Oct. 20, 2022

TRIPP SCOTT LAW FIRM AND NATIONAL POLLSTER SCOTT RASMUSSEN LAUNCH FLORIDA FREEDOM INDEX

DeSantis leads 54% to 44% and Rubio leads Demings 51% to 46%

Tripp Scott, announced a unique partnership with Scott Rasmussen to launch the state’s first ever Florida Freedom Index. The Florida Freedom Index is a quarterly review of the personal, economic and educational freedoms in the sunshine state compared to other states around the nation.

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, freedoms long taken for granted have been under a microscope in Florida and around the nation. The Florida Freedom Index will measure key indexes including regulation, size of government, taxation, educational choice and availability, voting rights and statewide leadership. These elements will compare with other blue states.
Tripp Scott CEO Ed Pozzuoli stated, “In Florida, we have seen unprecedented population, jobs and business growth because our principled state leadership has built an environment that is welcoming to everyone from retirees to major corporations. Everything from our tax policy to school choice is a blueprint for those looking to escape the suffocating policies of California, New York and Illinois.”

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Oct. 3, 2022

Bankruptcy Trustee's Attorney Fees Under Attack—When Hourly Rate Agreements Become Contingent

As Published in the Daily Business Review

A recent decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit may be creating a tsunami of concern to those attorneys and law firms that regularly represent bankruptcy trustees. The decision, in essence, takes an hourly fee arrangement between the trustee and the trustee’s attorneys and adds a results-based contingency to the approval of any fee payment authorization by the bankruptcy court.

The case of In re Village Apothecary, 21-1555 (6th Cir. Aug. 16, 2022), addresses whether a bankruptcy court may consider “results obtained” when determining whether fees are reasonable under Section 330(a)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code. Ultimately, the Sixth Circuit decided yes it could.

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Sep. 8, 2022

Grand jury’s damning report on public schools is proof that parental choice is best

As Published in the Miami Herald

The recent grand jury report findings only confirm what parents already know — the system is broken.

Sadly, the report’s release is just another incrimination of the Broward County School Board. The grand jury consisted of 18 volunteer members of our community from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach voter rolls representing a full array of our diverse community. The investigation included a review of thousands of documents with more than 150 witnesses providing testimony. It culminated in several recommendations, including the recommendation that Gov. Ron DeSantis replace four Broward County School Board members for incompetence and neglect of duty.

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Sep. 6, 2022

SECURED LENDERS AND SECURED VENDORS BEWARE

By Charles M. Tatelbaum

A NEW SUPREME COURT RULING HOLDS THAT IN FLORIDA, THE DEBTOR’S NAME ON A FINANCING STATEMENT MUST BE EXACTLY CORRECT OR THE SECURITY INTEREST MAY BE DECLARED INVALID

Since the mid-1960s, lenders, and vendors in Florida have been able to perfect security interests in personal property collateral in order to help insure repayment of debt. Under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), which is contained in Chapters 671 through 679 of the Florida Statutes, three actions need to occur in order for a security interest to be perfected – (1) an agreement in writing creating the security interest (the security agreement), (2) consideration passing between the parties, and (3) in most situations, the filing of a financing statement (UCC-1 form) with the Florida Secured Transactions Registry. The security interest is perfected when the last of the three items occur.

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Aug. 31, 2022

Will the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 Affect Me?

A SPECIAL REPORT by Tripp Scott's Tanya Bower and Christine Yates

The "Inflation Reduction Act," H.R. 5376, (the "Act") was signed into law on August 16, 2022.  Despite the new title, the Act is essentially the scaled-down version of the previously proposed "Build Back Better Act."  Any time legislation is passed, particularly legislation containing tax provisions, the first question clients ask is often the same, "What does this mean for me?"  Below, please find our brief summary of the Act provisions.  For a more detailed discussion, CLICK HERE to read the article. Should you have any questions, please contact us to further discuss how the Act affects your situation specifically.

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INCREASING SUBPRIME AUTO LOAN DEFAULTS – THE CANARY IN THE COAL MINE FOR 2023 BANKRUPTCY FILINGS

By: Charles M Tatelbaum and Corey D. Cohen, Tripp Scott PA

Experience tells us that the recent increase in subprime auto loan defaults can be a reliable predictor of an overall increase in consumer bankruptcies which, in turn, causes problems for businesses in many sectors.  Recently reported data discloses that in the fourth quarter of 2022, subprime auto loan defaults increased by slightly more than 30%.

These defaults rise from a number of reasons, namely:  (1) higher interest rates on the subprime loans that have a floating rate of interest; (2) inflationary increases which have pinched consumers' budgets; and (3) increased costs of rental housing.

TSE's Candice Ericks Named One of City & State's Women Power 10

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., January 25, 2023 – Tripp Scott today announced that Candice Ericks, Director of Government Relations for TSE, the governmental affairs division of Tripp Scott, was named one of City & State Florida's Women Power 100. 

City & State is the premier media organization dedicated to covering Florida, New York and Pennsylvania's local and state politics and policy. Its in-depth, non-partisan coverage serves Florida’s leaders every day as a trusted guide to the issues impacting Florida. City & State Florida's Women Power 100 list is comprised of elected officials and high-powered lobbyists, leaders from the worlds of business, nonprofits, media, social justice, conservative think tanks and what we call the “persuasion industry”: public relations, strategic messaging and fundraising.

Tripp Scott Attorneys Represent Datum RMS for Major Sale of Controlling Stake to AES Engineering Ltd

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., January 24, 2023 – Tripp Scott today announced that its team, Tanya Bower, director and Arsen Pascua, attorney, successfully represented Datum RMS in the sale of the controlling stake of the company to AES Engineering Ltd.

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