After a five day trial, SBL+ obtained a defense judgment against a Florida company claiming trademark infringement. A copy of the opinion is attached. With its trial team of Ethan Loeb, Jon Tasso, Colin Thompson, and Allison Doucette, the Firm successfully defended a multi-million dollar claim that there was likelihood of consumer confusion between two service marks. Also, the Court concluded that the Plaintiff was engaged in the unlicensed practice of medicine.
On June 19, 2019, the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed a $4.4 million dollar verdict that Smolker Bartlett obtained on behalf of its client against environmental activist Maggy Hurchalla. In Lake Point Phase I, LLC v. Hurchalla, et al., a jury rendered a verdict finding against Hurchalla for her disseminating knowingly false statements in order to harm a local business partnered with Martin County and the South Florida Water Management District. Although the County and the South Florida Water Management District settled with the firm’s client, Hurchalla chose to have the dispute against her tried, and in less than two hours, a jury of her peers concluded that she was liable. The trial team for this matter included Ethan Loeb, Jon Tasso, and Colin Thompson.
A financier of startups sued the Firm’s client, contending that the client was liable for the deceptive acts of the client’s employee, and her accomplice, who allegedly convinced the financier to loan money based on a fraudulent contract. On April 10, 2019, after deliberating for fewer than two hours, a Clearwater, Florida jury returned a complete defense verdict in favor of the Firm’s client. Colin Thompson represented the firm’s client at trial.
Smolker Bartlett successfully obtained an important appellate decision governing first written offers by condemning authorities. In Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC v. Johnson, the First District Court of Appeal concluded that a written offer by a condemning authority was valid and enforceable under Florida law. A copy of the opinion is attached. Jon Tasso successfully argued the appeal.