown sought to continue to apply its referendum requirement for approval of comprehensive plan amendments, which existed before HB 7207 was enacted. HB 7207 broadened the prior statutory prohibition on referenda affecting a small number of parcels, to prohibit all planning referenda.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida Litigators
Author(s): Johanna M. Lundgren

WSH Litigation Team Wins Big For Aventura: Third DCA Holds Red-Light Camera Program Not Preempted By State Law

Today, in a much anticipated decision for local governments, the Third District Court of Appeal ruled that the City of Aventura’s red light camera program, operated pursuant to its police and code enforcement powers, was valid and enforceable, and was not preempted by the State’s Uniform Traffic Control Law set forth in Chapter 316, Florida Statutes.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentRed Light CamerasRule EnforcementPreemptionMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Michael S. Popok

Litigators Continue to Roll: WSH Successfully Enjoins Million Dollar Party Host From Violating Village Code

On Wednesday, WSH litigators achieved a big win for the Village of Indian Creek in an emergency injunction trial before the Miami-Dade County Circuit Court.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissLaura K. WendellDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Litigators Upheld On Appeal for City of Boca Raton

This week, the Fourth DCA affirmed the jury verdict WSH obtained on behalf of the City of Boca Raton in a false arrest case. The Plaintiff, an attorney, claimed that the City’s police officers stormed his house and arrested him without provocation when the City responded to a 911 hangup call traced to the Plaintiff’s residence. After a 4 day trial in March 2010, the jury returned a full defense verdict in 15 minutes. The Plaintiff appealed, and the Fourth District affirmed without an opinion.

Congratulations go out to Matthew H. Mandel (who handled the trial) and to Laura K. Wendell (who handled the appeal)!

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentTorts
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

American Bar Association Identifies a Significant Number of White House Potential Judicial Nominees as "Not Qualified"

The American Bar Association ("ABA") has secretly dismissed a significant number of President Barack Obama’s potential federal judicial nominees as “not qualified.”  The ABA’s judicial vetting committee disapproved of 14 out of the 185 potential nominees the administration asked it to evaluate, exceeding the total number opposed by the ABA during the administrations of both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.  

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 7: Discouraging Urban Sprawl

The Act continues to require local governments to discourage the proliferation of urban sprawl.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Community Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

WSH Attorneys Recognized by 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society for Achievement and Commitment to Historical Preservation

On November 12, HistoryMiami’s 11th Judicial Circuit Historical Society awarded two Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. attorneys with Legal Legends Awards.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Supreme Court Will Tackle Healthcare Law in March 2012

On November 14, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 2010 healthcare overhaul law.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellPatient Protection and Affordable Care ActFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSH Sponsors Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic

This Saturday, November 12, attorneys, judges, and law students alike will convene at Amelia Earhart Park in Hialeah for the 8th Annual Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic. Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. is one of the sponsors for the event.  Our attorneys will be there to represent the firm; each of our attending attorneys will be assigned a mentee and will provide guidance and advice.  We are thrilled to be sponsoring this wonderful event.

For more information on the Kozyak Minority Mentoring Picnic, including registration, donations, and directions to the park, click here.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Takings in Eminent Domain: Testing The Waters Does Not Create a Property Right

In its recent decision in the matter of St. Johns River Water Management District v. Koontz, SC09-73, the Florida Supreme Court held that under the U.S. and Florida Constitutions there is not a taking when a state agency merely denies a development permit. Only when the regulatory agency issues a permit, giving the owner an interest in the permit and making the condition effective, can there be an exaction. Essentially, the Court held that until there is some property right that is actually being taken away, there is not a taking. While this may seem like common sense, this case went up to the Florida Fifth District Court of Appeal three times on this issue before the Supreme Court finally resolved it.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationGovernment AffairsEminent Domain
Tags: Governmental LitigationFlorida Supreme CourtMitchell J. BurnsteinJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenPeter D. WaldmanFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Matthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain Attorneys
Author(s): Peter D. Waldman

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 6: Evaluation and Appraisal Process

The Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) as you have known it is dead. In its place is a requirement that local governments evaluate, every seven years, whether changes to the comprehensive plan are necessary to reflect changes in state law, and notify the state land planning agency of its determination. Instead of the detailed and prescriptive requirements that used to apply to EARs, local governments need only provide a simple letter indicating whether or not changes are necessary, as determined in the judgment of the local government.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Community Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Federal Limits on Expert Discovery

Every lawyer who has ever worked with experts knows the rule: everything is discoverable. Except in federal court.

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Categories: LitigationFederal CourtsCivil Procedure
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellDiscoveryEvidenceFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

Red Camera Violators Get Partial Refund From City of Hallandale Beach

On November 2, City Commissioners in Hallandale Beach approved a settlement that would enable red camera violators cited by the City before July 2010 to each receive $20 refunds for issued citations.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentClass ActionsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentRed Light CamerasRule EnforcementMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Robert Meyers, Former Executive Director of Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, Named Of Counsel at WSH

This week, Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. announced the addition of attorney Robert Meyers to our Municipal Government, Governmental Litigation and Special Counsel to Local Government Practice Areas. Robert will be Of Counsel to the firm, and will concentrate his practice on governmental ethics. Robert is the immediate past Executive Director of the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust. During his thirteen year tenure as Director, he authored hundreds of ethical opinions tackling State, county and municipal ethics codes. Robert also assisted in the drafting of model ethics codes and amendments to existing ethics codes in Miami-Dade County and other local governments. Robert often publishes and lectures on topics of ethics and government leadership.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida League of CitiesFlorida City Government WeekAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderGail D. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysRobert Meyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Jamie Cole is an Ultimate Broward CEO

On October 27, the South Florida Business Journal held its 2011 Broward Ultimate CEO Awards to honor influential, innovative and successful business leaders throughout Broward County. This year, the Journal selected WSH Member Jamie Alan Cole as one of its distinguished honorees.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Matthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Law Firm Alliance Selects WSHPC&B As Sole South Florida Representative

Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. is proud to have been selected as a member of the Law Firm Alliance, an elite coalition of law firms made up of 60 plus firms and 1500 attorneys throughout the Americas and parts of Europe. The Law Firm Alliance is a loose affiliation of law firms created to provide “competent and responsive” legal services to clients by providing a network of reputable member firms for referral of legal matters. Membership is by invitation only and limited to one firm by geographic area, so inclusion in the Alliance is highly coveted by premier firms. We are thrilled to be the sole South Florida representative in the Alliance. For more information on the Law Firm Alliance, click here.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLitigationBankruptcy & Creditors’ RightsGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAirports and AviationAwards & RecognitionsConstruction LawReal Estate
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanGary L. BrownJonathan CohenJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesAleida Martinez MolinaGilberto PastorizaMichael S. PopokTimothy M. RavichClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawMiami Aviation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Matthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Bankruptcy AttorneysMiami Bankruptcy AttorneysSouth Florida Bankruptcy AttorneysFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

South Florida Municipalities Continue To Fight Pain Clinic “Pill Mills”

Despite 2011 legislation regulating the pain management clinics which have made Florida a center for illicit trafficking in prescription narcotics, local governments continue to face the serious impacts of pain clinics and unscrupulous pharmacies. While legitimate pain management clinics exist to provide needed medical treatment for individuals suffering from chronic pain, “pill mill” clinics and pharmacies have exploited lax state regulations to prescribe and dispense large amounts of controlled substances and serve the illicit drug trade. Over the past several years, these illicit businesses proliferated within the retail storefronts of South Florida communities, resulting in dramatic increases in burglaries of clinics, robberies and other crimes, and further hampering redevelopment efforts in recession-stricken commercial districts.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Government AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Johanna M. Lundgren

Construction Lien Triggers: When Is "Final" Really Final?

Florida’s Construction Lien Law might appear straightforward, but there is plenty of room for costly error.

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Categories: LitigationConstruction Law
Tags: Gary L. BrownJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 5: Proportionate Share Mitigation of Transportation Impacts – Deficient Roadways and Other Transportation Facilities

The Act removes the state mandate for local governments to enforce transportation concurrency, the regulatory requirement that roadway and other transportation facilities be in place concurrent with the impact of new development. If local governments continue to enforce transportation concurrency, as most local governments appear to be doing at this time, then the Act requires that local governments must continue to obey the state mandate to provide proportionate share mitigation options to applicants for new development approvals, and to follow the revised statutory rules for calculating such mitigation.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Community Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 4: Permit Extensions Redux

As in the film “Groundhog Day,” local governments woke up at the end of the 2011 Legislative Session to find that yet another set of permit extensions were provided directly by the state, preempting local control of the renewal and extension of building permits and development orders.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/Sustainability
Tags: Community Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentPreemptionMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Despite Challenges, More Florida Local Governments Finalizing PACE Programs

As we discussed in our prior blog post, various local governments in South Florida are embracing Property Assessment Clean Energy (“PACE”) programs to make green-friendly improvements to existing properties. WSHPC&B associate Chad S. Friedman significantly contributed to the creation of Florida’s first PACE program, the Green Corridor, under which participating local governments provide financing to property owners making qualifying improvements (such as efficiency improvements) to their buildings. Recently, Chad shared his thoughts on the new PACE programs that local governments are embracing and the highly publicized legal battles PACE programs are fighting in federal courts. You can read a copy of the article here.

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentFederal LawAwards & RecognitionsFederal CourtsReal Estate
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJonathan CohenJamie A. ColeJeffrey DeCarloIgnacio G. Del ValleChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Estrellita S. Sibila to Speak at the Florida State University Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference in Tallahassee, FL

WSHPC&B attorney Estrellita S. Sibila has been invited to speak at the 17th Annual Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference hosted by the Center for Real Estate Education & Research at Florida State University College of Business. The Real Estate Trends & Networking Conference is organized to inform participants of the emerging trends and issues facing the real estate industry. The conference focuses on factors affecting markets in the southeast region of the U.S.  In her speech, Estrellita will address the topic of government regulations and its impact on real estate with a focus on trends in sustainable development. The conference will be held in Tallahassee, Florida on October 27 & 28, 2011.

To read more about the conference and to register, please click here.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)Real Estate
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJonathan CohenIgnacio G. Del ValleChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanEstrellita S. SibilaSusan L. TrevarthenFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys
Author(s): Estrellita S. Sibila

WSHPC&B's Alison Smith Is the New Secretary of the Caribbean Bar Association in South Florida

Alison F. Smith, an associate in our Broward office, has been elected as the Secretary of the Caribbean Bar Association, a voluntary bar association in South Florida with more than 150 lawyers in both the private and public sector that has partnered with numerous international powerhouse organizations to call attention to Caribbean-American issues.  In addition to her new position, Alison provides a substantial amount of her time to the Stephen R. Booher American Inn of Court, a program devoted to improving professionalism and ethics for both the bar and bench. Alison also served as the President of the Student Bar Association at Nova Southeastern University Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude and also served on the NSU Law Review.

You can read more about the Caribbean Bar Association and its mission here.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokBrett J. SchneiderJoseph H. SerotaAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

11th Circuit Finds Municipal Ordinance Authorizing Issuance of “Trespass Warnings” is Unconstitutional

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently vacated a decision of U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida which had upheld the City’s of St. Petersburg municipal ordinance authorizing certain City officials to issue trespass warnings. In vacating the lower court, the Eleventh Circuit held that the City’s trespass warning ordinance was unconstitutional.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentSara E. AulisioMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida ConstitutionFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsEleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Author(s): Sara E. Aulisio

Timothy M. Ravich to Speak at ABA's Aviation and Space Law Litigation National Conference in Washington, DC

WSHPC&B attorney Timothy M. Ravich has been invited to join the faculty of the American Bar Association's Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section's Aviation and Space Law National Conference.  Timothy, a Florida Bar Board Certified Aviation Lawyer, will address how space law is anticipated to develop with the expansive opportunities of privatized space travel and commercial enterprise.  The conference will take place at the Fairmount Hotel Washington, DC from October 20-21, 2011.

To read more about the conference, click here.

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Categories: LitigationAirports and AviationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Awards & RecognitionsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokTimothy M. RavichJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMiami Aviation AttorneysSouth Florida Airport LawSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Timothy M. Ravich

WSHPC&B Hosting Breakfast Briefing Regarding Code of Ethics; All Officials in Broward Municipalities Encouraged to Attend

On November 1, Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. will host a breakfast briefing open to all elected and appointed officials in Broward County to discuss the County’s newly passed Code of Ethics. The Code of Ethics, which was passed unanimously by County Commissioners this past Tuesday, drastically changes the rules governing the activities of municipal officials. Officials are encouraged to attend our briefing, which will address the new regulations on:

  • Financial disclosure;
  • Outside employment;
  • Lobbying;
  • Selection committees; and
  • Charitable/campaign fundraising.

The briefing will be held on November 1 from 8:30 -10:30 am. at the Sheraton Design Center on Griffin Road just east of 1-95. There is no cost to attend, and a complimentary breakfast will be served. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Lisa Werner at (954) 763-4242 or lwerner@wsh-law.com.

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Municipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida League of CitiesMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Third DCA Upholds Strict Compliance Requirement for Florida Construction Lien Law

On October 5, the Third DCA held that strict compliance with Florida’s construction lien laws is a condition precedent to a claim against a payment bond. What was likely a scrivener’s error precluded recovery of more than $269,000.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsConstruction Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanJoshua D. KrutMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaBondsFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida Litigators
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

Richard Jay Weiss Is 2012 Miami Government Relations Lawyer of the Year

Founding Member Richard Jay Weiss has been named the 2012 Miami Government Relations Practice Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers, the leading survey of lawyers worldwide.

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal GovernmentAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Municipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentAwards & RecognitionsMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Third DCA Throws Out Case Alleging "Repugnant Environmental Violations"

On September 28, the Third District Court of Appeal in Florida reversed a trial court’s decision to grant a new trial to a plaintiff corporation seeking indemnification for “repugnant environmental violations” after a jury rendered a verdict for the defendant landowners. In Harris v. Grunow, ______ So. 3d ________, 2011 WL 4467379 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011), the Third District held that the plaintiffs failed to show that defendants introduced improper statements, and that a new trial was unwarranted.

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Categories: Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationCivil ProcedureTorts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Environmental Law AttorneysMiami Environmental Law AttorneysSouth Florida Environmental Law Attorneys South Florida Litigators
Author(s): Michelle Vos

Health Care, Free Speech and Criminal Appeals Dominate Docket for Supreme Court's 2011-2012 Term

On October 3, the Supreme Court returned to the bench for its 2011-2012 term. Although the caseload for the term is usually finalized in February, the Court already has forty-nine appeals on its docket. The court is scheduled to hear arguments in cases addressing free speech, and religious freedom and a plethora of criminal appeals alleging various Fourth Amendment violations. The Court also agreed to hear a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the 2010 landmark healthcare legislation that sparked lawsuits across the country from Virginia to Florida. Click here for a list of cases currently on the Court’s docket, complete with background information and key issues.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawConstitutional Law
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaPatient Protection and Affordable Care ActMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysEleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Pop-Up Stores Provide Relief to Commercial Real Estate Owners

The recent economic doldrums have fueled at least one cultural and business phenomena: the pop-up store. With retail occupancy rates lagging, pop-ups (or temporary-store space), is a win-win for entrepreneur and landlords alike. Pop-up stores attempt to fill a marketing need or facilitate a product launch, and exist for a short amount of time. The very first pop-up stores centered around seasonal holidays like Christmas and Halloween. But more recently, pop-ups have been used by national “big box” retailers such as Toys R Us to create excitement (and sales) in new areas where they don’t currently have a brick and mortar presence. Even chefs have gotten into the act, temporarily renting existing “dark” restaurant space to promote a new, short-term restaurant concept. The pop-up phenomena is far from a fad, and is being fueled by the recession, a glut of commercial retail space, and a fast-moving internet society with an ever decreasing attention span.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Private)Real Estate
Tags: Jonathan CohenIgnacio G. Del ValleGilberto PastorizaMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanFort Lauderdale Real Estate AttorneysMiami Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate Attorneys
Author(s): Michael S. Popok

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 3: Adversely Impact Important State Resources and Facilities?

The Act limits the scope of the state land planning agency’s (now the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) but, as of October, to become the Department of Economic Opportunity) ability to object to or challenge local comprehensive plan amendments. Under the Act, the state land planning agency can only challenge those amendments which will “adversely impact important state resources and facilities.” What is important? What is an adverse impact? The Act doesn’t say.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Community Planning ActMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Changes to Florida Statutes Place Greater Restrictions on Public Employee Bonuses and Severance Pay

On June 17, 2011, Governor Scott signed Senate Bill 88 (the “Bill”) into law, which amends Section 215.425, Florida Statutes, in two material ways. As summarized below, the Bill contains significant restrictions on bonuses and severance pay for public employees.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersSenate Bill 88Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaChad S. FriedmanBrett J. SchneiderRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation Lawyers
Author(s): Raquel Elejabarrieta

Eminent Domain Valuation in a Falling Market Poses Questions for Condemning Authorities

In 2006, a condemning authority notifies the public that it intends on widening Congestion Drive, and that it will need to acquire 10 feet of right of way on the North side of the road. The project does not go forward until 2009, in the meantime those property owners on the North side of Congestion have had a cloud placed over there property for 3 years.

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Categories: Eminent Domain
Tags: Mitchell J. BurnsteinPeter D. WaldmanDamagesSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law Fort Lauderdale Eminent Domain AttorneysMiami Eminent Domain AttorneysSourth Florida Eminent Domain AttorneysScope of the Project Rule
Author(s): Peter D. Waldman

Third DCA Holds That Product Manufacturers Whose Products Were Not Used By Plaintiff May Still Be Liable Under Civil Conspiracy

On September 28, 2011, the Third District Court of Appeals of Florida in Rey v. Philip Morris, Inc., ___ So. 3d ___ , 2011 WL 4467387 (Fla. 3d DCA 2011), reversed a Miami-Dade County Circuit Court decision granting final summary judgment to three cigarette manufacturers. The plaintiff did not dispute that her husband had never smoked cigarettes manufactured by those three defendants.

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Categories: LitigationTorts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesEric P. HockmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaProducts LiabilityMarket Share LiabilityFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

Jeb Bush and WSHPC&B Agree: Coral Gables Is A Great Place to Work

The most recent issue of Florida Trend Magazine presents a favorable portrait of Coral Gables with an emphasis on why businesses enjoy basing their operation there. Michael S. Popok, the Partner in Charge of the firm’s Miami-Dade Office was interviewed along with former Governor Jeb Bush, and developer Armando Codina, as to the benefits of basing our law firm’s Miami-Dade office in “The City Beautiful.” Click here for the full interview.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Michael S. PopokCoral Gables
Author(s): Michael S. Popok

Temporary Impacts Can Be Inordinate Burdens Under the Harris Act

For the first time since the enactment of the Harris Act in 1995, the Act can apply to temporary impacts to the development of property. See Section 70.001, Florida Statutes, known as the Bert J. Harris, Jr., Private Property Rights Protection Act. Examples of temporary impacts include moratoria, declarations of zoning in progress, and regulations that are subject to a sunset clause.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Local GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)Eminent Domain
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell J. BurnsteinChad S. FriedmanAnthony L. RecioSusan L. TrevarthenJames E. WhiteHarris ActTemporary ImpactsFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 2: What Didn’t Change?

My personal “top ten” list of things that have NOT changed in local government comprehensive planning with the enactment of the 2011 Community Planning Act:

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Community Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

South Florida PACE District Invests Energy (and Money) Into Going Green

Recently, the Town of Cutler Bay signed a landmark agreement with Ygrene Energy Fund Florida for Ygrene to provide no-risk administration of Florida’s first-ever Property Assessment Clean Energy (PACE) program. WSHPC&B associate Chad S. Friedman provided significant assistance in the creation of the program, under which participating local governments issue financing to property owners who want to make green friendly qualifying improvements to their buildings.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLocal GovernmentLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Municipal GovernmentChad S. FriedmanGilberto PastorizaClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenBondsFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Public Transactions LawFort Lauderdale Public Transactions LawMiami Public Transactions Law
Author(s): Chad S. Friedman & Brooke P. Dolara

Fifth District Holds Corporate Registered Agent Is Not Conduit for Witness Subpoenas

On September 16, 2011, Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal handed down a decision with substantial significance for out-of-state corporations doing business or looking to do business in Florida. In a case involving Kentucky-based, CMI, Inc., the manufacturer of the Intoxilyzer breath alcohol testing instrument used in Florida, DUI defendants had attempted to subpoena the instrument's source code by serving the company's registered in Florida and without complying with the requirements of Florida's Uniform Law to Secure the Attendance of Witnesses from Within and Without the State in Criminal Proceedings (Uniform Law). The Uniform Law, which has been enacted by all 50 states, requires that the judiciary of a witness' home state be allowed to participate in determining the validity of any effort to compel one of its citizens to appear and provide testimony or documentary evidence in another jurisdiction.

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Categories: Litigation
Tags: Edward G. GuedesService of ProcessPersonal JurisdictionUniform LawMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation Lawyer
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

Congress Votes to Ban National Labor Relations Board from Telling a Company Where to Operate

Reacting to ongoing criticism about aerospace manufacturer Boeing Co.’s decision to move its 787 production plant to South Carolina, Congress voted by a vote of 238 to 186 to ban the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) from telling a company where it can operate.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. SchneiderFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation Lawyers
Author(s): Timothy M. Ravich

Miami Foundation Selects WSHPC&B Associate Estrellita Sibila to Participate in Miami Fellows Program

The Miami Foundation has invited Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. Associate Estrellita S. Sibila to participate in its Miami Fellows program.  Estrellita is one of 18 individuals chosen for this distinguished and highly selective leadership development program.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Estrellita S. Sibila
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Snapshots From The Community Planning Act, Part 1: When Do Local Governments Have To Comply?

This is the first in a series of blog entries focusing on particular aspects of the 2011 Community Planning Act. (See House Bill 7207, enacted by the 2011 Florida Legislature to reform the 1985 Growth Management Act, Part II of Chapter 163, Florida Statutes).

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Community Planning ActMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Developers Must Prove Legitimate Business Purpose In Order To Enjoy Exemption from ILSA Disclosure Requirements

On September 7, WSHPC&B Partner Edward G. Guedes scored a major appellate victory in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of purchasers of condominium units asserting federal and state claims against a developer.  With contributions from Partner Laura K. Wendell, Ed successfully argued that the developer was not entitled to certain exemptions from disclosure requirements where the developer structured transactions for the sole purpose of evading those disclosure requirements.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsAppellate Law & PracticeLand Use & Zoning (Private)Contracts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellILSAFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida Supreme Court Now Requiring Attorneys To Be Civil

The Florida Supreme Court has a strong message for newly admitted attorneys: be civil.

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Categories: Ethics & Professional Responsibility
Tags: Florida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Junior Lenders Covered - "Stripping" Not Allowed in South Florida

Junior lenders can breathe a sigh of relief in the Bankruptcy Courts of the Southern District of Florida. The three judges of the Miami division have issued a memorandum opinion on the inability of chapter 13 debtors to "strip" liens when they are ineligible for a discharge. See In re Gerardin, 447 B.R. 342 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 2011).

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Categories: Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights
Tags: Chapter 7 BankruptcyAleida Martinez MolinaChapter 13 BankruptcyFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Aleida Martínez Molina

4th Circuit Vacates Decision Declaring Individual Mandate Portion of Health Care Law Unconstitutional

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a decision by the Eastern District Court of Virginia holding that the individual mandate under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requiring individual persons to purchase health insurance is unconstitutional.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActEleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Hialeah Park Gambles On Constitutionality of New Law Before First DCA In Slot Machine Case

On September 7, the First District Court of Appeal heard arguments in an appeal challenging slot machines at Hialeah Park.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Third DCA Holds Attorneys' Fees Can Be Included In Set-Off Where They Are Provided For In Contract

Last week, the Third District Court of Appeal held that a contractor may not be entitled to summary judgment in an amount equal to the claimed contract balance less the owner's claimed set-off where the contract at issue provided for both (1) prevailing party attorney's fees and (2) that the owner could withhold payment for damages incurred. The Third District found that attorney's fees were damages under the contract, were properly pled and, therefore, must have been considered as part of the owner's set-off.

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Categories: LitigationCivil ProcedureContracts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaDamagesAttorneys' FeesSet-OffFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Samuel I. Zeskind

Best Lawyers In America 2012 Include Several WSHPC&B Attorneys

We are thrilled to report that several WSHPC&B attorneys were selected as Best Lawyers in America for 2012 in their area of practice.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Mitchell A. BiermanEdward G. GuedesStephen J. HelfmanMichael S. PopokClifford A. SchulmanRichard Jay Weiss
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Miami-Dade County Judge Rules Red-Light Camera Program Is Constitutional

Yesteday, Judge Steven Liefman ruled that the current programs operated by South Florida cities do not violate equal protection and that they are not unconstitutional.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentRed Light CamerasRule EnforcementJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaLaura K. WendellFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Michael S. Popok

As Chair of Aventura Marketing Council, Cliff Schulman Honors Local Businesses At "Sizzling 2011 Season Preview"

In addition to his contributions to our Firm, Partner Clifford A. Schulman plays an instrumental role in South Florida business as the Chair of the Aventura Marketing Council. Recently, Cliff helped welcome hundreds of marketing council members to the "Sizzling 2011 Season Preview" event at the City of Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, which showcased a myriad of local businesses and featured notable entertainers from past showcases. Cliff also kicked off an event for Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee at Duffy's Sports Grill in Miami Beach to honor the business opportunities Dee has provided the community at the helm of the Dolphins franchise.

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Categories: Awards & Recognitions
Tags: Clifford A. Schulman
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Changes Made to the Definition of Misconduct Under the Florida Unemployment Statutes

With unemployment on the rise, the number of claims filed for unemployment compensation benefits has soared. On June 27, 2011, Governor Rick Scott signed new legislation which expands the meaning of misconduct under the unemployment compensation statutes.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Brett J. SchneiderFlorida LegislatureUnemployment CompensationEmployee MisconductSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation Lawyers
Author(s): Alison F. Smith

CGL Coverage for Construction Defects: What Triggers a Carrier's Obligation to Defend or Indemnify Its Insured

Insurance coverage for property damage is standard on most construction projects, from the General Contractor down to lowered-tiered subcontractors. All too often, damage caused from construction defects is hidden and not readily observable until long after a project has been completed. A common occurrence in Florida is slow, progressive water damage which is not discovered until it "manifests", usually when a building has deteriorated to the point where structural elements such as wood framing have become compromised and exterior finishes such as stucco have fallen off.

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Categories: LitigationConstruction Law
Tags: InsuranceCommercial General LiabilityConstruction Defects
Author(s): Gary L. Brown

Florida Supreme Court Won't Hear Appeal of Coral Gables Pick-Up Truck Ban

The Florida Supreme Court decided not to hear an appeal of the ruling from the Third District Court of Appeals upholding the constitutionality of the Coral Gables ordinance banning overnight pick-up trucks in the City.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentFlorida Supreme CourtMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinCoral GablesFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Airport Law
Author(s): Alexander L. Palenzuela-Mauri

Fourth District Tightens Requirements for Service by Publication

On August 17, 2011, Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal, in Parker v. LaSalle Bank National Association, Case No. 4D10-482, articulated the requirements for an affidavit of diligent search that establishes "reasonable diligence" (i.e. justifying substitute service of a complaint).

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Categories: LitigationCivil Procedure
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaService of ProcessService by PublicationFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Daniel A. Seigel

PERC Victory for WSHPC&B Attorneys Brett J. Schneider and Raquel Elejabarrieta

The Florida Public Employees Relations Commission ("PERC") issued a Final Order yesterday dismissing an International Union of Painters and Allied Trades' unfair labor practice charge against the City of Deerfield Beach. Brett J. Schneider and Raquel Elejabarrieta represented the City in the unfair labor practice proceeding before PERC.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentLocal Government
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentRaquel ElejabarrietaBrett J. Schneider
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

Broward Judge Rules Red Light Cameras Are Constitutional

On August 17, a Broward judge ruled that the red light cameras operating at various intersections throughout South Florida do not violate drivers' constitutional rights.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentRed Light CamerasRule EnforcementFlorida Supreme CourtMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSHPC&B Files Amicus Curiae Brief On Behalf Of Florida League Of Cities In Significant Home Rule Case

Edward G. Guedes, Susan L. Trevarthen and Jamie A. Cole teamed together to prepare and file an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the Florida League of Cities at the Florida Supreme Court. The case pending before the Supreme Court – City of Palm Bay v. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. – is one of the most important municipal law cases to come before the Court in the last decade.

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentFlorida Supreme CourtFlorida League of CitiesMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Edward G. Guedes

Florida Legislature Amends State Law To Reduce Restrictions On Firearms

The Florida Legislature recently revised Florida Statute § 790.33 (the "Penalties for Violating Firearms Preemption Law" or "PVFPL") to require that every municipality or government entity in Florida repeal any regulations, policies, and ordinances that violate the "firearms preemption law" of 1987.

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Categories: Local GovernmentConstitutional Law
Tags: Municipal GovernmentMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida ConstitutionFlorida LegislatureFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Joanna D. Thomson

Palm Beach County Jury Finds That Municipality Did Not Selectively Enforce Its Building Code Nor Retaliate Against Home Owners

Recently, Daniel L. Abbott and Daniel A. Seigel successfully defended the Town of Manalapan in Palm Beach County and its elected officials in a jury trial brought by a home owner who attempted to build an oceanfront pool cabana without a permit.  After proving at trial that there were no "similarly situated" properties, no selective enforcement, and no retaliation by the Town or its officials, the jury returned a complete defense verdict.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)LitigationLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentRule EnforcementDaniel L. AbbottMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokDaniel A. SeigelJoseph H. SerotaSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Michael S. Popok

11th Circuit Holds Individual Mandate Portion of Health Care Law Unconstitutional

Today, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals declared that a major component of the recently passed health care law is unconstitutional.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawFederal CourtsConstitutional Law
Tags: Patient Protection and Affordable Care ActEleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Appellate Court Finds County Commission Term Limits Are Constitutional

Yesterday, Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal reversed a circuit court judgment holding that the Florida Constitution prohibited Broward County voters from amending the county charter to impose term limits upon its commissioners.  As a result, term limits for Broward County Commissioners are set to be in place. 

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentAppellate Law & PracticeConstitutional Law
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentJamie A. ColeMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFlorida ConstitutionFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. Mandel
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Brett J. Schneider and Raquel Elejabarrieta Win Arbitration For City Of Deerfield Beach

On August 2, the Florida Public Employees Relations Commission issued a Final Order in favor of the City of Deerfield Beach in a claim filed against the City by a former City mechanic alleging that his layoff from city employment violated state veterans' preference law. Brett J. Schneider and Raquel Elejabarrieta represented the City in this matter. The Commission upheld the Hearing Officer's recommendations on procedural and substantive issues, all of which were favorable to the City.

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Categories: Labor and Employment
Tags: Public EmployeesPublic EmployersCollective BargainingRaquel ElejabarrietaBrett J. Schneider
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

WSHPC&B Files Motion To Dismiss Class Action Regarding Broadway Show Pricing at Arsht Center

This afternoon, the firm filed a joint motion seeking dismissal of a putative federal class action alleging that a broadway show series presented at the Adrienne Arsht Center charged an undisclosed fee for its Broadway Elite subscriber series. The firm is local counsel for Key Brand Theatrical Group, Inc., who produces the Broadway Across America series nationwide. Click here for a copy of the motion.

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Categories: LitigationFederal CourtsClass Actions
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaUnjust EnrichmentFDUTPAFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation Lawyer
Author(s): Michael S. Popok & Eric P. Hockman

Litigation Holds: What Are They And When Do You Need One?

When someone files a lawsuit, or reasonably anticipates one, many courts hold that a duty arises at that time to preserve all information that might be relevant to the dispute. Particularly when a business or other organization is involved, compliance can be a challenge. Certain practices and habits, such as the regular deletion of electronic mail and other computer based data, even by individual employees, must be immediately stopped and compliance monitored.

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Categories: LitigationFederal Courts
Tags: Jamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaDiscoveryEvidenceLitigation HoldsFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

WSHPC&B Listed As One Of Best Law Firms By U.S. News & World Report

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Weiss Serota Helfman Pastoriza Cole & Boniske, P.L. in the first-tier in its inaugural Best Law Firms issue.  Our ranking in Miami is in the area of Land Use & Zoning (Private).  The Private Land Use & Zoning Group is headed by AV rated attorney Gilberto Pastoriza and includes Chad S. Friedman, Stephen J. Helfman, Anthony L. Recio, Clifford A. Schulman and Estrellita S. Sibila.  We congratulate all the attorneys in the practice group on this achievement and thank them for their invaluable contributions which made this ranking possible.

 

 

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Categories: Awards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)
Tags: Chad S. FriedmanStephen J. HelfmanGilberto PastorizaAnthony L. RecioEstrellita S. Sibila
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Florida City Government Week Will Shine Spotlight On Municipal Government And Services

The Florida League of Cities has established Florida City Government Week as part of an effort to increase civic participation in Florida through education about municipal government and services. Florida City Government Week will run from October 16 to October 22, during which time municipalities are encouraged to take an active role in promoting information about local government. To prepare for Florida City Government Week, the League will send planning packets to League members and local schools in August. The League already has numerous helpful publications available on its website, which you can access here. You can also check out our blog and twitter feed (@wsh-law) in the coming weeks for any updates about Florida City Government Week.  

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Municipal GovernmentFlorida League of CitiesFlorida City Government Week
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Timothy M. Ravich Selected As One Of 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers In Miami-Dade

Timothy M. Ravich will be honored this November as one of the 40 Under 40 Outstanding Lawyers of Miami-Dade County at an awards gala hosted by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The selection committee cited Tim's demonstrated excellence in the legal field and his contributions in the community as the primary criteria in selecting Tim to receive this distinguished award. We are thrilled for Tim and congratulate him on this great honor.

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Categories: Airports and AviationAwards & Recognitions
Tags: Timothy M. Ravich
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Yankeetown Challenges Growth Management Reform

On August 1, Yankeetown asked a Leon County circuit court judge to declare HB 7207 unconstitutional.  The lawsuit was filed against the Department of Community Affairs, DCA Secretary Billy Buzzett and the Florida Cabinet, sitting as the Administration Commission. 

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLitigationLocal Government
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActGovernmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Florida Supreme Court Reverses Third DCA Following In-Depth Discussion of Class Certification Standards

On July 7, 2011, the Florida Supreme Court reversed a decision by the Third District Court of Appeals reversing a trial court's class certification; in doing so, the Court also resolved a conflict created between the Third DCA and Fourth DCA concerning the proper standard of review on appeal. In Sosa v. Safeway Premium Fin. Co., 36 Fla. L. Weekly S373 (Fla. 2011), the Court held that because class certification involves factual findings, the correct standard of review is not a de novo analysis of the facts, but whether the trial court abused its discretion. Moreover, class certification should involve findings limited to the requirement for class certification and should not address the cause of action's merits.

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Categories: LitigationAppellate Law & Practice
Tags: Class CertificationFlorida Supreme CourtJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale Commercial Real Estate AttorneysMiami Commercial Real Estate AttorneysSouth Florida Commercial Real Estate AttorneysFort Lauderdale Appellate Law AttorneysMiami Appellate Law AttorneysSouth Florida Appellate Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Eric P. Hockman

DNA Testing For Dog Waste – Condominium Association Gets Tough On Owners Who Don’t Clean Up

Fed up with owners who refused to pick up their pets' waste, the Village of Abacoa Condominium Association implemented a policy to have pets' DNA tested and then use the results to determine which dogs were defecating on the property. The policy created a rift between supporters who were tired of putting up with dog waste on the property and other owners arguing that the policy was costly, ineffective, and would lead to a number of lawsuits.

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Categories: Condominium Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsGoverning DocumentsRule EnforcementJoshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Condo Association Law
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Community Planning Act Passes, Deregulation Forthcoming

On June 2, 2011, Gov. Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 7207, the Community Planning Act. What will it mean for the residents, visitors, businesses and communities of Florida?

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Community Planning ActMunicipal GovernmentChad S. FriedmanSusan L. TrevarthenFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen

Public Records and E-Mails: If It's Not the City's Business, It's Not Necessarily a Public Record

On July 20, 2011, Daniel L. Abbott and Jamie A. Cole won a significant case for City of Hallandale Beach in the Fourth District Court of Appeals concerning the scope of records accessible to the public. A citizen sued the City after he was denied access to a list of e-mail addresses containing the recipients of an e-mail sent by the Mayor. The Mayor sent the email, which contained three articles the Mayor submitted as a columnist to the South Florida Sun Times, from her personal e-mail address on her personal computer. The trial court found that the Mayor had no obligation under Florida law or local ordinance to notify her friends and supporters that the article had been published. The trial court also found that the City played no role in the Mayor's decision to send the e-mail. The court found that the e-mail therefore fell outside the scope of the public records and the petitioner was not entitled to the names and e-mail addresses of the people who received the e-mail in question.

 

 

 

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentEthicsSpecial Counsel to Local GovernmentDaniel L. AbbottMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeChad S. FriedmanEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

New Bonus And Severance Pay Restrictions For Public Employees Starts Now

On June 17, 2011, the Governor signed Senate Bill 88, which limits the amount of severance and/or bonus a governmental entity may provide to a contractual employee. The law explicitly provides that no extra compensation shall be made to any officer, agent, employee or contractor after service has been rendered or a contract entered into unless the compensation is allowed by a law enacted by two-thirds of both the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate. Although contracts entered into before July 1, 2011 are grandfathered, municipalities, counties and other units of government in Florida will be required to comply with the new restrictions limiting the availability of bonuses and severance pay for contractual employees.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersSenate Bill 88Mitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeRaquel ElejabarrietaChad S. FriedmanBrett J. SchneiderRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brett J. Schneider & Brooke P. Dolara

Michael S. Popok To Discuss Red Light Cameras in Keynote Speech at Friday's MDCCMA Luncheon

This Friday, Michael S. Popok will discuss the topical and controversial red light cameras when he delivers the keynote speech at the Miami-Dade City and County Management Association (MDCCMA) Luncheon.  In his speech, Michael will share his knowledge about photo enforcement and related constitutional issues.  Michael has been interviewed extensively on these issues and quoted numerous times in various media outlets, including a recent article in the international publication Bloomberg News.  For more information about the event, read here.

 

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentRed Light CamerasMitchell A. BiermanJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesMichael S. PopokJoseph H. SerotaRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Constitutional Law AttorneysMiami Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida Constitutional Law AttorneysSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Community Association LawFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Hurricane Season Is Here...Can Your Emergency Contracts Withstand the Storm?

Since hurricane season is here, we remind you to check the status of your emergency/hurricane contracts. Make sure they haven't expired and that you have contracted with vendors who have experience with federal regulatory requirements regarding emergency cleanup measures.

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Categories: Government AffairsLocal Government
Author(s): Harlene Silvern Kennedy

MRTA Puts An Expiration Date On Land Restrictions...But HOAs Can Protect Their Covenants

Most people who buy houses in a homeowners' association are cognizant of the covenants and restrictions contained in their deeds. These restrictions allow associations to maintain uniformity in design and appearance among the various parcels. However, what some homeowners don't know is that if these covenants and restrictions aren't renewed within thirty years of recording, they expire and become unenforceable.

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Categories: Homeowners' Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsMRTAGoverning DocumentsCovenants and RestrictionsJoshua D. KrutFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFlorida Community Association Law
Author(s): Joshua D. Krut & Brooke P. Dolara

Southern District of Florida Dismisses ILSA and Personal Fraud Claims Against Developer With Prejudice

Recently a pre-construction purchaser of a unit in a stalled condominium project in Sunny Isles, Florida asserted multiple claims in federal court against the project's developer and its employees. In addition to the standard breach of contract claim, the plaintiff also attempted to allege multiple violations of the Interstate Land Sales Act ("ILSA") and Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act ("FDUTPA") as a class action on behalf of all other contracted unit-purchasers.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium Associations
Tags: Condos and HOAsJamie A. ColeEdward G. GuedesJoshua D. KrutMichael S. PopokILSAFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersSouth Florida Private Transactions AttorneysSouth Florida Private Transactions LawyersFort Lauderdale Private Transactions AttorneysMiami Private Transactions AttorneysMatthew H. MandelFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Construction LawyerMiami Construction LawyerMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Michael S. Popok & Samuel I. Zeskind

WSHPC&B Wins Arbitration Victory For Public Employer

On June 29, 2011, our Firm obtained a significant arbitration victory for the City of Lauderhill in a labor dispute with AFSCME Local 2942. Brett J. Schneider and Alison F. Smith successfully defended the City against claims that the City violated its collective bargaining agreement when it laid off several employees without honoring their right to "bump" (replace) employees in the same classification with less seniority. In his decision, the arbitrator stated that the evidence showed that the City acted in good faith and was faithful to its contractual responsibilities under the agreement.

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Categories: Labor and EmploymentGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Public EmployeesEmployment AgreementsPublic EmployersCollective BargainingBrett J. SchneiderAlison F. SmithFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation AttorneysSouth Florida Business Dispute Litigation LawyersFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFort Lauderdale Employment Law AttorneysMiami Employment Law AttorneysSouth Florida Employment Law AttorneysFort Lauderdale Labor Law AttorneysMiami Labor Law AttorneysSouth Florida Labor Law AttorneysFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Employment AttorneysFlorida Labor LawyersFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerFort Lauderdale Employment LawyerMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Employment AttorneyMiami Labor LawyerMiami Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Employment Lawyers
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Michael S. Popok Quoted by Bloomberg News Concerning Red Light Cameras

The discussion around red light cameras and photo enforcement isn't just heating up in the Sunshine State; it's gotten worldwide attention as well.  Bloomberg News reached out to Michael S. Popok for his thoughts on the red light cameras; you can read the article here.

 

 

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Categories: LitigationGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Governmental LitigationMunicipal GovernmentRed Light CamerasFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Brooke P. Dolara

Condo Owner Files Bankruptcy...Collection Efforts End? Not Necessarily...

Most well-informed Florida condominium and homeowners' association boards know that the filing of a petition in bankruptcy court by a unit owner halts direct collection efforts. What most boards do not understand, however, is that the mere filing of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 petition does not discharge that debtor's post-bankruptcy filing obligations to the association – even when the debtor "surrenders" the property in the bankruptcy or otherwise moves out of the subject unit.

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Categories: LitigationCondominium AssociationsBankruptcy & Creditors’ RightsHomeowners' Associations
Tags: Automatic StayCollectionsChapter 7 BankruptcyChapter 11 BankruptcyCondos and HOAsJoshua D. KrutAleida Martinez MolinaFort Lauderdale Business Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Business Litigation LawyersMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Commercial Litigation LawyerSouth Florida Commercial Litigation AttorneySouth Florida Commercial Litigation LawyerFort Lauderdale Condominium Association AttorneysMiami Condominium Association AttorneysSouth Florida Condominium Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale Homeowners' Association AttorneysMiami Homeowners' Association AttorneysSouth Florida Homeowners' Association AttorneysFort Lauderdale LitigatorsMiami LitigatorsSouth Florida LitigatorsFlorida Commercial Litigation LawyerFlorida Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Civil Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysFort Lauderdale Commercial Litigation AttorneysMiami Commercial Litigation AttorneyMiami Litigation Attorney
Author(s): Aleida Martínez Molina

Big Changes For Growth Management Act

In the waning hours of the 2011 Session on May 6, the Florida Legislature enacted House Bill 7207, the biggest change to the Florida Growth Management Act ("Act") since its passage in 1985.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityGovernment AffairsLocal Government
Tags: Florida Growth Management ActMitchell A. BiermanChad S. FriedmanClifford A. SchulmanSusan L. TrevarthenRichard Jay WeissDavid M. WolpinFort Lauderdale Local Government LawMiami Local Government LawSouth Florida Local Government LawFort Lauderdale Governmental Affairs AttorneysMiami Governmental Affairs AttorneysSouth Florida Governmental Affairs AttorneysFort Lauderdale Municipal AttorneysMiami Municipal AttorneysSouth Florida Municipal Attorneys
Author(s): Susan L. Trevarthen & Clifford A. Schulman

Welcome to Our Blog

Our new blog will feature the latest legal news, firm events and practice area updates to keep our clients informed and educated.  Check back often for recent developments.

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Categories: Land Use & Zoning (Public)Environmental/SustainabilityLabor and EmploymentLitigationCondominium AssociationsBankruptcy & Creditors’ RightsGovernment AffairsLocal GovernmentHomeowners' AssociationsAirports and AviationAppellate Law & PracticeFederal LawAwards & RecognitionsLand Use & Zoning (Private)Federal CourtsClass ActionsConstitutional LawCivil ProcedureAffordable HousingLandlord-Tenant LawConstruction LawContractsEthics & Professional ResponsibilityEminent DomainTorts
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