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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...]

David S. Willig: The Civil-Law Notary: A Bridge Between Worlds

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DAVID S. WILLIG, ESQ. – The word "notary” is usually associated in the public mind with a quasi-official who pulls out his or her stamp when someone needs a witness for an oath or some other legal transaction. Only three hours of classroom time are required to be a notary public in Florida, but the Civil-Law Notary is very different. These notaries, where they are part of the legal landscape, are high-level legal professionals who handle important transactions.   In creating this designation, the Florida Legislature realized one of its greatest unsung achievements. The Scope of the Profession The Civil-Law Notary is intended to function similarly to that of notaries in “civil law” jurisdictions such as Quebec and Argentina, not incidentally two of Florida’s most important international economic partners. Asian countries such as Japan and China also have adopted … [Read more...]

Anthony De Yurre: Strategies to Serve Process on International Defendants

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BY ANTHONY DE YURRE, ESQ – International demographics lead to international defendants. Unfortunately, service of process on international defendants creates extensive motion practice, including evidentiary hearings. In order to avoid delay and expense, service of process regarding international defendants must be an integral part of early litigation strategy. Both Federal and Florida law provide the same method of service for defendants abroad. Fed. R. Civ. P. 4(f) provides for service outside the United States, "by any internationally agreed means of service that is reasonably calculated to give notice, such as those authorized by the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents." Additionally, Fla. Stat. §48.193(3) provides that, "[S]ervice of process upon any person subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state as provided in … [Read more...]

Jonathan Goldstein: Facebook Post to Associations – Limit Confidentiality in Your Settlements

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BY JONATHAN S. GOLDSTEIN, ESQ – Community associations (condominiums and homeowners’ associations) should always attempt to obtain limitations on confidentiality agreements in settlements that permit the association to share the agreement with its members. These limitations should also insulate the association from responsibility if one of its members disseminates the agreement without the association’s approval. This issue affects many individuals and entities because of the prevalence of community association ownership and litigation. A recently issued decision by the Florida 3rd District Court of Appeal, in the case of Gulliver Schools Inc. and School Mgmt. Systems Inc. v. Snay, 39 Fla. L. Weekly D457 (Fla. 3d DCA Feb. 26, 2014), illustrates the potential significance of confidentiality provisions in such settlements. The Gulliver Schools Inc. decision dealt with a … [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...]