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Plaintiff alleges that Defendant violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act ("TCPA") by sending repeated unsolicited telemarketing text messages to his cellular telephone without his prior consent and despite his number being listed on the Do-Not-Call Registry and his written request that Defendant stop sending him text messages. If interested, please email bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Plaintiff sues defendants, Deputy Castro and Deputy Golden, for unlawful and excessive use of force and failure to prevent harm as violations of the Eighth Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. On August 7, 2018, both deputies ran into Plaintiff’s cell and attacked him by spraying Plaintiff with pepper spray, pulled him off his bunk, and punched, stomped, kicked, and slapped Plaintiff’s head to the ground. Plaintiff claims that, at some point, the deputies covered the window of the room. The deputies then placed Plaintiff in handcuffs and pulled him out of the room. Plaintiff asserts that he walked out “bloody and bruised.” Plaintiff claims that the deputies say the reason for the assault was that Plaintiff flooded the room with water; but Plaintiff maintains that is a lie. Because of the attack, Plaintiff suffered a number of injuries: cracked teeth, swollen and bloody eyes, a swollen face, a swollen lip, and back pain. The Court is permitting the following claims to proceed against both defendants: unlawful use of force, failure to prevent harm, punitive damages, and injunctive relief. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

In this action, Plaintiff brings a single claim of negligence against The Fresh Market, Inc. Plaintiff alleges that she slipped and fell on water that had accumulated on the floor of the premises of one of the Defendant’s stores, located at 12171 W. Sunrise Blvd., Plantation, Broward County, Florida 33323. Plaintiff now seeks damages in excess of $15,000. If interested, please email Bloom@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Pro se Plaintiff, Elvis Chavers, filed this action seeking review of an unfavorable decision on his disability insurance benefits claim by the Commissioner of the Social Security Administration. The complaint was filed August 9, 2019, and Plaintiff has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. Defendant has not yet filed a response to the Complaint. If interested, please email reinhart@flsd.uscourts.gov.

In this section 1983 action, Plaintiff, Norberto Iglesias, alleges numerous Defendants employed by the Florida Department of Corrections and Inspector General’s Office violated his Eighth Amendment rights. Plaintiff additionally asserts state law claims of gross negligence and civil RICO. Plaintiff states he witnessed, on multiple occasions, certain Defendants sell firearms, ammunition, TEXTER C-4, and GPS cellular telephones to the inmates at Everglades Correctional Institution. Plaintiff claims he made several formal and informal requests to other Defendants regarding this matter but never received a response. Plaintiff alleges he was the victim of retaliation by another inmate who was hired to attack and kill him. During the attack, Plaintiff was stabbed 19 times and sustained life-threatening injuries. Plaintiff is now blind in his left eye. Plaintiff maintains the Defendants were aware of these illegal activities and deliberately refused to act or protect him from harm. Plaintiff is now seeking $2,000,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. Plaintiff’s claims have survived Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss, and discovery is ongoing. Plaintiff is required to file his Pre-Trial Statement by September 19, 2019.

If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Plaintiff alleges that she was denied Social Security benefits (Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income benefits) even though she presented medical evidence of her disability to support her claim of being unable to work. Plaintiff has been granted leave to proceed in forma pauperis. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Broderick Williams sues certain Miami-Dade County corrections officers and others under 28 U.S.C. § 1983. While an inmate at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, Williams alleges that officers handcuffed him for the purpose of transporting him through the prison. At some point during this process, Williams claims to have been handcuffed in his cell alongside his cellmate, who was not handcuffed. The cellmate allegedly assaulted Williams. Williams claims that the officers’ failure to intervene or stop the assault violated his constitutional rights and resulted in serious physical and psychological harm to him. A record of counseling issued by the County related to the incident, which is attached to the complaint, describes the incident and suggests it was recorded on video. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov

Pro se Plaintiffs allege that Defendants, a homeowners association and related individuals, violated Plaintiffs' rights under the First Amendment in relation to a dispute over yard signs, trespassed on Plaintiffs' property, filed a false police report against Plaintiff Edward Schulsinger, and engaged in disability-based discrimination against Plaintiff Doris Schulsinger. The case is still in the earliest stages of litigation, as there is no indication that the Defendants have yet been served. If you are interested in representing Plaintiffs, please email altman@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Plaintiff has filed two actions which the Court has now consolidated. In the first, Plaintiff has sued multiple Defendants alleging he was discriminated against based on a perceived disability when he applied to various medical schools. In the second, Plaintiff brings claims against the University of Miami, alleging retaliatory discharge following his filing of the initial action. If interested, please email gayles@flsd.uscourts.gov.

Plaintiff brings various claims against Howard University and several of the University’s staff, related to an employment dispute. Plaintiff claims that she was initially offered employment for a tenure track associate professor position at Howard University, however, due to the Defendants’ alleged intentional acts was prevented from timely beginning her employment. Plaintiff also claims that due to the Defendants’ delay she was ultimately terminated without cause. Plaintiff has asserted claims for negligence, harassment, fraud, conspiracy to defraud, vicarious liability, and breach of contract related to the dispute. If interested, please email FLSD_ProBono@flsd.uscourts.gov.

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