Category: Civil Law

Hialeah Man Sentenced for West Virginia Bank Fraud

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A Florida man has been sentenced to five months in prison for stealing personal information from bank customers to make purchases. Prosecutors say 26-year-old Roger Ernesto Ballester Caser of Hialeah, Florida was sentenced last week in federal court in Wheeling on one count of using an unauthorized access device. He also was ordered to pay more than $11,000 in restitution. Prosecutors say Caser admitted to using Main Street Bank of... [...]

Miami Personal Injury Attorney Suspended After Withholding Settlements From Clients

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Sure, there's probably more to it, but the basics of personal injury law seem pretty straightforward: negotiate with insurance companies, work out a settlement, turn over the check to your clients. But according to the Florida Bar, one Miami attorney forgot to do the last part. Disciplinary documents say Raul Enrique Garcia on numerous occasions misused his clients' settlement funds, stashing them in his own bank account or... [...]

Broward and Miami-Dade Teachers Won’t Carry Guns Even if DeSantis Signs Controversial Bill

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Against the wishes of pretty much everyone involved in education, the Republican-controlled Florida Legislature this week passed a bill that would allow teachers to carry guns in the classroom. The deeply controversial move, which was approved after hours of debate that sometimes brought lawmakers to tears, would ostensibly make schools safer in the wake of last year's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. But the... [...]

Florida Legislature Passes Pro-ICE Sanctuary-City Ban Despite Civil-Rights Outcry

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Florida's elected leaders last night made good on what was basically Gov. Ron DeSantis' central campaign promise — to deport more immigrants. Last night, the Legislature finally passed SB 168, the much-criticized "sanctuary city" ban, which forces municipalities to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and hold ICE detainees in local jails. Importantly, every city in Florida already does this. Although Republicans control... [...]

Miami Plastic Surgeon Takes Action Against Patients Who Left Negative Online Reviews

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Nicole George saved up money for three years to have a "mommy makeover." She used online reviews to help find a plastic surgeon. "It's good to know from the patients themselves what their experience was," George said. "Ratings are very important." The mother from the Fort Myers area is now questioning the accuracy of those online reviews. Positive reviews led her to the Miami office of Dr. Leonard Hochstein. He's a surgeon to... [...]