In your commercial lease dispute, your case may involve numerous pieces of evidence. Some of that proof may only emerge at the last minute. While a court may consider certain types of last-minute proof, the other side is not allowed to sandbag you. There are procedural rules available to protect you, but employing them to their maximum effect (and your maximum benefit) is something that often requires the deft touch of experience, so make sure you have a skilled South Florida commercial landlord-tenant lawyer on your side.
Here’s an example. The landlord was a Boca Raton-based corporation with a property in Miami-Dade County. The tenant, a major national pharmacy chain, sued the landlord for breach of contract. The landlord fought back by suing for eviction.
The court held a hearing. After all of the evidence had been presented and all of the arguments had been made, the judge announced that he was prepared to grant summary judgment to the tenant on the landlord’s eviction claim, and stated the reasons for granting that judgment. At that moment, the landlord informed the court that a “pivotal” page of the parties’ lease agreement was missing.