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Winston Law News – August 2018

 

Foodie Nightmare: Vitamix issues massive recall Foodie Nightmare: Vitamix issues massive recall

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled 105,000 Vitamix blenders because “the containers can separate from the blade’s base exposing the blades, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.” Read more.

 

What to do when you slip and fall What to do when you slip and fall

We all trip and lose our balance. But if you’re injured badly in a slip and fall, here’s what you need to do. Read more.

 

FDOT offers motorcycle safety tips for drivers and bikers alike FDOT offers motorcycle safety tips for drivers and bikers alike

South Florida roadways are filled with drivers and motorcyclists, and they often don’t mix mix well. Worse, the Sunshine State ranks No. 1 in motorcycle deaths. Here’s what you can do to stay safe, whether you’re driving a car or a motorcycle. Read more.

 

Monsanto loses big, but the cost is still high for plaintiff Monsanto loses big, but the cost is still high for plaintiff

No matter how big the opposition, victories are possible. A California jury says Monsanto is liable for a former grounds keeper’s terminal illness and should pay him $289 million. Read more.

 

Can you record people without their consent? Can you record people without their consent?

The answer: It all depends where you live There are federal laws prohibiting recording people without their consent. However, state laws might take precedent, and those vary broadly. Here’s what you need to know before your start sleuthing. Read more.

 


Winston Law News – July 2018

 

Winston Law Blog: When dogs attack, the law bites back Winston Law Blog: When dogs attack, the law bites back

Dog bites are serious, far beyond the cartoon of a postal worker being chased from a yard. Like many accidents and injuries, a dog bite isn’t always cut and dry. If you’re bitten by a dog or your dog bites someone, the court will likely want to determine a few key points that could determine the outcome of your case. Read more.

 

6-year-old girl dies after dog attack 6-year-old girl dies after dog attack

A 6-year-old girl attacked by a dog Sunday morning has died, according to her father. Florida law requires the dog be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine, unless the owner files an appeal. If that is done, the dog will be held while the appeal is pending. Read more.

 

Fake I.R.S. phone scam busted Fake I.R.S. phone scam busted

The U.S. Justice Department announced that 21 people were sentenced to prison for up to 20 years for their role in a fake I.R.S. scheme. Over four years, more than 15,000 victims in the United States lost “hundreds of millions” of dollars to the sophisticated scam, and more than 50,000 individuals had their personal information misused. Read more.

 

Broward city offers family $475,000 after bad advice lands child in the hospital Broward city offers family $475,000 after bad advice lands child in the hospital

A Lauderhill couple, who followed the advice of emergency responders and waited for their child to “poop out” the battery he swallowed, is now being offered a substantial settlement. City officials extended $475,000 in damages after the bad advice landed the child in the hospital for three months. Read more.

 

Hit by car riding a bike? Fight back! Hit by car riding a bike? Fight back!

It’s getting more dangerous by the day to ride a bike in South Florida. If you get hit by a car while riding a bike, follow these steps to make sure you protect your rights. Read more.

 


Winston Law News – June 2018

 

Winston Law Blog: Follow these tips to ensure swim safety Winston Law Blog: Follow these tips to ensure swim safety

Florida routinely leads the nation in the number of drowning deaths among children under 5. Following these simple guidelines could mean the difference between life and death. Read more.

 

Salmonella outbreak affects pre-cut melon in 23 states, including Florida Salmonella outbreak affects pre-cut melon in 23 states, including Florida

On the heels of a dangerous romaine lettuce recall, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned that salmonella may be in pre-cut melons. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued the recall of pre-cut cantaloupe to 23 states including Florida. Read more.

 

Protect yourself from online shopping scams Protect yourself from online shopping scams

Online shopping scams are common. Here’s how to spot them and to keep from becoming a victim. Read more.

 

Florida leads the nation in boating deaths, accidents Florida leads the nation in boating deaths, accidents

Florida leads the nation in boating accidents and boating deaths, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. A study released by the commission shows a nearly 14 percent. Read more.

 

Credit freezes will soon be available to everyone Credit freezes will soon be available to everyone

The big three credit reporting agencies will soon be required to let you freeze your credit file for free. A freeze can help prevent identity thieves from applying for credit cards, opening bank accounts or taking out loans in your name. Read more.

 


Monthly News for May, 2018

 

Tips for Motorcycle Safety in Florida Tips for Motorcycle Safety in Florida

May is Motorcycle Safety Month, and it has never been more relevant than now for Floridians. Florida Highway Patrol reported 9,500 motorcycle crashes in 2017. About 611 people died in those accidents. Safety is at the heart of reducing accidents and deaths. The fact is, motorcyclists are 27 more times likely than passenger car occupants to die in a crash and more likely to be injured. Read more.

 

Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak now includes Florida Romaine lettuce E. coli outbreak now includes Florida

An outbreak of E. coli linked to romaine lettuce from Arizona has spread to Florida, bringing the total number of states affected to 29. The CDC also reported 28 additional cases of illness, bringing the total to 149 since the outbreak began in March. Sixty-four people have been hospitalized, and 17 of those have developed. hemolytic uremic syndrome,a form of kidney failure that can be life-threatening.Read more.

 

Federal authorities investigating deadly crash that killed two teens Federal authorities investigating deadly crash that killed two teens

The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration will investigate the deadly Tesla crash and fire that killed two Fort Lauderdale high school students. While police say speed was a factor in the crash, federal authorities want to investigate whether the autopilot feature was engaged at the time of the accident. Read more.

 


Internet crimes cost victims more than $1.4 billion Internet crimes cost victims more than $1.4 billion

Internet crime is up and it’s costing consumers about $1.4 billion. The FBI released a report that details the top 10 Internet crimes. Email scams and hacks topped the list, costing victims a total of $676 million. Read more.

 

How to avoid travel scams that could leave you broke How to avoid travel scams that could leave you broke

Travel fraud is increasing, with one in four consumers getting scammed. Turns out third-party travel resellers and their shady online marketing practices have led to 28.5 million fraudulent and misleading hotel bookings, costing consumers $5.2 billion in 2017. Read more.


Monthly News for April, 2018

 

Child identity theft is on the rise Child identity theft is on the rise

Social Security numbers and other data stolen from kids are now making their way onto fraudulent tax returns. Identity theft targeting kid hints at a troubling shift in the outlook of cybercriminals, who have traditionally stayed away from buying and selling the data of children. Read more.

How Facebook and other sites track your data across the web How Facebook and other sites track your data across the web

Facebook isn’t just tracking you when you’re signed in, it tracks you across the web, on many other websites that aren’t visibly connected to the social network. And what’s worse, it’s not the only website doing. Read more.

Woman finds a lizard in her bag of greens Woman finds a lizard in her bag of greens

Lots of cultures eat a wide variety of animals. But for one woman shopping for greens at Trader Joe’s, getting a lizard mixed into her kale, wasn’t on the grocery list. Read more.

 

Wells Fargo under fire again for its treatment of customers Wells Fargo under fire again for its treatment of customers

High school students don’t have the right to vote, but it doesn’t mean they can’t protest rules and regulations they say are unacceptable. Across the country, students are pushing back against school district dress codes they deem unfair. Opposition to these rules has grown to the point that the website Change.org lists more than 500 dress code petitions in its database. Read more.

 

Publix announces another egg recall Publix announces another egg recall

Earlier this week more than 200 million eggs were recalled. Wednesday, Publix issued a recall of the 18-pack of Grade A Extra Large Eggs. Read more.


Monthly News for March, 2018

 

When it comes to fraud, Florida comes in first When it comes to fraud, Florida comes in first

The Federal Trade Commission found that Florida had 208,443 reports of fraud last year, about 993 per 100,000 people. Read more.

FDA: Clarithromycin can kill even years later FDA: Clarithromycin can kill even years later

The FDA says people with heart disease need to be careful about using the common antibiotic clarithromycin. Heart disease patients who take the drug, sold under the brand name Biaxin, can die years later, the FDA said. Read more.

Equifax data breach just got a whole lot bigger Equifax data breach just got a whole lot bigger

Equifax reported that another 2.4 million Americans were impacted by their already enormous data breach. That brings the total to 147.9 million Americans. The only good news from this recent announcement: the incremental 2.4 million people only had their name and part of their driver’s license number revealed. Most people impacted by the breach had their Social Security Number exposed, which is much more dangerous. Read more.

 

Wells Fargo under fire again for its treatment of customers Wells Fargo under fire again for its treatment of customers

Wells Fargo faces yet another lawsuit. Embattled Wells Fargo is accused of adding on to fraud victims’ troubles by closing their accounts without investigating potential criminal activity. Read more.

Target jeans recalled for causing skin lacerations Target jeans recalled for causing skin lacerations

Some 30,000 pairs of $18 girls’ jeans sold at Target are being recalled for causing skin lacerations and cuts to wearers. Read more.


Monthly News for January, 2018

 

Why are so many people dying on cruise ships? Why are so many people dying on cruise ships?

The fatal falls of two Carnival cruise passengers in less than a week come after a year where vacation liners saw more than 30 unnatural deaths, according to an online monitor. Read more.

IRS warning: Thieves are after employee W-2 forms IRS warning: Thieves are after employee W-2 forms

The IRS says cyber thieves have set their sights on employee W-2 forms. Companies are being warned to increase security on payroll files and human resources. Read more.

Is your Explorer making you sick? Is your Explorer making you sick?

Ford is dismissing the need to recall its Ford Explorer SUV despite a growing number of drivers who have reported incidents of dizziness, nausea and vomiting to federal regulators, who are conducting an investigation into the complaints. Read more.

Takata expands recall Takata expands recall

Takata is recalling an additional 3.3 million faulty airbag inflators as it expands the largest automotive recall in U.S. history. Read more.

Couple fights ruling denying one twin U.S. citizenship Couple fights ruling denying one twin U.S. citizenship

Gay couple fights government ruling denying one twin citizenship. Read more.


Monthly News for December, 2017

 

Why Safety Should Be Part of Our Holiday Plans Why Safety Should Be Part of Our Holiday Plans

Six people were injured this past weekend when a Christmas tree caused a fire at a home near Chicago. Here’s why safety should be an integral part of your decorating plans. Read more.

Beware Holiday Thieves; Secure Your Holiday Deliveries Beware Holiday Thieves; Secure Your Holiday Deliveries

Nearly 20 percent of U.S. homeowners surveyed this fall by the home-security company Ring reported having a package stolen last year, with an average loss of $140. There are steps you can take to protect your holiday package deliveries from so-called porch pirates. Read more.

Stay Safe Shopping Online Stay Safe Shopping Online

As you’re hunting around in search of bargains online, a number of scams, tricks and general dangers lie in wait for the unwary shopper. Fear not, though, because we’re here to explain how to stay safe. Read more.

Track Crime in your Neighborhood Track Crime in your Neighborhood

How safe is your neighborhood? The facts and figures are only minutes away. Check the crime stats for your neck of the woods and see how they compare with neighboring Florida communities now. Read more.

Common Holiday Injuries and How to Avoid them Common Holiday Injuries and How to Avoid them

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says decorations are the top cause of injury during the holidays. In 2015, there were six fatalities and some 14,000 hospital-treated injuries due to holiday decorations. So here’s what to do to avoid injury. Read more.


Monthly News for November, 2017

 

Stay #cyberaware while shopping online this holiday season Stay #cyberaware while shopping online this holiday season

Your smartphones, laptops and tablets make it easy to connect to the world around you, but they can also pack a lot of info about you and your friends and family, like your contacts, photos, videos, location, and health and financial data. Make sure security measures are in place on all your mobile devices. Read more.

Top Internet scams targeting seniors and how to avoid them Top Internet scams targeting seniors and how to avoid them

Seniors are easy targets for online scammers, often draining their bank accounts and threatening their futures. Here’s what you need to know to protect your family. Read more.

Protecting your accounts and devices is the first line of defense against cyber criminals Protecting your accounts and devices is the first line of defense against cyber criminals

These resources and tips will help you to secure your accounts online and your devices. Included are resources if you happen to get hacked. Read more.

Cyber insurance products for businesses grow in popularity Cyber insurance products for businesses grow in popularity

If you’re still not sure if you need cyber insurance, take a look at these six reasons why it is becoming more popular and why it is essential for your business. Read more.

How to deal with computer viruses How to deal with computer viruses

Viruses, Trojans, computer worms and other sorts of malware can infect your device any time, and they can be a hassle to get rid of. If you think your computer is infected, here are the steps you need to take. Read more.


Monthly News for October, 2017

 

Heads up! Beware the octopi Heads up! Beware the octopi

A Florida Panthers fan was hit by a 10-pound octopus. Turns out throwing an octopus on to the ice is a Detroit Red Wings tradition that dates back to the 1950s. Read more.

Worst crimes committed on Halloween Worst crimes committed on Halloween

There have been some gruesome crimes committed on Halloween. Many are directly related to the festivities of the holiday. Take a look back at the top Halloween crimes, if you dare. Read more.

Protecting yourself and your property on Halloween Protecting yourself and your property on Halloween

Halloween can be fraught with fright for parents, with candy given to their kids by strangers and a legion of masked and costumed trick-or-treaters at the door. However, following a few safety tips can ensure safe fun for kids and candy-givers alike.

Drive safe on All Hallow's Eve Drive safe on All Hallow’s Eve

We really don’t want to frighten you. The fact is Halloween is fun. But people tend to get out of hand on Halloween, and that includes when they get behind the wheel. These safety tips will ensure all is well on All Hallow’s Eve Read more.

Halloween myths debunked: Black cats and candy are safe Halloween myths debunked: Black cats and candy are safe

We want you to have fun on Halloween, so that’s why we’re helping dispell some of the myths that come with this holiday. Read more.


Monthly News for September, 2017

 

Don't get duped; Beware popular post-disaster contractor scams Don’t get duped; Beware popular post-disaster contractor scams

Florida officials are warning residents to remain vigilant so they don’t get duped by fraudulent contractors and other common scams, including fake charities. Here’s a great list of common scams. Read more.

Tips on filing a Hurricane Irma insurance claim Tips on filing a Hurricane Irma insurance claim

The Consumer Federation of America estimates that Hurricane Irma could result in 450,000 claims for insurance payments — 300,000 for wind damage and 150,000 for federal flood insurance. Here’s how you should get the process started yourself. Read more.

Don't fall prey to insurance scams Don’t fall prey to insurance scams

Paying for repairs upfront, misusing an Assignment of Benefits contract, bogus victim relief funds, robocalls wanting storm victims to pay up, and fake job postings are all insurance scams that seem to get the most people after hurricanes hit. Read more.

Underage drinking could lead to DUI accidents Underage drinking could lead to DUI accidents

Underage drinkers in high school or college are more likely to drive drunk, as teens and young adults are impulsive and more likely to exercise poor judgment. Underage drinkers also tend to binge drink. Here’s how to stop underage drinking. Read more.

Nursing home industry to meet  after hurricane-related deaths Nursing home industry to meet after hurricane-related deaths

Florida’s nursing home industry will hold a summit on Friday in Tallahassee to discuss Gov. Rick Scott’s emergency rule requiring increased generator capacity to help nursing homes in a disaster. Read more.


Monthly News for August, 2017

 

Daring teen drivers a big safety risk on the road
Daring teen drivers a big safety risk on the road

U.S. teenagers are more reckless after their first few years of driving, often becoming overconfident in their abilities and putting themselves at higher risk for accidents, a new study shows. Read more.

Now serving, well, not chicken Now serving, well, not chicken

A Pennsylvania woman is suing Chick-fil-A for $50,000 in damages after she said she bit into a chicken sandwich and found a dead rat was baked into the bun. Not quite what’s on the menu. Read more.

Companies rush to develop solution to hot car deaths Companies rush to develop solution to hot car deaths

A company in Michigan has designed an electronic sensor that can alert drivers when there is still someone in the backseat after the driver exits the vehicle. The nonprofit KidsandCars.org reports 34 children have died nationwide in 2017 due to heatstroke in a vehicle. On average, 37 children perish in hot cars every year. Florida is No. 2 in the country for the number of children dying in hot cars. Read more.

 

Behind slip and fall accidents Behind slip and fall accidents

Slip and fall accidents occur due to dangerous conditions resulting from negligence. If your slip and fall injury happened on property other than your own it may have been due to another’s negligence. Here’s what to look for and consider before hiring an attorney. Read more.

When squabbles over money pits family against each other When squabbles over money pits family against each other

Family fights over money can get so intense they wind up in court. Preparing ahead of time with the proper paperwork will eliminate problems…most likely. Read more.


Monthly News for July, 2017

 

Internet-connected toys pose a privacy risk for kids Internet-connected toys pose a privacy risk for kids

Conversations with an internet-connected toy could let hackers snoop on your child’s name, school, location, likes, dislikes and location, according to a warning issued by the FBI. The warning doesn’t mention specific toy makers; however, parents are being urged to do their due diligence if they allow their child to have internet-connected toys. Read more.

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7 million pounds of hot dogs recalled 7 million pounds of hot dogs recalled

Recalls are never good. But with July being National Hot Dog Month and barbecues more popular this time of the year, the timing of the Sabrett recall couldn’t be worse. Some seven million pounds of beef and pork hot dogs and sausages are affected. Read more.

Watch out for these summer scams Watch out for these summer scams

Law enforcement officials say these eight summer scams are keeping the bad guys very busy and the public on alert. Read more.

Watch out for these summer scams Watch out for these summer scams

Spinners have evolved, and those that require charging and batteries also come with a risk. A family in California says their son’s spinner caught on fire while charging. Read more.

Social media post gets student suspended Social media post gets student suspended

A college student graded his ex-girlfriend’s letter of apology and posted it on Twitter. His ex filed a bullying complaint with local police. The student was suspended from school. But were his first amendment rights violated? Read more.


Monthly News for June, 2017

 

Are robocalls hijacking your phone line? Are robocalls hijacking your phone line?

There is a new type of automated call sneaking up on American consumers: ringless voicemails, the quieter cousin of what some people call the “annoying robocall.” The messages go straight to voicemail, without ringing your phone. Read more.

Study shows laundry detergent pods dangerous for all ages Study shows laundry detergent pods dangerous for all ages

Since detergent pods hit the market, they’ve been popular, but so have the complaints from parents whose kids have bitten into the colorful packets. Well, they aren’t the only ones at risk. New data shows that it’s not just children who are at risk of this potentially lethal confusion; several seniors with dementia have died after consuming detergent pods. Read more.

 

Think before you click

The Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report looks at the trends and types of hacks, bad actors and victims. For businesses and HR managers looking to protect their interests and help employees practice cyber hygiene, the report offers good insight. It’s great for individuals as well. Read more.

Miami homeowners face real fears of rising sea levels. Is your home safe? Miami homeowners face real fears of rising sea levels. Is your home safe?

TA mainland Miami neighborhood prone to regular flooding from high tides and storms could be relocated amid preparations for rising seas under one scenario being studied by local officials. Is your South Florida property safe? Read more.

Fiat Chrysler recalling 300,000 minivans because of airbag problem Fiat Chrysler recalling 300,000 minivans because of airbag problem

Fiat Chrysler will recall nearly 300,000 minivans in North America to fix air bags that could inadvertently deploy and have been blamed for at least eight injuries. Read more.


Monthly News for May, 2017

 

What's What’s “stealthing” and is it a form of abuse?

If a man removes a condom without consent, should it be a crime? It’s more common than you may think, according to a study by Alexandra Brodsky published in the Columbia Journal of Gender. Read more.

Don't accept this friend request! Don’t accept this friend request!

Have you ever received a Facebook friend request from someone from grade school? Well, you might want to be more wary than usual about accepting. Read more.

Cyber thieves hit 1,200 InterContinental Hotel Group Cyber thieves hit 1,200 InterContinental Hotel Group

InterContinental Hotels says 1,200 of its hotels in the US were victims of a cyber attack on customer credit cards. Read more.

United and passenger dragged off  plane have settled out of court United and passenger dragged off plane have settled out of court

The doctor who was seen being dragged off a United Airlines jet has reached a settlement with the airline for an undisclosed amount. Plus, the airline announced a new boarding strategy and compensation for passengers bumped from flights. Everyone wins.Read more.

Drive a 2016-2017 Toyota truck? Take it to the dealer Drive a 2016-2017 Toyota truck? Take it to the dealer

Toyota is recalling about a quarter-million pickup trucks to fix a defect that could cause vehicles to leak oil and potentially increase the risk of a crash.Read more.


Monthly News for April, 2017

 

Don't get burned: Why you should avoid homemade slime Don’t get burned: Why you should avoid homemade slime

Homemade slime is all the rage, but plenty of kids have been seriously injured while making it. Here’s why you should reconsider letting your kids make slime at home. Read more.


What you need to know about the top financial scams

What you need to know about the top financial scams

You would think identity theft would be the leading financial scam affecting Americans but according to the Federal Trade Commission, debt collection scams are far more prevalent. Read more.

T-Mobile takes on scammers and crooks T-Mobile takes on scammers and crooks

Through an effort dubbed “ID Scam,” T-Mobile will start analyzing incoming calls to its customers and comparing the originating numbers to a database of tens of thousands of known numbers used by scammers. The system will issue a warning to the customer’s phone if a caller’s number matches one in the database. Read more.


Tip of the day: Negotiate away those pesky credit card fees

Tip of the day: Negotiate away those pesky credit card fees

You may be seriously underestimating your value as a customer. More often than not, credit card companies will waive that pesky fee. All you have to do is ask. Read more.


Is your used car a timebomb?

Is your used car a timebomb?
While it’s against the law to sell new cars with an unfixed recall defect, no federal regulation specifically forbids dealers from selling used recalled vehicles as “safe” – even if they haven’t been fixed. Read more.

Monthly News for March, 2017

 

Don't get burned: Why you should avoid homemade slime Don’t get burned: Why you should avoid homemade slime

Homemade slime is all the rage, but plenty of kids have been seriously injured in the process. Here’s why you should reconsider letting your kids make slime at home. Read more.

What you need to know about the top financial scams What you need to know about the top financial scams

You would think identity theft would be the leading scam but according to the Federal Trade Commission, debt collection scams are far more prevalent. Read more.

T-Mobile takes on scammers and crooks T-Mobile takes on scammers and crooks

Through an effort dubbed “ID Scam,” T-Mobile will start analyze incoming calls to its customers and compare the originating numbers to a database of tens of thousands of known numbers used by scammers. The system will issue a warning to the customer’s phone if a caller’s number matches one in the database. Read more.

 

Tip of the day: Negotiate away those pesky credit card fees Tip of the day: Negotiate away those pesky credit card fees

You may be seriously underestimating your value as a customer. More often than not, credit card companies will waive that pesky fee. All you have to do is ask. Read more.

Is your used car a timebomb? Is your used car a timebomb?

While it’s against the law to sell new cars with an unfixed recall defect, no federal regulation specifically forbids dealers from selling used recalled vehicles as “safe” — even if they haven’t been fixed. Read more.


Monthly News for February, 2017

 

Recognizing credit card fraud Recognizing credit card fraud

Statistic Brain reports that approximately 10 percent of Americans have been victims of some form of credit card fraud. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should stop using credit cards. Instead, you should be familiar with credit card fraud so you know how to protect yourself. Read more.

Microsoft hackers take a new approach Microsoft hackers take a new approach

Yahoo! is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company’s investigation of a mega-breach that exposed 1 billion users’ data several years ago. Read more.

Burger King employee fired for taking $1 of food, wins lawsuit Burger King employee fired for taking $1 of food, wins lawsuit

Have it your way or not. Woman was fired from Burger King for taking $1 worth of food then wins a wrongful termination lawsuit. Read more.

Sargento expands cheese recall Sargento expands cheese recall

Sargento Cheese, a Wisconsin-based manufacturer, has issued a recall for several of their cheese products due to a possible listeria contamination. Listeria is a food-borne bacteria particularly dangerous to pregnant women and older populations. Read more.

Why you shouldn't neglect a recall notice Why you shouldn’t neglect a recall notice

According to Carfax, one in four Americans drives a car that has an open recall. This means that there are about 63 million cars on the road that are somehow defective and potentially unsafe. Read more.


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Monthly News for December, 2016

 

Beware these scams in 2017 Beware these scams in 2017

There’s a scam for every season and for every industry. Here’s a look at the most popular scams today. Don’t be surprised if you realize you’ve fallen victim to one of these and are only now realizing it. Read more.


Microsoft scammers take a new approach.

Microsoft scammers take a new approach
The Microsoft scam has been popular for years. The goal now is to hold your data hostage. Here’s what to look for and how to fight back. Read more.
Woman receives permit for motorcycle riding gator Woman receives permit for motorcycle riding gator

Mary Thorn, of Lakeland, received a state permit to keep her beloved reptile who wears trendy leather jackets and even has his own bedroom. Earlier this year, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commission told Thorn that Rambo had grown too large to continue living on her property. Read more.


Three men accused of $4 million cyber fraud.

Three men accused of $4 million cyber fraud
Three Chinese citizens accused of hacking into computers of American law firms advising on company mergers have been charged with multi-million dollar cyber fraud in New York. Read more.

The keys to making your New Year's resolutions stick.

The keys to making your New Year’s resolutions stick
What are the conditions that make it more likely that you’ll stick to your New Year’s resolution? How do you create lasting changes and actually make it a regular habit? We’ve got the tips to help you create lasting change. Read more.

Monthly News for November, 2016

worked to death Are you being worked to death?

Do you have a really stressful job? Do you feel like your working conditions are out of your control? If this is you, studies show you have a higher risk of getting sick more frequently and dying younger. Read more.


spouse snooping

Do you snoop on your spouse’s spending?
According to a new survey by CreditCards.com, roughly 20 percent, or 17 million, of those who share a credit card have used online or printed account statements to snoop on the spending of a fellow authorized user or joint account holder. Read more.
Boston Market Salmonella Death, health files open for alleged South Florida Boston Market salmonella case

A lawsuit filed in Palm Beach alleges that Boston Market turkey contaminated with salmonella killed a customer. Records from Boca Raton Regional Hospital confirmed that the victim had salmonella poisoning when he was treated there in November 2014. His sister reported to the Palm Beach County Health Department that her brother had recently eaten at a Boston Market on Military Trail west of Boynton Beach, prompting an investigation. Read more.


Chipotle

Chipotle’s healthy burrito prompts lawsuit claim that it’s too filling
Three Chipotle customers filed a class action lawsuit last week alleging the Mexican fast-food chain does not provide an accurate nutritional count for its chorizo burrito. The customers said they felt “excessively full” after eating the lunch item, and said it couldn’t have been just 300 calories. Read more.

What toys not to buy

What toys not to buy this season and why
The consumer group W.A.T.C.H. urges “parents and caregivers to take precautions when buying toys” during holiday shopping, which accounts for 65 percent of all annual toy sales. Here’s the list of toys to stay away from this holiday. Read more.

Monthly News for October, 2016

halloween Halloween tricks result in property crime spike on Fright Night.

Fright Night is ideal time for real wrongdoers to wreak havoc undetected. On average, crime-related insurance claims spike by 24 percent on Halloween, more than on any other day of the year, according to 2016 data from Travelers Insurance. Read more.


clown

Creepy clown trend has local police on high alert.
The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office found the creepy clown-threat craze plaguing the nation worthy of a warning. Miami police followed suit a day later with its own public service announcement. Did you know that you could be arrested for wearing a clown mask with the intent to disturb the peace? Read more.
halloween2 Halloween should be a treat but as we’ve shown it can be dangerous. Here are some great safety tips for kids and adults alike.
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Food Fraud

The costly and scary truth about food fraud.
The incidents of food fraud has increased dramatically and consumers are paying for it with money out of pocket and with their health. Consumers are losing between $30 million to $40 million a year to incidents of food fraud. Read more.

black out refund

Are you entitled to a refund after a cable/satellite blackout?
Contract negotiations between your local government and the cable company can be pretty contentious, often leaving customers in the dark – literally. But the lack of service doesn’t mean you’re getting your money back. Read more.

Monthly News for September, 2016

smart phone accident Florida man sues Samsung after his smartphone explodes.

Jonathan Strobel, a resident of Palm Beach County, is suing Samsung after his Note7 exploded in his pocket earlier this month. The explosion caused severe burns to his leg, leaving him in shock and extreme pain due to his injuries.

Strobe’s lawsuit comes in the wake of the official recall of the Note7. Last week, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued the recall based on complaints that a battery defect caused several of the smartphones to explode and in some cases spark fires.Read more


car seat placement

Just where should small children sit in a car?
A petition from the Center for Auto Safety (CAS) is urging the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to encourage parents to “take action to protect children riding in the rear seats of vehicles from the risk of being killed or severely injured when struck by a collapsing front seatback in a rear-end crash.”CAS believes more parents should know that placing kids behind an occupied front seat could be dangerous. Read more
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Study says Miami is the least safe U.S. city for women

The consumer research firm ValuePenguin recently ranked Miami No. 261 out of 261 cities in safety for women.

The 2016 study used 31 different factors — including rape and robbery rates — and placed them into four different groups to determine rankings. The groups were public policy, and representation, healthcare, and education and wealth. According to Value Penguin, education and wealth allow women to avoid potentially dangerous situations, and public policy and representation show how well women’s rights.
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Nader still fighting for more auto safety standards.
Ralph Nader continues to wage his war for more auto safety regulations. This time Nader’s focus in on more stringent fines for automakers who fail to comply with recall regulations. Read more

Monthly News for August, 2016

drowsy drivers Wake up! Drowsy driving is just as bad as drunk driving.

More than 83 million people drive while sleepy every day. Last year, that led to about 5,000 drowsy driving-related deaths, estimates the GHSA study titled “Wake Up Call! Understand Drowsy Driving and What States Can Do.”

According to a 2014 study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, 1.4 percent of all crashes, 2.2 percent of crashes with injuries and 2.5 percent of fatal crashes involve drowsy driving. Read more


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IRS warns of a scam targeting college students and their parents
The IRS has issued a new warning for taxpayers to be particularly vigilant for scammers looking for opportunities to take advantage of students and parents.

In particular, the IRS reminds taxpayers to be on the lookout for IRS impersonators calling students and demanding that they wire money immediately to pay a fake “federal student tax.” There is no such tax.Read more

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Can’t stand the heat? Your car can’t either.

South Florida’s heat can also wreak havoc on a vehicle and its function. The warm weather, hot roads, and long stretches of time in traffic combine to create a hostile work environment for your car. Read more


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When someone doesn’t buckle up everyone suffers.
Seat belts have saved 300,000 lives since they became standard equipment 50 years ago, but still 25 million people don’t buckle up, especially in the back seat. And Consumer Reports says that’s a danger to everyone in a car. Read more

Monthly News for July, 2016

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Brad Winston was recognized as a Florida Legal Elite, a prestigious roster of attorneys chosen for their exemplary work by their peers for Florida Trend Magazine. The 1,144 lawyers listed exemplify a standard of excellence in their profession and by doing so, have garnered the respect and esteem of their colleagues.

The list in Florida Trend represents fewer than 2 percent of the active Florida Bar members who practice in Florida. The Legal Elite Hall of Fame comprises a distinguished group of attorneys who have consistently earned high rankings from their peers in the annual Legal Elite voting. Read more

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This might just be what cops needed to get people to stop looking at their phones while driving. A Pokemon Go player in the Baltimore area was so distracted he crashed into a parked cop car. “That’s what I get for playing.”Read more

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With all the talk about speeches being copied or not, we thought it might be helpful to know that plagiarism can be illegal, but not always. Read more

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Millions of U.S. drivers are angry, enraged and aggressive

Nearly 80 percent of drivers expressed significant anger, aggression or road rage behind the wheel at least once in the past year. The most alarming findings suggest that approximately eight million U.S. drivers engaged in extreme examples of road rage, including purposefully ramming another vehicle or getting out of the car to confront another driver. Read more


Monthly News for June, 2016

 

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Winston Brothers Again Selected as Florida SuperLawyers

Winston Law Firm founder and board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Bradley Winston and his brother and firm partner, Andrew Winston, have been selected as Florida SuperLawyers by SuperLawyers’ Magazine for 2016.

Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Andrew Winston was also voted one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in the State of Florida.



Father of Paris attack victim sues Twitter, Facebook and Google
The lawsuit filed this week in U.S. District Court in Northern California, highlights the ways the terrorist organization, also known as ISIS, has used each network for the past few years. For example, ISIS leader Omar Hussain tapped Facebook as a way to recruit members for attacks in the United Kingdom. On Twitter, ISIS supporters have tweeted photos of dead soldiers with the hashtag #AMessagefromISIStoUS. And beheading videos have appeared on YouTube, which is owned by Google. Read more.


BMW drivers hit by latest recall; Child restraints cause for concern

BMW announced recently that it would recall 622,000 model year 2011 to 2017 X3 and model year 2015 to 2017 X4 SUVs worldwide, including approximately 188,668 in the U.S., because the child seat anchors in the vehicle may fail to hold the seat properly. Read more.

 


Zoo safety: What you should know before your visit

While accidents can’t always be avoided, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) says that the rigorous requirements for a zoo to be accredited and maintain its standing is crucial to preventing dangerous situations for animals, workers and guests.

The teams train at firing ranges, stash rifles and shotguns around the grounds, and rank the most hazardous species in their care. Members train in elaborate drills for situations like what unfolded in Cincinnati, when the child fell into the gorilla’s enclosure Saturday. Read more.

 


Copy cat? McCormick sues Badia over packaging

McCormick & Co. filed a federal trademark-infringement lawsuit against Miami-based Badia Spices, alleging that Badia’s Biscayne Bay Seafood Seasoning bears a too-similar resemblance in label and name to spice giant McCormick’s longstanding Old Bay brand. Read more.

 


Both Winston Brothers Again Selected as Florida SuperLawyers

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Once again, both The Winston Law Firm founder, Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Bradley Winston and his brother and Firm Partner, Andrew Winston have been selected as Florida SuperLawyers by SuperLawyers’ Magazine for 2016. www.SuperLawyers.com

Additionally, for the second consecutive year, Andrew Winston was also voted one of the “Top 100 Lawyers” in the State of Florida. http://www.superlawyers.com/florida/toplists

SuperLawyers is an attorney rating and review service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Through a patented selection process, lawyers are nominated by their own peers in the industry, after which, SuperLawyers validates the nominations with independent, third-party research across 12 key categories. Finally, the evaluations are reviewed by a highly credentialed panel of attorneys, and only 5% of attorneys are selected to be honored as SuperLawyers.

Both Winston brothers are pleased and honored to be included in this select group of attorneys honored as SuperLawyers. These honors are a reflection of the high-level of professionalism, skill, experience and care for our clients that makes The Winston Law Firm among the foremost sources for legal representation. Our lawyers are licensed to practice law in Florida, New York, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Tennessee.

 


 

Monthly News for May 15, 2016


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Top 15 auto safety technologies

From the seat belt to the humble cup holder to the autonomous car, here are some of the best auto safety technologies that have proven themselves over time and others that will likely change the face of automotive safety in the future. Click here to read more
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Don’t drive at this time and avoid higher percentage of road rage

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), August is the worst month for furious drivers because of holiday traffic and summer alcohol consumption. Social media posts listing #roadrage generally spike at 6 pm on Fridays, the NHTSA study said, indicating “a clear correlation between commuter-filled roads and incidents of anger as harried commuters fight traffic to make it home.” And the worst city for road rage? Los Angeles.Click here to read more

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Why a visit to the ER could put you into serious debt.
An emergency room visit typically is covered by health insurance. For patients covered by health insurance, out-of-pocket cost for an emergency room visit typically consists of a copay, usually $50-$150 or more, which often is waived if the patient is admitted to the hospital. Depending on the plan, costs might include coinsurance of 10% to 50%.Click here to read more

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Automaker doesn’t want certain Subaru owners to drive their cars.
If you own a newer model Subaru Outback or Legacy vehicle, the carmaker wants you to keep it in the garage after determining the steering can fail. Subaru recalled 52,000 model year 2016 to 2017 Outback and Legacy vehicles, and directed dealers to stop the sale of the cars until they can be fixed. Click here to read more

 


 

Monthly Newsletter for May, 2012: Anatomy of a Whiplash Injury

Whiplash is a common occurrence in rear-end car collisions, and it doesn’t have to be a particularly violent crash. Low-speed fender benders can also be a source of long-term health issues.

Unfortunately, 80 percent of vehicles on the road today either have improperly headrests or the headrests have been removed.

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Monthly Newsletter for April, 2012: Top Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

As the summer vacation season approaches, more motorcyclists and drivers will be planning road trips. But with the increase in riders, unfortunately, we’ll also see an increase in motorcycle accidents.

And even though motorcycle accidents don’t necessarily occur at a higher rate than other types of accidents, the consequences often are much worse.

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Monthly Newsletter for March, 2012: The Difference Between “Comprehensive” and “Collision”

All states mandate that a driver has liability insurance, which is designed to cover damages your vehicle causes to other vehicles.

Comprehensive and collision coverage — which covers damages your vehicle sustains — are, aside from a couple of exceptions (i.e., paying a lender or leasing), optional. SOme people are confused about the differences between the two. Here is what each covers:

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Bradley Winston Named to Florida Super Lawyers list for 2012

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, March 15, 2012 — 24-7PressRelease

Bradley Winston of the Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm Winston Law Firm has been named to the Super Lawyers list in Florida for 2012. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.

“I am proud to be recognized by Super Lawyers in personal injury and medical malpractice plaintiff law for the seventh consecutive year,” said Bradley Winston, Managing Partner. “Our experienced team of attorneys and paralegals has been protecting the legal rights of injured Floridians for over 20 years.”

Mr. Winston is an expert in civil trial law who specializes in auto accidents, trucking accidents, dog bites, slip and fall cases, medical malpractice and products liability. Throughout his career, Mr. Winston has fought hard to protect the rights of his clients and to ensure that they receive all the financial compensation they are entitled to under the law.

Mr. Winston is among only 7% of eligible Florida Bar members who achieve board certification, the highest level of professional certification available. He is also a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and is recognized by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading U.S. legal publisher, with a Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 peer review rating.

Mr. Winston is well known among the South Florida motorcycle community as a motorcycle accident attorney. He has been riding motorized bikes since childhood, and has had a few motorcycle accidents himself. He represents motorcycle riders who have been injured in an accident due to the error of other drivers or unsafe road conditions.

About Winston Law Firm

The Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm of Winston Law Firm, with offices in Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, has been defending consumers since 1989.

Accident attorney Bradley Winston assists victims across South Florida and Broward County, including Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, and Wilton Manors. Details are available at http://www.WinstonLaw.com or 954-475-9666.


Monthly Newsletter for February, 2012: News from the Winston Law Firm Team

Even with every breakthrough in cancer diagnostics or treatments, the annual death rates due to cancer provide a stark reminder of just how much farther there is to go before that fight is won.

This is what fuels cancer research and innovation – the idea that one small improvement in our understanding of cancer can vastly increase the chances for a positive outcome for those with the disease.

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Winston Law Firm Recovers Award on Legal Malpractice Jury Verdict

January 18, 2012—Personal injury attorney Bradley Winston of Winston Law Firm, announces the recovery of damages in a recent legal malpractice case in which he represented the owner of West Sunrise Development Corporation, a Broward County corporate shopping plaza.

Six-figure damages were paid short of an appeal in December, following a November, 2011 judgment.

“My client successfully pursued his right to claim damages in a real estate sale, and the jury agreed that he was the victim of legal malpractice by his original attorney when they awarded him $550,000 plus interest and expenses,” said Mr. Winston, who is board certified in civil trial. “I am happy to help my client collect the monetary damages he deserves for the financial loss he suffered.”

The dispute involved sale of a commercial property which was the subject of interest from multiple buyers. The client’s original real estate attorney mishandled the sale, causing the owner to receive less than full value for the transaction. Case No: 08-12961 (25) was heard in the Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit Court.


Monthly Newsletter for January, 2012: Leg Fractures from Car Accidents

While a broken leg can be a serious injury no matter how it occurs, leg fractures caused by car accidents often can be devastating and severe.

Because of the sheer force a car accident applies on the body, bones may not only fracture, but may even shatter. Worse yet, leg fractures from car accidents can sometimes break the skin, which opens up the possibility of infection.

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24th Annual Christmas Toys in the Sun Run

Winston Law Firm is proud to be an annual sponsor of the 24th Annual Christmas Toys in the Sun Run, being held this year on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

More than 30,000 motorcyclists will ride in the motorcycle parade, which starts at the Mardi Gras Casino in Hallandale Beach and ends with a party at Markham Park in Sunrise.

The event is a fund-raiser for Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital in Hollywood, and the James Jr. Fund, Inc. Details at http://www.toysinthesunrun.com/.


Monthly Newsletter for December, 2011: Holiday Hosts and Alcohol Liability

Imagine this – you’re hosting a big holiday event. Everyone has a great time sharing stories, reminiscing, and having a few drinks. Around midnight, everyone begins to head out and make their way home.

Just a few hours later, though, you receive a call that someone who was at your party had too much to drink and was involved in a car accident driving home. Under social host alcohol liability, you could potentially be held responsible for the accident and be forced to pay for some or even all of the damage.

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Winston Law Firm Wins Legal Malpractice Jury Trial

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (PRWEB) November 21, 2011

Attorney Bradley Winston of Winston Law Firm, successfully represented the owner of West Sunrise Development Corporation, a Broward County corporate shopping plaza, in a case involving legal malpractice. The jury trial, Case No: 08-12961 (25), was held in the Broward County 17th Judicial Circuit Court.

“The client’s original real estate attorney mishandled the sale, unfortunately, and locked the receiver into accepting a below-market sales price of $4,250,000,” said Brad Winston, founding partner. “A prior offeror flipped the property for $4,800,000 on the same day as the receiver closed for $4,250,000.”

Selling the property for the highest price possible was a top priority for the plaza owner, and multiple buyers took an interest in purchasing the property.

The jury agreed that the original attorney was guilty of legal malpractice and awarded Mr. Winston’s client $550,000, which represented the difference between the two sales. Total damages are over $800,000 after interest and expenses.

Schedule an Interview: Attorney Bradley Winston is available to discuss the case. He can be reached at 954-475-9666.

About Winston Law Firm

The Fort Lauderdale personal injury law firm of Winston Law Firm, with offices in Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, has been defending consumers injured by auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, dog bites, and slip and fall cases since 1989.

Accident victims across South Florida and Broward County, including Coconut Creek, Cooper City, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hallandale, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Lighthouse Point, Margate, Miramar, North Lauderdale, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Plantation, Pompano Beach, Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, and Wilton Manors, can set up a free consultation. Details at http://www.WinstonLaw.com.


Monthly Newsletter for November, 2011: The Main Cause of Most Trucking Accidents


While trucking accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, including bad weather, road conditions or vehicle performance, truck driving error is the leading cause of accidents involving big trucks, according to a recent study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

One of the most common ways that truck drivers contribute to accidents occurs when they become very fatigued. “Highway hypnosis” can come out of nowhere on long drives – as the repetitive patterns of the road begin to lull the driver to sleep.

But, as common as driver fatigue is, another type of driver error accounts for the majority of truck accidents – drug use.

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Monthly Newsletter for October, 2011

Winston Law Firm is sponsoring and participating in the Shriners / Widows Sons Spooktacular Toy Drive and Poker Run on October 30th, 2011.

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Monthly Newsletter for September, 2011: Danger Lurks on Fort Lauderdale Roads


Beyond the lovely palm trees and lure of the ocean, South Florida residents face dangerous road conditions as they drive, bicycle, or walk to work or daily errands.

A CNBC survey recently documented the danger faced by Broward-area drivers when it named Fort Lauderdale as the #1 city in the nation for fatalities based on vehicular deaths per 100,000 population.

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Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Law Firm Winston Law Firm Files Suit Against Miami-Dade County for Violation of Servicemembers Civil Relief Act

Fort Lauderdale personal injury attorney Bradley Winston announces filing of a suit against the Miami-Dade County and the director and another official of the Miami-Dade County Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department for demolishing the home of U.S. Army member Jesus Jimenez while he was on active duty. The move violates the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, according to the lawsuit, as well as the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution.

The lawsuit, Jimenez et al v. Miami-Dade County et al, case number 1:11-CV-23131, was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. The complaint is available on request.
“Plaintiff Jesus Jimenez was on active duty, and his pregnant wife, her mother, his daughter and his disabled brother were residing at the property at the time it was demolished,” said attorney Bradley Winston. “The County and the Building Department were notified of Mr. Jimenez’s active duty status on multiple occasions. Requests for extensions of time, including one forwarded by former Governor Charlie Crist, were ignored.”

The lawsuit seeks injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages arising from Defendants’ institution and a stay of the condemnation proceedings against three parcels of real property and the demolition of one of them, all allegedly in violation of the Fourth, Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution and of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act.
According to the documents filed with the court yesterday, the County commenced condemnation proceedings in June, 2007 against three Miami-Dade County properties owned by the Sergeant, but his military duty requirements materially affected his ability to appear, and military leave was not authorized.

Court documents allege that Building Department officials claimed that the Servicemembers Relief Act was not applicable, and refused to stay or delay a scheduled Unsafe Structures Board hearing. The plaintiff’s primary residence on one of the three properties was demolished in June, 2011.

According to the lawsuit, the actions of the Miami-Dade County Building and Neighborhood Compliance Department constitute selective and excessive enforcement of the county building code. The complaint alleges that the properties are surrounded by structures of substantially identical construction and vintage, which have not been subject to any enforcement action by Defendants, and therefore the Jimenez family has allegedly also been deprived of their right to equal protection of the laws under the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.


Phil Petersons Key West Poker Run

September 15-18, 2011
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Winston Law Firm will have a booth right on Duval Street, in front of the Hog’s Breath Saloon. We will be setting up on Thursday and joining in on the fun through late Saturday night. Stop by to say hello!

Watch this space for future upcoming events.