Sep. 14, 2021

Reduce Liability Risk as Employees Return to the Workplace

For over a year, the world has responded and adapted for the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses in all industries have been introduced to an assortment of changes, from expanded use of video communications to widespread remote work. 

Now, with the presence of COVID-19 vaccines, businesses can begin preparing for the new normal. As businesses start to return to the office, employers must remain cognizant and should each develop their own approach for safely transitioning back. In fact, how employers proceed could prove essential to their success.

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Aug. 4, 2021

Biden Anti-Competitive Executive Order Could Have CRE Impacts

As Published in

Real estate got mentioned as a direct target and could get caught in a backlash.

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Jul. 28, 2021

A New Tool To Deal With Misbehaving Bankruptcy Debtors

As published in the Barrister

While most individual bankruptcy debtors are honest and seek to rehabilitate themselves following financial distress, there are situations, which appear to be occurring more frequently, where the debtors, either with or without advice of counsel, abuse the bankruptcy process, ignore deadlines, ignore court orders, and seek to use the bankruptcy process for improper purposes in order to hinder and delay creditors. On April 27, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit issued an opinion in the case of In re Paul Francis (No. 19-9011) that provides great ammunition to creditors and judges in the bankruptcy court to appropriately impose punitive sanctions for such misbehavior.

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Jul. 20, 2021

Our Most Vulnerable Residents Need Access to Legal Representation

An op-ed by Tripp Scott's Douglas Reynolds

As Published in the South Florida Sun Sentinel

Home. In just four letters, that word captures so much of what we hold dear: safety and security, shelter and stability, identity and belonging. Homes are the physical, emotional and financial foundations of our families, our communities and our society at large. As such, moving and changing homes is often one of the most stressful and impactful events in our lives. The loss of a home — whether to fire, flood, hurricane or otherwise — is not just stressful and impactful, it can be traumatic. It has a domino effect, creating instability for the entire family: uprooting lives, forcing changes in schools and employment, and severing the support networks that bind us together.

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Jul. 6, 2021

After Collapse, Condo Association Lawyers Field Frantic Calls — But Long-Term Change Is Unlikely, They Say

As Published in and The Daily Business Review

South Florida condo lawyers said they've fielded plenty of client calls about the safety of their high-rises in the days following the Champlain Towers collapse. The attorneys say their advice on building inspections and dealing with unit owners can prevent catastrophes, although unit owners may not see value in expensive special assessments or legal fees.

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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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