Mar. 2, 2015

Land swap could provide beach parking closer to Sunrise Boulevard

FORT LAUDERDALE — A city land swap could help divert beach traffic from Las Olas Boulevard to Sunrise Boulevard by creating more public parking further north on the beach.

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Jan. 15, 2015

Condos and HOAs: LIVING WITH RULES

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Oct. 15, 2014

The Five Vital Factors in the Florida’s Governor’s Race

By Ed Pozzuoli 

Top of the list, and favorable to Rick Scott, is the booming economy.

The Sunshine State, now with 29 big electoral votes (up from 25 when it decided Bush v. Gore in 2000), may in two years tip the election again. But in the meantime, this year’s gubernatorial race is providing clues about what will push Floridians’ buttons in 2016. Party lines will be important in the race between incumbent Republican governor Rick Scott and former-Republican-governor-turned-Democratic-challenger Charlie Crist. Each candidate is winning substantial support from his respective party. Nevertheless, in the latest poll of likely voters, a full 9 percent of them remain undecided.

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Jun. 4, 2014

How Bitcoin Will Bring About A Legal Practice Revolution

Law360, New York (June 04, 2014, 10:17 AM ET) -- Law, by nature, is more reactive than innovative. Look at how long the desegregation battle took in the courts. Think also about how, only now after 20 years or so, we have ubiquitous e-filing between lawyers and courts. In sum, the law is slow, slow to work and slow to innovate.

But, that is all about to change, and lawyers must start to prepare for the black swan — or once-in- multigenerations event — that is coming to law from the rise of cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, and their decentralized asset ledgers.

For those who do not know, Bitcoin is a kind of decentralized money that allows for the frictionless — read, basically free — transfer of value from peer-to-peer computer nodes. Think of Bitcoin as a kind of email for money.

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May. 22, 2014

Will Switzerland Save U.S. Workers From a Pyrrhic Victory?

By Paul Lopez

Recently, and much to the chagrin of union leadership in Switzerland, Swiss workers turned a deaf ear to the siren calls for a facially appealing, yet ultimately unsustainable $25 minimum wage. Against the backdrop of global protests for higher wages, Swiss voters overwhelmingly rejected a national referendum that would have created the world's highest minimum wage. Switzerland's rejection of a wage floor was not an act of greed, it was a conscious and economically responsible decision by the Swiss populace to protect their financial interests and economy.

The Swiss vote marks a pivotal moment in the global discussion over economic inequality, and may prove detrimental to President Obama's attempt to increase the minimum wage across the United States. It may also wake up American workers who are foolishly being pushed by their union leaders to the arbitrary and capricious sum of $10.10 selected by President Obama.

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Lease Agreements and Attorney Review: Invest Now or Later

SPECIAL REPORT by Tripp Scott's Matthew Zifrony as published in the FLORIDA TREND

A current or prospective tenant is presented with a lease contract with
several seemingly untenable terms. The landlord says the contract is non-negotiable. The tenant takes him at his word, quickly signs and returns the contract, and hopes nothing bad arises.

Bankruptcy Courts' Powers to Sanction Attorneys, Others Expanded by New Appellate Ruling

As Published in the Daily Business Review

An Op-Ed featuring analysis from Tripp Scott's Chuck Tatelbaum and Corey Cohen

While it has been long recognized that bankruptcy courts have the power to sanction attorneys and litigants pursuant to Rule 9011 of the Bankruptcy Rules of Procedure (a rule that is almost identical in substance to Rule 11 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure), a recent appellate ruling clarifies and expands the power and authority of bankruptcy courts to sanction attorneys and litigants based upon the inherent power of the bankruptcy court as well as the broad authority granted by Section 105(a) of the Bankruptcy Code. 

Critical Drafting Considerations for LLC Members' Operating Agreements

SPECIAL REPORT featuring analysis from Tripp Scott's Paul O. Lopez and Brittany Hynes

As Published in the Daily Business Review

If an operating agreement is in place and not drafted correctly, the parties could inadvertently broaden this narrow exception under Florida law and create avenues for direct claims by and between one another which are not generally available to them under the Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act (the Revised LLC Act).

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