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Civil Litigation
October 14, 2021

Ayala’s Settlement with Michigan Attorney in Two Million PPE Scam Approved by The Southern District of Florida

Ayala’s Settlement with one of the Defendants in a contentious dispute involving a two million dollar scam was approved by Judge Bloom of the Southern District of Florida. The Settlement initially opposed by the Sadick Defendants (a Texas attorney and his law firm) was approved by the Court noting that “notwithstanding their objection, the Sadick Defendants have failed to identify any “clear legal prejudice” that…
Uncategorized
October 14, 2021

Ayala is Proud to Announce that Sophie Polenghi has Joint the Ayala Team as Marketing Manager

Ayala is proud to announce that Sophie Polenghi has joined the firm as its Marketing Manager. Sophie was born and raised in Miami. She is half Cuban and half Swiss. Sophie attended high school at the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Coconut Grove and continued her college education at the University of Miami. In May of 2021, Sophie graduated from the University of…
Business
October 14, 2021

Laws Regulating Influencers: What Influencers and Business Relying on them Need to Know

Companies and firms are now hiring influencers with a large social media following to promote products and services through their own personal media accounts. 75% of marketers use influencer marketing to advertise their promotion strategy, according to the 2017 survey by the Association of National Advertisers.  The growth and popularity of this industry have not been without challenges. Back in 2018, the Competition and Markets…
Business
October 1, 2021

Ayala Represents Owner of Delivery Company in Contentious Commercial and Probate Dispute

Ayala represents the owner of a delivery company in Florida. The corporation of Ayala’s client and her long-time life partner. After the tragic passing of her partner, the family of the former partner rushed to take the company Ayala’s client and her partner had built for over 25 years. In its desperate efforts to take away the company Ayala’s client built, the representatives of the…
Immigration
October 1, 2021

Ayala Obtains Special Immigrant Green-card to Unaccompanied Minor in Five-Year long Immigration Process

Ayala obtains a Special Immigrant visa for its client after a five-year-long arduous immigration process. Ayala’s client originally arrived in December 2015, when he was just 17 years of age. After a dependency proceeding where Ayala’s client was adjudicated dependent, Ayala filed a green card petition (I-360) while it continued to fight the deportation proceeding of its client. After the successful termination of the deportation…
Real Estate
September 16, 2021

Ayala Obtains $350,000 Settlement for its Client in Four-Year-Old Eviction Turned Quiet-Title Dispute

In a case that started as a simple eviction for possession back in 2017, and after numerous hearings, briefs, and appeals, Ayala finally reached a settlement for its client. Originally, after Ayala’s client filed for eviction, the tenant/defendant’s counterclaimed in the eviction case alleging—to our client’s surprise—that they were the actual owners of the property. This defense alone created a plethora of jurisdictional challenges, transfers,…
Civil Litigation
September 16, 2021

Ayala’s Settlement in Multimillion Dollar PPE Scam Featured in Law360.com

Ayala’s settlement in multimillion-dollar PPE scam was featured in renowned legal site law360.com. The Complaint in the case alleges that Apex Distribution LLC and its partners (lead by Defendant Hector Alvarez) conspired to induce Plaintiffs to invest two million dollars in a PPE scam. The Complaint further alleges that after numerous demands for an accounting of the funds and the return of the same, Defendants gave…
Business
September 3, 2021

What is the Difference Between a DBA (Doing Business As) and a Trademark

A DBA which stands for “Doing Business As” is in short, simply a nickname of the company. It is another way to call a business. Though you can register a DBA before even filing articles of creation of a legal entity, a DBA will always have a business behind it. It is another name to refer to a particular business. Also known as a “fictitious…
Immigration
September 3, 2021

Low-Investment Visa Options for Foreign Entrepreneurs Wanting to Establish in the U.S.

Most people have heard about the EB-5 visa which requires $500,000 or 1 Million (depending on where the investment is made) to immigrate to the United States. In addition to the large capital investment, the EB-5 program requires that the business creates 10 employment positions for US citizens; quite a difficult task. Most of the time, the amount required to present an approvable visa is…
Remolque
August 19, 2021

Estafas de Remolque: lo Que Debe Saber Sobre las Tácticas Engañosas de las Empresas de Remolque en el Sur de Florida

Ser remolcado es un evento traumático. Es posible que este yendo a dejar a su hijo en la escuela para luego encontrarse que no esta su auto. Hoy, discutimos una táctica ilegal común que vemos en las compañías de remolque cuando los consumidores van a recoger su vehículo después de un remolque. Imagina que te remolcan (legal o ilegalmente, ese es un tema aparte) y…
Wrongful Towing
August 19, 2021

Towing Scams – What You Must Know About Towing Companies Deceptive Tactics in South Florida

Being towed is a traumatic event. You may have been going to drop your child at school to then find yourself car-less. Today, we discuss a common illegal tactic we see from towing companies at the time consumers go to pick up their vehicle after a tow. Imagine you were towed (legally or illegally, that’s a separate topic) and you go pick up your vehicle.…
Business
August 18, 2021

Does my U.S. Trademark Registration Protect My Mark in Puerto Rico? What You Need to Know

The Lanham (Trademark) Act enacted July 5, 1946,  (15 U.S.C. § 1051 et seq.) is the primary federal trademark law in the United States. Now, if you register a trademark in the U.S. under the Lanham Act, does that trademark protection apply in Puerto Rico? We explain below. Puerto Rico has a unique status in that it is not an independent country or part of the U.S. as a state. It is rather a…
Consumer Protection
August 6, 2021

Ayala Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. for Its Deceptive Collection and “Late” Charges Practices

Ayala filed a Class Action lawsuit on behalf of its client against California Consumer Portfolio Services Inc. (CPS). In the Complaint, Ayala’s client alleges that CPS consistently charges “late fees” even though consumers pay their car payments before the paying deadline. Because CPS processes the payments after that, CPS slams consumers with late fees on already unfair and one-sided car loans. The Complaint also alleges…
Business
August 4, 2021

Difference Between Member-Managed and Manager-Managed LLC – What You Need to Know.

    By Cooper Eisinger. When forming your new limited liability company (“LLC”), one of your first tasks is to decide whether it will be a “member-managed LLC” or a “manager-managed LLC.” In a member-managed LLC, all members (owners) of the LLC actively engage in the day-to-day operations of the LLC and run the LLC. In a manager-managed LLC, members of the LLC choose to…
Civil Litigation
July 23, 2021

Ayala Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Marina Palms Residences for Years of Overcharge in Transfer fees

Ayala filed a Class Action lawsuit on behalf of its client against Marina Palms Residence North Condominium Association Inc. (Marina Palms), for overcharging transfer fees during the years. Under Chapter 718 of the Florida Statutes, condominiums may not charge more than $100 per applicant “in connection with the sale, mortgage, lease, sublease, or other transfer of a unit.” §718.112(2)(I). For many years, Marina Palms has…
Consumer Protection
July 21, 2021

The Two Most Common “Business” Scams Targeting South American and Other Investors

It is sad to see how many South American, small business owners, with the hope of investing their hard-earned capital in the U.S., get scammed. South Americans look to the U.S. as a safe, rich, and reliable capitalistic society. In turn, sometimes, they find themselves the target of bogus, straight-up scam deals where they end up with nothing, and the scammer, with their capital. In…