Available Cases – Volunteer Opportunities and Pro Bono Assistance

Pursuant to recently adopted Administrative Order 2014-14, the Court is revamping its process for obtaining pro bono counsel for pro se litigants. Please check back in the near future for further information. In the meantime, inquiries should be directed to FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Available Cases:

Pestana v. Miami-Dade County (16-CV-25350-JAL)

Plaintiff, Raul Pestana, is seeking a volunteer lawyer to represent him in a civil rights case brought pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1983. The Complaint alleges that while incarcerated in a Miami-Dade County jail, Plaintiff, a disabled veteran with full disability benefits, informed jail staff of his extensive medical and psychiatric diagnoses. Jail staff evaluated Plaintiff and prescribed him medication, but the medication was ineffective. Plaintiff informed jail staff that the prescribed medication was ineffective and filed grievances, but his grievances went unanswered. The Complaint alleges that Defendants were deliberately indifferent to Plaintiff’s medical needs. Plaintiff is no longer incarcerated. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Brown v. City of Miami Police Department Officers, Cook, et al. (15-CV-24268-UU)

The Plaintiff, Mr. Brown, is seeking a volunteer lawyer to represent him during his upcoming civil rights trial. Plaintiff has brought a 43 U.S.C. § 1983 action against three Miami Dade Police Officers. He claims that the Defendants falsely arrested him on drug charges when he refused to give them information.

After being sentenced to a prison term for a probation violation based on his allegedly false arrest, Plaintiff pled guilty to the underlying drug charges in state court and received a sentence to run concurrently with his probation violation sentence.

Plaintiff then filed a Rule 3.850 motion for post-conviction relief based on ineffective assistance of counsel claims. An investigation demonstrated that it was impossible for the plaintiff to have possessed the drugs for which he was charged because they were in the police department’s property room days before his arrest. Plaintiff’s Rule 3.850 motion was granted and his conviction vacated. Plaintiff now brings a § 1983 action for malicious prosecution and false arrest against the three Miami Dade Police officers involved in his arrest and prosecution.

Plaintiff’s case survived summary judgment and is ready for trial. Please contact Kathryn Harlan, Deputy Clerk to U.S. Federal District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro, at 305-523-5555, if you are interested in representing Mr. Brown.

Barreiro v. The Medical Department of Dade Correctional Institution et al (16-CV-22404-RNS) – Updated 03/14/2017

Plaintiff’s claims compensatory damages against Dr. Delgado in his individual capacity on Eighth Amendment theories of deliberate indifference to serious medical needs and cruel and unusual punishment. Plaintiff alleges that Dr. Delgado’s delayed several hours in calling outside trauma assistance after Plaintiff suffered stab wounds and was sprayed with a chemical agent in his mouth. Plaintiff alleges that the chemical agent caused Plaintiff’s neck to become extremely swollen, that Plaintiff was chocking and could not breathe, and that he allegedly almost died. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Guasch v. Carnival Corporation (15-cv-23454-MGC)

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Plaintiff brought suit against Defendant for disability discrimination and retaliation. Plaintiff believes he was discharged from the Defendant’s employment due to his HIV-positive medical condition. He seeks counsel to assist in an appeal of the district court’s granting of summary judgment in favor of Defendant. The case is presently pending after the filing of an amended complaint. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Freer v. Stock Island Marina Village (17-CV-20557-CMA)

Plaintiff filed a maritime breach of contract and negligence claim against the Stock Island Marina Village (“Defendant”) for commandeering Plaintiff’s vessel, towing it out to sea, and abandoning it without Plaintiff’s permission. Plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages.

The case is presently pending after the filing of an amended complaint. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Bowen v. Jones et al, (17-CV-80230-BB)

Incarcerated Plaintiff brings gender-based Section 1983 cause of action against detention officers stemming from incidents that occurred while incarcerated. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Tisdale v. Frezin et al (16-cv-25265-JAL)

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This is a Section 1983 complaint brought by a pro se prisoner. He alleges that he was attacked and beaten by several prison guards. He seeks damages for his purported injuries. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Trout v. Social Security Disability (16-CV-62560-FAM)

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The plaintiff filed this action against the Commissioner of Social Security seeking review of the Commissioner’s decision to deny the plaintiff’s social security benefits. The complaint was filed on October 28, 2016, and the plaintiff has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Lamarares et al v. City of Miami-Dade County et al (16-CV-25289-MGC)

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Plaintiffs brings this action against the City of Miami-Dade County and its arresting officers on the basis that Defendants violated Plaintiffs’ constitutional rights. If interested in taking this case, please contact Magistrate Judge Torres’s chambers at torres@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Phillips v. May (16-CV-14032-ROSENBERG)

The Plaintiff, who resides at the Franklin Correctional Institution in Carrabelle, Florida, has filed a Section 1983 civil rights complaint with regards to incidents that allegedly occurred at the Okechobee County Detention Center. He claims that he is disabled and confined to a wheelchair due to a spinal cord injury. He claims that the OCDC head nurse was deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs, exposed him to unconstitutional conditions of confinement, and retaliated against him by withholding pain medications, depriving him of adult diapers, and housing him with a mentally ill inmate. He further claims that an OCDC administrator failed to stop these actions. The case has passed initial screening and service on the two Defendants is underway. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Combs v. Baptiste (16-CV-62890-ZLOCH)

The Plaintiff, who resides at the Broward County Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, has filed a Section 1983 civil rights complaint against a Broward County Jail Lieutenant and four Deputies. He claims that the Defendants purposefully exercised objectively unreasonable force when they severely beat and pepper sprayed him, then deprived him of medical care. The Complaint has been screened and a Report is pending before the District Judge that recommends that it be permitted to proceed against all of the Defendants for the use of excessive force, deliberate indifference to a serious medical need, and Florida assault and battery. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Borenstein v. Williams Island Property Owners Association, Inc. (16-CV-25182-KMW)

Pro se Plaintiff has filed a Complaint against Defendant, his former employer, alleging that supervisors discriminated against him on the basis of his religion and national origin in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This case is not yet set for trial. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Curry v. Corizon Health, Inc. et al (17-CV-14017-RLR)

Plaintiff is currently incarcerated at Okaloosa C.I. His claims arose while he was in the custody of the Palm Beach Jail.

The plaintiff alleges that he was diagnosed with Hepatitis-C upon his entry to the PBJ in March 2010. He claims that his condition was not treated properly treated during the five years he was held awaiting trial. He claims that he was told the treatment was too expensive. As a result he first developed high blood pressure and was placed on the incorrect medication, resulting in declining liver function. He further claims that as a result of the lack of treatment he had developed severe liver damage including cirrhosis and a tumor.

He seeks damages against Corizon Health, Inc., Dr. George Jorge, Dr. Scott Kennedy and Nurse Misty Gaddis.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Hightower v. Social Security Administration Office of Disability Adjudication and Review (17-CV-60060-WPD)

Plaintiff filed this action following the denial of her request for review of the Administrative Law Judge’s decision to dismiss her request for a hearing on the suspension of her disability benefits. The complaint was filed on January 10, 2017 and Plaintiff has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Subil v. Israel (14-CV-62033-RLR)

Pro se Plaintiff has filed a complaint alleging that a Broward County jail policy prohibiting his access to magazines violates his First Amendment rights. Trial is set for March 6, 2017. The deadline for dispositive motions has passed.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Feldman v. Adoption Star Agency et al (16-CV-24931-KMM)

Plaintiff filed a complaint for wrongful or fraudulent adoption seeking the return of her granddaughter. The Court dismissed the complaint for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. Plaintiff is currently appealing the Court’s dismissal order. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Moody v. City of Delray Beach et al (16-CV-81192-RLR)

Plaintiff seeks to bring a case under 1983. Both Plaintiff’s Complaint and Amended Complaint were dismissed without prejudice for failure to comply with the pleading requirements contained in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. The case has been administratively closed. The Court has required that Plaintiff, should she elect to proceed, must file a Motion to Re-Open Case . A copy of Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint must be attached to Plaintiff’s Motion to Reopen Case. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Salmon v. Jones (16-CV-24102-MGC)

Plaintiff, a Jamaican resident, brings a Section 1983 against officers from the Miami-Dade Police Department stemming from an arrest at the Miami International Airport. Plaintiff contests his previous deportation and later airport arrest as unlawful and false. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Pierre v. Samsung Telecommunications America, Inc. (16-CV-62454-MGC)

Plaintiff, an African-American male, brings this job discrimination action against Samsung. He alleges Samsung unfairly terminated him for alleged insubordination toward a supervisor even while similarly situated White and Hispanic employees had engaged in poor behavior without penalty.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Champagne v. Broward Court Administration (16-CV-61936-WPD)

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Pro se Plaintiff seeks monetary relief against Defendant regarding his alleged wrongful termination of employment under the ADA and the ADEA. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Taylor v. Person et al (16-CV-60682-BB)

Incarcerated Plaintiff brings Section 1983 cause of action against detention officers stemming from incident that occurred while incarcerated. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Johnson-Washington v. Moir et al. (16-CV-81751-BB)

Pro se plaintiff brings Employment Discrimination cause of action against multiple defendants, bringing disability, age, sex, and race-based claims.  Case filed on October 14, 2016.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Brooks v. Foxx (16-CV-24420-MGC)

A former engineer with the Federal Aviation Agency sues the Department of Transportation for employment discrimination related to his age and disabilities. The EEOC dismissed Plaintiff’s agency action for being untimely filed. Plaintiff contests this decision, and seeks damages for the alleged unlawful termination of his employment.  Trial date has not been set in this case.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Daughtry v. Diflippi et al (15-CV-14378-JEM)

The Plaintiff, who resides in Millen, Georgia, filed a Section 1983 complaint alleging that he was beaten and denied medical treatment in the St. Lucie County Jail. The Plaintiff’s claims of excessive force and Florida assault and battery against a Sheriff’s Deputy, and a claim of deliberate indifference against a Jail nurse, have passed initial screening and both Defendants have been served. The Deputy filed a motion to dismiss the Florida assault and battery claims asserted against him in his individual capacity, and the Magistrate Judge has filed a Report recommending that the motion to dismiss be denied. The Plaintiff claims that he is having difficulty participating in discovery and needs a lawyer’s assistance because he suffers from a mental disability and takes heavy doses of psychiatric medication. Discovery closes on January 9, 2017.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Andrews v. Forman et al. (16-CV-62294-BB)

Plaintiff is suing Defendants alleging that an arrest warrant was issued in his name in 1985 as a result of crime committed by an individual who stole his identity. Plaintiff states that he has since been arrested pursuant to the warrant numerous times, and that the warrant places his life in danger because it identifies him as “armed and dangerous.”  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Navia v. Nation Star Mortgage LLC. (16-CV-62451-BB)

Pro se Plaintiff brings claims under RESPA and contract. Status: recently filed. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation (09-MD-02051-CMA) (Plaintiff Michael Ferdik)

Pro se Plaintiff Michael Ferdik sues GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Co. et al. to recover damages in a personal injury products liability multi-district litigation involving other plaintiffs. Plaintiffs alleged Defendants’ negligent and wrongful conduct in connection with the product, denture adhesive creams, were the direct and proximate causes of damages suffered by the plaintiffs. The Court granted summary judgment for the Defendants and entered final judgment as to nearly all plaintiffs, but Ferdik and one other plaintiff were allowed an extension to present expert evidence to oppose the summary judgment motion. Plaintiff now seeks counsel to assist in opposing this summary judgment motion. One other pro se plaintiff, Patricio Mamot has also been referred to the Volunteer Attorney Program. Response to the Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment would be due October 18, 2016.

If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Hernandez v. Rakofsky (15-CV-23459-JAL)

Pro se Plaintiff, who is currently incarcerated, brings this medical malpractice claim against the Defendant who he alleges: “carelessly and negligently burned his eye due to excessive use of an electrocautery procedure.”

If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Denture Cream Products Liability Litigation (09-MD-02051-CMA) (Plaintiff Patricio Mamot)

Pro se Plaintiff Patricio Mamot sues GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceutical Co. et al. to recover damages in a personal injury products liability multi-district litigation involving other plaintiffs. Plaintiffs alleged Defendants’ negligent and wrongful conduct in connection with the product, denture adhesive creams, were the direct and proximate causes of damages suffered by the plaintiffs. The Court granted summary judgment for the Defendants and entered final judgment as to nearly all plaintiffs, but Mamot and one other plaintiff were allowed an extension to present expert evidence to oppose the summary judgment motion. Plaintiff now seeks counsel to assist in opposing this summary judgment motion. One other pro se plaintiff, Michael Ferdik has also been referred to the Volunteer Attorney Program. Response to the Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment would be due October 18, 2016.

If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Krause v. Baer’s Furniture Co. Inc. (16-CV-62283-WPD)

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Pro se Plaintiff seeks monetary relief against Defendants regarding her alleged wrongful termination of employment. Plaintiff brings the claim under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, and/or the Age Discrimination in Employment Act.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Teigen v. Miami Veterans Health Care Systems (16-CV-23139-RNS)

Michael Robert Teigen sues Miami Veterans Health Care Systems and its director, Paul Russo, under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act for confiscating his $1000.00 tax refund and collecting monies which were not owed. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Grantley v. Jones et al. (15-22724-CV-JAL) Updated 9/26/2016

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Updated on 9/26/16

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner at the Florida State Prison in Raiford, Florida, filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, against corrections officers and nurses at the Miami-Dade Pretrial Detention Center. He alleges that he was beaten twice by several corrections officers, that other officers failed to intervene, and that he was denied medical attention for his injuries. The Defendants’ motion to dismiss has been denied and they have filed answers. The Plaintiff claims that he needs the assistance of an attorney because due to conditions including severe vision loss and the prohibition from corresponding with inmate witnesses. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Collins v. City of Miami et al. (16-CV-22109-CMA)

Plaintiff filed a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. section 1983 against a City of Miami police officer (“Defendant”) for use of excessive force and unlawful arrest.  Plaintiff alleges he was at a Publix supermarket purchasing pasta when Defendant verbally attacked and acted malicious towards Plaintiff.  After purchasing the pasta, Plaintiff claims he sat in Publix’s foyer to eat.  Then, Defendant told Plaintiff, in a bullying manner, he could not sit in the foyer.  Thereafter, Plaintiff exited Publix but returned afterwards to buy a beverage. Upon his return to Publix, Plaintiff alleges Defendant arrested him for trespass and took him to a back room where Defendant threw Plaintiff to the floor, pointed a weapon to his head, and turned off the lights.

The case is presently pending after filing of the answer and affirmative defenses by defendant.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Cendan v. Trujillo et al (16-CV-21775-KMW)

The plaintiff is suing six police officers for excessive use of force during  his arrest, the remaining 28 defendants have been dismissed in the screening report and recommendation and the order adopting same. The plaintiff alleges that after leading the police on a vehicle chase, he was severely beaten after he was handcuffed and in the control of the police. He alleges that he was surrounded by police cars. Multiple officers had him held at gunpoint. He contends that he complied with their orders but was nevertheless pulled from his vehicle and beaten to unconsciousness He claims he was hospitalized as a result of the beating.

The case is in the preliminary stages and service of process is just being ordered.

If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Touzout v. America Best Car Rental KF Corp. et al (15-cv-61767-WM)

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Plaintiff sues his former employer for overtime wages, retaliation, back wages, religious discrimination, religious harassment, discrimination based on national origin, and harassment based on national origin, under the Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. §§ 201-219, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e, et seq., § 1981, and the Florida Civil Rights Act, § 760.10, Fla. Stat., et seq. Plaintiff seeks pro bono counsel due to his prior attorney’s withdrawal. The case is stayed and discovery is closed. As of the date of this posting, Plaintiff has a Motion in Limine pending. Plaintiff has requested a Jury Trial, and the trial will be held before United States Magistrate Judge William Matthewman in West Palm Beach, Florida. The trial date is not currently set and may be scheduled for a date certain when convenient to counsel for Plaintiff and Defendant. If interested, please contact: Matthewman@flsd.uscourts.gov

Mitchell v. Thorpe et al (15-CV-61807-KAM)

This case concerns the unlawful use of force by an officer against a pretrial detainee and the failure of the Sheriff, who witnessed the beating, to intervene, together with a claim for deliberate indifference to a serious medical need following the beating. The case has been screened, service accomplished, and answer(s) filed, and it is currently in discovery. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Green v. Croft et al (15-cv-14207-JEM)

Plaintiff sues numerous officers, all employed with the Martin County Sheriff’s Department arising from a May 28, 2013 unlawful use of force during an arrest. The case has been screened, and Defendants Croft and Maganiello have been served and have since filed answers. There remain unidentified John Doe officers which Plaintiff claims were involved in the beating. The case is in discovery, and the Plaintiff needs assistance in obtaining the identity of the remaining officers and getting the case ready for trial.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Gousse v. Chambers (16-CV-20216-RNS)

Reginald Gousse sues Amili Chambers for defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress based on a post Chambers wrote on Facebook. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Delva v. Commissioner of Social Security Administration (15-CV-23791-AOR)

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Plaintiff brings this action against the Commissioner of Social Security seeking review of the Commissioner’s decision to deny Plaintiff social security benefits. If interested in taking this case, please contact Magistrate Judge Otazo-Reyes’ chambers at otazo-reyes@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Savoie v. Bradshaw et al (13-CV-80517-WJZ)

Both pro se Plaintiffs seek pro bono counsel and are suing various defendants in the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office and the Jerome Golden Center for violations of their constitutional rights, pursuant to §1983. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Mims v. Cesaire (15-CV-24571-JAL)

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Plaintiff, a prisoner in federal custody, filed a Section 1983 complaint alleging violations of the Eighth Amendment.  Specifically, Plaintiff alleges that the Defendant, a registered nurse working at the prison facility, refused to provide him with his seizure medication in retaliation for making a complaint against the Defendant.  Plaintiff has yet to serve the Defendant, and no response has been made in this case.  If interested, please contact: Jeffrey_Thomas@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Ledea v. Metro-Dade County Police Department et al (13-CV-23117-UU)

The plaintiff is suing police officers alleging excessive use of force during his arrest on two separate occasions. He claims that the two instances are somehow linked because he has been allegedly had difficulties with Miami police and Miami-Dade police. In December 2009 he was arrested during a prostitution sting and alleges that the officers beat him. In November 2010 he was arrested for possession of cocaine, aggravated fleeing and resisting arrest. The defendants in the November 2010 incident filed a motion to dismiss which it has been recommended be denied.  The defendants in the 2009 incident have not been served although service is now outstanding since they have been properly identified as City of Miami officers.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Coleman v. Florida Department of Children & Families et al (14-CV-61019-WJZ)

Plaintiff has brought suit against the three named defendants claiming his constitutional rights were violated due to his involuntary civil commitment for eleven months predicated on a false and defective psychological report. The final amended complaint has been screened, and discovery is ongoing.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Dewitt v. Pena (15-CV-21094-MGC)

The Plaintiff, who is incarcerated at the Columbia Correctional Institution in Lake City, Florida, filed a Section 1983 complaint alleging that a Miami-Dade police officer used excessive force during his arrest by slamming his face on the back of a patrol car while he was handcuffed. He claims that he is disabled under the Americans with Disabilities and suffered severe abrasions to his face, eyes, and head, swelling on the right side of his brain, severe head trauma, neck pain, blurred vision and severe chronic headaches. He seeks damages for mental and physical pain, past medical costs, and future medical costs. The complaint passed initial screening and the Defendant has filed an answer. Discovery closes on February 22, 2106, and dispositive motions are due on March 28, 2016.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Levine v. Hernandez (15-CV-21220-JAL)

The Plaintiff, who is incarcerated at the South Florida Reception Center, filed a Section 1983 complaint alleging deliberate indifference to a serious medical need. He claims that he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia prior to his incarceration and was treated with prescription medication. The Florida Department of Corrections substituted non-prescription medication when he entered custody in March, 2010, and discontinued all pain medication without cause in April 2014. He claims that the discontinuation of medication has resulted in pain and a pronounced limp. He seeks compensatory and punitive damages, declaratory judgment, and the immediate issuance of appropriate pain medication. The amended complaint has passed initial screening and the three defendants remaining in the case filed answers. A motion to dismiss was filed on November 12, 2015, and remains pending. Discovery closes on April 8, 2016, and motions to dismiss and for summary judgment are due on May 13, 2016. The pro se Plaintiff claims that he requires the assistance of counsel because he lacks the expertise to litigate the case, and because he is being denied legal mail while he is on disciplinary confinement for three months.

If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Picardat v. City of Miami et al (15-CV-24305-DPG)

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Plaintiff brings claims against the City of Miami and various individual police officers, alleging civil rights violations arising from a vehicle stop. The Plaintiff alleges that the stop resulted in unreasonable search and seizure and the use of excessive force. This case is presently in the preliminary stages, awaiting service on the Defendants. If interested, please contact: gayles@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Williams v. Santiago et al (15-CV-60818-WPD)

In this Section 1983 civil rights case, the incarcerated pro se plaintiff alleges that the named defendants needlessly punched his eye and kicked him to the ground during his arrest. He claims that the use of excessive force injured his sinus cavity which required surgery and has caused migraine headaches, flashbacks, and numbness. The case has passed preliminary screening and is pending against ten police officers. Discovery is underway and one motion to dismiss is pending. The pro se plaintiff claims that he is having difficulty obtaining the records he requires in discovery.

The Court is seeking an attorney to represent the plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c). Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Malik v. Wexford Health Services, Inc. et al (14-CV-23204-JLK)

In this 1983 case, the incarcerated pro se plaintiff alleges that the named defendants have been deliberately indifferent to his serious medical needs, providing no treatment for his neuropathy, and claiming it has been over a year since he has had a follow-up exam regarding his HDL-C, causing his hypertension to go unmanaged and become life threatening. He further claims there is a policy in place at the state operated, but privately managed medical facility at Everglades CI, of providing cursory or minimal medical care management, and ignoring or failing to adequately treat medical conditions, as a cost saving measure. The case is proceeding on claims of deliberate indifference to serious medical needs, and that the punitive damages claim also proceed. All defendants, with the exception of Louissant have been served and have filed answers. As to Louissant, the Marshal is attempted to serve that defendant with process. The case is in the discovery phase as to all other defendants.

The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c).  Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Green v. Heller et al (15-80404-CV-DMM)

The plaintiff, Dale Toby Green, while confined at South Bay Correctional Facility, has filed a pro se civil rights complaint, pursuant to 42 U.S.C., Section 1983.  The case is proceeding as to defendants Dr. Jules Heller, Medical Director at South Bay Correctional Facility, and Nurse John Wade, on plaintiff’s claim of denial of adequate medical care.  Plaintiff claims the foregoing defendants have been deliberately indifferent to his medical conditions by failing to provide him proper medical care and treatment.  Specifically, plaintiff asserts defendants Heller and Wade have ignored repeated recommendations to treat his tightening skin resulting from burns to over 80% of his body that he sustained as a child.

The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c). Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Tuer v. Broward County Jail et al (13-CV-62732-DPG)

Plaintiff alleges Defendants Dr. Errol Campbell and Nurse Johnson were deliberately indifferent to his medical needs.  After an initial screening, the Court has permitted this claim to proceed.  Defendant Campbell was served on October 1, 2015. If interested, please contact: Gayles@flsd.uscourts.gov

Ruiz v. Wing et al (15-22618-CV-UU)

The Plaintiff sues various officers arising out of their unlawful use of force during Plaintiff’s 2014 arrest. The Complaint has been screened, however, Plaintiff has sought the request of a volunteer lawyer to assist in perfecting an amended complaint and conducting discovery. The case is presently in the preliminary stages, with service being perfected since Plaintiff has been granted pauper status. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Pierre v. Israel, et al. (15-61812-CV-WPD)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed this civil rights suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C., Section 1983, against correctional and medical personnel employed by the Broward County Main Jail, arising from claims of unlawful use of force, failure to intervene, and deliberate indifference to a serious medical need  stemming from a July 14, 2015,  incident.  The case has been screened and service has been ordered. If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Kozich v. Deibert (15-61386-CV-WPD) UPDATED 11/7/2016

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Pro se Plaintiff seeks declaratory and injunctive relief against Defendants regarding his tenancy and the non-renewal of his apartment lease, which is subject to the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Court dismissed the action with prejudice and the pro se Plaintiff appealed to the 11th Circuit. An attorney may volunteer to represent Plaintiff on his appeal.

If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Perez v. Trust Security Services, Inc. et (15-CV-21203-JLK)

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The Court is seeking an attorney to assist Defendant, proceeding pro se, in defending against claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act to recover unpaid overtime compensation.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Grimaldo v. Carnival Corporation et al (14-CV-22882-CMA)

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Plaintiff asserts various negligence claims against Carnival Corporation and individual medical Defendants.  Plaintiff was a passenger on a Carnival vessel in 2013.  As alleged in the complaint, Plaintiff was presented to the medical facility onboard the vessel with complaints of dizziness, headaches, shortness of breath, etc., and was misdiagnosed by the medical defendants and told it was safe to fly on an airplane.  As a result, Plaintiff suffered a stroke and now suffers from permanent brain injury.  The complaint was drafted and filed by Plaintiff’s former counsel.  Defendant Carnival has answered the complaint.  The individual medical Defendants, all foreign citizens, have waived service but contest personal jurisdiction.  Plaintiff needs an attorney to represent her, conduct jurisdictional discovery, and pursue her claims.  The case is administratively closed so Plaintiff can obtain counsel.  The case will be reopened upon Plaintiff’s counsel filing a notice of appearance and motion to reopen.  If interested, please contact: FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Johnson v. Captain (15-CV-21232-UU)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, who claims to be wheelchair bound, brings a claim of unlawful use of force and injuries resulting therefrom against a captain at a prison mental health facility in February 2015.  The case has been screened and an order entered permitting the case proceed against the officer on plaintiff’s claim of unlawful use of force.  At this time, given the plaintiff’s in forma pauperis status, the court’s agents for service of process shall be perfecting service against the defendant.  The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions, in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c).  Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention.  If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Charles v. Broward County Main Jail (14-CV-62816-WPD)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, alleges an excessive force claim under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Plaintiff states that on December 22, 2013, he was beaten in the face several times and kicked in the stomach in a booking room by an unknown deputy. He states that he was bleeding from the mouth and head. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Henderson v. Crews, et al (13-14236-CIV-Martinez)

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner, has filed a civil rights suit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1983 suing numerous employees at Martin Correctional, claiming he was denied Celexia, a medication for his schizophrenia. As a result, he began hearing voices and attempted to hang himself in his cell. He told staff at Martin that he needed his medications, but he claims they thought he was “faking it.” At the time of filing the complaint, he still had been denied the medication and, in fact, claims to have been released without any medical treatment having been provided. The Court is seeking an attorney to enter a Special Appearance on behalf of the Plaintiff for the sole purpose of assisting the plaintiff in completing the pretrial discovery process and responding to summary judgment motions in accordance with Special Appearance Local Rule 4(c). Upon completion of discovery, the attorney can either continue with the case or refer it back for further attention. If interested, please contact FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Cummings v. Blank (former) et al (13-CV-22042-Scola)

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Plaintiff brings this action against her employer claiming age and gender discrimination based on failure to promote and denial of training. If interested in taking this case, please contact Magistrate Judge Otazo-Reyes’ chambers at otazo-reyes@flsd.uscourts.gov