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The plaintiff filed the lawsuit in this Court after a denial of his Social Security benefits. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff in this matter asserts a Title VII claim against a cruise line and various representatives thereof. Plaintiff asserts that he was discriminated against on the basis of his national origin. Plaintiff states that he, an American, applied to several positions at the defendant cruise line over the course of several years, each of which he was well-qualified for, but that each position was given to an Italian citizen instead. He filed a charge with the EEOC, which was dismissed, and has timely filed suit.
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Plaintiff, a disabled inmate, asserts claims against the Florida Department of Corrections, Centurion of Florida, LLC, three (3) medical defendants, and two (2) John Doe correctional officers for violations of his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights and the Americans with Disabilities Act, arising from allegedly discriminatory/substandard medical care, excessive use of force, and the failure to accommodate his disability at Dade C.I.
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Plaintiffs commenced this action on March 26, 2020 [D.E. 1]. On November 3, 2020, Plaintiffs filed an Amended Complaint naming pro se Defendant Ismay Martinez (“Martinez”) as a party to this action [D.E. 24]. Therein, Plaintiffs allege that they were battered by Martinez while they were passengers aboard Defendant Classica Cruise Operator, Ltd., Inc.’s vessel, the Grand Classica. Id. Based on those allegations, Plaintiffs are asserting a claim of battery against Martinez. Id. Martinez filed his Answer to the Amended Complaint on December 28, 2020 [D.E. 36]. Martinez is seeking a volunteer attorney to represent him in this matter [D.E. 37]. All discovery is due by 4/5/2021 and the case is set for Jury Trial on 8/16/2021. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff Mark Williams has filed a complaint under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 alleging that while incarcerated, he has suffered seizures due to Defendants’ actions. Mr. Williams seeks compensatory and punitive damages. The Court has ordered Mr. Williams’ Eighth Amendment failure to keep safe from harm claim and punitive damages claim to proceed against Defendants 1) Dade Correctional Institution, Colonel, 2) Dade Correctional Institution, Lieutenant, 3) Dade Correctional Institution, Sergeant, 4) Dade Correctional Institution, Sergeant, and 5) Dade Correctional Institution, Correctional Officer, all in official capacity. Summons has been issued as to all Defendants, and service by the U.S. Marshal is pending.

Mr. Williams would benefit from having legal representation during discovery and mediation, and at trial. Please email U.S. District Court Judge Kathleen M. Williams’ Chambers by email (williams@flsd.uscourts.gov), if you are interested in representing Mr. Williams.

Gloria Vargas has filed suit against her former employer, Steven Ratinez, for his alleged discriminatory and disparate treatment of her. Ms. Vargas says that the Defendant treated her (and other black employees) worse due to their race, including verbal harassment and assigning them less pleasant duties, and duties outside of their job descriptions. Ms. Vargas claims that the Defendant treated similarly situated white employees better than her. Ms. Vargas seeks an attorney to help her prosecute her case against her employer, who, she says, has been sued for this (and similar) conduct by other employees. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Defendant City of Hollywood violated his right to be free from excessive force under the Fourth Amendment. Plaintiff LeCharles Coakley alleges that while being arrested for trespass and loitering, he was attached by a K-9 officer, beaten with police batons, and dragged by his ankle with a rope until his ankle was dislocated. In his Complaint, Plaintiff submits documentation indicating that the underlying charges stemming from his arrest were dropped due to the states failure to establish reasonable suspicion. Defendant City of Hollywood has filed an Answer, and the case has not yet been set for trial. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff Joanne Vena sued Defendants Fraser Yachts, Bella Marine Ventures, and M/Y Keiki Kai under the Jones Act and general maritime law to recover for injuries allegedly caused by Defendants negligence and unseaworthiness of the vessel in failing to provide a safe place to work. Plaintiff has not yet served the Defendants. Plaintiff filed suit on August 10, 2020 and filed an Amended Complaint on October 28, 2020.
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Plaintiff Joshua Henkel is appealing the denial of his claim for disability insurance benefits by the Social Security Administration. Plaintiff claims disability due to spinal arthritis, high blood pressure, and bipolar disorder.  Prior to the onset of his alleged disability, Plaintiff worked as a merchant mariner chief steward.  The volunteer attorney who takes this case will have the opportunity to prepare a motion for summary judgment, respond to briefing by the United States Attorneys Office, and present oral arguments to the Court.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

The Court awarded Plaintiff Mazzard Brandon McMillian, a prisoner proceeding pro se in this § 1983 case, $5,000 in damages, in a default judgment, against former prison officer Patrick Riggins, also proceeding pro se, for unlawfully pepper spraying him. McMillian now seeks assistance in executing on the Courts judgment.  If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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