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Monthly Archives: October 2018

UK demonstrators press Uber ahead of key legal fight

Hundreds of people who work in the so-called “gig economy” have gathered to protest outside Britain’s Royal Courts of Justice as Uber appealed earlier legal rulings that have broad implications for its business model. The demonstrators argue San Francisco-based Uber should honor decisions that ruled that the two drivers in the case were “workers” under British law and therefore eligible Continue Reading...

Miami-Dade approved the 836 extension. Now environmental groups ask court to block it

Environmental groups trying to foil a new toll expressway into West Kendall are asking a judge to block the plan, citing what they call misleading information shared with the public before Miami-Dade commissioners approved it. The legal actions by the Tropical Audubon Society and Friends of the Everglades aren’t a surprise. The groups sent letters signaling a likely court fight before commissioners Continue Reading...

Florida’s Stand Your Ground law is unconstitutional, Miami’s top prosecutor tells high court

A South Florida organization of prosecutors that includes Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle is telling the Florida Supreme Court that the latest version of the state’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law is unconstitutional. The League of Prosecutors, in newly filed court documents, asked justices to strike down the law because it unlawfully forces state attorneys to try cases Continue Reading...

Gables resident sues city over ‘Big Brother’ surveillance of cars on the street

A Coral Gables resident is suing the “City Beautiful” over a license plate reader system that law enforcement officials say captures data on almost every vehicle that enters or leaves the city. The plaintiff, Raul Mas Canosa, says the collection and retention of vehicle movement data by license plate readers is a violation of constitutional rights to privacy. “It’s a Continue Reading...

Miami taxpayers have to dip into rainy day fund to pay legal settlements with unions

Miami’s government could face a tough financial future after it has been forced to dip into its reserves to pay for two costly legal settlements with its police and fire unions. The city has settled pension and salary disputes with the unions to the tune of $53.5 million, resolving a legal battle stemming from austerity measures taken during the Great Recession. More Continue Reading...

Miami-Dade corrections officer accused of shipping law enforcement equipment to felon

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A 12-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department was arrested Friday and charged with shipping law enforcement equipment to a convicted felon, Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle announced in a news release. Officer Loudy Pierre Applewhaite was most recently assigned to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Prosecutors said she stole several law enforcement items and had Continue Reading...

Miami Lawyer Appointed Receiver in $30 Million Brickell Fraud Case

Federal Judge Jose E. Martinez in the Southern District of Florida has appointed Melanie E. Damian, a senior partner at Damian & Valori, as receiver in a fraud case against Miami business owners Timothy Atkinson and Jay Passerino. The men are accused of using offshore companies All in Publishing LLC and Gasher Inc. to run an illegal trading operation from Brickell, defrauding investors of $30 million. The Commodity Futures Trading Continue Reading...