Fort Lauderdale Business Fraud Attorney: Breach of Contract, Unfair Business Practices, Trademark Infringement, Interference with Economic Relationship, Trade Secret Disclosure, Business Disparagement and Defamation
Our South Florida business litigation attorney represents entrepreneurs, professionals, small businesses, inventors, and private companies as plaintiffs and defendants in a range of business litigation matters: Business Disputes, Breach of Contract, Partnership Disputes, Unfair Competition, Trade Secret Disclosure, Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Unfair Business Practices, Business Fraud, Shareholder Disputes. Business litigation can involve simple business transactions as well as complex business transactions, sometimes involving thousands of pages of corporate legal documents. Prosecuting or defending such lawsuits requires detailed investigation and preparation.
Our firm understands that litigation is significant for small businesses – it can be time consuming and costly. We understand that many business owners, particularly start-ups, lack the resources, both financial and operational, to handle diversions from their daily business transactions. For most South Florida start-ups and small businesses, generally surviving on small profit margins, business litigation costs can often prove disastrous. Although business litigation expenses can be tax deductible and expensed in most cases, the time cost and lost production of a small business is extremely burdensome for the business owner. For that reason, our attorneys are sensitive to the legal fees necessary to properly defend or prosecute a business matter and will do whatever we can to provide flexible fees and billing options.
At every stage of the business litigation process, from evaluation of claims, staffing and initial strategy development, to document and information management, through discovery and trial preparation, settlement or verdict, our South Florida business litigation lawyers are cognizant of client needs and zealous in our representation of those clients.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is the 1990 civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities. It has caused changes in building codes across Florida to make offices, schools, restaurants, hotels and other public and private places more accessible to the disabled. Florida lawmakers have implemented a new law aimed at reducing lawsuits regarding the ADA. The bill received unanimous approval in both the Florida House and Senate during the 2017 legislative session, was recently signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott and is now in effect.
Allstate Insurance Co. is suing Ameriprise Financial in a spat alleging Ameriprise is stealing Allstate’s confidential information by recruiting the giant insurance company’s salespeople, known as “exclusive financial specialists.” Ameriprise is allegedly encouraging the Allstate sales agents to create contact lists from customer information, use flash drives and portable electronic devices to download client data, and then solicit Allstate clients once they quit and move to Ameriprise, according to the complaint. Allstate leveled those allegations at Ameriprise in a lawsuit filed August 10 in U.S. district court, northern district of Illinois. The complaint alleges violation of the Defend Trade Secrets Act, tortious interference with business relationships and unfair competition.
On Monday, October 2, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis. This case will finally solve an important question: whether workplace arbitration agreements that ban class actions violate federal labor laws. The case pits the U.S. Justice Department directly against the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). The NLRB argues that arbitration agreements often violate federal labor law and let companies evade their responsibilities under workplace statutes. Since 2012, the NLRB has held that individual arbitration clauses violate the National Labor Relations Act of 1935, also known as the Wagner Act. The Wagner Act makes it illegal for an employer to “interfere with, restrain, or coerce employees in the exercise” of their right “to engage in … concerted activities for the purpose of … mutual aid or protection.”
In 2014, Lenovo began bundling a third-party adware program called “Superfish” into its consumer PCs. Now, nearly three years later, the company is facing the consequences. Recently, Lenovo settled a lawsuit by the Federal Trade Commission over the Superfish adware, agreeing to get affirmative consent for any future adware programs, as well as audited security checks of their software for the next 20 years.
In October 2016, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) under the Obama Administration issued a joint Antitrust Guidance for Human Resource Professionals. Among other things, the HR Guidance announced that so-called “naked” agreements among employers not to recruit employees or not to compete on employee compensation would be considered per se violations of the antitrust laws and prosecuted criminally.
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to prospective whistleblowers in Digital Realty Trust Inc. v. Somers (February 21, 2018), making it more difficult to bring a retaliation claim under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The justices said that a part of the Dodd-Frank Act that protects a whistleblower from being fired, demoted or harassed only applies to people who report legal violations to the SEC.