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Plaintiff, Dawud Canaan Sturrup Gabriel, brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Defendant Drew M. Haley, Deputy in the Highlands County Sherriff’s Office, violated his Fourth (4th) and Fourteenth (14th) Amendment rights when Defendant detained Plaintiff in Plaintiff’s home and transported him to the Peace River Center in Bartow, Florida, for an involuntary examination under the Florida Mental Health Act of 1971, commonly known as the “Baker Act.” Plaintiff alleges that that he was never a threat to himself or others, that he has always been able to provide and support his own basic needs, and that Defendant failed to conduct a proper investigation prior to detaining him. Plaintiff also asserts that on the day he was detained by Defendant, June 24, 2020, he had visited his primary medical physician, who allowed him to leave on his own and drive home from his scheduled visit. Plaintiff asserts three claims, one for each day he was detained at the Peace River Center, and requests $200,000.00 per claim in compensatory damages for emotional and mental distress, pain and suffering, medical bills, lost wages, reduced earning capacity, and damage to his reputation. Defendant has been served and his Answer is due March 9, 2021. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff brings this action pursuant to 42 U.S.C. 1983, alleging that Defendants Centurion of Florida, LLC and Dr. Franck Papillon, medical providers, violated his Eighth Amendment right to be free from cruel and unusual punishment when they failed to provide adequate medical treatment for Plaintiff’s Open Angle Glaucoma and pancreatitis while Plaintiff was incarcerated at Dade Correctional Institute. Plaintiff, Alfonso Jenkins, is visually impaired and alleges that Defendant Dr. Franck Papillon was aware of the treatment required for Plaintiff’s Open Angle Glaucoma but failed to provide him treatment resulting in the loss of his vision. Plaintiff also alleges that Defendant Centurion of Florida, LLC has a widespread custom and policy of denying medical treatment as a cost-saving mechanism. Service has been ordered on Defendants. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

The plaintiff in this case, Pleadro Scott, alleges that Defendants, Corporal Rolando Gomez and Lieutenant Constantina Weston, employees of the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, violated the Eighth Amendment by failing to protect him from violence at the hands of other inmates while he was in custody at the Turner Guilford Knight Detention Center. Defendants motion for summary judgment has been denied and the case is ready for trial.
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Plaintiff, an inmate, asserts claims against the warden, a sergeant, and a John Doe correctional officer of the Okeechobee Correctional Institution for, inter alia, Assault & Battery, Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligence, and violations of his Eighth Amendment rights, arising from an alleged excessive use of force and failure to provide medical care. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff Felix Castro brings claims under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against four detention deputies of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Plaintiff seeks to recover for pain, suffering, physical injuries, and emotional distress caused by the deputies’ alleged use of excessive force while Plaintiff was in their custody. All four Defendants answered Plaintiff’s Complaint on November 13, 2020. This case is presently set for trial on May 24, 2021. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

The Plaintiffs allege an unconstitutional taking of their property by Palm Beach County. According to the Plaintiffs, they bought property and a house in Palm Beach County which had additions which had not been properly permitted. The property was erroneously given permits and approval in the 1980s, and, when Palm Beach discovered the error, it began citing the Plaintiffs for code violations. The errors were such that the only solution was total demolition. At present, the parcel is worthless with negative value. The Plaintiffs seek damages for a taking of their property.
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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.

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