News from August 2018

Appellate court rules media entitled to more Parkland shooting video, but delays release

By Mary Ann Magnell | Aug 1, 2018

An appellate court allowed the release of additional video footage of the February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, but later delayed the decision.

Slander lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase dismissed by federal judge

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge threw out a slander lawsuit by a former security guard for JPMorgan Chase Bank on July 24.

Coral Gables attorney disbarred, ordered to pay $136,000 in restitution

By Karen Kidd | Aug 1, 2018

The Florida Supreme Court disbarred Coral Gables attorney Francisco Jose Aguero on June 28 over misappropriation allegations.

Dania Beach attorney issued indefinite suspension over misappropriation allegations

By Karen Kidd | Aug 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Dania Beach attorney Jeremy W. Alters has been suspended until further order following a May 21 Florida Supreme Court order regarding misappropriation allegations for which he was suspended nearly seven years ago, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar and a referee's report.

Driver alleges another motorist caused crash at Miami intersection

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Miami woman is suing a motorist, alleging negligence driving caused a crash that injured the plaintiff.

Davie homeowner alleges insurer failed to cover property loss

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Davie homeowner is suing an insurance company, citing alleged breach of contract.

Broward County motorist alleges another driver caused I-95 crash

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 1, 2018

FORT LAUDERDALE — A Broward County motorist is suing another driver, alleging negligence caused a crash that injured the plaintiff.

Mother alleges health care facility's negligence injured daughter

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 1, 2018

CLEARWATER — A mother is suing a Pinellas County health care facility operator, alleging nursing negligence.

Motorist alleges another driver caused Largo collision that led to injuries

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 1, 2018

CLEARWATER — A motorist and minor companion are suing another driver, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries.

Davie attorney voluntarily disbarred after admitting to misappropriating more than $300,000

By Karen Kidd | Aug 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Davie attorney Bradley Scott Douglas has been voluntarily disbarred following a June 7 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations that included misappropriation, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar. "

Tampa attorney again found in contempt, suspended after failing to respond to bar inquiry

By Karen Kidd | Aug 1, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Tampa attorney Michael Eric Eisenberg has been suspended following a June 26 Florida Supreme Court order after being found in contempt for noncompliance with a previous court order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Florida's early voting ban on college campuses ruled unconstitutional

By Asia Mayfield | Aug 1, 2018

A federal judge struck down Florida's ban on early voting sites on college campuses, calling the practice "discriminatory."

Tampa attorney suspended for improper supervision of non-lawyer employee

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Longtime Tampa attorney Morris Joseph Fonte Jr. has been suspended following a June 14 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he failed to properly supervise his no-nattorney employee, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Myers attorney indefinitely suspended for allegedly abandoning his practice

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Fort Myers attorney Joseph Patrick Gaeta has been indefinitely suspended following a June 20 Florida Supreme Court order regarding allegations he abandoned his law practice, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Fort Lauderdale attorney voluntarily disbarred ahead of disciplinary matter

By Karen Kidd | Aug 2, 2018

TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — Fort Lauderdale attorney Marcelo Gomez has been voluntarily disbarred following a June 28 Florida Supreme Court order ahead of a pending disciplinary matter regarding accepting cash from a defendant during an investigation in 2014, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

Pinellas County couple alleges Blue Cross violated contract

By Jenie Mallari-Torres | Aug 2, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County husband and wife are suing Blue Cross, alleging breach of contract.

Pinellas County nursing home accused of causing wrongful death of senior resident

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 2, 2018

CLEARWATER — A Pinellas County resident is suing a nursing home, alleging insufficient measures were taken to prevent injuries and loss of consortium.

Employee alleges he was terminated for reporting safety issues

By Noddy A. Fernandez | Aug 2, 2018

CLEARWATER — A former technician is suing a St. Petersburg medical facility, alleging discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination.

Customer alleges gas station owner's negligence caused injuries

By Philip Gonzales | Aug 2, 2018

ORLANDO — An Orange County man is suing a St. Petersburg gas station owner, alleging negligence caused injuries to the plaintiff.

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