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Florida Business Litigation: “Owners” without Stock or Membership Certificates—Do They Have Rights?

February 27, 2018

By: Justin C. Carlin, Esq.

It’s not uncommon for entrepreneurs to invest their time, energy, skill, and capital into an established corporation’s or company’s business with the understanding that, upon investing into the business, they will become owners of the business entity.  When this happens, the business entity may not provide the investor with stock or membership certificates evidencing his or its ownership, and may later claim that the investor is not an owner entitled to distributions or anything else related to ownership in an interest, but rather merely an employee.  Does such an investor have any recourse to reclaim his or its interest in the company or corporation?  In Florida, the answer is: Yes.  READ MORE

Florida Business Litigation: “Keeping Trade Secrets Secret”—Part 1: Identifying Your Trade Secrets

February 20, 2018

By: The Carlin Law Firm, PLLC

As Fort Lauderdale business litigation lawyers, we see it all the time—especially in Florida. A business owner frantically visits us because a former employee has hijacked the business’s customer, supplier, or inventory lists; started their own company or other competing business venture; and basically assumed the identity of the business from which it departed. In other situations, a former employee may steal (and then use as his or her own) a secret recipe or formula that makes the client’s business uniquely special. What can a business do to protect itself from becoming the victim of theft of trade secrets? READ MORE

Infographic: Reasons to Hire a Ft. Lauderdale Business Dispute Attorney

October 7, 2017

By: The Carlin Law Firm, PLLC

The infographic titled “Why Hire a Ft. Lauderdale Business Dispute Attorney?” explains some important reasons to hire a business dispute attorney or business litigation attorney. A business litigation attorney is an attorney who primarily advises business clients in a wide array of non-criminal litigation, including issues involving contracts, liabilities, disputes, or partnerships. READ MORE

Florida Business Litigation: Misleading Advertising—An Under-Utilized Business Litigation Claim

September 26, 2017

By: Justin C. Carlin, Esq.

In our capitalistic society, consumers are frequently exposed to advertisements for products and services. Unfortunately, advertisers sometimes make false claims or promises in their advertisements to mislead consumers into purchasing their products or services. For example, these advertisements may falsely tout amazing, “wholesale prices,” or extraordinary health benefits to be gained from the use of a product, thereby luring the consumer into purchasing the product or service on false pretenses. If you, as a consumer, have been misled by a business advertisement, then you may have a legal claim for money damages against the advertiser for misleading advertising. See generally § 817.41, Fla. Stat. (2017). READ MORE

Member-Initiated Florida LLC Litigation: Direct Actions Versus Derivative Actions

June 7, 2017

By: Justin C. Carlin

Florida LLC Litigation: Theft or Other Misconduct by a Managing Member of an LLC

In the context of Fort Lauderdale business litigation, some members of Florida limited liability companies, also known as “LLCs,” learn that the managers or other members of the LLC have wrongfully taken funds from the company, or have otherwise harmed the company by breaching their fiduciary duties to the company.  When this happens, the members’ ownership interests in the company—which entitles them to distributions of the company’s profit—are usually dramatically reduced or completely eliminated.  Understandably, these members may wish to sue the managers and members whose conduct caused their losses. READ MORE