Skip to Content
Menu Toggle

Author: Jimerson Birr

What Happens to a Creditor’s Claim not Included in a Discharged Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Filing?

March 11, 2011 Banking & Financial Services Industry Legal Blog

By: Harry M. Wilson, IV, Esq. and James D. Stone, III

Sometimes, either intentionally or inadvertently, a debtor will fail to list a creditor or schedule a debt in a bankruptcy proceeding. When this happens the creditor can often be unaware of the proceedings and, as a result, miss the deadline for filing a proof of claim. However, a debt owed to a creditor who had neither notice nor knowledge of the bankruptcy in time to file a proof of claim or to file a complaint for determination of dischargeability of the debt under section 523 of the Bankruptcy Code will not be discharged. . . click the title to read more. . .

Establishing in Personam Jurisdiction in Florida Over Out of State Defendant Corporations

March 7, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

To do business in modern America, one almost necessarily has to engage in interstate commerce. In a city like Jacksonville, with its proximity to the Florida-Georgia border, one can easily see how anything from the sale of an automobile, to the award of a subcontract, or the hiring of an employee, could involve potential litigants from different states. If a dispute arises out of such an interstate transaction and litigation is eminent, an important question is what is the appropriate forum to file the complaint?

Assuming the plaintiff is a Florida corporation, the question of whether the complaint can be filed in Florida court hinges on the State’s power to enforce a judgment against the defendant. A state’s power to adjudicate a claim and enforce the judgment is limited by the due process clauses of the United States Constitution and by precedent. The test to determine if a state court has the power to enforce judgment over an out of state defendant corporation asks whether the defendant has certain minimum contacts with the forum state so that the suit does not offend “traditional notions of fair play and substantial justice.” International Shoe Co. v. State of Wash., Office of Unemployment and Compensation, 326 U.S. 310,316 (1945).

Holding the Construction Lender Liable

February 18, 2011 Construction Industry Legal Blog

By: Harry M. Wilson, IV, Esq. and James D. Stone, III

In these tough economic times many construction liens are often erased by superior mortgages, such as when the lender forecloses on the property. In the past this would often lead to the lienor being left without a way to collect if the project owner was insolvent. Florida Statute §713.3471 and a recent ruling in Whitehead v. Tyndall Federal Credit Union has, however, provided another avenue for a lienor to recover costs. To read more click the title. . .

Garnishment: Know Thy Debtor

February 17, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

By: Harry M. Wilson, IV, Esq. and James D. Stone, III
Everyone knows that economic times are hard right now. Collection lawsuits are on the rise and, as a result, courts are issuing more judgments. A judgment may be just a piece of paper but it transforms a “Plaintiff” into a “judgment creditor” with unique powers to try to collect the debt he or she is owed.

February 2011

February 11, 2011 In The News

Charles Jimerson was questioned on tactics used by condominium associations to reclaim unpaid association fees for the article in the February 11-17, 2011, edition of the Jacksonville Business Journal.

Condominium Association Director Liability

February 8, 2011 Community Association Industry Legal Blog

By Harry M. Wilson, IV Esq.

Being a director of a condominium association can be a thankless job. First, as a director of the association, you are an unpaid volunteer and the Association itself is a not-for-profit corporation. Nonetheless, under Florida Statutes Section 718.111(1), the “officers and directors of the association have a fiduciary relationship to the unit owners.”

Rescinding Job Offers in At-Will Employments in Florida

February 8, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

Today’s labor market can be generally characterized by high job turnover. Nationwide, in November 2010, over four million employment positions were filled and nearly an equal number of employment relationships were severed. Understanding the relationship between employers and their current and prospective employees is very important in a national labor market with a job turnover rate of approximately two percent of the labor force per month. The predominant and default employment arrangement in the United States is “Employment-at-Will. In Florida, an employment agreement that does not provide for a specified duration of employment, in the absence of surrounding facts that could be construed as a durational restriction, is recognized as an agreement to employment at will. See Savannah, F. & W. RY. CO. v. Willet, 31 So. 246, 314 (Fla. 1901). Employment-at-will allows for the termination of employment at any time by either the employer or employee. See e.g. Demarco v. Publix Super Markets, Inc., 360 So. 2d 134, 136 (“The established law is that where the term of employment is discretionary with either party or indefinite, then either party for any reason may terminate it at any time and no action may be maintained for breach of the employment contract.”)

In a labor market with high job turnover, employers and employees are constantly creating new employment relationships and severing previous employment relationships. When an employee makes a transition from an existing employer to a new employer, they usually give notice to their existing employer and effectively sever the employment relation with their existing employer. The at-will doctrine allows employees the flexibility to do this. The drawback to this flexibility comes when the employee relies on an offer for new employment and then the offer is rescinded by the prospective employer. This situation has received varied treatment across jurisdictions.

This post describes how this situation is treated in Florida courts.

subscribe to legal alerts

subscribe to our blogs

sign up now

connect with us

  1. Facebook
  2. twitter
  3. LinkedIn
  4. Youtube

Media Contacts

Charles B. Jimerson
Managing Partner

Nikos Westmoreland
Director of Business Development

Jimerson Birr welcomes inquiries from the media and do our best to respond to deadlines. If you are interested in speaking to a Jimerson Birr lawyer or want general information about the firm, our practice areas, lawyers, publications, or events, please contact us via email or telephone for assistance at (904) 389-0050.

we’re here to help

Contact Us