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 […]
Miami Attorneys Help Internationally Renowned Law Firm in Securing $521M Verdict Against BDO Seidman in Landmark Accounting Negligence Case.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — A team of highly experienced Coral Gables-based attorneys played an important role in securing a $521 million verdict for Portugal’s Espirito Santo Bank against accounting firm BDO Seidman for negligent financial audits performed over several years at E.S. Bankest, a Miami factoring company. Those audits were blamed for facilitating one of the largest bank frauds in South Florida history. Lead trial counsel Steven Thomas of the internationally renowned law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in Los Angeles relied on the trial support and expertise of co-counsel Dorta Law as well as Hector J. Lombana of Gamba & Lombana and Geoffrey Marks of Billbrough & Marks through the […]
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 […]