Business Contract and Fraud Matters
Experienced Counsel for South Florida Businesses and Employees
From our Fort Lauderdale location, the Law Office of Geoffrey D. Ittleman, P.A. assists South Florida companies and individuals with business contracts and fraud matters. Our legal team can help you enforce valid contracts and demand relief from unfair and unenforceable agreements. Whether you are a business, an entrepreneur, an investor, an employee or a consumer, we pursue just remedies that protect your interests.
Violations of Non-Competition Agreements
To be enforceable, non-compete agreements in Florida must have a legitimate business interest, such as protecting a company’s:
- Trade secrets
- Confidential information
- Customer, client or patient relationships
- Reputation associated with its trademark, marketing area or geographic location
- Investment in training its employees
Employers are not permitted to impose restrictions on employees that are too broad in scope — for example, the duties, market or geographic location of a future job or the amount of time the limitations are in place. What constitutes overly broad terms depends upon the employee’s current position and the company. A non-compete agreement at a multinational corporation, for instance, could cover a larger geographic area than a Fort Lauderdale store with a single location. Also, a high-level executive with access to trade secrets could be subject to restrictions that would be unenforceable against an entry-level employee.
If you are an employee subject to overly restrictive terms, our employment law attorneys can help protect your right to work in your chosen trade without unreasonable restrictions. If you are a business whose employee has violated the terms of a reasonable non-compete, we work to protect your trade secrets, confidential information and investment in your workforce by seeking enforcement.
Breach of Non-Circumvent Agreements
You are likely to disclose important information during contract negotiations with other businesses or potential investors. A non-circumvent agreement bars the other party from disclosing the confidential information or using it to circumvent the agreement. We hold the other party to the contractual terms to protect your trade secrets, patent, copyright, business plan, ideas, research and development and other confidential information.
Civil Theft of Intellectual Property
Infringement on your trademark, trade secret, copyright or patent can harm the reputation of your company, reduce the value of your intellectual property and divert lucrative business to the infringer. Our law firm takes prompt action to stop the infringer from theft of your intellectual property and to recover the monetary damages you are entitled to.
Under Florida laws, a contract is voidable if one party persuaded the other to enter into its terms based upon misrepresentation of material facts. If you signed an agreement because the other party gave you false information or omitted relevant facts, you may have the right to cancel the contract and pursue monetary damages.
Failure to Pay
After performing a service or delivering goods, you have the right to the compensation you negotiated. Our attorneys take assertive action to recover the payment that belongs to you, which might include:
- Writing a demand for payment letter
- Filing a lawsuit in the civil court
- Arguing your claim in trial or arbitration
- Mediating a settlement
- Collecting on the judgment
We provide candid advice about the costs of pursuing your claim and the potential outcomes so you can make informed decisions that are best for your business.
Upholding Valid Contracts Under Florida Laws
The Law Office of Geoffrey D. Ittleman, P.A. helps clients uphold valid contracts or contest unfair terms of an unenforceable contract. Call our business law firm at (954) 462-8340 to schedule a free consultation.