As South Florida’s Economy Rebounds, What We Learned in the Courtroom

By Todd A. Levine and Lisa J. Jerles

Prior to the 2008 recession, the South Florida skyline was teeming with cranes as the real estate market boomed.  But then the newly or partially completed projects remained empty as developers and brokers were unable to sell residential and commercial properties and projects.  With the entire real estate community reeling, brokers, developers, lenders, investors and buyers and sellers often turned to the courthouse to resolve issues that emerged as the South Florida real estate market was plummeting.   As we emerge from the recession, a review of the events of the past few years may help to avoid future litigation.

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Justin Kaplan Promoted to Partner at Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen & Levine

We are very excited to announce that KKSKL has named Justin Kaplan as a Partner at the firm, effective January 1st, 2014.

Justin’s considerable efforts as a lawyer and his significant community involvement as an ambassador for the firm have earned him this new designation, so please join us in congratulating him on his well-deserved advancement!

Justin’s practice centers on complex business disputes, real estate litigation and suits for replevin of personal property.

Facebook “Likes” are Protected Speech

By Steve Silverman

On September 18, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit issued an opinion in Bland v. Roberts which held that Facebook “likes” are in fact protected speech under the First Amendment.

In the case, Roberts, the Sheriff in Hampton, Virginia, fired several employees after they supported his opposition candidate in a 2009 election.  Roberts prevailed in his reelection and, plaintiffs claim, he fired those employees who supported his adversary.  One of the plaintiffs, Daniel Carter, Jr., claimed that he was terminated for “liking” the Facebook page of Roberts’ adversary.

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Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen and Levine Bowls for Best Buddies

Last week the Kluger Kaplan bowling team took to the lanes to show our support for Best Buddies.  We had a blast at Lucky Strike and can’t wait to go bowling again soon.  What better way to kick off your weekend?

KKSKL attorneys Lindsay Haber, Michael Landen, Jamie Zuckerman, Jorge Delgado and Richard Segal, pictured above, enjoy a round of bowling.

 

Kluger Kaplan Sponsors Local Tee Ball Team

Kluger Kaplan Silverman Katzen and Levine sponsored a Rotary Park tee ball team this Spring.

Some of the team’s all-star players included: Jeff Berman‘s son, Matthew, and KKSKL Partner Michael Landen‘s son, Ethan.  We had a great time and can’t wait to play again next year!