Farmer Jaffe Attorney Gabe Zambrano Co-Chairs AAJ Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano served as Co-Chair of the 2016 American Association for Justic2014e’s (AAJ) Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) on March 10-13 in Fort Lauderdale.
Firm Proudly Supports Legal Aid Society of Broward County’s 14th Annual For The Public Good Fundraiser
Farmer Jaffe Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. is a proud supporter of the Legal Aid Society of Broward County’s 14th Annual For The Public Good celebrating The Magic of Pro Bono Giving on October 1, 2015,at the Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Attorney Adam Horowitz Files Ninth Alleged Sexual Abuse Case Against Dr. Manuel Abreu
Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed a ninth lawsuit for alleged sexual assault against Dr. Manuel Abreu who practiced in Delray Beach and Clearwater, Florida. The sheer number of alleged victims in these cases illustrate two important themes which we often see in sexual abuse cases we handle – one is that perpetrators of sex crimes often have multiple victims and are embolden with each victim they harm, and secondly, when one victim has the courage to come forward to publicly accuse their perpetrator, that gives strength for other crime victims to come forward and seek justice.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorneys Recognized as “The Best Lawyers in America” ©
For the fourth year in a row, Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L, attorneys Gary M. Farmer, Jr.,Steven Jaffe, Matthew Weissing, Bradley Edwards, and Gary M. Farmer, Sr., have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).
Attorney Adam Horowitz Cited in Academic Journal – Policy & Practice
Attorney Adam Horowitz was recently cited in Yeshiva University Professor Daniel Pollack’s article “Seven Avoidable Legal Mistakes Child Protective Services Investigators Make,” published in Policy & Practice.
Attorney Gary M. Farmer to Present at American Association For Justice’s Annual Convention
Attorney Gary Farmer to present “Availability of Whistleblower Actions in Various Countries” on July 13th at the American Association for Justice’s Annual Convention at the Montreal Convention Center in Montreal, Canada.
Court Slams Vrege Armoyan with Contempt Order After He Flees Canada and Fails to Pay Court Support
Attorney Brad Edwards’ client, Lisa Armoyan, received a record breaking contempt award in Canada. Mr. Edwards leads an international legal team representing Lisa Armoyan in the United States and Canada in her attempt to recover more than $25M from her ex-husband, Vrege Armoyan.Click here for press release.
Jury Awards $24 Million to Husband of Pregnant Wife Killed in 2012 Riverside Hotel Cabana
Partners Brad Edwards and Gary M. Farmer, Jr. and Co-Counsel Daniel W. Cotter of The Maher Law Firm obtained a $24 million dollar verdict in a wrongful death suit against a Fort Lauderdale hotel for the death of a hotel guest. Alanna Demella, seven months pregnant at the time, was killed when a car traveled off of the road and into a poolside cabana she was occupying at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale. A Broward Circuit Court jury handed down an eight figure verdict on June 23 in favor of Alanna Demella’s husband, Michael Demella. Click here for press release.
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano Nominated As Fellow To The Melvin M. Belli Society
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano has been nominated as a Fellow to the Melvin M. Belli Society. Members who meet the criterial established by the Board are invited to join by invitation only and approval of the Board. The organization promotes the international exchange of ideas among lawyers through meetings and education.
Attorney Gary Farmer Presented at Florida Justice Association Annual Convention
Attorney Gary Farmer, co-presented “General and Property Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update” on June 12th at the Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention at the Disney Grand Floridian Resort and Spa in Lake Buena Vista.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorneys Named as a 2015 “Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer Magazine
Attorneys Gary Farmer, Steve Jaffe and Mark Fistos were named as a 2015 “Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer Magazine — an annual publication that recognizes Florida’s top lawyers.
Gary Farmer was recognized for his work in Class Action/Mass Torts, Consumer Law and Appellate Law. Steve Jaffe was recognized for his work in Class Action/Mass Torts, Personal Injury – General: Plaintiff and Consumer Law. Mark Fistos was recognized for his work in Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Class Action/Mass Torts and Consumer Law.
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano To Present Webinar on Xarelto Mass Tort Litigation Attorney Gabriel Zambrano will be presenting The National Trial Lawyers’ webinar on An Update on Xarelto Mass Tort Litigation on June 23, 2015 at 1pm EST.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Files WARN Act Law Suit
Farmer Jaffe Weissing has filed a WARN Act Class action lawsuit against falled foreclosure defense firm Butler & Hosch.
Attorney Gary Farmer Appointed to The Florida Bar Code & Rules of Evidence Committee
Partner Gary Farmer has been appointed to The Florida Bar’s Code & Rules of Evidence Committee. The Committee does not strictly follow the procedure for amending rules as set forth in Judicial Administration Rule 2.140. Instead, the Committee’s primary focus is on proposed legislation; rule amendments are proposed only as a technical matter to ensure that the Supreme Court’s Rules of Evidence comport with the code, Chapter 90, Florida Statutes. Gary will serve in the role through 2018.
Supporing Crime Victims Rights Week
As part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, we participated in the 2nd Annual Victims’ Rights Week Anti-Violence Family Day at Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter this weekend.
David Vs. Goliath
The Florida Justice Association (FJA) stands up for consumer’s rights against a room full of insurance and industry lobbyists. Here is a video to learn more about SB 1065 – Assignment of Benefits from FJA President Troy Raffery and Past President Gary Farmer.
Adam Horowith at Child Rescue Coalition
Attorney Adam Horowitz at the Child Rescue Coalition with famed child victim advocate John Walsh of America’s Most Wanted. At far left is author and television personality Aphrodite Jones.
Gabe Zambrano Leeds Mass Tort Made Perfect Seminar
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano led an expert panel discussion at the Mass Torts Made PerfectSeminar this week in Las Vegas. He also attended the Mass Tort Made Perfect 2015 Induction of Lisa Blue Baron, Christian Searcy and Mike Papantonio into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.
Firm Walks for a Cause
Farmer Jaffe Weissing’s team of runners and walkers gathered together on Thursday, April 2, for the Mercedes-Benz Fort Lauderdale Corporate Run.
Firm Attorneys Selected as Top One Percent By NADC
Partner’s Steve Jaffe , Brad Edwards and Seth Lehrman have been selected as a members of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC promotes the highest standards of legal excellence and its mission is to objectively recognzie the attorneys who elevate the standards of the Bar and provide a benchmark for other lawyers to emulate.
Attorney Brad Edwards Listed in Top 10 Under 40 by NAOPIA
Partner Brad Edwards has been included as a member of the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorney’s Top 10 Under 40 .
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Supports the 2015 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis – Join Team Lindsay
Farmer Jaffe Weissing is a proud supporter of the 2015 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Fort Lauderdale, which takes place on Saturday, April 18th at 10am at the Huizenga Plaza on the Las Olas Riverfront in Fort Lauderdale. We have reformed TEAM LINDSAY. Please join us or dontate to our efforts to support CCFA in finding cures.
Attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano to Co-Chair the AAJ’s Florida Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition
Trial attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano is Co-Chairing the 2015 American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Florida Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition (STAC) for the second year in a row. The STAC competition is a national recognized mock trial competition that AAJ holds annually. There are 14 regional competitions across the country. Sixteen teams are assigned to each of fourteen regions. Only the top team from each region will advance to the National Finals in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on April 16-19, 2015.
FJW Attorneys Moderated and Presented At the 2015 Workhorse Seminar
FJW partners Gary M. Farmer, Jr., Steve Jaffe, Mark Fistos, and Seth Lehrman moderated and presented at the 29th Annual Florida Justice Association’s 2015 Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, Florida on February 17 & 18. Attorneys who attended the 4-day intense seminar received the latest developments and trial techniques to rejuvenate their law practice.
FJW A Finalist for Leaders In Law Recognition
Farmer Jaffe Weissing has been selected as a finalist by South Florida Business & Wealth’s Leaders in Law for 2015. Leaders in Law honors lawyers and law firms who have achieved excellence in their areas of practice, maintained the highest level of ethics and have shown a commitment to their communities. Honorees will be recognized and winners will be announced during an awards ceremony in April. Click hereto see SFBW’s ad announcing finalists.
Firm Presents Cy Pres Award to Legal Aid
Attorney Seth Lehrman, attorney Steve Jaffe, and co-counsel Scott Owens of Scott D. Owens, PA, presented a cy pres award in the amount of $40,799.44 to the Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Inc. This award was from a consumer class action settlement with Main Street Acquisition Corp., a collection agency, which failed to maintain the registration required by Florida statute. This settlement was a first of its kind in the 11th Circuit, recovering substantial benefits for consumers under an unjust enrichment claim based on Florida’s registration requirement. For addtional photos, click here.
Steve Jaffe to Present at the 2015 National Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference
Attorney Steve Jaffe to present “Class Action Objectors: the Process, Common Structural Objections and other issues including cy pres and coupon settlements” at the 2015 National Consumer Class Action Litigation Conference on February 6 at the Doubletree by Hilton Grand Hotel Biscayne Bay Miami in Miami.
The NTL’s Trial Lawyer Magazine Covers Firm Verdict
The National Trial Lawyers’ magazine, The Trial Lawyer, recently covered a jury verdict in which Brad Edwards and Gabriel Zambrano obtained a jury verdict of $806,289.00 in a negligent security premises liaiblity case arising out of a violent attack at a bar in Hollywood, Florida.
AAJ’s Trial Magazine Features Firm Case
The American Association for Justice’sTake Justice Back TRIAL Magazine featured the firm’s settlement of a case that attorney Brad Edwards and Gabe Zambrano were prepared to take to verdict. The settlement marked a decade long legal odyssey for a seriously injured client with complex theory for recovery.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Helps Local Charity
HANDY, Inc. was one of the local charities that we raised funds for during our annual Lawlapalooza event. Pictured are attorneys Seth Lehrman, Steve Jaffe and Adam Horowitz who presented the fund to Handy!
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Earns 2014 Litigators Awards™ Nomination
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L, is pleased to announce that our firm has been nominated for the Trial Lawyers Board of Regents2014 Litigators Award™, which honors the top 1% of all lawyers based strictly on litigation achievement.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Recognized as 2015 Metropolitan “Best Law Firms”
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman has been selected as a 2015 Best Law Firmby U.S. News World Report and Best Lawyers® for Metropolitan Tier 1 – Miami in the categories of Mass Torts Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. In addition, the firm received a Metropolitan Tier 2 Miami – in the area of Appellate Practice. This is the second year in a row for this prestigious recognition.
Bar Patron Seriously Injured – Bar Management Knew of History of Criminal Activity
Attorneys Brad Edwards and Gabriel F. Zambrano obtained a $806,289.00 jury verdictfor a bar patron who was violently attacked and left unconscious at Prince’s Beach Bar in Hollywood, Florida. On October 17, 2012, patron Michael Barnes was attacked and seriously injured by assailants using pool cues while inside Prince’s Beach Bar. As a result of the attack, Mr. Barnes suffered severe and permanent injuries. Mr. Barnes alleged that he was attacked as a result of Prince’s Beach Bar’s failure to provide adequate security on their premises.
Firm Files Sexual Battery Lawsuit Against Miami-Dade Department of Corrections
Attorney Adam Horowitz and his client were interviewed by NBC6 regarding a recent lawsuit where a female correctional officer alleges she was sexually battered by multiple male inmates on the maximum security floor who escaped from their cells in the Miami-Dade County pre-trial dentention facility when doors were left open by another correctional officer, in violation of the jail’s policy. Click here to watch news coverage.
Fla. Appeals Court Punts on Motorola FCA Suit Dismissal Row
On October 7, 2014, A Florida appeals court said Tuesday that it could not rule on whether the state has the authority to unilaterally dismiss a False Claim Act suite brought against Motorola Inc. because the trial court had not ruled on its jurisdiction to consider the case…click to continue reading LAW360 article.
Click here to read the First District Court of Appeals Opinion.
Attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano, A Class Moderator for the 2014 Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar
Attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano moderated the Roundtable discussion with vendors on “What’s New and What’s Moving the Needle for Firms?” on October 8, 2014, as part of the Mass Tort Made Perfect Seminar at The Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.This wass one of the newly expanded bonus programs in the Business of Law – Boost Your Business: Financing and Marketing Strategies for Your Firm.
Brad Edwards Presents at 2014 National Crime Victim Bar Association’s National Conference
Attorney Brad Edwards, to present “Who is Responsible for Child Sex Abuse?” at the 2014 National Crime Victim Bar Association’s National Conference, Civil Actions for Criminal Acts, on September 18, 2014 in Miami, Florida.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorneys Recognized as “The Best Lawyers in America” ©
For the third year in a row, Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L, attorneys Gary M. Farmer, Jr., Steven Jaffe, Matthew Weissing, Bradley Edwards, and Gary Farmer, Sr., have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2015 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC).
Third Lawsuit Filed Alleging Sexual Assault By Doctor Who Practiced in Clearwater and Delray Beach
Attorney Adam Horowitz announces the filing today in Pinellas County Circuit Court (CASE #14-005930-CI) of a third lawsuit for sexual assault against Dr. Manuel Abreu. This lawsuit, which also names as a defendant his former medical practice, All Care Medical Consultants, alleges that Dr. Abreu sexually assaulted a female patient on multiple occasions between 2010 and 2012. Click to read more.
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano Presents at FJA’s Al. J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano was a speaker/demonstrator at the Florida Justice Association’s (FJA) AL J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute in Orlando, August 8-10, 2014
Attorney Adam Horowitz and Clients Interviewed by WSVN’s Carmel on the Case
Tune in tonight to WSVN (Channel 7) news at 10 p.m. and watch the Carmel on the Case segment. They are running the story on a south Florida doctor (Dr. Manuel Abreu) who is now accused of sexually assaulting numerous women (patients, medical assistants, and a drug rep). Three of the firm’s courageous clients were interviewed for the story along with attorneyAdam Horowitz.
Ex-Tampa Day School Principal James Larkin Criminally Charged with Molestation of 14-Year-Old Male Student
Attorney Adam Horowitz represents a 14-year old boy who is the alleged victim of molestation by Ex- Tampa Day School principal James Larkin and announces that the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s office charged James Larkin with a felony sex crime of his client this week in connection with this alleged abuse…Click to read more.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorneys Selected as Top Rated Lawyers
Attorneys Steve Jaffe, Brad Edwards, Seth Lehrman, Gabriel Zambrano and Adam Horowitz have been selected as 2014 Top Rated Lawyers in the areas of Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice Law, and Mass Torts by ALM and Martindale-Hubbell™.
Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault of Female Patient by Delray Beach Physician
Attorney Adam Horowitz announces the filing today in Palm Beach County Circuit Court of a lawsuit against Dr. Manuel Abreu and his medical practice, Personal Physician Care, P.A., for the alleged sexual assault of an adult female patient by Dr. Abreu.
A Great Selfie
Attorney Gary Farmer with Senator Arthenia Joyner, a great civil rights advocate and a trial lawyer, and former President Bill Clinton at the Leadership Blue Gala this past weekend.
Firm Sponsors Leadership Blue Gala
The firm was a proud sponsor of the Florida Democratic Party Leadership Blue Gala this weekend at the Westin Diplomat Resort in Miami, Florida. The Keynote speaker was former President Bill Clinton.
U.S. District Judge Approves Final Settlement in Hertz – PlatePass Fees Class Action
United States District Judge Noel L. Hillman of The United States District Court, District of New Jersey granted final approval of a nationwide class action settlement in Susan Doherty et al., v. The Hertz Corporation et al., Case No. 1:10-CV-00359-NLH-KMW (USDC, DNJ) on June 25, 2014. Click to read more.
Federal Court Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault by Massage Therapist in Spa of Luxury Cruiseship
Attorney Adam Horowitz announces the filing of a lawsuit in federal court in the Southern District of Florida against MSC CRUISES for the alleged sexual assault of passenger by a massage therapist in the spa of a luxury cruise ship, MSC DIVINA. Click to read more.
Adam Horowitz Named Rising Star by Florida Super Lawyer Magazine
Attorney Adam Horowitz has been named a 2014 “Rising Star” in the practice area of Personal Injury-Plaintiff by Super Lawyer Magazine — an annual publication that recognizes Florida’s top lawyers.
Attorney Steve Jaffe Elected to FJA Board of Directors
Partner Steve Jaffe has been elected to the Florida Justice Association’s Board of Directors. Jaffe took his oath during the Florida Justice Association’s annual Presidential Luncheon at The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach on June 13. Jaffe will assist in setting policy for the organization, act as an advocate for pertinent issues with the state legislature, fundraise and more. He will serve a two year term. Click to read more.
Attorney Brad Edwards Earns Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer Certification
Attorney Brad Edwards has earned Florida Bar Certification, the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar for the competency and experience of a civil trial attorney. Click to read more.
Attorney Gary M. Farmer & Mark Fistos Present at Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention
Attorney Gary Farmer co-presented “General Property Insurance Law Legislative Changes and Case Law Update” on June 13th and attorney Mark Fistos presented “E-discovery – Practical Tips” on June 11th at the Florida Justice Association’sAnnual Convention at The Breakers Palm Beach in Palm Beach.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorneys Named as a 2014 “Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer Magazine
Attorneys Gary Farmer, Steve Jaffe and Mark Fistos were named as a 2014 “Florida Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer Magazine — an annual publication that recognizes Florida’s top lawyers.
Lawsuit Alleges Sexual Assault of Female Patient by Delray Beach Physician
Attorney Adam Horowitz announces the filing today in Palm Beach County Circuit Court of a lawsuit against Dr. Manuel Abreu and his medical practice, Personal Physician Care, P.A., for the alleged sexual assault of an adult female patient by Dr. Abreu. Click to read more.
Sexual Battery Lawsuit Filed Against Massage Envy of Coral Springs – Lawsuit Alleges Massage Envy Franchising Procedures Direct Employees Not To Inform Police
Firm attorneys Matt Weissing and Brad Edwards announce the filing today in Fort Lauderdale, Florida (Jane Doe 101 vs. Massage Envy Franchising, LLC, et. al., Broward Case No. CACE-14-009928) of a lawsuit for the alleged sexual battery of a Massage Envy client by Massage Envy massage therapist, Michael Ster. The complaint alleges that the sexual battery occurred during a massage on June 3, 2013, at a Massage Envy franchise located at 2878 North University Drive, Coral Springs, Florida. Click to read more.
Child Sex Abuse Lawsuit Filed Against First Baptist Church of Bemis – Lawsuit Alleges Church Aide Molested 10-Year-Old After Pastor Knew He Was Dangerous
Attorney Adam Horowitz announces the filing today in Jackson, Tennessee of a child sexual abuse lawsuit against The First Baptist Church of Bemis for the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old girl by church volunteer Chad Lutrell. The abuse occurred at the church during vacation bible school held at the church in June 2009. Click to read more.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Partner Steve Jaffe Presented At The Private Care Association of Florida Best Practices Seminar
Partner Steve Jaffe presented at the Private Care Association of Florida Best Practices Seminar on May 15 in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The conference featured local professionals who shared and discussed industry best practices. Jaffe discussed trends in long-term care litigation.
has recruited more than 20 colleagues, family and friends of the firm to form Team Farmer Jaffe Weissing, who will participate in the 7th Annual 4KIDS Big Cardio 5K on May 3rd at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill. The event kicks off National Foster Care Month and proceeds benefit 4KIDS of South Florida.
Adam Horowitz Joins Farmer Jaffe Weissing
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L., is pleased to announce that nationally recognized litigator Adam Horowitz has joined the firm. Adam joins attorney Brad Edwards to further expand the firm’s nationwide Crime Victims’ Rights and Sexual Abuse Practice Group. To read complete release, click here.
Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Crime Victims’ Rights in Jeffrey Epstein Case
In a landmark decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit Court on April 18, 2014, ruled in favor of two crime victims represented by Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman Partner Brad Edwards and his co-counsel, Paul Cassell, Ronald N. Boyce Presidential Professor of Criminal Law – S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. The ruling upheld the District Court which ordered the United States Attorney’s Office to provide the victims and their advocates the large volume of correspondence exchanged between Jeffrey Epstein and the Government that resulted in the government electing not to Federally prosecute Epstein for his many abuse crimes against children. Attorneys Edwards and Cassell argued the case before the Eleventh Circuit in February, against attorneys Roy Black and Martin Weinberg. To read complete release, click here.
Gabe Zambrano at Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano recently lead and moderated a panel discussion as part of the Mass Tort Made Perfect Seminar in Las Vegas. In addition to attending the conference, he also had the pleasure of having a private meeting with consumer advocate Erin Brockovich, where they shared ideas and recurrent theme in consumer advocacy projects.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Participate in Crime Victims’ Rights Week Activities
April 6-12 was National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. Christina Fitch, Matt Weissing,Gary Farmer and Brittney Abrams participated in The Coalition for Independent Living Options, Inc.’s Victims’ Rights Week Anti-Violence Family Day on April 6th at the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter. Farmer Jaffe Weissing is a strong sponsor and advocate for victims’ rights especially in the areas of abuse and assault andnegligent security.
Team Lindsay Participated in Fort Lauderdale Take Steps Walk
Members of Farmer Jaffe Weissing (Gabe Zambrano, Christina Fitch, Steve Jaffe,Gary Farmer and Matt Weissing) and friends of the firm again participated in the Fort Lauderdale Take Steps Walk for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America. They again formed Team Lindsay to help raise funds and awareness of Crohn’s and Colitis and to help promote research efforts to find new treatments and a cure for this debilitating disease.
Florida Supreme Court Ruling Regarding UM Coverage In Favor of Policy Holders Considered of Great Importance
In a major victory for consumers on March 13, 2014, the Florida Supreme Court approved an earlier en banc decision by the Fifth District Court of Appeal in the matter of State Farm Automobile Insurance Co. v. Curran regarding an auto accident with an underinsured motorist resulting in a breach of contract and denial of coverage dispute. Thanks to the efforts of retired 4th DCA Judge Gary Farmer, Sr. and Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L., insurance companies will no longer be permitted to employ certain impediments and barriers to insureds obtaining the insurance coverage for which they had paid premiums. Click here to read more.
Firm Attorneys to Present at 2014 Workhorse Seminar
Attorney Mark Fistos Joins Epilepsy Association BOD
Attorney Mark Fistos has recently joined the Board of Directors of the Epilepsy Association of the Big Bend.
Brad Edwards Named to Multi Dollar & Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorneys Selected for 2014 South Florida Legal Guide Top Lawyer
Brad Edwards presents at Civil Justice For Crime Victims Seminar
Attorney Brad Edwards was a presenter at The National Center for Victims of Crime’s Civil Justice for Victims of Crime in Florida Seminar on December 18 at St. Thomas University Law School.
Fourth DCA Upholds Key Parts of Verdict in Boomers! Shooting Case
In Festival Fun Parks,LLC (Boomers!) v. Yahtavian Bellamy, the Fourth District Court of Appeals of the State of Florida, upheld key parts of the verdict in which a teen was shot as he left Boomers! The Fourth DCA affirmed that the courts cannot find a lack of duty if a foreseeable zone of risk was created by the defendant. Click here to read the full release.
Annual Turkey Giveaway Helps 500 Families
Farmer Jaffe Weissing helped coordinate and participated in the Fourth Annual Turkey Giveaway. We distributed 500 turkeys and all the fixins for a complete dinner for the families in the Golden Acres Community in Pompano Beach.
Attorney Steve Jaffe Recipient of Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s 2013 Hope Award
Attorney Steve Jaffe and his wife Steffani were honored with the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of American’s Hope Award for their long-time support for the organization at their 17th Annual An Evening of Hope dinner on November 16, at the Hollywood Beach Hotel in Hollywood, Florida.
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano Selected at 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law
Attorney Seth Lehrman Selected at 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law
Attorney Brad Edwards Selected at 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Law Firm Selected as Finalist in the 2013 Leaders in Law Award
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L., has been selected as a Finalist in the Leaders in Law Awards as Law Firm of the Year by Lifestyle Media Group. The Leaders in Law Award is an unique award program create by Lifestyle Media Group to honor lawyers, law firms and corporate general counsel who have achieved excellence in law, maintained the highest level of ethics, shown a commitment to the community and are proven leaders.
Florida Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. Settles Third Whistleblower Drug Case for $1.27 Billion
Fort Lauderdale, FL – South Florida consumer advocate and leading false claims attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr., a partner with Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L., has successfully litigated his third major false claims case against a global pharmaceutical company. Today, the United States Department of Justice announced a settlement against pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiary, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. Johnson & Johnson and Janssen will pay a total of $2.2 billion to state and federal entities, $1.27 billion of which consists of civil fines and restitution regarding the drug Risperdal®. As the lead whistle-blower to bring the false claims to the government’s attention, Farmer’s client will share in a portion of the civil recovery. Click to read more.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Recognized as 2014 Metropolitan “Best Law Firms”
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L, has been named as a 2014 Best Law Firm by U.S. News World Report and Best Lawyers® for Metropolitan Tier 1 – Miami in the categories of Mass Torts Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs and Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. In addition, the firm received a Metropolitan Tier 2 recognition in the area of Appellate Practice.
ppellate Courts Rule in Favor of Farmer Jaffe Weissing Clients
Attorney Brad Edwards to Present at the Children’s Healing Institute’s Annual Turn on the Light Conference
Attorney Brad Edwards presented at the Children’s Healing Institute’s Annual Turn on the Light on October 17, 2013, at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. The Turn on the Light South Florida Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect is a one-day conference that brings together professionals in South Florida who work with or on behalf of children and families for a full day of educational and networking opportunities.
Attorneys Gary M. Farmer, Jr. and Steve Jaffe Present at Mass Tort Made Perfect Seminar
Attorneys Gary M. Farmer, Jr. and Steve Jaffe presented The Rise and Reward of the American Whistleblower at the Business Torts Seminar session of the Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar held on Friday, October 11, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year’s program theme was Prepare Your Practice for 2014 and Beyond. The seminar featured both national and local plaintiff’s lawyers who shared best practices and shared ways of approaching legal challenges and solving problems and more.
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano to Presented at Mass Tort Made Perfect Seminar
Attorney Gabriel Zambrano presented at the Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar’s Marketing Breakout Session on October 9, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gabe joined a panel to discuss Online Marketing – Putting it All Together. Topic included how to use social media like Google+ and LinkedIn to help you market your law firm and yourself individually.
Movie Night on the Roof Top
Join us on Monday, October 7th at the Community Center at Equality Park located at: 2040 North Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, FL 33305 for a powerful film, “Girl Rising”. Girl Rising spotlights the strength of the human spirit and the power of education to change a girl – and the world. You will have an opportunity to meet two girls running the NYC marathon with a goal to help children around the world. Girl Rising is a groundbreaking film, directed by Academy Award nominee Richard Robbins, which tells the stories of 9 extraordinary girls from 9 countries, written by 9 celebrated writers and narrated by 9 renowned actresses. The movie aired on CNN in June and is incredibly moving and inspirational. Please invite your friends, significant other and/or family members. We are asking for a suggested donation of $10 (all proceeds will go towards child protection through World Vision) but if you can’t donate please come regardless. To Donate: http://support.worldvision.org/goto/nyc
Join Gary M. Farmer, Jr. & Steve Jaffe In Las Vegas
Another Look at Washington National v. Ruderman
Read Attorney Mark Fistos article in the Florida Justice Association’s Journal on“Another Look at Washington National v. Ruderman.” The Florida Supreme Court recently ruled in this matter, confirming that Florida law requires insurance companies to draft insurance policies clearly, and if they do not, they, not the policyholders, are responsible for any ambiguities in the policies.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorneys Recognized as “The Best Lawyers in America”
Gary M. Farmer, Jr., Steven Jaffe, Matthew Weissing, Bradley Edwards, and Gary Farmer, Sr., lawyers from Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L, were recently selected by their peers for inclusion inThe Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). This is their second year in a row for this honor.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Seeks Final Approval in Hertz PlatePass Class Action
Hertz rental customers receive refunds of certain PlatePass fees and related charges incurred under proposed Settlement.
Farmer, Jaffe Weissing Supreme Court Wins a Victory for Clients & Consumers
Last week the Florida Supreme Court justices ruled against insurance companies and in favor of policyholders and medical providers regarding three cases with very different circumstances. Two of these cases were briefed and litigated by the trial attorneys at Farmer, Jaffe Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorney Brad Edwards Presents at Florida Justice Association Annual Seminar
Attorney Bradley Edwards presented at the Florida Justice Association’s Perfecting your Competitive Edge: Advanced Trial Skills for Top Litigators Seminar during the Annual Convention in St. Pete Beach on June 12th. Edwards discussed Simplifying Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy / Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (RSD/CRPS) Type 1 for Jurors.
Attorney Brad Edwards Keynote Speaker at the Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition’s 33rd Annual Award Luncheon
Attorney and victims’ rights advocate Brad Edwards was the Keynote Speaker at the Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition’s 33rd Annual Award Luncheon. The luncheon ended a week-long list of events and activities that were part of the 2013 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 21-27).
Attorney Steven M. Jaffe To Presented at Broward County Guardianship Association Education Day
Attorney Steve Jaffe presented “Long Term Care Insurance – How to get the maximum out of LTC insurance policies problems and issues” at the Broward County Guardianship Association’s Education Day on May 15, 2013, at The Horizon Club Assisted Living Facility in Deerfield, FL.
Firm Runs to Support Broward Crime Victims
Firm attorneys and staff member recently partipcated in the Broward Victm’s Rights Coalition’s Annual Run to Remember 5K Run/Walk. The race helped raise awarenes sand funds to benefit crime victims in Broward County.
Attorney Brad Edwards Appointed to The Children’s Healing Institute
Attorney Brad Edwards Appointed to The Children’s Healing Institute as their legal correspondent to help prevent child exploitation. The Children’s Healing Institute’s mission is to help children reach their full potential by preventing child abuse, promoting children’s health, and strenghtening families.
Attorney Brad Edwards Awarded Elite AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
Attorney Brad Edwards, Founding Partner of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, PL, was awarded AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano Presents at 2013 HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Mirena IUD and Granuflo
Attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano presented at the 2013 HarrisMartin MDL Conference: Mirena IUD and Granuflo in San Diego, California on March 20. Gabe discussed the “History of IUDs and Femail Contraception.”
Attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano Awarded Elite AV® Rating From Martindale-Hubbell
Attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, PL, was awarded AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, PA attorneysGary M. Farmer, Jr., and Steven Jaffe presented Ten Key Components of Understanding and Appreciating Qui Tam Cases at the Florida Justice Association’s 2013 Workhorse Seminar in Orlando, Florida on February 2013.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Launches Mass Tort Radar Newsletter
The Mass Tort Radar Newsletter keeps friends, clients, colleagues and consumers informed about defective drugs and devices that our firm is actively investigating or litigating. Sign up for the Farmer Jaffe Weissing Mass Tort Radar here.
Attorney Steve Jaffe Interviewed by Civil Justice Magazine
Attorney Steven Jaffe was interviewed by Civil Justice Magazine regarding his Mobil Home Class Action case where he obtained a $40 million dollar settlement for his client. The insurers attempted to short insured’s following catastrophic hurricane losses.
Firm Receives Top AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. has received the prestigious AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell. The firm and its attorneys have been reviewed and recognized by their peers and preeminent law groups for this distinguished honor. This is the highest ranking for legal ability (legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication ability and legal experience) and professional ethics given by Martindale Hubbell.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Making A Difference
Team Farmer Jaffe Weissing takes to the field in A Touch of Football event for Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation o f America (CCFA). Participants got to play football on the field in an NFL stadium, while raising money for research! Twenty teams competed in a flag football tournament, on the field, under the lights, at Sun Life Stadium – home of the Miami Dolphins!
Attorney Steve Jaffe Appointed to Legal Aid Boards
Attorney Steven Jaffe of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida for a three year term. Legal Aid Society of Broward County and Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida help economically disadvantaged children, families, seniors, homeless, victims of domestic violence and others in need seek free, civil legal representation each year.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing to Review Mirena® IUD Injury Cases
The law firm of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman is actively investigating and offering free case evaluation to women that claim they have suffered personal injuries from use of the Mirena®IUD. We seek to hold Bayer Healthcare Pharmaceuticals accountable for manufacturing and selling a product that we believe is dangerous, was over promoted through deceptive advertising and concealed the risk of complications.
Attorney Seth Lehrman was awarded AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. The AV rating signifies the highest rating accomplishment—a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
The entire firm was active in the November 2012 election cycle. The preservation of our democracy and the right to vote are an integral part of the Path To Justice®. Related activities included educating the community and potential voters, in Florida, of the importance of “Judicial Merit Retention” and how the Judiciary should be insulated from partisan politics and special interest groups. The ability to safely express different point of views over politics, and other subjects, is a central theme underpinning our democracy and union of States.
Photos and information are available on the Farmer Jaffe Weissing Facebook Page.
Gary Farmer, FJA President Presents Civil Justice & Merit Retention to FAMU Law Students
FJA President Gary Farmer meets with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) law students to discuss the civil justice system and view the documentary “Hot Coffee. Here Gary shows his appreciation to the FAMU Law School Ambassadors for the Florida Justice Association (FJA).
FJA President Gary Farmer Addresses Law Students on Merit Retention & Judicial System
Florida Justice Association President Gary Farmer spoke to more than 120 law students at the Coastal Law School Outreach Reception about the importance of Justice and Merit Retention and why it matters. Students also watched a showing of “Hot Coffee,” the 2011 documentary film that analyzes and discusses the impact of tort reform on the United States judicial system. Four other colleges and universities will be participating in similar discussions over the next couple of weeks.
Firm Attorneys Attend & Present at MTMP Seminar
Several of the firm’s attorneys are attending the Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar this week (October 10-13). Attorneys Gary Farmer and Matt Weissing presented Qui Tam – Blowing the Whistle on Corporate Fraud at the Securities and Business Torts Breakout session of the Mass Torts Made Perfect Seminar on October 12th.
Class Action Final Approval Granted
We obtained final approval of a Class Action case against Continental Casualty Company (“CNA”) for systematic denial of long-term care insurance claims. We’re very pleased to recover meaningful insurance benefits for a deserving group of Floridians and we are equally pleased to protect the status of nurse registries as covered providers.
FJA Founders Awards Dinner
Gary Farmer, Sr. Addresses Florida Supreme Court Justices
Attorney Gary Farmer, Sr., argued before Florida’s Supreme Court yesterday on behalf of the Respondent regarding an uninsured motorist insurance policy claim.
Supports National Crime Prevention Month
Farmer Jaffe Weissing proudly supports National Crime Prevention Month – October 2012, sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). National Crime Prevention Month recognizes and celebrates the practice of crime prevention, while promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more caring communities. This year the firm wants to raise help awareness of the following crimes: sexual abuse & assault; negligent security and inadequate security; and nursing home abuse and neglect safety issues. Visit our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter feeds for ways to protect you and your family.
Attorney Brad Edwards, who is representing several young men who say former youth pastor sexually abused and physically abused them was interviewed by CBS4 MIAMI.
Firm Supports RAINN DAY – September 27th
Farmer Jaffe Weissing is proud to support Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s RAINN Day September 27th. RAINN Day is RAINN’s annual campaign to raise awareness and educate students against sexual violence on college campuses. RAINN DAY is a grassroots program designed to empower college students to raise awareness of sexual violence and recovery resources on their campus. Click here to learn how Farmer Jaffe Weissing helps crime victims and victims of sexual assault.
Attorney Steve Jaffe Interviewed in Elder Abuse Case
Naples News interviews attorney Steven Jaffe regarding his case involving elder abuse. A care facility took control of an ailing dementia patient’s trust account 30 days before her death, with the assistance of a Fort Myers attorney. The case which was filed in 2011 is still pending.
Zambrano Named to Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
Attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano has been certified as a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and theMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum must be Life Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award or settlement.
Jury Awards $13 Million to Woman Injured in Plummeting Elevator Accident
Partner Brad Edwards received a $13 million verdict on August Brad Edwards 31, following a two week jury trial. Thirteen years ago, Janice Beasley (41 years old) was riding in an elevator that plunged several floors before crashing to an abrupt stop. Ms. Beasley sustained significant permanent injuries which have confined her to a wheelchair for nearly 13 years. The defendants sought to avoid responsibility for this accident, which Ms. Beasley believed was both preventable and the cause of more than a decade of life-changing medical problems.
The firm is pleased to announce that five of the firm’s attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013 (Copyright 2012 by Woodward/White, Inc. of Aiken, SC). The following attorneys were selected in their respective pratie areas:
Gary M. Farmer, Jr. – Mass Torts Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs
Steven Jaffe – Mass Torts Litigation / Class Action – Plaintiffs
Matt Weissing – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs
Brad Edwards – Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffsm
Gary Farmer, Sr. – Appellate Practice
Firm Sponsors ABOTA Annual Professionalism Seminar
The American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Fort Lauderdale Chapter held it’s 1st Annual Professionalism Program in honor of Henry T. Latimer. Farmer Jaffe Weissing was one of several sponsors, where members of the Judiciary, their Judicial Assistants, and local members of the Bar explored issues facing the profession from the prospective of these groups. For photos of the event visit ABOTA’s Facebook Page.
Justice for Amputee in Plane Propeller Accident
The attorneys and staff at Farmer Jaffe Weissing are proud to have been able to assist out client Mr. Evans, whose arm had to be amputated as a result of an airplane propeller accident, in his pursuit of justice and fair compensation, and to hold Greenwich Insurance Co. to its obligations. This case highlights the importance of obtaining insurance coverage to account for the possibility that an injury could occur on ones premise and how too often insurance companies disregard their contractual obligations and leave prudent businesses exposed to potentially devastating judgments.
Floridians at the Mercy of Private Insurance Companies
Read Gary M. Farmer, Jr’s. important editorial on State Farm’s recent request for a 14.9% insurance rate increase. Why does State Farm Insurance Co. seek a “statewide average increase”? The simpe and sad answer: Because it can.
So what should homeowners and renter do? Ask for additional public hearing regarding the renters’ insurance and all other insurance rate increases. And tell the Office of Insurance Regulation to reject State Farm’s unreasonable price hikes.
A Torch That Burns For Justice
Firm Cases Recognized as Top Florida Verdicts & Settlements for 2011
Matt Weissing and Brad Edward’s premises liability case was against Festival Fun Parks LLC Doing Business as Boomers. A young man with a promising football career was shot in the parking lot and sustained permanent nerve injury due to the property’s lack of security. Following a two-week trial, a Broward County jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff for $4,255,280.00.
Gabriel F. Zambrano and co-counsel’s product liability case was against R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and Phillip Morris. They represented a widow whose husband was a smoker. The case alleged that the cigarettes caused the man’s fatal lunch cancer. A jury returned a verdict in favor of the plaintiff for $3,551,277.00.
Class Action Case Against CNA Receives Preliminary Approval
Our client’s class action case against CNA, for Attorney’s Steven Jaffe and Mark Fistosdiscrimination against Nurse Registries in FL, has received preliminary approval from Federal Judge Zlock.
“We have total confidence that Judge Zlock will enter a final order at the September hearing, thus ending the discriminatory practices of CNA,” said Jaffe. “Nurse Registries around the state should be very happy.”
Gabriel F. Zambrano Joins Farmer Jaffe Weissing
We are pleased to announce that trial attorney Gabriel F. Zambrano has joined the Farmer Jaffe Weissing team. Zambrano’s practice will focus on mass torts, defective drugs, defective medical products, personal injury and wrongful death litigation.
Zambrano gained national prominence as an early advocate on behalf of girls and women that suffered life altering blood clots, strokes or heart damage from use of the DROSPIRENONE (DRSP) containing birth control pills trademarked and manufactured by BAYER HEALTHCARE PHARMACEUTICALS: YASMIN, YAZ, BEYAZ & SAFYRAL.He is currently accepting and investigating cases involving PRADAXA (DABIGATRAN ETEXILATE), a FDA blood thinner and NUVARING VAGINAL RING contraceptives linked to fatal blood clots, strokes, pulmonary emboli and deep vein thrombosis.
Zambrano is also fluent in Spanish.
The Florida Justice Association Recognizes Achievements of Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr.
The Florida Justice Association (FJA) recognized attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr., as a recipient of their EAGLE Legend Award on Friday, June 15th at the Annual Convention on Marco Island. The EAGLE Legend Award is one of FJA’s highest honors for lifetime leadership and commitment to supporting the goals of the FJA in protecting the legal rights and safety of the injured and Florida’s Families. Farmer has personally given more than $100,000 to FJA throughout his legal career.
In addition, the FJA presented Farmer with the EAGLE Top Recruiting Champion Award in recognition for recruiting and raising the most EAGLE money during 2011-2012. The FJA also presented Farmer with the 2012 Gold EAGLE Award for gaining distinction at the highest level of commitment to the values of FJA founders (time, financial resources and energy) by exhibiting a steadfast duty to protect and defend civil justice.
Attorney Gary M. Farmer Installed As President of the Florida Justice Association
Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. was installed as President of the Florida Justice Association (FJA), a statewide legal organization comprised of civil trial lawyers in the State of Florida. Farmer was officially sworn in as the 53rd President during the Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention held on Friday, June 15, 2012, at the Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club & Spa on Marco Island.
Judge Grants Final Approval in David J. Stern Class Action
U.S. District Judge Robert N. Scola, Jr., entered an order on June 8, 2012, granting final approval of the class action law suit involving foreclosure attorney David J. Stern for violations of federal labor laws by him former employees. Attorney Steven Jaffe, Gary M. Farmer, Jr., Mark Fistos, and Seth Lehrman, along with co-counsel Dawn Rapoport and Chandra Parker Doucette represented a class of hundreds of former employees of the Law Offices of David Stern, P.A., DJSP Enterprises, Inc. and Stern’s affiliated foreclosure processing businesses.
Read Gary Farmer’s 2011 Legislation Session Review in the SFLG
Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. takes a look back at the 2012 Legislative Session in the South Florida Legal Guide. Farmer is an active Florida Justice Association lobbyist, who has spent more than six weeks each year for the past seven, working only on consumer protections and access to the courts.
Farmer Speaks to Students at Local School
Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. spoke to students at Heron Heights Gary FarmerElementary School in Parkland, Florida on June 1st on the importance of the Bill of Rights.
Edwards Included in The National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 Under 40
Attorney Brad Edwards has been included as a member of The National Trial Lawyers Association’s Top 40 Under 40. This invitation is extended exclusively to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40.
Jaffe Presents at Private Care Association’s Best Practices Conference
Attorney Steven Jaffe presented “Current Litigation Trends When Dealing With Denials on Long Term Insurance” at the 2012 Private Care Association of Florida’s Best Practices Conferences for Registries in Fort Lauderdale.
Crohn’s & Colitis Fundraiser – 4th Largest Ever
Attorney Steven Jaffe thanks everyone who donated and Team Lyndsay – Take Steps & Be Heard – Crohn’s & Colitiswalked for Team Lindsay in the 2012 Take Steps for Crohns & Colitis on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at Arts Park on Young Circle in Hollywood. Team Lindsay helped raise more than $5500, which helps support patient programs, education, and furthers crucial research. The entire even raise over $160,000 – the 4th largest fundraiser.
Brad Edwards Runs for Victim’s Rights
Run To Remember 5KAttorney Brad Edwards participated in the Broward Victim’s Rights Coalition’s Annual Run to Remember 5K in Hollywood on April 28, 2012. The event raised awareness and funds to benefit crime victims in Broward County.
Brad Edwards Presents Seminar on Enforcing Victims’ Rights
Attorney Brad Edwards, an OVC Training Consultant, presented an 8-hour seminar on “Enforcing Victims’ Rights” as part of the Palm Beach Victims’ Rights Coalition’s Extending the Vision Reaching Every Victim Program on April 26, 2012, in West Palm Beach. The seminar, which was part of a week-long series of programs by the Palm Beach Victims’ Right Coalition, was also part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 22-28).
Brad Edwards Presents Webinar on Maximizing Recovery for Sexual Abuse Victims
Attorney Brad Edwards presented an important online webinar on April 25, 2012, on “Maximizing Recovery for Sexual Abuse Victims” as part of SeminarWeb Live! FJA Webinar. This presentation was part of National Crime Victim’s Rights Week.
Gary Farmer Presents at Auto Insurance Seminar
Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. presented “Constitutional Issues Arising Under ‘New PIP'” at the Florida Justice Association’s Auto Insurance Seminar in Orlando on April 26.
Gary Farmer Presents at National Trial Lawyers Association Conference
Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. presented “State Attorney General Gary FarmerActions in Drug Cases: Are You Wasting All of Your Hard Work?” at the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Mass Tort Made Perfect Conference in Las Vegas on April 20, 2012.
Gary Farmer, Sr. Presents at National Trial Lawyers Association Conference
Gary Farmer, Sr. was part of a panel that discussed “The Gary M. Farmer, Sr.Effects of the Precedent-Setting Mensing & Kendall Decisions” at the National Trial Lawyers Association’s Mass Tort Made Perfect Conference in Las Vegas on April 18, 2012.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Support National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman proudly support National Crime Victims’ Rights Week – April 22 – 28, 2012, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). To learn about how we help crime victims visit: www.pathtojustice.com,www.justicetovictims.com, or www.abuseandassault.com.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Advocates National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Brad Edwards Presents at Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar
Brad devotes a large amount of his practice to sexual abuse and sexual assault cases. He is a major advocate for victim’s rights and has provided hundreds of hours of probono services each year to Victims Advocates Services and victims’ rights groups throughout Florida.
Gary Farmer Presents at Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar
Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. presented Gary Farmer”Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Qui Tam Cases – But Were Afraid to Ask” at the Florida Justice Association’sWorkhorse Seminar on March 22 in Orlando.
Gary M. Farmer, Sr.’s 4th DCA Ruling Quoted in The Atlantic Magazine Regarding the Trayvon Martin Shooting
Gary Farmer, Sr.’s 4th DCA opinion was quoted in The Atlantic regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting… Here’s how one Florida appellate judge, in a 2006 ruling, interpreted the low legal threshold necessary to move the burden of proof on self-defense from people like Zimmerman to prosecutors:
To repeat, the law did not require defendant to prove his justification of self-defense to any standard …measuring an assurance of truth. He did not have to prove the exigency of self-defense to a near certainty (reasonable doubt) or even to a mere probability (greater weight). His only burden was to offer additional facts from which it could be true, that his resort to such force could have been reasonable (emphasis in original). Click this link to read Mr. Farmer’s 2006 ruling.
Support Team Lindsay – Crohn’s & Colitis Take Steps Walk
Once again Steffi and I (Steve Jaffe) have formed Team Lyndsay – Take Steps & Be Heard – Crohn’s & ColitisTeam Lindsay to walk in our annual Take Steps Walk on Saturday April 28, 2012. This year the Walk will be held in A NEW LOCATION at ArtsPark on Young Circle in Hollywood. Last year’s event drew more than 1,500 people and raised over $200,000. This year’s event promises to be a fun filled evening for the entire family.
As you all know our daughter Lindsay was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was 15 years old. She has done remarkably well for herself despite the flair ups and hospitalizations that she has endured over the years. She became an accomplished scholarship athlete, playing soccer at Appalachian State University. She has graduated and is pursuing a career in Sports Administration. We are so proud of her. Unfortunately, others have not fared as well as Lindsay, nearly 1.5 million Americans, many who are children suffer from Crohn’s and Colitis and the number of people being diagnosed each year is increasing. The funds we raise through the Take Steps Walk will help support world class scientific research and sponsor educational programs and services for those afflicted with these diseases. Our hope is that others will be able to manage the disease as well as Lindsay has so far.
We would really appreciate your support. Please visit Team Lindsay page. Just click on this link and sign up to be a team member on Team Lindsay. It will be a fun night. There will be plenty of food and entertainment, if you are unable to attend the walk, any donation is greatly appreciated.
Firm Hosts Press Conference for Attorney Representing Trayvon Martin’s Family
Benjamin Crump & Gary FarmerOur firm hosted a press conference today for Attorney Benjamin Crump of Parks and Crump in Tallahassee, who is representing Trayvon Martin’s family, the young teenager shot and killed by watch captain George Zimmerman. Here Attorney Crump talks to Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Jr. before the news conference. For more photos of the news conference click here.
Former Employees of David Stern Agree to Settlement
Approximately 800 former employees of foreclosure attorney David J. Stern, who alleged that Stern and DJSP Enterprise did not give them 60 days notice as required by the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification or WARN Act, have reached a preliminary settlement. Our firm and co-counsel Dawn Rapoport and Chandra Parker Doucette represent the named plaintiffs and class members. A final hearing before U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro will be held in Miami in June. Media coverage includes the Sun-Sentinel and the Daily Business Review.
Seth Lehrman Guest Lectures at Nova Southeastern University Law School
Attorney Seth Lehrman was a guest lecturer at Nova Southeastern University’s Law School. Seth presented on professional responsibility and ethics. His lecture focused on protecting clients’ rights following the dissolution of a law firm.
Firm Co-Sponsors Fundraiser for Judicial Candidate
The firm is co-sponsoring a fundraiser for judicial candidate Richard Adam Sachs. Sachs is running for County Court Judge, Group 5. The fundraiser will be held Wednesday, February 29th at Maguires Hill 16 in Fort Lauderdale. Click here for fundraiser details.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Attorneys Selected for 2012 South Florida Legal Guide
Trial Attorneys Gary Farmer, Steven Jaffe and Matt Weissing have been selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of the South Florida Legal Guide’s “Top Lawyer.” Gary was recognized for his work in the practice area of class actions. Steve and Matt where recognized for their work in the practice area of personal injury.
Firm Represents Realtor Group in Federal Lawsuit
Attorneys Steven Jaffe and Mark Fistos are representing the Realtor Association of Greater Fort Lauderdale in a federal lawsuit against the Miami Realtor Association for false and deceptive advertising under the Lanham Act and Florida law. Media coverage includes: the Daily Business Review, the South Florida Business Journal, the Palm Beach Post and Miami Today.
Firm Celebrates 2nd Annual Lawlapalooza – A Justice Jam
The firm celebrated their second anniversary with Lawlapalooza: A Justice Jam! with their clients, friends of the firm, colleagues and family on December 8th. This year the firm added a toy drive benefiting 4Kids of South Florida, Inc. With the help of attendees, we were able to collect more than 150 toys!! Click here for additional photos of the event.
Jury Awards $276,000 to Client in Rear-End Car Accident
Attorney Matthew Weissing of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman obtained a $276,000 jury verdict for a client involved in a rear-end car accident in Boca Raton.
Jury Awards $2 Million to Client Attacked at All Stars Sports Bar & Grill
Attorney Brad Edwards obtained a 2 million dollar jury verdict for a client who was attacked by a patron at the All Stars Sports Bar & Grill. Our client sustained serious facial trauma including 4 missing teeth and a broken jaw, which will require multiple surgeries and bone grafting to repair.
2011 Turkey Basket Giveaway Challenge Photos
The lawyers, staff and families of Farmer Jaffe Weissing teamed up with Lawlor, Winston, White and Murphy to give away 200 Thanksgiving turkeys as part of the Pompano Beach Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity Alumni’s Annual Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway. For photos of the event, click here.
Jury Awards $4.27 Million to Teen Shot Outside Boomers!
Attorneys Bradley Edwards and Matthew Weissing of Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, just obtained a multi-million dollar verdict for a teenager, with a promising football career, who was shot as he left Boomers!.
Gary Farmer Guest on The Unsual Suspect Talk Show
Attorney Gary Farmer, President Elect of the Florida Justice Association, talks with “The Usual Suspects” – Florida’s Talk Show hosts Steve Vancore and Sean Pitman about the Florida Justice Association, PIP Insurance and the Insurance Industry.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Challenges Local Law firm in Thanksgiving Basket Giveaway
Farmer Jaffe Weissing has challenged the Lawlor Winston White & Murphy law firm to see who can deliver more turkeys as part of the Pompano Beach Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity Inc’s Annual Thanskgiving Basket Giveaway.
Gary M. Farmer, Sr. Recipient of 2011 Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award
Attorney Gary M. Farmer, Sr. was awarded the Florida Justice Association’s Al J. Cone Lifetime Achievement Award during the Masters of Justice event on October 28th in Miami. The award goes to an attorney who has pledged their life to upholding consumer rights and fighting for justice. The award reads: “A career of leadership; A career of example setting; A career of devotion; A career of courage.” The winner of this award must be a leader, dedicated and poised not only for personal achievement as an attorney, but also success as an individual.
Jaffe Gives Opening Remarks at Fort Lauderdale CLE
Attorney Steven M. Jaffe gave the opening remarks and introduction at the “Navigating the Maze: Identifying and Resolving Issues Inherent in The Personal Injury Case for Clients with a Disability or Special Needs” CLE presented by The Law Office of Stephanie L. Schneider PA and National Care Advisors on October 11, 2011, in Fort Lauderdale.
Farmer, Jaffe Weissing Support National Crime Prevention Month
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, supports National Crime Prevention Month – October 2011, sponsored by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). The firm wants to raise awareness of the types following crimes: sexual abuse & molestation and negligent security and parking lot safety issues.
Miami Judge Certifies Class in David J. Stern Case
U.S. District Judge Ursula Ungaro has certified a class action law suit on September 26, 2011, involving foreclosure attorney David J. Stern for violations of federal labor laws by his former employees. Our Law firm represents a class of approximately 800 former employees of the Law Offices of David J. Stern, P.A. and the DJSP Enterprises who were terminated without the 60 days notice required by federal law.
Farmer Presented at the FJA Auto Negligence Seminar
Attorney Gary Farmer presented “Auto Insurance Legislation: PIP on the Cusp?” on September 16th as part of the Florida Justice Association’s Auto Negligence Seminar in Fort Lauderdale.
Jaffe Presents at Private Care Association’s Annual Conference
Attorney Steven M. Jaffe presented “Navigating Long-Term Care Reimbursement” on September 15th as part of the 2011 Private Care Association’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Co-Sponsors PCA Annual Conference
Our firm is proud to be a co-sponsor of the 2011 Private Care Association’s Annual Conference held on September 13-15, 2011, at the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel in Washington, DC.
Farmer Presents – “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Qui Tam Cases”
Attorney Gary Farmer presented “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Qui Tam Cases—But Were Afraid to Ask” at a Florida Justice Association’s Webinar on August 31.
Firm Files Class Action Law Suit Against Coldwell Banker for Add On Closing Fees
Firm attorneys Steven Jaffe, Mark Fistos & Seth Lehrman have filed a class action lawsuit this week against Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC for add on fees at loan closings that violate the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act of 1974.
Abuse of the Elderly – Care Facility Takes Control of Trust Account
Attorneys Steven R. Jaffe and Mark S. Fistos have filed a lawsuit on behalf of family members Linda Brega and Daniel Muller against Cypress Cove at Healthpark Florida, Inc., and Kevin A. Kyle, as nominal defendant and New Trustee of the Audrey Muller Trust, for tortious interference in estate planning.
Jaffe Presents at 2011 Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute
Attorney Steven Jaffe presented at the Workshop: Direct Examination of a Lay Witness on August 26, 2011, in Tampa at the 2011 Al J. Cone Trial Advocacy Institute.
Federal Magistrate Recommends Class Action Status – David Stern Case
A Federal Magistrate has recommended that class action status be granted to former employees of foreclosure attorney David J. Stern for violations of federal labor laws. Our firm represents approximately 1000 former employees who were terminated and are seeking to recover wages which they are entitled to under the WARN Act. News coverage included: Daily Business Review, Sun-Sentinel and the ABA Journal.
Jaffe’s Personal Injury Case Highlights the Importance of “Move Over, It’s the Law”
Attorney Steven Jaffe settled a personal injury case for $550,000 for a Hollywood Police Officer who was performing his duties as a police officer by assisting motorists who were involved in an auto accident on Sheridan Street. The defendant, while approaching the scene, struck the right side of the officer’s body with his vehicle’s right side door mirror and ran over his foot, causing serious injury.
Court Hearing on Violations of Crime Victims’ Rights Act in Jeffrey Epstein Case
Attorney Brad Edwards was in Federal Court in West Palm Beach arguing that the government’s actions violated his client’s rights under the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act, when they agreed to a plea deal with Palm Beach sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. News coverage included: WPTV News Channel 5, WPBF News 25, the Daily Business Review and the Palm Beach Daily News.
Scott Rothstein’s Most Innocent Victims Receive Justice
Attorney Seth Lehrman delivered nearly $1 million in recovered forfeiture monies to approximately 40 clients, who were the innocent victims of Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme. Lehrman’s clients originally had legitimate claims with Rothstein’s law firm – they won their claims and their money had been placed in a trust account; but before they could receive their money, Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme broke all the assets were frozen.
Gary Farmer Installed President Elect of the Florida Justice AssociationGary M. Farmer
Farmer Named as 2011 Florida Super Lawyer
Farmer Presents at Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention
Jaffe Presents at Florida Justice Association’s Annual Convention
Lehrman Joins Daniel D. Cantor Senior Center’s Board of Directors
Jaffe Attends Alzheimer’s Association’s Palm Beach Promise Luncheon
Lehrman Presents at Nova Southeastern University School of Law
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Proud Sponsors of the Florida Justice Association’s 2011 Justice Ball
Florida Justice Association Justice BallOur firm is proud to sponsor the Florida Justice Association’s (FJA) Justice Ball and celebrate their 50th Anniversary. FJA is dedicated to protecting the rights of Florida’s citizens and consumers.
Jaffe Presents at the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Regional Education Conference
Attorney Steven Jaffe participated in a panel discussion “Ask the Experts” at the 2011 Alzheimer’s Association Regional Education Conference “Care & Conquer”, hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association Southeast Florida Chapter on May 19th.
Attorney Steven Jaffe Presented at the 2011 Alzheimer’s Education Conference
Attorney Steven Jaffe presented “Long Term Care Insurance and the Law” at the nationally recognized Alzheimer’s Educational Conference, presented by Alzheimer’s Community Care on May 6th. The two-day conference expected to draw over 1200 attendees including caregivers, advocates and healthcare professionals.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Sponsor Thurston “AAA” Invitational Baseball Tournament Baseball Hall of Fame
Farmer Jaffe Weissing are proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual Thurston “AAA” Invitational Baseball Tournament for Boys Ages 9-10 and 11-12. Baseball Hall of Fame Recipient Andre Dawson was the keynote speaker for the event. For additional photos of the event, click here.
Attorney Steven Jaffe Participates in Lope The Lake For Literacy Ride
Attorney Steven Jaffe recently participated in the Loop The Lake For Literacy Ride benefiting the Literacy Coalition of Palm Beach County
Federal Court Approves Nationwide Class Action Against Equifax
Equifax Class Action Attorney Seth Lehrman, along with Steven Grover and other co-counsel, won approval of a nationwide class action today in federal court against Equifax for alleged credit reporting violations. The settlement will provide relief to approximately 58,000 class members and the millions of Americans who receive credit reports from Equifax each year.
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Proudly Sponsors Women In Distress
The firm recently sponsored the V-Day World and Eye “A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant and a Prayer 2011” on Saturday, April 16th at the World and Eye Center, which benefited Women in Distress.
Team Lindsay Raises More than $7000 For Crohns & Colitis Foundation
Team Lindsay made up of firm attorneys, staff, family and friends participated in the 2011 Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis on Saturday, April 16th, at Huizenga Plaza on Las Olas Riverfront. Team Lindsay helped raise more than $7000 which helps support patient programs, education efforts, and furthers crucial research. Pictured (L to R): Brad Edwards, Steven Jaffe, Justin Jaffe and Gary Farmer. A special thank you to everyone who donated and walked!
Farmer Jaffe Weissing Proudly Supports National Volunteer Week
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman supports National Volunteer Week (April 10-16). Our firm is very involved in giving back to our communities. Members of our firm support various charities, sit on non-profit boards, and do volunteer work with local schools and religious organizations. We are community-conscious and believe we have an obligation to give back o a society that has afforded so much to us and our families.
Want to make a difference too? Visit the sites below for local volunteer opportunities:
Thank You Letter from the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter
Here is a wonderful letter we received from the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Florida Chapter thanking attorney Steven Jaffe for the $100,000 donation, which was a court approved payment of a settlement fund, as a result of the long-term care insurance class action law suit – Ruderman v. Washington National Insurance Corporation.
Brad Edwards Files Motion in Jeffrey Epstein Case – Violation of Crime Victim’s Rights Act
Attorney Brad Edwards filed a motion in Federal Court this week saying the U.S. Attorney’s Office violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by signing a nonprosecution agreement with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein without notifying his clients. News coverage included the Palm Beach Post and Main Justice.
Join TEAM LINDSAY – Crohn’s & Colitis Takes Step Walk
Attorney Steven Jaffe’s daughter Lindsay suffers from CROHN’S DISEASE…this is an incurable disease of the intestines. Each year we join other families to WALK FOR CROHN’S. This year’s 1-mile walk is Saturday, April 16, 2011, at 7pm at Huizenga Plaza on the Las Olas Riverfront. Won’t you please consider helping our TEAM LINSDAY, click here for details. We’d also love for you to walk with us!
Gary M. Farmer, Sr. Joins The Firm
Farmer Jaffe Weissing is pleased to announce that Gary Farmer, Sr., retired Fourth District Court of Appeal Judge, has joined the firm, as of-counsel and will provide litigation support and appellate representation in both civil and criminal cases.
London Papers Quote Edwards in Recent Jeffrey Epstein / Prince Andrew Scandal
London newspapers recently quoted attorney Brad Edwards regarding billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s close relationship with Britain’s Prince Andrew. Last year Edwards helped 10 women seek justice, who were sexually molested and abused by Epstein. National and local news coverage included London’s The Telegraph, London’s Daily Mail and South Florida’s Palm Beach Daily News.
Firm Sponsors Alzheimer’s Association Gala
Farmer Jaffe Weissing proudly supports The Times of Your Life Gala honoring the Alzheimer’s Association. Click here for program.
Lehrman Presents at Nova Southeastern University School of Law
Weissing’s Foster Care Success Story
Jaffe Presents $100,000 Check to Alzheimer Association
Attorney Steve Jaffe and Co-counsel Steven M. Dunn presented a $100,000 check to the Alzheimer’s Association, Southeast Chapter. The cy pres award (a court approved payment of settlement funds) was a result of a precedent setting long-term care insurance class action law suit – Ruderman v. Washington National Insurance Corporation.
Jaffe Nominated Volunteer of the Year
Class Action Settlement Creates $8 Million Fund For Elderly Floridians
Judge James I. Cohn of the U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida has granted final approval of a class action settlement which creates an $8 million fund for elderly class members with home healthcare insurance policies issued by Washington National Insurance Company (WNIC). The agreement also places all those elderly insured’s back on claim, meaning the insurance company will now be responsible for the cost of care of our clients.
Attorneys Steven Jaffe and Mark Fistos also received court approval that required WNIC to make a $100,000 cy pres award (donation) to a charity whose mission is to serve the needs of the elderly — the court approved the Alzheimer Association as recipient of the donation.
Mowat, et al v. DJSP Enterprises, Inc., et al.
Attorneys Gary Farmer, Mark Fistos, Seth Lehrman and co-counsel, who are representing former employees of the law firm of David J. Stern and a related company, have filed a federal class action lawsuit asking for back wages and benefits because they claim that hundreds of employees were fired without 60 days’ advance notice, as required under federal law.
The suit charges that Stern’s law firm and its publicly traded processing unit DJSP Enterprises didn’t follow the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act or WARN Act requirement to give employees 60 days’ warning — plus pay and benefits — before a mass layoff. Local news coverage included South Florida Business Journal, Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald,Palm Beach Post, and CBS4 Miami.
Weissing Nominated 2010 Most Effective Lawyer
United States of America v. Scott W. Rothstein
Attorney Seth Lehrman prevailed in the firm’s prosecution of criminal forfeiture and restitution claims on behalf of thirty-seven former Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler (“RRA”) clients who sought to recover more than one million dollars of settlement monies that had been deposited into a trust account of the RAA law firm prior to Scott Rothstein’s widely publicized theft of those monies. After the implosion of RRA, our firm agreed to represent these individuals free of charge. The court’s order detailed the monies owed to them. Outside the courthouse, Mr. Lehrman commented, “This is full justice for good and deserving people.” Mr. Lehrman’s victory has been the subject of several media reports, including, the Sun Sentinel, Bloomberg, South Florida Business Journal, and Law.com.
Geico Indemnity Co. v. Physicians Group, LLC, a/a/o Paul Androski
Attorney Gary Farmer drafted the winning brief in Geico Indemnity Co. v. Physicians Group, LLC, a/a/o Paul Androski, in which the Second District Court of Appeal confirmed on August 13, 2010, that the fee schedule amendments to the Florida Motor Vehicle No-Fault Law, § 627.736, Fla. Stat. (2008) (“PIP”) effective January 1, 2008, do not apply retroactively. The court’s ruling settles an issue which has been hotly contested in lower courts.
Mercedes Zota, et al v. Lighthouse Intracoastal Inc., et al.
Farmer Named FJA Treasurer
Attorney Gary Farmer is being sworn in as Treasurer of the Florida Justice Association. Gary has served as Secretary of the Florida Justice Association since June 2009 and served on its Board of Directors since 2005.
Attorney Brad Edwards won a $735,000 jury verdict in a case brought on behalf of truck driver who lost three toes due to a warehouse accident.
Class Certification Upheld
The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit issued an opinion upholding the trial court’s order certifying a multi-state class in Saltzman v. Pella, Case No. 06 C 4481, which is pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Attorneys Steven Jaffe and Mark Fistos are handling the case.
Edwards Prevails on Key Rulings in Epstein Case
Attorney Brad Edwards succeeded in convincing a federal judge that billionaire Jeffrey Epstein must disclose specific figures showing his net worth. Brad also received a favorable ruling allowing his client access to a recording and transcript of a recording of a reporter’s off-the-record interview with Epstein. The reporter’s newspaper had sought to have the materials protected from disclosure based on a “qualified reporter’s privilege.” Brad is representing several young women in civil suits in which they allege Mr. Epstein sexually assaulted them when they were teens. Trial is set to begin July 14, 2010.
Lehrman Represents Football Great, Warren Sapp, and Others in Forfeiture Proceedings
Attorney Seth Lehrman has filed papers in forfeiture proceedings in bankruptcy court on half of Warren Sapp and others to recover monies they lost in trust funds held by Ponzi schemer, Scott Rothstein, which were never accounted for.
$520 million Whistleblower Recovery
Attorney Gary Farmer resolved a Whistleblower suit against pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, which will pay $520 million in civil fines and restitution to state and federal entities. The firm disseminated a press release on the case. The U.S. Attorney General issued remarks about the settlement. The federal Department of Justice also announced the settlement. The settlement agreement is available on our site.
Law School Presentation
Firm Attorney Seth Lehrman gave a presentation on law practice management at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Firm Hosts FJA Event
Farmer, Jaffe, Weissing, Edwards, Fistos & Lehrman, P.L. hosted a Florida Justice Association member appreciation reception on the rooftop of the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale offices. Photos were taken of the event.
Qui Tam Presentation
Firm attorney Gary Farmer was a presenter at the Florida Justice Association’s Workhorse Seminar in Orlando. He spoke on Qui Tam litigation, which has been the focus of much of his law practice. Qui Tam suits are also commonly known has whistleblower suits. Gary was one of the originating attorneys in the Qui Tam settlement involving Eli Lilly and the drug Zyprexa that resulted in a record $1.42 billion dollar settlement for illegal off-label marketing of drugs. Gary has handled notable class actions and other Qui Tam settlements.
Class Certification Granted in Long Term Health Insurance Case
The firm won a contested class certification ruling for the class action plaintiffs in one the firm’s long term health insurance cases, Ruderman, et al., v. Washington National Insurance Company filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Case No. 08-CV-23401-COHN/ROSENBAUM. Attorneys Steven Jaffe and Mark Fistos are representing the injured parties as Plaintiffs’ counsel in this class action case. The defendant’s petition to appeal the order was denied on March 4, 2010. The case has been stayed pending settlement discussions.
Jaffe Sworn in as BCJA President
Attorney Seth Lehrman was a presenter a law office management workshop at at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Attorney Brad Edwards assisted with a victim’s rights workshop in Orlando.
Jaffe Appointed CCFA Board Member
Attorney Steven Jaffe was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America (Florida Chapter). Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cure for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Class Certification Granted in Pella Windows Case
With their co-counsel, attorneys Steven Jaffe and Mark Fistos prevailed for the injured victims named as plaintiffs on a contested multistate class action certification motion pending in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, in the class action case Saltzman v. Pella, Case No. 06 C 4481.
NationsRent Administrative Fee Class Action Settled
With their co-counsel, firm attorneys Steven Jaffe and Mark Fistos won for the class action plaintiffs a contested nationwide class certification in In Re NationsRent Fee Litigation Case No. 06-60924-CIV-BROWN, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. A settlement has been reach for the class. The court entered an order finally approving the settlement on March 31, 2010.
Weissing Continues to Serve Foster Care Community
Attorney Matt Weissing continues to volunteer for 4Kids of South Florida, which provides Safe Place intake services for every dependent child which is taken into care in Broward County, serves children and those providing Foster Care, Adoption, Crisis Pregnancy, and provides stability for kids who are aging out of the foster care system. Matt and his family first became involved with the organization in 1996, when they accepted responsibility for a foster son.
Seeing the needs of foster children throughout our community, Matt became an advocate for foster children making numerous appearances on local radio stations, speaking before community organizations, in churches, etc. In 2008, 4Kids was recognized by the White House as the model for Foster Care in the United States.