General Florida Law News & Updates

According to the American Hotel & Lodging Association, Florida has more than 440,000 hotel rooms and more than 3700 hotel properties.  Those numbers are not surprising considering Florida is number 2 for tourists visits in America.  Yet, among the sunny beaches and palm trees there lurks a dark side of Florida’s tourism industry –

Via Odia Kagan, writing for our Privacy Compliance & Data Security blog:

A Florida privacy bill, resembling one passed last year in Nevada, would introduce significant new privacy notice requirements for Florida operators similar to the California Consumer Privacy Act, and require giving consumers the ability to opt out of a sale of information.

Florida statute, F.S. §542.335, governs the enforcement of noncompete agreements that are subject to Florida law. While a “reasonableness” standard is employed throughout the statute, Florida’s noncompete statute is generally considered one of the most employer friendly noncompete statutes in existence. 542.335(1)(g)(1) provides that  “[i]n determining the enforceability of a restrictive covenant, a court

In a recent case out of the Southern District of Florida, the Court outlined the standard for dismissal of an individual’s Chapter 7 case based on the Debtor’s pre-petition bad faith behavior.

The statutory language of § 707(a) outlines the three nonexclusive bases a chapter 7 case may be dismissed for “cause,” including unreasonable delay

On November 15, 2018, the Florida Supreme Court held that “an allegation that a trial judge is a Facebook ‘friend’ with an attorney appearing before the judge, standing alone, does not constitute a legally sufficient basis for disqualification.”

The statute which governs a motion to disqualify requires that the moving party file an affidavit in

Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act (“PACA”) creates a trust to protect produce suppliers.

In a recent S.D. of Florida Bankruptcy Case, the issue before the Court was whether a PACA trust is the type of trust that gives rise to actionable fiduciary capacity under Section 523(a)(4) – the exception to discharge of debt “for fraud

IRA and 401(k) retirement accounts are generally exempt from claims of creditors pursuant to Section 222.21, Florida Statutes and Section 522 of the Bankruptcy Code.  For this reason, these types of retirement accounts can be a useful asset protection tool.  However, as I have mentioned in previous blog posts, there are exceptions to every