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Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

Tampa business lawyer Alissa Kranz said businesses have the legal right to deny anyone entry to their property for not wearing a mask like they do for a shopper not wearing shoes or a shirt. But acting on that puts employees in a difficult position.

AM Tampa Bay
AM Tampa Bay

LSA attorney Alissa Kranz spoke with AM Tampa Bay regarding the use of waivers to protect businesses from lawsuits by patrons and employees. Waivers offer no protection if businesses there is intentional or negligent conduct. Waivers may be beneficial in some circumstances but nothing can protect you from being sued.

AM TAMPA BAY
AM TAMPA BAY

The initial Payroll Protection Program (PPP) was not well designed and funds were quickly depleted. The second round of PPP funding allows more businesses to qualify for loan forgiveness. Attorney Jeff Leiser discussed the challenges of the loan forgiveness process and strategies for a successful outcome.

WTSP 10 News
WTSP 10 News

As businesses reopen, questions have arisen regarding who is liable if an employee or customer contracts COVID-19 while at a place of business. Generally, the public assumes liability when they go out into the world, but the business must do everything possible to operate a safe space.

Spectrum News
Spectrum News

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, attorney Jeffery Lieser discussed liability issues that business owners should understand as they prepare to reopen. Speaking as an expert with Stephanie Claytor, he stated the importance of reopening to avoid losing customers and income, but the necessity of following every piece of guidance available to minimize liability risks.

AM Tampa Bay – 970 WFLA Podcasts
AM Tampa Bay – 970 WFLA Podcasts

Attorney Alissa Kranz joined AM Tampa Bay to discuss how Florida – and other states – are beginning to allow various businesses to reopen. But what happens if your employer is legally allowed to reopen for business, but you don’t feel it’s safe to return to the workplace? Can your boss force you to go to the office? Can you be fired for refusing to do so?

ABC Action News
ABC Action News

If you happen to be one of those people that are laid off and you’re not getting your paycheck and you can’t pay your rent, what do you do? That’s a tough answer at the moment, but I’ll tell you that it was addressed by the local courts here in Florida,” said attorney Daniel Drake.

AM Tampa Bay
AM Tampa Bay

Tampa Attorney Dan Drake joined AM Tampa Bay to discuss what you need to know about the government’s economic impact payments.

Business Observer
Business Observer

Business owners who publish unique content on their websites can seek copyright protection to stop competitors from illegally copying and republishing their content. In a Business Observer article, Jeff Lieser discussed steps companies can take to protect their intellectual property.

AM Tampa Bay
AM Tampa Bay

When AM Tampa Bay discussed the controversial job description posted on LinkedIn that listed “Preferably Caucasian” as a requirement, they turned to LSA employment attorney Laura Coleman for an expert legal opinion. Laura explained that this type of discrimination is not allowed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the state of Florida unless there is a bonafide occupational qualification for limiting applicants.

Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

A Central Florida businessman is suing an aquarium maker whose exclusive works are featured on the reality TV show “Tanked,” claiming the company took his money but didn’t build the one-of-a-kind aquarium in his backyard he planned  to fill with rays, sharks and exotic fish. The lawsuit accuses Las Vegas aquarium-maker Acrylic Tank Manufacturing of breach of contract and unjust enrichment for accepting — but not returning — $147,000 paid up front by Oliver Dawoud.

The Observer News
The Observer News

Probate attorney Karen Prevatt oversaw a $200,000 bequest from her client Brenda Peichart Peash that now funds mental health services for Sun City residents in need. The funds were bequeathed specifically to Mental Health Care Inc., which is now known as Gracepoint in Tampa. The program will use Ms. Peichart Peash’s gift to provide weekly mental health services to this community on an ongoing basis over the next five years. Transportation severely limits residents in this community from accessing this type of care, and Gracepoint’s mobile van is now able to bridge that gap to serve high-risk individuals in their homes.
Ms. Prevatt heads the Lieser, Skaff Alexander Sun City law offices and specializes in probate, wills and estates. She served as legal counsel for the Southshore Coalition for Mental Health & Aging.

The Hill
The Hill

Jeff’s article on Operation New Dawn was also published in The Hill, a Washington D.C based newspaper  written about national policy focused on business and lobbying particularly regarding Congress.  It has the largest circulation of any other Capitol Hill newspaper.

The Tampa Tribune
The Tampa Tribune

As a veteran of Operation New Dawn, Jeff Lieser offered a
letter
, which was published in The Tampa Tribune regarding a few of the issues surrounding the 2011 troop withdrawal from Iraq.

Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

Jeff Lieser was selected as one of six delegates by the America Council of Young Political leaders (ACYPL), a bipartisan organization funded in part by the Department of State, to represent the United State on a delegation to Australia. Afterwards, The Tampa Bay Times
published a letter Jeff wrote regarding of Australia’s health care system.

Florida Bar News
Florida Bar News

Jeff Lieser of Lieser & Skaff in Tampa and an Army reservist spoke at Lake County’s Annual Law Day luncheon about his recent deployment to Iraq, where he prosecuted terrorist defendants.

Newsradio 970 WFLA
Newsradio 970 WFLA

Jeff Lieser joined AM Tampa bay on NewsRadio WFLA as a guest to discuss property law issues regarding a Florida man whose home was taken over by squatters. Listen to the podcast of his visit With Jack Harris, Tedd Webb and Corey Dylan.

WTSP 10News
WTSP 10News

WTSP 10News tapped into Jeff Lieser’s construction law experience regarding the $2 Million lien on the newly opened Tampa Premium Outlets.  Lieser explains that construction liens are common in larger projects or developments such as this Outlet Mall project where liens against the property owner are filed after subcontractors do not pay the general contractors.  Watch the interview.

Fox 13
Fox 13

Fox 13 sought the advice of Tampa Real Estate Attorney, Joe Alexander regarding a recent noise complaint at a luxury apartment that escalated to threats of violence caught on a video that has gone viral.  Joe gives legal advice as to what details landlords can include in a lease agreement to give them leverage in resolving similar problems.  Watch the interview.

Tampa Bay Business Journal
Tampa Bay Business Journal

LSA attorney Alissa Kranz analyzed three scenarios employers may face in the weeks ahead if an employee does not want to return to work due to fear of contracting the Coronavirus.

ABC Action News
ABC Action News

ABC Action News visited the new offices of Lieser Skaff Alexander seeking real estate law advice from partner Joe Alexander. After a veteran unexpectedly passed away in his apartment, his landlord would not allow his grieving sisters to enter that apartment to obtain personal property needed to settle the estate. Read the blog post to get a detailed explanation of the law behind the landlord’s actions and learn strategies to avoid this problem for either party in a real estate lease agreement.

Tampa Bay’s WFLA
Tampa Bay’s WFLA

Chanel 8 On Your Side recently sought Lieser Skaff Alexander attorney Jeff Lieser’s experience in construction law for a news story about problems with the unfinished Tempo residential high-rise project that was to be the jewel in the Tampa Housing Authority’s crown. Jeff was interviewed about a report commissioned by the THA that detailed a myriad of construction flaws that have plagued this project and the story was featured during prime-time.

AM Tampa Bay
AM Tampa Bay

AM Tampa Bay recently asked Alissa Kranz of Leiser Skaff Alexander to give her legal opinions regarding the class-action lawsuit filed by Florida employees against Facebook. The employees claim that they experienced severe trauma from watching intense and disturbing videos, which was a job requirement. Alissa explained that a key issue could be whether or not the company disclosed the extreme nature of these videos to the employees prior to the start of their work. She also discussed the challenges of filing the case as a class-action lawsuit since each employee would have had a different level of trauma from watching the videos.

HOA Consultation for ABC Action News
HOA Consultation for ABC Action News

When homeowners clashed with their HOA over an abandoned property, ABC Action News interviewed Jeff Lieser of Lieser Skaff Alexander to explain the legal rights and challenges of the situation. The fact that the HOA is also the current owner of the home, which is in serious disrepair, is hindering neighbors’ ability to force the association to responsibly address the problem.