“Do You Belong Here?” – Hotel Discrimination

Hotel Discrimination: A (Sadly) Familiar Story One morning, at a hotel in Clearwater, Florida, a guest went downstairs to the lobby to get coffee and breakfast. As many guests are, she was dressed casually in sweatpants and a t-shirt. The young (and white) assistant manager approached her as she was pouring her coffee and said,

Johnny Depp / Amber Heard: Lessons About Defamation, Litigation & Trial

As most people now know, Johnny Depp won a resounding victory in his defamation trial against Amber Heard. No, that result is not some catastrophe for women or the end of #MeToo. Victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse will continue to stand up for themselves and face their abusers. But Amber Heard was not

Employment Law, Retaliation, & Protected Activity

Although we frequently hear about unlawful discrimination in the workplace, retaliation is just as big of a problem. And, from a legal standpoint, a retaliation case is often easier to prove. It is illegal for an employer to retaliate against an employee for engaging in protected activity. Protected activity can take many different forms. Discrimination

Florida Litigator Pollard Comments on the Twitter / Musk Litigation

Fort Lauderdale litigator Jonathan Pollard is closely following the current dispute between Twitter and Elon Musk. As most folks know, Musk recently made an offer to purchase Twitter for $44 billion. After Twitter accepted that offer, the deal hit a snag when Musk demanded verification regarding the actual size of Twitter’s user base. In a

Federal Courts Cannot Presume Irreparable Harm (Even in Florida Non-Compete Cases)

Florida Statute 542.335 applies to the enforcement of non-compete agreements in Florida. In relevant part, that statute provides that a court shall presume irreparable harm flowing from the violation of an enforceable non-compete agreement. Let me unpack this. In non-compete cases, the main event is usually a preliminary injunction. In most non-compete cases, it is

Supreme Court Limits Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA)

In a 6 to 3 ruling, the United States Supreme Court has limited the scope of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act or CFAA. Background on the CFAA First, some background on the law: The CFAA was signed into law in 1986. It’s real purpose was to prevent hackers from breaking into secured computer systems.