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Non compete agreements between employers and employees provide oftentimes necessary protection for employers to feel safe sharing trade secrets and customer access. They can also severely limit the ability for employees to grow into another job opportunity with a different company and decrease leverage during pay negotiations. There are several strategies to challenge non compete agreements based upon the laws of Florida.
The Florida Supreme Court just decided to rule out the economic loss rule for determining damages associated with breach of contract. Put simply, plainiffs will have more of an opportunity to collect more damages and defendants will be exposed to more liability if fraud, unjust enrichment, or negligence is proved. Read our blog post to find out more information.
Both property owners and contractors involved in a property improvement construction must carry out several items to properly protect themselves in the case of a construction lien action. It is incumbent upon the property owner to make sure that all those with a construction lien are paid before paying the general contractor and the subcontractors must make proper and timely notification to the property owner that they have rights to payment.
Unless a commercial property owner takes specific action to prevent the possibility, they can be held liable for a construction lien generated by the improvements made by a tenant. The owner of a commercial property must include language in the lease to prevent liability for a construction lien. They must also record the lease agreement and deliver notice of it as well as keep a vigilant watch in the mail for any indication that a construction lien is being taken out on their property. For further details, please read more.
The Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill Settlement was established to compensate businesses and individuals who were economically harmed by the April 20, 2010, BP oil spill. More than 106,000 claims have been filed. Approximately $1.3 billion has been paid. The average payout per claim is approximately $200,000. There are eligible but unfiled claims totaling an estimated valued of $400 million. YOU MUST FILE A CLAIM BY APRIL 22, 2014, TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS SETTLEMENT.
BP chief claims administrator Patrick Juneau acknowledges that many eligible Florida businesses have yet to file claims for losses incurred as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To date, more than 34,000 Florida businesses and residents have already been approved for $332 million in claims. If you operate a Gulf Coast business that suffered a loss of revenue in 2010, you should contact us immediately to discuss your eligibility to file a claim.
You don’t need to own a fishing boat or a beachfront business to have been financially impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion. The BP oil spill critically damaged Florida’s tourism industry and created a ripple of lost income that affected Gulf residents as diverse as hairdressers and day care center operators. If your business took a financial hit in 2010, you may be able to recoup those losses by simply providing your financial information and filing a claim.
The health and home problems associated with Chinese drywall in Florida homes have been well documented. Unfortunately, unscrupulous contractors have compounded the problem by mislabeling Chinese drywall as domestic or by recycling Chinese drywall into a new product that has the same problems but can be sold as American made. If you suspect you may have mislabeled or recycled Chinese drywall in your home, you have options to rectify the problem and may even be eligible for compensation.