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Dentists fighting tooth and nail land in Hillsborough court over practice, property

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After a dispute destroyed the relationship between two Tampa business partners, one is now in court asking to dissolve their joint dental business.

Mark Goodnight and Dwight Sanjuan are equal partners of Goodnight-Sanjuan, a company founded in 2005. The company owns a property at 3223 S. Dale Mabry Highway that is home to the partners’ dental practice.

Both Goodnight and Sanjuan work out of the office as well as at another location in Tampa.

Goodnight specializes in orthodontics, while Sanjuan works as a pediatric dentist.

Recently, Sanjuan hired an associate dentist who works at the Dale Mabry office. Sanjuan rarely visits the office.

Because their practices center around family, both parties must keep a peaceful, family-friendly environment.

This wasn’t an issue up until recently when the two began disputing over what to do with the shared property. The dispute has led to issues in the office. Goodnight says it has led to “conflict” and “acrimony” which included employees and arguments at times in front of clients.

One instance, the suit says, occurred when one of Sanjuan’s employees took down a sign that was put up by an employee of Goodnight. When asked to return the sign, “an agent or agents of the entity operated by Sanjuan filed what is understood to be a falsified report of criminal assault and battery.” This incident, reportedly, occurred in the presence of patients.

A second issue Goodnight brings up is that the new associate hired by Sanjuan is not certified to work as a pediatric dentist. This poses a threat to the company and the partners as it is in violation of Florida law.

Goodnight seeks the company dissolved, asking for property to be split between himself and Sanjuan.


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