Feb. 24, 2021

Christina V. Paradowski has been elected chair-elect of Hispanic Unity of Florida’s (HUF) board of directors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., February 19, 2021 – Tripp Scott, P.A. is proud to announce that Christina V. Paradowski, a director with the firm’s creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice, has been elected chair-elect of Hispanic Unity of Florida’s (HUF) board of directors. 

“As someone who truly believes in HUF’s mission, it’s an honor to be elected chair-elect of their board of directors,” said Paradowski. “Hispanic Unity provides a community to help our neighbors acclimate to their new lives and gives them the tools so that they can fulfill their potential as civically, socially, and professionally engaged members of our community. I look forward to continuing to serve with my fellow board members as we find ways to expand HUF’s impact in South Florida.”

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Feb. 10, 2021

Tripp Scott’s Charles Tatelbaum Receives Appointments with South Florida PBS

Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Feb. 8, 2021 Tripp Scott today announced that Charles Tatelbaum, a director with the firm, was named chair of the budget and finance committee for South Florida PBS. Tatelbaum, who serves on the board of directors for South Florida PBS, was also appointed to membership on the executive committee of the organization.

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Jan. 21, 2021

Don’t be the loser in the battle of the forms with your sale or purchase of goods

In connection with recent litigation for several of our commercial clients, we have been once again reminded of some unique terms in the law governing the sale or purchase of goods, and in particular how the law can create inadvertent winners and losers in what is known as the battle of the forms.

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Jan. 9, 2021

How The Consolidated Appropriations Act Of 2021 Benefits Businesses

A Special Report by Tripp Scott's Tanya Bower

The $900 billion Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (the Act) passed by Congress on Friday and signed by President Trump over the weekend provides for significant modifications to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).  These modifications are favorable to businesses.  The Act benefits both existing PPP borrowers and qualifying businesses that receive a second PPP Loan.

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Dec. 15, 2020

Lifetime Memberships May Not Be For Life if Bankruptcy Intervenes

With the proliferation of bankruptcy proceedings for country clubs, golf clubs, health clubs (see DBR Nov. 12, 2020, on You Fit Health Clubs), many “members” who were enticed into what appeared to be attractive packages for so-called lifetime memberships may be sorely dismayed when they learn that an intervening bankruptcy proceeding may wipe out their so-called lifetime membership benefits.

In the recent bankruptcy case in Trenton, New Jersey (In re Sea Oaks Country Club, 20-17229 (Bankr. D.N.J. Nov. 10, 2020), Bankruptcy Judge Christine Gravelle set forth a detailed analysis of lifetime memberships in a country club, which should be a wake-up call for anyone thinking of investing large sums in such a membership during these financially difficult times for any type of membership organization. Since it is virtually impossible to obtain detailed financial information concerning golf, health and other types of membership clubs, the ruling in the Sea Oaks case cautions that one should be very careful with respect to investing in a lifetime membership unless one is willing to lose it all in the event of a bankruptcy proceeding.

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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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