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Breweries Get Support from Lawmakers

For drinkers, good news from Tallahassee: Florida lawmakers have passed a bill granting more freedom to craft distilleries and breweries. Small-scale beer and spirit producers are seeing more opportunities for growth and exposure, according to a story on WJCT News.  The St. Augustine Distillery occupies the bottom floor of a 1920s-era ice plant that once produced huge frozen slabs for shrimp boats and homes. Amid the steampunk-lookingcopper stills and barrels of aging bourbon, co-founder and Chief Financial Officer Mike Diaz says business has blossomed since its grand opening just over a year ago. Diaz said, “We have about 9,000 people through here each month. We sell product to about 35 percent of those.” Diaz says he expects to extend the distillery’s reach thanks to a bill just passed by the Florida Legislature. Soon craft distilleries will be able to sell four … [Read more...]

Miriam Richter: Intellectual Property, ‘It’s Really All About Shopping’

MIRIAM RICHTER, ESQ – Upon introducing ourselves, intellectual property attorneys are often met with quizzical expressions at networking events. If the person behind the expression is an attorney, the usual response is a variation of “wow, I haven’t heard that term since law school” or “I don’t know the first thing about what you do”. Over the years, I have developed some stock replies but, by far, the one that gets the best response is “it’s really all about shopping.” Truthfully, that applies best to trademarks, but I like the reaction it gets. The reality is that intellectual property is everywhere and attorneys in all practices areas should be aware of it and its consequences. In 1995, before the Internet boom, 75% of the market value of the Fortune 500 was already in its intangible assets and trending upward.1 The protection of a business’s intellectual … [Read more...]

David S. Willig: New Florida Law Impacts International Family Cases

DAVID S. WILLIG, ESQ. – A new statute in Florida, coming into force from October 2014, is likely to impact international family cases to the extent they call for the application of foreign law.  The foreign law angle is, perhaps, not so farfetched.  We often hear about fellow Americans, some famous and some not so famous, getting married in exotic locales such as Italy, France and Jamaica. The new Florida statute will be codified in the Dissolution of Marriage section, Chapter 61, and will also be applicable in cases under Florida’s enactment of the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act.   The act itself purports to codify the holdings of different lines of cases involving choice of law provisions, forum selection clauses, enforceability of foreign judgments, the application of the law of a foreign state, and, finally, dismissal of a case on the grounds of forum non … [Read more...]

Florida lawsuit calls Digital Domain ‘de facto Ponzi scheme’

South Florida Business Journal -- The State of Florida filed a lawsuit against Digital Domain calling it a “de facto Ponzi scheme” and seeking to recover $20 million in state incentives granted to the company before it failed. The lawsuit, filed in St. Lucie County Circuit Court by Fort Lauderdale attorney William R. Scherer on July 22, could draw attention in this year's governor’s race. Charlie Crist approved the incentives for Digital Domain while he was Republican governor in 2009. Crist is now running as a Democrat seeking to unseat Governor Rick Scott, who authorized this lawsuit. Read more about Digital Domain here   … [Read more...]

How Would Medical Marijuana be Sold and Controlled?

TAMPA BAY.COM -- Four years ago in Colorado, pot trounced latte in a head-to-head storefront count. Starbucks had 209 franchises in the state. Denver alone had 390 medical marijuana dispensaries operating with no regulations. READ MORE HERE … [Read more...]