The Plaintiff, Daniel Dumond, has filed a civil rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against an officer employed by the Miami-Dade Police Department for his deliberate indifference to Plaintiff’s safety and medical needs. Plaintiff alleges that the officer intentionally and maliciously drove his squad car in a reckless manner, knowing that Plaintiff was unrestrained and injured in the back seat, with the intention of harming Plaintiff. The Plaintiff may also bring claims in the future against other law enforcement officers for their alleged use of excessive force during Plaintiff’s arrest, but the identity of these officers is still unknown. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov
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Pro se plaintiff Dionte Jermaine Davis is a state prisoner with the Florida Department of Corrections. He filed this § 1983 action, alleging that Dade County corrections officers sexually assaulted him and used excessive force by spraying him with chemical agents. The Court allowed Plaintiff to proceed with his claims and the case is currently in discovery. Trial is set for July 10, 2023.
There is a pending discovery dispute in this matter. The Court denied Defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment [ECF No. 56] as premature and granted more time for discovery because Plaintiff identified a video of the use of force incident that Defendants failed to produce. [ECF No. 70]. Chief United States Magistrate Judge Edwin G. Torres held an evidentiary hearing on the matter and ordered Defendants to produce the video or provide an explanation of why they are unable to do so. Defendants will refile their Motion for Summary Judgment after the resolution of this discovery dispute. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov
Plaintiff Gustavo Abella, brought this lawsuit pursuant to 42 U .S.C. § 1983 asserting that Defendant Officer Juan Rodriguez retaliated against him for exercising his right to free speech-a violation of the First Amendment. Following a three-day trial , the jury found that although Defendant intimidated, threatened, and / or harassed Plaintiff, Plaintiff failed to prove that his display ofa political sign on his vehicle or his filing of complaints against Defendant were motivating factors . (See ECF No. 277-1 ). Following the jury 's verdict the Court entered a Final Judgment in favor of Defendant and against Plaintiff. (ECF No. 288). The Court also denied Plaintiff’s Motion for a New Trial. (ECF No. 300). Thereafter, Plaintiff appealed the Court’s order denying a new trial to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. (ECF No. 308). Plaintiff’s prior pro bono attorneys moved for and were granted withdrawal by the Court of Appeals. Plaintiff seeks representation for his pending appeal before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. If interested, please email the chambers of the Honorable Donald L. Graham Graham@flsd.uscourts.gov
This civil rights complaint alleges violations of 42 U.S.C. §§ 12112-12117, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Plaintiff alleges that she was discriminated against by her former employer Carnival Corporation because of a disability. Plaintiff filed a Complaint on January 3, 2023, but service remains outstanding. The Defendant has not made an appearance in the case.
This case is at a very early stage, and volunteer representation would entail representing Plaintiff during all pretrial proceedings, including discovery, mediation, and at trial, if necessary. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov
Plaintiff, an 89 year old prison inmate at MCI, raises an Eighth Amendment cruel and unusual conditions of confinement claim against prison medical personnel. Plaintiff alleges that he was retaliated against by medical personnel by being placed in solitary confinement for two weeks without a mattress, sheets, blanket, or running water. Plaintiff asserts he was forced to sleep on a concrete floor and drink toilet water during this period of time. Plaintiff seeks $15 million in damages for mental and emotional anguish and seeks transfer to a different facility. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov
Marisa Chanile Smith, pro se, has filed an appeal of a bankruptcy order that annulled the automatic stay and allowed a foreclosure sale to proceed. Smith says that the foreclosure sale of her primary residence was scheduled (by the state court) for August 24, 2022, and that the sale was cancelled and rescheduled for an earlier day—June 14, 2022—without a court order. On June 14, then, two things happened: Smith’s property was sold at foreclosure, and she filed her Chapter 13 petition. Smith says that, based on the timing of the filings, her property was part of the bankruptcy estate before the foreclosure sale was finalized, so the sale should have been abated under the automatic bankruptcy stay. The appellee, Shoma Homes, argued to the bankruptcy court that it was entitled to relief from the stay (and to proceed with the foreclosure sale) because Smith had filed her petition in bad faith. The bankruptcy court agreed with Shoma Homes and annulled the automatic stay, retroactive to the date of the foreclosure sale. Smith moved for reconsideration, which the bankruptcy court denied. She now appeals the bankruptcy court’s annulment of the stay. Smith filed her brief on December 15, 2022, and Shoma Homes’s brief is due on January 17, 2023. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov
Plaintiff, a pretrial detainee at West Detention Center, filed a Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, complaining of violations of his Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights committed by corrections officers at Palm Beach County Main Detention Center. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov
Plaintiff Edgar Robert Martin II brings claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Fair Labor Standards Act against the Postmaster General of the United States Postal Service arising from his employment with the United States Postal Service. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.
The Plaintiff, Malvin Garnet, has filed a civil-rights complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against seven Defendants who were involved in his family-court case: the state-court judge, a magistrate, a mental-health worker, a court reporter, and several attorneys. Garnet alleges that, during his family-court case in Miami-Dade County, the Defendants withheld evidence, perjured themselves, and discriminated against him on the basis of race. As a result, Garnet says, he didn’t see his child for two years. And, Garnet adds, because of one Defendant’s false sexual-assault allegations against him—which he had to report to his employer—he couldn’t work for some time. Garnet seeks (1) damages for emotional distress; (2) compensation for his and his daughter’s therapy bills; (3) attorneys’ fees; and (4) several injunctions. The Defendants have not yet been served. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov
Plaintiff, a pretrial detainee at Palm Beach County Jail, filed a Complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, complaining of Fourteenth Amendment violations committed by corrections deputies at Palm Beach County Jail and other state actors. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov