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Duval Ford v. Rogers: How a Merger Clause Backfired on a Car Dealer: Part 1 of 2

February 13, 2012 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog, Transportation & Logistics Industry Law Blog

Recently, a clause in an industry standard sales contract backfired, much to the dismay of the car dealer. In Duval Ford v. Rogers, 73 So. 3d 261 (Fla. 1st DCA June 21, 2011) a sophisticated car dealer’s Retail Buyer’s Order (“RBO”) was rendered unenforceable by the existence of a merger clause in their Retail Installment Sales Contract (“RISC”). Florida’s First District Court of Appeals held that the RISC was the entire contract, consistent with the merger clause. Therefore, the RBO was totally irrelevant. Irrelevant RBO’s will require substantial sales practices changes in the automotive industry.

Top Ten iPhone Apps for the Business World

February 6, 2012 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

By Kristen Sinnott, Candidate for Juris Doctor 2013

If there is one thing most people can agree on, it would be the fact that Steve Jobs provided the business world with one of the greatest creations, an Apple iPhone. Whether you are an attorney, doctor, small business owner, or CEO of a Fortune-500 corporation, the iPhone can single handedly make your work day easier, more organized, and frankly, more entertaining. Millions of applications have been produced, and quite a few have received honorable mention from New York Times, Forbes and the bloggers of the world. For those of you who need on-the-go access to your files, presentations, inventory, and agendas while away from your desk, these ten apps are for you!

Does the Statute of Frauds Apply to a Claim Based on Quantum Meruit?

October 25, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

It is common knowledge in the legal community that the Statute of Frauds can preclude recovery on an action for breach of contract. However, claims for breach of contract are typically accompanied by some alternative claim should the court find that the contract was unenforceable, such as restitution or quantum meruit. That begs the question of whether the Statute of Frauds would apply to such an alternative claim not based on the purported contract.

Statutory Interest Rates: A Changing Trend in Legislative Intentions

September 19, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

The trend in Florida over the last thirty years has been changing from simple static interest rates for judgments entered in this state towards a more complex variable rate. A recent amendment to the state law dictating statutory interest rates has many wondering what prompted such a drastic change to the norm. Now, instead of the statutory interest rate changing once per year it will change four times per year. Further, the rate of interest on a judgment is no longer established by the rate at the time it was entered. It appears that the trend in Florida is now shifting away from the simplicity it once knew.

The Nitty Gritty of Proposals for Settlement from a Plaintiff’s Perspective

June 22, 2011 Professional Services Industry Legal Blog

Proposals for settlement are a very effective tool to bring contested litigation to a mutually agreeable resolution. If utilized by a Plaintiff, it can create a fee mechanism where a basis may not otherwise exist. When a plaintiff is considering a proposal for settlement, there are specific procedures which must be followed in order for the proposal to be valid and enforceable if accepted. If the proposal is not accepted by the defendant and the procedure is followed correctly, a plaintiff may still be able to secure attorneys’ fees and costs associated with the litigation thereafter.

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