In the wake of Irma cleanup and recovery, verify that anyone claiming to offer restoration services is duly licensed for the particular work needed, and ask for proof of insurance. Contractor licenses can be searched through Florida’s Department of Business & Professional Regulation and also by County. Many Florida counties require “specialty” contractor licenses. Note:[…]
In late March of 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court entered a narrow ruling when addressing a New York law which punished merchants for adding a surcharge for credit card purchases. The Supreme Court ruled that the NY law was a regulation of speech, and remanded the case back to the Second Circuit to determine if[…]
Scott A. Haas, PA just wrapped up a 3 part series on Florida foreclosures and foreclosure sales. There are many sub-topics involved, and there have been material changes to the law and impactful court rulings over the past few years. In Bartram v. US Bank (FL Nov. 2016), the Florida Supreme Court addressed various legal[…]
When evaluating a claim that calls were made in violation of Florida’s Consumer Collection Practices Act, the tenor and purpose of each call should be considered. See Desmond v. Accounts Receivable Mgmt., 72 So.3d 179 (Fla. 2nd DCA 2011).
Late last year, Fla. Stat. 501.0117 was held unconstitutional by the 11th Circuit, and was found to have violated the First Amendment as an unjustified restriction on speech. In short, four merchants’ dual-pricing for cash vs. credit card purchases was at issue. Florida’s statute expressly permits cash discounts. In 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court is[…]
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Scott attended a day long seminar on the UCC, presented by Robert LeVine, a national legal consultant and former law professor at Stetson and the University of Miami. Mr. LeVine reinforced the need to be mindful of the various Articles of the UCC that may come into play in a particular commercial transaction.
Scott attended a two-part CLE (seminar) in downtown Tampa which addressed various types of insurance policies and how the “hat” your particular client is wearing will affect perspective.