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In this litigation, brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Plaintiff Terry Sears raises an excessive force claim. Plaintiff, a prisoner, alleges that Defendants, who are employees of the prison, arbitrarily used excessive force against Plaintiff. This case is scheduled for the two-week trial period beginning on March 2, 2020. Plaintiff would benefit from the assistance of counsel. For a more in-depth statement of the facts surrounding this case see DE 121. If interested, please email middlebrooks@flsd.uscourts.gov.

On June 1, 2018, Plaintiff, Jose D. Ortiz Torres, filed his Complaint against Defendant, Officer Joanne Posten, a classification officer at Martin County Correctional Institution. Plaintiff sues Defendant, in her individual capacity, for violating his constitutional right to be kept safe from harm. Plaintiff was allegedly attacked by a group of inmates while he was a pre-trial detainee at the correctional institution. Plaintiff claims he voiced his fears to Defendant prior to the attack in an effort to prevent the incident. Plaintiff alleges Defendant ignored his warning he was being threatened by other inmates and thus violated his constitutional rights.

On January 28, 2020, the Court adopted the Magistrate Judges Report and denied Defendants Motion for Summary Judgment. The case is set for trial during the two-week trial calendar beginning March 30, 2020. Calendar call will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. By February 18, 2020, the parties are ordered to submit a joint pre-trial stipulation, proposed jury instructions, and proposed verdict form. A pretrial conference will be held February 28, 2020.
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Plaintiff, who is currently incarcerated, asserts claims against the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Corrections Health Systems, and fifteen (15) John/Jane Doe defendants for violations of his Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights arising from a slip and fall accident he experienced while incarcerated at Metro West Detention Center. If interested, please email bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov.

On September 4, 2019, Plaintiff brought this 1983 action against Defendant ABC Legal Inc., alleging employment discrimination, retaliation, and hostile work environment. Plaintiff alleges that while she was employed, she faced hateful comments and endured harassment from the companys manager and other employees, including having dog feces spread on top of her car and having her tires slashed. Plaintiff was later terminated without notice. Plaintiff seeks compensatory damages.

Defendant has been served, attorney appearances have been entered for Defendant, and Defendants response to Plaintiffs Complaint is due January 31, 2020. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

The Plaintiff is appealing the denial of her application for Social Security disability benefits. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

The Government has filed a lawsuit against Anita Harris (in rem only) and Jose Santiago to foreclose on a mortgage on real estate located in Broward County, Florida. The Government alleges that Defendants have defaulted on a promissory note. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Defendant Arturo Vargas is the owner and operator of Arlican Wood Design, a Florida corporation that sells custom-made wood furniture. Vargas and his corporation have been sued for overtime compensation under the Fair Labor Standards Act, as well as state law breach of contract. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Carlos Alonso, his wife and children have sued their landlord for violations of the Fair Housing Act, 42 U.S.C. § 3601, et. seq., the Florida Residential Landlord and Tenant Act., Chapter 83, and the parties lease agreement. One of the children is disabled. 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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Pro se Respondent is the mother of a six-year-old boy. Petitioner, the boys father, alleges that Respondent took the child from Honduras and brought him to the United States in violation of the Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. A Final Hearing has been set for January 16, 2020, and is expected to be a substantive evidentiary proceeding in which the Court must determine that removal was wrongful within the meaning of the Hague Convention. In her defense, Respondent alleges that Petitioner has committed domestic violence against her.  Petitioner will be represented by counsel, and Respondent would benefit from access to a volunteer attorney to assist her in defending the case and to advocate on her behalf. Respondent does not appear to speak fluent English. If interested, please email middlebrooks@flsd.uscourts.gov.

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