News from April 2017

Free-roof insurance scam plagues Florida homeowners

By Carrie Salls | Apr 1, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — A trend has emerged in the storm-battered Sunshine State in which a relatively small number of roofers and attorneys are suing insurance companies for more than the actual cost of repair or, in some cases, for non-existent damage. 

Former leasing agent alleges gender discrimination by Cardinal Group and Realco

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 1, 2017

TAMPA — A woman is suing Cardinal Group Management & Advisory LLC d/b/a Cardinal Group Management Midwest LLC and Realco Capital Partners II LLC, citing alleged gender discrimination.

Car salesman alleges religious discrimination against Jenkins Nissan

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 1, 2017

TAMPA — A car salesman is suing Jenkins Nissan Inc., a Lakeland dealership, citing alleged religious discrimination.

HVAC technicians claim Direct Heating and Cooling failed to pay adequate wages

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 1, 2017

FORT MYERS — Two heating and cooling service technicians have filed a class-action lawsuit against Direct Heating & Cooling Inc. and Mitzie Fox-Lerner citing alleged FLSA violations.

Newspaper claims former licensee continued using trademark after deal expired

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 1, 2017

ORLANDO — An advertisement newspaper is suing 4D Distribution LLC and Scott Dixon, a former licensee, citing alleged trademark infringement and false advertising.

Woman claims Aetna wrongfully terminated long-term disability benefits

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 1, 2017

MIAMI — A woman is suing Aetna Life Insurance Company, citing alleged breach of contract for denying her long-term disability claims.

Appeals court cites free speech in ruling for creamery in milk labeling case

By Melissa Busch | Apr 1, 2017

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit struck down a judgment that prevented a Florida creamery from labeling its all-natural product as skim milk because it lacked enough replenished vitamin A.

Florida Supreme Court clarifies limits to litigation privilege in case stemming from Debrincat v. Fischer

By Charmaine Little | Apr 1, 2017

The Florida Supreme Court has used the case of Debrincat v. Fischer to clarify the limits of litigation privilege, a decision that could influence how plaintiffs file lawsuits in the future.

Cleaning crew worker claims Federal Cleaning failed to pay overtime wages

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 2, 2017

ORLANDO — A man is suing Federal Cleaning Contractors Inc., citing alleged unpaid wages, violation of applicable minimum wage law and violation of workers compensation acts.

Disabled man claims Big Daddy's of Margate lacks adequate bathroom accommodations

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 2, 2017

MIAMI — A man is suing Big Daddy's Pizza & Subs, a Margate restaurant, citing alleged violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Florida Supreme Court denies motion for rehearing in case concerning foreclosure actions

By Noell Wolfgram Evans | Apr 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Supreme Court on March 16 denied a motion for a rehearing in Bartram v. U.S. Bank, a case that deals with foreclosure actions.

Bentley III of Florida's middle district one of Trump's U.S. Attorney casualties

By John Severance | Apr 2, 2017

TAMPA — At the beginning of March, President Donald Trump asked for the resignation of 46 U.S. attorneys, most of whom were appointed by former president Barack Obama. One of those attorneys who turned in their resignations to the president and attorney general Jeff Sessions was A. Lee Bentley III, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

Florida bill proposes reclassifying texting and driving laws

By Olivia Olsen | Apr 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Senate is currently working on a bill that may help alleviate accidents that occur because of texting and driving.

Florida PTC texts under investigation

By Olivia Olsen | Apr 2, 2017

TALLAHASSEE — In light of an investigation into the Florida Public Transportation Commission, seven cellphones have been confiscated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement because of missing text messages.

Bank employee says supervisor discriminated against her because of her same-sex marriage

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 2, 2017

PENSACOLA — A former bank employee is suing Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company, citing alleged gender discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation and violation of workers compensation acts.

New class action brought by former felons aims to restore voting rights

By Dee Thompson | Apr 2, 2017

Florida's harsh laws regarding disenfranchisement of felons face new challenges from the newly filed class action.

Modified 360 LLC accused of selling infringing copies of Microsoft software

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 3, 2017

FORT MYERS – Microsoft alleges an Estero online retailer is distributing unauthorized copies of its software.

Former Simon's Lawn Care Inc. foreman alleges he was not compensated for overtime work

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 3, 2017

FORT MYERS – A class-action suit has been filed against a Lee County lawn care company over allegations it did not pay employees for overtime work.

Woman seeks reinstatement of disability benefits from United of Omaha Life

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 3, 2017

FORT MYERS – A woman alleges that she is disabled and that an insurer that does business in Hendry County wrongfully denied her claim for disability benefits.

Siesta Motel LLC, Fawlty Towers Inc. alleged to have features that hinder accessibility to disabled persons

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Apr 3, 2017

ORLANDO – A disabled Broward County woman alleges she experienced discriminatory conditions at a Cocoa Beach motel.

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