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Miami Lakes mayor’s e-mail list can remain private


Miami Lakes mayor’s e-mail list can remain private

BY LAURA ISENSEE lisensee@MiamiHerald.com The town of Miami Lakes does not have to disclose the e-mail distribution list used by Mayor Michael Pizzi, according to a Miami-Dade circuit judge who ruled last week that the addresses are not public record. Circuit Judge Jerald Bagley issued a ruling from the bench Friday, addressing two dueling lawsuits filed by Lakes residents that sought to either force the city to turn over the e-mail addresses or to withhold them out of privacy concerns. Under Florida law, residents can inspect government records, unless the information — such as Social Security numbers — is exempt. In one suit, two residents wanted to keep their e-mail […]

An $11 Million Deal + No-Show = Lawsuit


An $11 Million Deal + No-Show = Lawsuit

BY JOAN FLEISCHMAN Raquel Woolin has been trying to unload her Miami Beach estate for years, especially after her mil- lionaire husband’s 2002 suicide. She asked $14.9 million. Finally, Woolin found a buyer: California developer Richard Meruelo, who signed a contract to buy the 2.35-acre property for $10.95 million. Meruelo flew to Miami for the July 29 closing – but Woolin was a no-show, he says. Meruelo, 40, just sued Woolin, 59, in Miami-Dade Circuit Court. Woolin “breached the parties’ agree- ment by . . . making it clear . . . that she was reneging on the sale,’’ says the complaint, filed by attorney Dorta Law. Meruelo, who put […]

Jury Awards $18M to Mom in Tragic Crash


Jury Awards $18M to Mom in Tragic Crash

BY DAVID LYONS Shaken by the case of a young mother who suffered severe brain damage after driving off a dark road and into a canal, a Miami-Dade jury has decided she and her son deserve nearly $18 million in what lawyers say is the largest award in memory for a negligence lawsuit. The tragedy unfolded in the early morning hours of July 5, 1993, when Aileen Aguiles, visiting South Florida from New Jersey, was returning to her mother’s Southwest Dade home with two friends shortly before dawn. They had celebrated the Fourth of July on South Beach. Unfamiliar with the route, her lawyers say, Aguiles failed to negotiate a […]