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Are Forum Selection Clauses in a Contract Enforceable?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

Yes, but only when they are mandatory forum selection clauses. Parties to a contract have the right to select and agree on a particular venue to have their disputes determined. The key distinction, however, is whether the forum selection clause is mandatory or permissive. Only a mandatory clause is enforceable such that a court… Read More »

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What is the Process for a Court to Appoint a Receiver for an LLC?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

In any action where a party has asserted a claim to dissolve an LLC, the court has the authority to appoint a receiver to wind up or liquidate the LLC. In order to appoint a receiver, the court must first hold a hearing after providing notice to all parties and interested persons designated by… Read More »

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When Will a Member or Shareholder Be Liable for Company Debts?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

We have previously posted about a member’s exposure for the debts of an LLC.  We thought it also would be useful to discuss additional situations when a member or a shareholder will be liable for the LLC’s or corporation’s obligations. Florida courts, like many other U.S. jurisdictions, recognize a doctrine often called “piercing the corporate… Read More »

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How Do I Become a Member of an LLC?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

Becoming a member of an LLC is relatively simple.  The requirements for becoming an LLC member vary slightly, however, depending on whether the member is joining at the formation of the LLC or later. At formation, when the LLC will have only a single member, a person may become a member of the LLC… Read More »

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Member’s Exposure to Liability for Owning an Interest in an LLC

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

Under the Florida Revised LLC Act, a debt, obligation or liability of an LLC is solely the responsibility of the LLC and a member cannot be held personally liable solely because of the member’s status as a member.  In addition, an LLC’s failure to observe formalities relating to the exercise or management of the… Read More »

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Can Attorney’s Fees Be Awarded in Securities Arbitrations?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

In 2013, the Florida Legislature adopted the Revised Florida Arbitration Act (the “Revised Act”). One of the major changes in the Revised Act is the amendment to section 682.11, which, for the first time, gives arbitrators the authority to award attorneys’ fees. The relevant language in section 682.11(2) provides that an “arbitrator may award… Read More »

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How Do Shareholder Derivative Suits in Corporations Work?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

We’ve written on this blog about how “derivative actions” work under Florida’s Revised LLC Act.  As we’ve previously explained, a derivative action is a method by which a minority member can bring a claim in court in the name of the company.  Often, these suits are used to recover damages from controlling shareholders or… Read More »

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Five Tips for Defending a Corporate Representative Deposition

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

An effective tool for a party taking discovery in Florida state court is deposing the corporate representative of an adverse party or non-party.[1] Accordingly, a corporate representative deposition requires the lawyer defending the corporate representative to prepare diligently to defend the deposition. Here are five tips for defending the corporate representative deposition: Place Your… Read More »

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Are Professional Corporations and LLC Companies Alike?

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

Professional Corporations and Limited Liability Companies – Like Ordinary Corporations and LLCs, Sort Of. Like many other states, when licensed professionals – like doctors, lawyers, dentists, accountants, architects, and insurance agents, to name a few – form companies to do business, they do not form your run-of-the-mill corporation or LLC.  Instead, they form professional… Read More »

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Five Tips for Taking a Corporate Representative Deposition

By McCabe Rabin, P.A. |

One of the most effective tools for a party taking discovery in Florida state court is taking the deposition of the corporate representative of a party or non-party corporate entity.[1] This form of deposition allows a party to avoid having to depose numerous witnesses to determine a corporation’s position on various issues in the… Read More »

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