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Author Archives: Jay Butchko

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Understanding Restrictive Covenants In Florida Employment Agreements

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

Employment is generally considered “at-will” in Florida, meaning either the employer or the employee can walk away from the relationship at any point without further restrictions. But many employers find it beneficial to sign formal employment agreements with key employees. One reason for this is that Florida law permits such agreements to contain restrictive… Read More »

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When Is Summary Judgment Appropriate In A Florida Eviction Lawsuit?

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

In Florida, a landlord may seek to evict a tenant if they fail to pay rent or otherwise fail to comply with the terms of their lease. If the tenant does not voluntarily leave, the landlord must then file a civil lawsuit for “possession” of the rental property. This means the tenant is also… Read More »

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How Arbitration Agreements Can Bite The Businesses That Draft Them

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

Many consumer contracts and agreements contain arbitration provisions. These are usually inserted at the behest of a business owner seeking to minimize its own exposure to potential litigation should the consumer have a legitimate grievance. Arbitration often restricts many of the rights consumers would otherwise have in a traditional litigation forum. On the other… Read More »

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How Florida Businesses May Be Sued For Firing “Whistleblowers”

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

Generally speaking, a Florida business can fire an employee for any reason, or even no reason at all. Of course, the law does make a number of exceptions. For example, you cannot fire an employee because of a legally protected characteristic, such as race or sex. You may also be liable if you fire… Read More »

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FTC, Florida Attorney General Shut Down Fraudulent “Credit Card Debt Relief” Scheme Based In Orlando

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

Debt is something that most of us have had to struggle with at one time or another. A sudden job loss or unexpected major expense can quickly throw your finances into chaos. And as the unpaid bills mount, you start looking for any possible solution that may help you catch up. This is often… Read More »

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Are Cryptocurrency Projects Subject To Federal Securities Laws?

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

During the recent Super Bowl, the most widely discussed commercials were those for various cryptocurrency projects. This has prompted a good deal of discussion over whether cryptocurrency is a legitimate investment or just another Ponzi scheme. Indeed, one question many people have about cryptocurrency is to what extent, if at all, various consumer protection… Read More »

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Using Arbitration Agreements To Resolve Civil Disputes In Florida

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

The prospect of contract litigation is often daunting for Florida business owners. One way to help insure against the risk of potentially lengthy litigation is to include binding arbitration clauses in business contracts. Federal law provides strong protections for such arbitration agreements, which can help provide for a quicker, less costly resolution should a… Read More »

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Can My Landlord Charge Me For Repairs?

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

It is not uncommon for landlord-tenant disputes to arise when a landlord is trying to charge a tenant for repairs. But when can your landlord make you pay for the repairs? Typically, landlords are responsible for performing and paying for repairs on their rental property, especially when the repairs are related to wear and… Read More »

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Can I Be Forced To Arbitrate A Dispute Over A False Credit Report Item?

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

The Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) is a federal law that gives consumers the right to challenge false or inaccurate information on their credit reports. For instance, if a creditor falsely tells a credit reporting agency that you owe it money, you can sue for damages under the FCRA. The reporting agencies may also… Read More »

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Are Unwanted Telemarketing Texts An “Invasion Of Privacy”?

By Moran, Sanchy & Associates |

The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) is a federal statute that restricts the use of telemarketing and automated “robo-calls” to make commercial solicitations. Among other practices, the TCPA bans the use of “unsolicited text messages to cellular telephones without the … consent or the recipients.” So if a company is texting you unwanted advertising,… Read More »