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How to Prevent Public Access to Confidential Business Information Through Motions to Seal Records

March 18, 2021 Communications & Media Industry Legal Blog, Manufacturing & Distribution Industry Legal Blog, Technology Industry Legal Blog

In Florida, the public and press have a fundamental right of access to judicial proceedings, which includes access to documents submitted to the court. This may be troublesome for businesses seeking to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information, such as trade secrets or other proprietary information. However, under certain circumstances, […]

Basic Fiduciary Duties Owed in Florida Professional Service Provider Companies

March 15, 2021 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

Professional service providers in the state of Florida find themselves in precarious legal situations often given the nature of their work. Because these companies are providing advice, consulting, or other services based an employee’s individual qualifications or relationships, there is always an opportunity for the individual to act in his […]

FDEP’s Assumption of the Federal Clean Water Act Section 404 Program: What It Means for Florida’s Regulated Community

March 9, 2021 Community Association Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

On December 22, 2020, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) delegated to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) the authority to issue Section 404 federal Clean Water Act (CWA) permits for dredge and fill activities in certain waters within Florida.  The state’s assumption of responsibility over Section 404, […]

What Do The Florida Supreme Court Changes to Florida’s Summary Judgment Mean for the Business Community?

March 8, 2021 Governmental Entities Industry Legal Blog, Insurance Industry Legal Blog

On December 31, 2020, the Florida Supreme Court changed Florida’s summary judgment standard by adopting the federal standard in an amendment to Florida Rule of Civil Procedure 1.510. Summary judgment can be a useful tool that allows a court to decide a case after pleadings (and most of the time […]

Pandemic-Related Rising Materials Costs: How Contractors Can Avoid Losses and Protect Themselves

March 2, 2021 Construction Industry Legal Blog, Energy & Utilities Industry Legal Blog, Real Estate Development, Sales and Leasing Industry Legal Blog

The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic (or perhaps the resulting monetary policy) has caused materials costs to skyrocket. In the past year, as of early February 2021, steel prices are up about 27%; copper prices are up about 37%; rubber prices are up about 62%; lumber prices are up about 113%; […]

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