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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