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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.

Click here to read the Opinion & Final Award.

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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