Jun. 26, 2019

Tripp Scott’s Richard Petrovich Appointed to Hollywood’s GO Bond Oversight Committee

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 26, 2019 - Tripp Scott today announced that The City of Hollywood Commission has recently appointed Richard Petrovich, a director with the firm, to the City of Hollywood General Obligation Bond Oversight Advisory Committee.

The General Obligation Bond Oversight Advisory Committee is an advisory committee and will monitor the implementation of the General Obligation Bond (GOB) projects. The Committee will receive GOB project updates and review project status on a regular.  The Committee will then make recommendations to the city commission, in consultation with city staff.

Petrovich focuses his practice primarily on complex business litigation with an emphasis on real estate and fraud disputes.  While at Tripp Scott, he has litigated several multi-million dollar commercial foreclosures throughout the state of Florida and has successfully represented clients from Pensacola to Miami.  In 2016 Mr. Petrovich was part of a successful Tripp Scott trial team that obtained an eight figure federal jury verdict on behalf of a defrauded client against its former fund manager.  Mr. Petrovich represents clients in every aspect of real estate litigation including commercial landlord tenant disputes, lien claims, title issues and has first chaired several trials and evidentiary hearings relating to real estate matters.

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Manooch T. Azizi Appointed Legal Counsel to Hispanic Unity of Florida’s Board of Directors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 1, 2022 – Tripp Scott, P.A. is proud to announce that Manooch T. Azizi, an attorney with the firm, has been appointed legal counsel to Hispanic Unity of  Florida's (HUF) Board of Directors.

For more than 20 years, Tripp Scott attorneys have been the pro bono legal counsel for Hispanic Unity of Florida, Inc., beginning with the firm's COO Paul Lopez. Manooch T. Azizi joins Charles M. Tatelbaum, Director for Tripp Scott, who is a past Board Chair of HUF and currently an emeritus member of the HUF Board and serves on the Board’s finance committee. 

Remember ‘It’s the economy, stupid’? Well, guess what? It still is

As Published in the Miami Herald

Political enthusiasts will recall the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign’s watchword: “It’s the economy, stupid!”

Households across the country are concerned with inflation. Consumer prices are at a four-decade high, led by gasoline, which has doubled in price since January 2021. Investment portfolios are slashed in half. Meat, poultry, fish, and egg prices are up by more than 14% year over year. Producer price indexes indicate that we can expect further trouble ahead.

A Mortgage Statement May be Deemed a Communication Under the FDCPA and FCCPA

A SPECIAL REPORT by Tripp Scott's Chuck Tatelbaum and Corey Cohen

In a question of first impression in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (which has jurisdiction over Florida, Georgia, and Alabama), the court was presented with the question of whether monthly mortgage statements were communications in connection with the collection of a debt under the Federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) and the Florida Consumer Collection Practices Act (FCCPA). In classic lawyer language, the answer is “it depends.” Although this seemingly equivocal response may leave lenders and their professionals to speculate as to a particular result, in this instance, the court determined that it may be subject to both statutes because the monthly mortgage statement stated it was an attempt to collect a debt, asked for payment, and threatened a late fee if not paid timely. Since many mortgage and other loan statements have all or part of this verbiage as standard “boilerplate” language, the decision needs to be a wake-up call for lenders and their attorneys.

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