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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Apr. 10, 2014

A JOLLY GOOD STRATEGY FOR THE GOP

Florida's special election offers plenty of lessons.

By Ed Pozzuili

The GOP has lagged behind Democrats in strategy, focus, and effectiveness for much of the past six years. At almost every turn, it’s seemed Republicans could not come together and tell their story. 

That changed last month when Republican David Jolly defeated Democrat Alex Sink by two points in a closely contested special election for Florida's 13th Congressional District. The election was more than a good night; it was a turning of the tide. In Jolly’s victory, Republicans found an effective new strategy for the future that used—as the saying goes—something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.

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Feb. 12, 2014

STORM WARNING FOR FLORIDA. Its name is Obamacare.

By Ed Pozzuoli 

If you have lived in Florida for any length of time, two things are certain—hurricane season and hard-fought elections. Right now there is a storm brewing and its name is Obamacare. No one, including candidates, is safe. Florida may prove a bellwether for voting across the country, and its large electoral vote total and congressional delegations might hold the key to a Republican resurgence. As George Will pointed out in his column this week on the Florida special election on March 11, if the Republican prevails, Republicans will construe this as evidence that Barack Obama has become an anvil in the saddle of every Democratic candidate.

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss: Demystifying Executory Contracts in Bankruptcy Cases

An executory contract can create havoc for the unsuspecting counterparty. 

Most businesses are (reluctantly) required to deal with customers, suppliers and counterparties to agreements that enter bankruptcy proceedings, yet there is a great lack of knowledge as to how the concept of an executory contract can create havoc for the unsuspecting creditor/counterparty. Recent litigation in Delaware involving the sporting goods retailer Eastern Outfitters LLC (Eastern Mountain Sports and Bob’s Stores) points to some of the issues.

 

Evening of Wine & Cheese

A private reception
Tuesday, February 28, 2015
5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Timpano’s Italian Chophouse 

Lawyer Up: As Retail Bankruptcies Increase, Creditors Must Be Vigilant

Virtually no attention has been paid to what will soon be a big problem

While much has been written about the future of brick-and-mortar retailing as a result of the large number of retail bankruptcies during 2016 and even during the first weeks of 2017, virtually no attention has been paid to what will be a significant problem for creditors of those retailers that have sought bankruptcy court protection—even if some of the retail locations remain open.

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