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In this case, Plaintiff, a waiter, sues his former employer for violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act.  A default judgment has been entered against Defendants, an individual and his restaurant.  Defendants seek a volunteer lawyer to represent them in setting aside the default judgment and defending the FLSA action.  If interested in representing the individual Defendants in this matter, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff has appealed the Social Security Administration's decision denying her application for Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits.  Plaintiff has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis.  Defendant was recently served with the Complaint and its Answer is due on 8/17/18. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff filed claims against My Personal Business Coach LLC and Sharyn Mitchell for overtime and wages under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Plaintiff Carrie Masson has requested the assistance of a volunteer attorney in the prosecution of her case. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff filed claims for malicious prosecution, false imprisonment, and civil rights violations arising out of alleged false statements made by police officers that resulted in his criminal conviction. According to the Amended Complaint, Plaintiff alleges that his convictions were vacated in the years 2012 and 2017 after he served 17 years in a federal prison. This case was recently filed and is in the early stages of discovery. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff filed claims against four defendants for discrimination based on disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Defendant Las Brisas Cafe Inc. has requested the assistance of a volunteer attorney in its defense.  This case was recently filed and still in the early stages of discovery.  The Complaint was filed on February 19, 2018, Defendant filed its request for referral to the Volunteer Attorney Program on May 1, 2018, and the Court granted Defendant’s request on May 21, 2018.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Mr. Naranjo, a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, brings a claim against the United States pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act, alleging he was misdiagnosed and mistreated by the Miami VA Healthcare System and the VA Boston Healthcare System.  Mr. Naranjo alleges his mistreatment at the VA hospitals caused him permanent nerve damage and PTSD.  The Government has yet to be served.  Mr. Naranjo has requested counsel to represent him in this case. If interested, please contact: altonaga@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Plaintiff, a pro se prisoner at Dade Correctional Institution, filed a civil rights action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. section 1983 alleging abuse by a number of employees of the institutions in which he has been incarcerated.  Plaintiff’s current complaint, which may require amendment, alleges three claims: a claim of deliberate indifference to his serious medical needs, a claim Defendants violated the Eighth Amendment's prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment, and a claim Defendants violated his Fourteenth Amendment right to due process.   Plaintiff states he suffers from a number of mental illnesses for which he was denied treatment.  Because of Plaintiff's self-reported mental illness, he seeks a volunteer lawyer to represent him in his case. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Mr. Tarantino is an employee of the United States Postal Service and a member of Broward County Area Local-1201 of the American Postal Workers Union. He brings claims under Section 501(a) of the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosure Act, 29 U.S.C. § 501, et seq., against the General President and Vice President of Local-1201. Plaintiff alleges that Defendants improperly received hourly compensation from the national union while simultaneously collecting an annual salary from Local-1201 without taking leave status as required by union policies. The Court denied Defendants' Motion to Dismiss the Second Amended Complaint and the case is proceeding to discovery. The docket is available at https://ecf.flsd.circ11.dcn/cgi-bin/DktRpt.pl?103580414702049-L_1_0-1. If interested, please contact:
bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov

Ms. Cave is suing the Broward County Sheriff's Office, the Wilton Manors Police Department, and the Broward County State Attorney's Office in connection with an arrest of hers that took place in January 3 or 4, 2018. Plaintiff alleges that the arrest violated her civil rights because she was not presented with any eviction papers or warrant, and because there was no probable cause for the arrest. The amended complaint was filed on April 24, 2018. The Defendants have not yet been served. The docket is available at: https://ecf.flsd.circ11.dcn/cgi-bin/DktRpt.pl?244086282503492-L_1_0-1.  If interested, please contact:
bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Petitioner asserts that Respondent has wrongfully removed their minor child from Guatemala to the United States and seeks an order requiring the return of the child to Guatemala pursuant to the Hague Convention and its implementing legislation, the International Child Abduction Remedies Act. Respondent asserts that, because Petitioner has substance abuse issues and has physically harmed both Respondent and the child in the past, there is a grave risk that returning the child to Guatemala would expose him to physical or psychological harm or otherwise place him in an intolerable situation. Respondent is proceeding pro se but would like an attorney to represent her on a pro bono basis. The Court held an evidentiary hearing on April 30, 2018, but has continued the hearing to allow time for an independent forensic evaluation by licensed psychologists and for the receipt of additional records relating to the child's mental health. Respondent speaks Spanish and does not understand English. If interested, please contact Nicole Maass at nicole_maass@flsd.uscourts.gov

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