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Homer Bonner Jacobs Ortiz has been ranked in Chambers USA 2021 in General Commercial Litigation (Florida). Kevin P. Jacobs and Jose A. Ortiz have also been ranked in the same category.

Viernes, Julio 9, 2021

Adam Schwartz has been appointed as a member of the Ad Hoc Committee on Rules and Procedures for the United States District Court, Southern District of Florida.

Jueves, Julio 8, 2021

We are pleased to announce the opening of the firm’s Jacksonville office located at 1000 Riverside Avenue, Executive Suite 309, Jacksonville, Florida 32204.

Jueves, Julio 1, 2021

The office will be led by Charles S. Brumby, who represents banks, contractors, commercial landlords, and creditors in litigation throughout Florida.

Peter W. Homer, Christopher J. King, and Howard S. Goldfarb obtain a grant, vacate, and remand from the U.S. Supreme Court concerning petition for a writ of certiorari.

Lunes, Mayo 17, 2021

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George Befeler and Priscilla Jimenez represented Insigneo in the negotiation of Class A office space on Brickell Avenue.

Martes, Marzo 9, 2021

George Befeler and Priscilla Jimenez represented Insigneo in the negotiation of Class A office space on Brickell Ave including the penthouse, other high floor office space, and the prominent building top sign. Insigneo, the Miami-based independent broker-dealer and registered investment advisory firm, was represented by Homer Bonner in the negotiation of a new lease of over 27,000 square feet of Class A office space for its headquarters at 1221 Brickell Avenue, which is located in the heart of Miami’s financial district.  The lease includes the building top sign, which will bear the company’s name and new logo.  Miami is fast becoming one of the most prominent financial capitals in the nation with many well-known financial institutions moving their operations into the area.

Charles S. Brumby joins Homer Bonner Jacobs Ortiz.

Martes, Enero 19, 2021

Argument that COVID-19 does not cause physical damage prevails in early business interruption ruling.

Lunes, Julio 13, 2020

On July 2, 2020, a Michigan state court issued one of the first apparent decisions on the merits involving a business interruption claim arising from COVID-19. In that ruling, Gavrilides Management Company, et al. v. Michigan Ins. Co., the judge granted insurer’s motion to dismiss. In applying Michigan law, the court analyzed the policy and determined that mere loss of use or access does not qualify as the “direct physical loss or damage” required for coverage. Moreover, as a second basis for dismissal, the court determined that the policy at issue contained a virus exclusion that applied unambiguously to COVID-19.

In an attempt to avoid dismissal, the claimant argued that the government orders were the cause of the interruption rather than COVID-19 itself. In applying the virus exclusion, however, the judge rejected that argument.

Although the Gavrilides Management ruling is under Michigan law, it considered arguments that are similar to countless other business interruption cases pending around the nation. Given the novel nature of COVID-19, also known as the “novel coronavirus,” courts may look to the Gavrilides Management ruling as persuasive authority. Of course, other decisions will turn on the specific language of the policies, specific exclusions, and the nature of each state’s law on interpretation of contracts and insurance laws. Whether courts do consider Gavrilides Management persuasive authority, insurers will almost certainly cite to it as authority for the proposition that COVID-19 does not cause physical damage, and therefore, does not trigger coverage for business interruption.

Compilation of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Advisories in Response to COVID-19.

Martes, Abril 21, 2020

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Force Majeure and Other Issues Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic – Updated April 6, 2020.

Miércoles, Marzo 25, 2020

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Assistance Programs.

Miércoles, Marzo 25, 2020

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Paul L. Robinson joins Homer Bonner Jacobs Ortiz as a partner.

Miércoles, Septiembre 25, 2019

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Russell Koonin joins Homer Bonner Jacobs Ortiz as a partner.

Lunes, Septiembre 16, 2019