Broad and Cassel Women Capture ‘Super’ Spots

Broad and Cassel’s West Palm Beach Managing Partner Patricia Lebow, who founded the office of the statewide law firm more than three decades ago, was named among the “Top 50 Women Florida Super Lawyers, ” and a  “2013 Florida Super Lawyer” by Florida Super Lawyers magazine. Seven additional attorneys from the West Palm Beach office were recognized as well, including two who were named  “Rising Stars.” They are: Talina Bidwell, Senior Counsel, Business Litigation, "Rising Star" C. Craig Eller, Partner, Bankruptcy & Creditor/Debtor Rights Steven Ellison, Partner, Business Litigation Clifford I. Hertz, Partner, Real Estate Mark Osherow, Of Counsel, Business Litigation Tara S. Pellegrino, Associate, Business Litigation, "Rising Star" Jacqueline S. Miller, Of Counsel, Estate & Trust Litigation In total, 44 of the firm’s attorneys from eight … [Read more...]

Florida judge rejects Aaron Hernandez’s petition to delay civil lawsuit

By WESLEY LOWERY -- A Florida judge has rejected a request by lawyers for former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez that a civil suit filed against Hernandez be delayed until after his murder trial. US District Court Judge Kathleen Williams last week denied Hernandez’s request to delay proceedings in the suit being brought by his former friend Alexander Bradley, who has accused the former Patriot of shooting him in the face. Bradley, 31, a friend of Hernandez’s who often ran errands for the former NFL tight end, filed suit in Florida in June alleging that Hernandez shot him in the face after the two partied at a Miami strip club in February. … [Read more...]

Lawsuit could provide Martin payday

Florida law could make Richie Incognito pay triple teammate's salary in damages By LESTER MUNSON - If Jonathan Martin is looking to get back at his alleged bully, Richie Incognito, Martin could consider doing what most Americans do when they have suffered harm from the misconduct of another -- file a lawsuit. Fortunately for Martin and unfortunately for Incognito, the law of Florida has just what Martin needs as a basis for a formidable lawsuit. A Florida law -- Evidencing Prejudice While Committing Offense -- provides the legal foundation for a civil lawsuit that would seek to assess monetary damages against Incognito. It provides for money damages for anyone who "has been intimidated or threatened" on the basis of "race or color." News accounts indicate there is little doubt Incognito has been threatening and intimidating Martin for many months, and that a portion of his attacks … [Read more...]

Former Informant Suing U.S. for Abandoning Her

CBS12 News, WPEC, West Palm Beach --  A former confidential informant working for the United States in Colombia claims in a lawsuit that the U.S. government abandoned her when she got into legal trouble for her undercover operations. Astrid Hurtado says she wound up spending three years in a Colombian jail. She is seeking $15 million in damages. The 52-year-old Hurtado worked for a U.S. task force investigating money laundering. She now lives in Florida. A 2006 U.S. government document says Hurtado's work led to the investigation, prosecution and guilty pleas of three people on drug-money-laundering charges. According to her lawsuit, the U.S. government didn't come to her aid after she was arrested in Colombia. The Justice Department has asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit. No one from the U.S. government would comment on the lawsuit. … [Read more...]

Florida Enacts Ban on Texting While Driving

A new texting while driving law was enacted in Florida recently, but critics say that the measure lacks teeth. The law, which came into effect on Oct. 1, is a secondary offense, meaning police cannot pull over drivers unless they commit another infraction in addition to texting. At that point, the officer can write a $30 ticket for the phone use for a first offense. The law does not address phone calls, allows for use of GPS while driving and does not prohibit texting when the vehicle is at a stop, such as at a red light. Additionally, prosecutors can only seek records from the phone company in the case of an accident that causes injury or death. … [Read more...]