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Orlando-area developer sues LongHorn Steakhouse parent

A local developer that was a longtime joint-venture partner in three Central Florida LongHorn Steakhouse restaurants is suing the chain’s parent company for alleged breach of contract, according to court documents. Maitland-based Ronical International Trading LLC — an entity whose managing member is Adil Elias, president of development firm Le Royal [...]

Orlando-area developer sues LongHorn Steakhouse parent2019-10-18T00:15:21+00:00

Court backs earlier ruling on local luxury real estate exec’s alleged fraud charge

Longtime Orlando luxury homes specialist Roger Soderstrom was unsuccessful at his third attempt to ward off a claim that he allegedly defrauded a real estate investor out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, court documents showed. This week, U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals judges Charles Wilson, Robin Rosenbaum and [...]

Court backs earlier ruling on local luxury real estate exec’s alleged fraud charge2019-10-18T00:16:14+00:00

Sisters settle bitter lawsuit over 50-year-old La Cantina steakhouse

Three sisters who worked at the same family-owned Orlando steakhouse since they were teenagers recently settled a nasty lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges co-owner Karen Hart cut off her sister's income and ownership rights, and told her: “Do you think I give a ***k what happens to you. I don't care [...]

Sisters settle bitter lawsuit over 50-year-old La Cantina steakhouse2019-10-18T00:17:56+00:00

Orlando luxury real estate exec takes on new role, battles fraud charges

One of Central Florida’s most well-known names in luxury residential real estate still has a lot on his plate, despite having sold his company recently. Roger Soderstrom — who last October sold Heathrow-based Stirling Sotheby’s International Realty to Naples-based Premier Sotheby’s International Realty — still is busy at work in [...]

Orlando luxury real estate exec takes on new role, battles fraud charges2019-10-18T00:19:23+00:00

Christian groups duke it out in ‘Mighty Men’ lawsuit

I]n a battle of the brands, an Orlando Christian organization is suing a Nashville megachurch over the use of the words "Mighty Men." Orlando's Mighty Men of God Inc. contends the World Outreach Church of Murfreesboro has usurped its "Mighty Men" trademark with its Mighty Men Conferences that draw tens [...]

Christian groups duke it out in ‘Mighty Men’ lawsuit2019-10-18T00:20:28+00:00

FDIC, investors claim millions in Old Southern Bank deal

Former leaders of Orlando's first bank to fail during the U.S. financial crisis have agreed to a set of multimillion-dollar deals to settle allegations they caused the bank's demise, regulators and lawyers confirmed this week. Old Southern Bank founder John G. Squires and seven former directors - including his daughter, [...]

FDIC, investors claim millions in Old Southern Bank deal2019-10-18T00:21:24+00:00

Tucker Byrd Represents Omni Healthcare, Doctors in Suit Vs. Health First

A new lawsuit filed against Health First, the company that runs both Holmes Regional Medical Center and Palm Bay Hospital in Brevard County, alleges the company has maintained a monopoly through intimidation of doctors and disruption of their practices. The person who ultimately loses is the typical patient. “If a [...]

Tucker Byrd Represents Omni Healthcare, Doctors in Suit Vs. Health First2019-10-18T00:22:26+00:00

Miami judgment hits Dominican Republic for $50M

Two South Florida companies have won a $50 million foreign judgment against a government agency of the Dominican Republic over a canceled contract to build an irrigation system. U.S. District Judge Cecilia Altonaga signed the judgment on Monday in Miami federal court. The rare foreign judgment was registered in default [...]

Miami judgment hits Dominican Republic for $50M2019-10-18T00:23:19+00:00

CAFTA agreement boosts Latin American trade and legal disputes in South Florida

A free trade agreement with Central America and the Dominican Republic is boosting South Florida’s trade and business connections, even as it increases legal disputes with those regions. According to World City data, trade volume with the six nations in the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) grew 33.6 [...]

CAFTA agreement boosts Latin American trade and legal disputes in South Florida2019-10-18T00:24:11+00:00

HSN personalities’ court battle a cautionary trail

Two personalities who have made millions of dollars hawking Huggable Hangers and custom guitars on HSN have made the Pinellas County Circuit Court their new stage in a fight over publicity rights and product marketing. DNA Music Enterprises Inc. and DreamBox Records Inc., two Nevada companies that represent Stephen Paul [...]

HSN personalities’ court battle a cautionary trail2019-10-18T00:24:57+00:00