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Semi driver suffers personal injury in crash

The Florida Highway Patrol was called to the scene of an accident between a semitrailer and a tanker truck. This incident is said to have occurred Sunday, Sept. 3, in Walton County. The semi driver reportedly suffered a severe personal injury as a result of the wreck.

According to a recent news report, at approximately 7:36 p.m., the driver of a semitrailer -- a 52-year-old male -- collided with the back end of a tanker truck while traveling in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10, near mile marker 91. This individual was promptly transported to a medical facility for treatment. He was initially listed in serious condition. His current condition is unknown.

Florida construction litigation: Building defects

Buying or building a home, for many Florida residents, is considered a big accomplishment. It is not something that everyone can afford. As it is such a large investment, if any problems are found it is understandable that one may have questions about how to handle the issue. For example, construction defects are often found in new and old homes. When they are, who is responsible and is construction litigation the only way to resolve the matter?

Before really getting into it, it is important to start with the basics. What counts as a construction defect? It is any condition that lowers the value of the property.

Problems with a partner? Business litigation may be the answer

Before company owners in Florida enter into business partnerships, it is normal for them to take steps that will help them avoid disputes down the line, or at least set terms on acceptable ways to resolve them. Unfortunately, sometimes, the only resolution that produces decent results is taking legal action. This is where a business litigation attorney can help.

Why do partnership agreements occur? There are a number of reasons. Some may include:

  • Disagreements on growth strategy
  • Arguments over management philosophy
  • Disparity in roles and responsibilities

Florida personal injury: 3 injured, 1 dead following car crash

Several Florida teens were injured and one ultimately died following a single-vehicle car crash in Marion County. This incident occurred in early August. While this may have only involved the one automobile, the injured passengers and the surviving family members of the deceased may all be entitled to seek compensation for their losses by filing personal injury or wrongful death claims against the driver or owner of the vehicle.

According to a news report, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to a crash that occurred after midnight on August 3 in Ocala. The driver, a 19-year-old male, lost control of his vehicle while rounding a curve in the road. The car left the street, hit a fence and then struck a tree. Initially, the driver and three passengers were all transported to area hospital with injuries. A 15-year-old female, however, suffered critical injuries and died later that same day.

Think you don't need to read that contract? Think again

Contracts can be overwhelming documents, between the length of them and the fact that they are often full of legalese. Because of this, people can be tempted to just sign them and hope for the best.

However, this can be a very costly mistake, especially if the contract will dictate the expectations and boundaries of professional relationships. For reasons we examine below, you will want to be sure you read and review all contracts with an attorney prior to signing them.

Courts finally put 8-year construction dispute to rest

When a company announces plans to open up a business in a particular location, the hope is that residents and other businesses in the area welcome the addition. Or, at the very least, hopefully they don’t object to it.

If this happens and a person or group takes issue with the business, this could lead to serious construction disputes that cause costly – and lengthy – delays. For instance, one company was embroiled in this very type of dispute for nearly eight years before a court finally put the issue to rest. 

Researcher confirms high rate of CTE in football players

In any type of accident or collision, there is the potential for serious injury. In a motor vehicle accident, for instance, people can suffer broken bones and severe back injuries. Even if a collision involves something much smaller than a car -- like another human -- there is the potential for serious injuries.

This is the conclusion Dr. Ann McKee, a neuropathologist, reached after examining the brains of 111 deceased professional football players. She found that 110 of them show evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The condition is found in people who have suffered repeated blows to the head.

Are your trade secrets actually secret?

As an employer, there are likely certain business practices, tools or products that are unique to your company and valuable to its success. These can be trade secrets, which warrant legal protections. However, not all information qualifies as a trade secret.

This is the distinction at the center of a legal dispute between an olive oil distributor and a former employee who left to work at a rival company.

Non-Compete Agreements Under Scrutiny

States take vastly different approaches to non-compete agreements . This article explores the different public policy arguments relating to non-compete agreements. Idaho has taken a very different approach than California.  Non-conmpete agreements are void in California while Idaho's new law strengthens the enforcement of non-compete agreements. In Florida, non-compete agreements are sometimes enforceable and other times are not enforceable depending on several factors. If you have any questions or would like legal advice on whether your Florida non-compete agreement is enforceable, please contact Carr Law Firm, P.A. 

4 questions to consider before opening a second business location

Expanding your business into multiple locations is certainly an exciting prospect for any owner. Whether the expansion is prompted by demand, financial success or necessity, having two or more locations is typically a sign that your company is on the right track. However, adding a location is not a decision to be made lightly.

A recent Forbes article has some good tips for deciding when to open a second location as a business owner. In this blog post, however, we will focus on the real estate elements of operating a second (or subsequent) location. Before you decide to expand, consider these four questions.

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