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Orlando Business & Commercial Law Blog

Basics regarding the use of a non-compete agreement

Many businesses in the state of Florida have trade secrets which greatly contribute to their success. To help protect those secrets, it is not uncommon for workers exposed to the information to be asked to sign a non-compete agreement. Because every business is a little different, these agreements vary from business to business.

In addition to trade secrets, non-compete agreements may be used to protect:

  • Extraordinary or specialized training.
  • Customer, patient or client good will.
  • Substantial relationships with specific prospective or existing customers, patients or clients.
  • Valuable confidential information.

What they all have in common is that they restrict where employees can work when they leave. In Florida, statute 542.335 pertains to non-compete agreements.

Judge rules on contract case involving Florida woman and BET

Late last year we wrote a post on a breach of contract lawsuit filed by a Florida woman against the Black Entertainment Television network. The contract between the woman and the television network involved the woman’s maintenance of a Facebook page that promoted the television show, “The Game.” A federal judge in Florida recently ruled in the matter. He found in favor of the network.

After starting the page independently, BET sought to gain sole control of it. When the parties could not reach an agreement on that matter they struck a deal where the woman worked for the network, maintaining the page as a freelancer.

$14.2M judgment in contract dispute case

Contracts are a vital component to most businesses. Accordingly, when there are issues with a contract, whether it is a breach, or possibly a cancellation, a party may decide to take legal action. A lawsuit involving IBM Corp. and Carlson--a business that owns a marketing company, a restaurant chain, a couple of hotel chains and a travel company--was recently resolved. 

Eminent domain lawsuit against church dropped by city of Orlando

Previously we wrote about the efforts of the city of Orlando to secure land for a new the Major League Soccer stadium. Specifically the city was seeking to get the land upon which a church is currently situated. When the church would not accept the city’s offer of $4 million for the parcel, the city filed an eminent domain lawsuit. That lawsuit was filed as a result of how far apart the parties were on the desired purchase price. The church sought more than three times the amount offered by the city.

$14.5M jury verdict in Orlando mixed-use development dispute

When a business dispute arises there are multiple ways in which it may be resolved. Sometimes the parties to the dispute can settle the matter outside of the courtroom through negotiation, arbitration or mediation. Other times however, a case will be decided at trial. This is how one Orlando based dispute involving multiple parties was recently resolved.

The case was related to the Orlando Gateway mixed-use development, upon which work began in 2009. Once complete, the 120-acre development will include the following:

  • 525 hotel units
  • Six to eight restaurants
  • 140,000 square feet of retail space
  • 200,000 square feet of corporate office space
  • 1,200 luxury apartment units.

Trade secret dispute settles for $61M

In the course of operating a successful business it is not uncommon for businesses to protect certain types of information that it relies upon to run. Called trade secrets, it is important for businesses to keep this information private. In many cases businesses use contracts to keep other parties from disclosing it. When intellectual property is taken and used without permission, the party to which it belongs may take legal action. 

Partnership to create green development near Orlando sours

When it comes to business deals it is not uncommon for individuals or entities to work together as partners to get something done. Such an arrangement can be advantageous for all involved. It may provide one partner with the capital needed to get the project off the ground, in exchange for the other partner obtaining the opportunity to make a profit. When however these arrangements do not work as planned, litigation may be the end result. Two Florida business men are dealing with that reality now.

Dispute of sale of Florida car dealership prompts lawsuit

Business disputes involving Florida businesses occur on a regular basis. They can happen with virtually any type of business including car dealerships. An automotive company recently filed a lawsuit against owner of a Florida car dealership because of a purchase agreement gone wrong.

Group 1 Automotive Inc. claims that the owner of the dealership, Prestige Motor Car Imports Inc., is not following through on its end of the deal. This, it alleges, is despite agreeing to terms of the deal after a period of negotiation.

Complexity of commercial real estate matters may require attorney

While there are a couple of possible new hotels in the works for the Orlando, Florida, area, a hotel already in existence was recently involved in a commercial real estate transaction. Holiday Inn Resort Lake Buena Vista was recently sold to ROCH Capital. The deal is particularly noteworthy since it is the largest hotel deal so far this year.

There are multiple things that need to be addressed when it comes to the sale of commercial property. If they are not handled properly, a dispute might erupt later. Such a dispute can be expensive affecting a business’ bottom line. Among other things, disputes might involve development plans, commission for real estate brokers or issues with title. In addition to these, once the property changes hands, there are other problems that could arise.

Pop singer sued by cosmetic company over name of health clubs

Most people know who Madonna is. Over the course of the last three decades she has recorded songs that have been popular with individuals around the world, including in the state of Florida. Fans of her music may not be aware that her empire extends beyond music, however. She is a partner in a fitness business called Hard Candy that has been in existence since 2010. Those who closely follow the star may be aware that Hard Candy was also the name of an album she released in 2008.