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Supreme Court Closes Securities Fraud Loophole

Published: November 4th, 2019

By: Amy L. Judkins

Liability Imposed for Those Who Disseminate False Statements With Intent to Defraud One of the basic tenets of trading securities is that it is unlawful to induce their sale by either the use of false information or the omission of material facts. Essentially, you can’t trick someone into investing in securities. One of the key […]

Denise Dell-Powell Appointed to ABI’s Advisory Board

Published: October 18th, 2019

By: Denise D. Dell-Powell

Denise Dell-Powell, Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights practice group at Dean Mead, has been appointed to serve on ABI’s Advisory Board for the 25th Annual Southeast Bankruptcy Workshop. The workshop will be held at the Ritz-Carlton in Amelia Island, Florida on July 23-26, 2020. Dell-Powell has more than 25 years of experience in […]

Eleventh Circuit Decision Highlights the Importance of Specificity in Licensing Agreements

Published: October 16th, 2019

By: David P. Hathaway

When a contract isn’t prepared carefully, the parties to the contract may discover when things go wrong that what they agreed to is not what they thought they were getting. This is especially true with intellectual property, such as a trademark. David P. Hathaway, Chair of Dean Mead’s Litigation Department, cautions business owners entering into […]

Supreme Court Rules Ban on Scandalous Trademark Registrations Violates Free Speech

Published: August 27th, 2019

By: David P. Hathaway

There is little question that controversial product branding can set a company apart from the competition. It creates a buzz and causes people to take notice. Whether that buzz is sustainable over time is another question altogether, but the fact remains that the marketplace is constantly searching for the perfect mixture of branding that both […]

Don’t Just Roll Over When a State Agency Rule Adversely Affects Your Business

Published: July 30th, 2019

By: William D. Hall, III

A recent Florida court decision that focused on the definition of “smokable tobacco” illustrates how businesses can successfully challenge unadopted agency policies that affect them adversely. Our state Legislature passes laws and then often gives agencies the authority to write the rules for enforcing the laws – the fine print of the law. Many regulations […]

Three Attorneys Speak at Environmental Permitting School

Published: July 17th, 2019

By: Anna H. Long Cari L. Roth John L. Wharton

Dean Mead is a sponsor of the 33rd Annual Florida Environmental Permitting School in Marco Island, taking place on July 16 – 19th. Florida Environmental Network, Inc. (FENI) is part of the Florida Chamber Foundation’s ongoing effort to keep its members and other business organizations informed of the numerous environmental and growth management laws and […]

Amendment to Section 558.004 Corrects Ruling in Gindel v. Centex Homes

Published: July 15th, 2019

By: Michael J. Furbush Thomas P. Wert

Effective July 1, 2019, a notice of claim served under Chapter 558, Florida Statutes, will no longer serve to toll the statute of repose that applies to actions founded on a construction defect.  In Gindel v. Centex Homes, 267 So. 3d 403 (4th DCA 2018), which we wrote about in a “Final Judgment” article published […]

Florida Trend Recognizes 13 Attorneys as ‘Legal Elite’

Published: June 29th, 2019

  Thirteen Dean Mead attorneys have been recognized among Florida Trend’s Florida Legal Elite 2019. The list appears in the July edition of the publication and includes five of the firm’s shareholders who are members of the distinguished Hall of Fame. Darryl M. Bloodworth, Lauren Y. Detzel, Peter M. Dunbar, Mark E. Holcomb, and Cari L. Roth […]

Denise Dell-Powell in ALFA’s June Newsletter

Published: June 29th, 2019

Dean Mead’s Chair of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights, Denise Dell-Powell, is featured in the June 2019 edition of ALFA’s Business Litigation newsletter.  The article highlights one of her most interesting cases where Denise represented a Lender in a Chapter 11 case in which the Debtor owned and operated a golf course in the Central Florida […]

19 Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Published: June 19th, 2019

Orlando, Fla. – Florida Super Lawyers recently announced that 19 Dean Mead attorneys have been named to the publication’s annual list of top-ranked lawyers including three attorneys who are selected as rising stars in Florida for 2019.  The honorees are among a diverse list of the top attorneys, nominated by their own peers. No more […]

No Statute of Limitations on Enforcing Lost Mortgage Notes, Court Rules

Published: June 6th, 2019

By: Leslie S. White

A January 2019 decision by the Florida First District Court of Appeal was a big win for lenders who lose mortgage notes, according to Dean Mead shareholder Leslie S. White, a creditors’ rights attorney in the firm’s Orlando office. While this doesn’t happen too often, White said notes occasionally are lost when banks merge or […]

Denise Dell-Powell Joins Dean Mead as Chair of the Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Practice Group

Published: April 26th, 2019

By: Denise D. Dell-Powell

Denise D. Dell-Powell has more than 25 years of experience in bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, and distressed property including CMBS foreclosures, workouts and bankruptcy matters. She has represented secured and unsecured creditors, debtors, Chapter 11 Trustees, Chapter 7 Trustees and unsecured creditors’ committees.  Her career also includes representation in the hospitality, restaurant, healthcare and agricultural […]

Florida Court Green-Lights Invitations to Negotiate for State Contracts

Published: April 22nd, 2019

By: William D. Hall, III

A recent Florida Division of Administrative Hearings decision clarifies the invitation to negotiate (ITN) process and signals that the state has considerable flexibility in how far it can press ITN bidders to offer value-added services in bids. Dean Mead attorney William D. Hall, III, who represented the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC) in the case, […]

Appeals Court Hands Florida Taxpayers Historic Victory on Property Tax Assessments

Published: April 1st, 2019

By: Robert S. Goldman

A Florida appellate court has delivered a huge win for taxpayers who contest property tax assessments. The decision was issued in Darden Restaurants Inc. v. Singh, Case No. 5D16-4049 (Fla. 5th DCA March 1, 2019).  “The ruling ensures that taxpayers will now have a fighting chance” in those cases, said Dean Mead’s Robert S. Goldman, […]