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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, 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 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

Santos Diaz v. Centurion of Florida, LLC, et al., (19-CV-24067-UU) Updated 11/05/2020

 

Plaintiff’s Amended Complaint filed under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, has been ordered to proceed against (1) Dr. Delgato, primary care physician; (2) Dr. F. Papillon, chief health officer; (3) L. Re. Molina, P.A., physician’s assistant; (4) Mr. Lafont, pharmacist; (5) Mr. M. Corrales, Assistant Warden; and (6) Mark S. Inch, Secretary, Florida Department of Corrections, in their individual capacities for compensatory and punitive damages. It was also ordered that the case proceed against Centurion of Florida, LLC. Summons has been issued as to all Defendants, service upon Assistant Warden Mario Corrales has been effectuated, and service is pending against all other Defendants.

Mr. Diaz alleges that while incarcerated he received no medical treatment for glaucoma for 5½ months even though doctors had prescribed medication, and he had declared medical emergencies and filed administrative grievances. Plaintiff also alleges that appliances he used because of a physical disability were taken from him upon his arrival at Dade CI, and these appliances were previously prescribed and issued to protect him from injury.

Plaintiff seeks compensatory and punitive damages and declaratory relief given the irreversible damage to the optic nerve in both eyes, the forthcoming removal of his right eye, lost vision, and extreme pain.

Mr. Diaz would benefit from having legal representation during discovery and mediation, and at trial. Please contact Kathryn Harlan, courtroom deputy to U.S. District Court Judge Ursula Ungaro by email (Ungaro@flsd.uscourts.gov), if you are interested in representing Mr. Diaz.

Roy and Blanche Dixon bring this action against four Florida state court judges under 1983 for violating their due process rights in a 2013 foreclosure action – specifically by denying them the ability to present an expert witness and in designating him as a vexatious litigant. They also sue Palm Beach County, a state court judge, two mortgage companies, and two defense attorneys for fraud committed in the state court case. Finally, they sue a mortgage company and two attorneys for civil theft, and the two attorneys for tortious interference with a business relationship. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Petitioner Arlister S. Rush filed this habeas petition on August 3, 2020, a Report and Recommendation was issued on August 25, 2020. Rush has indicated he plans to file objections and would appreciate any assistance from an attorney. Objections are currently due on October 17, 2020. The Magistrate Judge recommended that the petition be dismissed unless the Petitioner can establish that equitable tolling of the one-year limitations period is warranted. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff Annette Cave brings this suit pro se against several Defendants, including Florida State Court Judges Barry Stone, Jack Tuter, Jill Levy, and Michael Lynch, under 42 U.S.C. 1983.
The deadline for service is December 25, 2020. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

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