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The Latest Consumer Fraud: Cell Phone Accounts

By Jeff Brown |

Cell phone account fraud is the latest consumer fraud privacy threat keeping consumers up at night. Criminals open up phone cell phone accounts, and use them to access others’ bank accounts, open new credit cards, or sell information for other criminals to use. In 2017 alone, the number of victims increased 63 percent from… Read More »

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Florida Roller Coaster Derails, Plunging Riders 34 Feet & Leading to Traumatic Injuries

By Jeff Brown |

It’s the stuff of nightmares for many parents whose children and others frequent amusement parks: Florida roller coasters derailing, leading to severe injuries and sometimes even death. Sadly, this just happened in June, when the “Sand Blaster” roller coaster derailed on the Daytona Beach Boardwalk,  sending its riders plummeting 34 feet (10 meters, or… Read More »

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One Boy’s Tragic Death Begs the Question: When Are Child Accidents Someone Else’s Fault?

By Jeff Brown |

The 11-year-old-boy who died on April 20th after getting hit by a truck while his school held a protest against gun violence has captured headlines. The boy was trying to cross the street to get to visit a park when he was tragically hit by a Ford F-150 pickup truck. At this time, the… Read More »

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Significant Consumer Fraud Equifax Breach Reportedly Goes Unaddressed

By Jeff Brown |

Even though the Equifax data breach and subsequent consumer fraud-related harm that occurred happened last year, new reporting reveals that the government still has not acted, and may now even be taking steps to reduce consumer rights’ to file consumer fraud complaints. Specifically, a new report reveals that the Consumer Fraud Protection Bureau has… Read More »

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May News in Florida: Dangerous Sinkholes and Exploding Airbags

By Jeff Brown |

Florida news headlines of late have covered issues involving serious personal injury concerns: one highlighted how Florida now leads the nation in the highest number of Takata-airbag-related injuries and deaths; the other on how worker negligence will open upon up deep sinkholes in the Sunshine State, leading to injuries, death, and property damage, in… Read More »

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Can E-Cigarettes Cause Injuries?

By Jeff Brown |

As recently covered by People and ABC Action News, one Florida producer who worked for CNBC died in early May after his vape pen (also known as an “e-cigarette”) exploded, causing a massive fire in his home. When the pen exploded, the projectile penetrated his brain and skull. It also caused a massive fire,… Read More »

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Wells Fargo Now Facing $1 Billion in Civil Penalties over Consumer Fraud Issues

By Jeff Brown |

In what has emerged as one of the biggest consumer fraud issues of the last decade, federal regulators now want Wells Fargo & Co. to pay up to $1 billion in civil penalties in conjunction with the customer-account scandal that emerged in 2016—likely among the largest fines in financial services history. Last year, the… Read More »

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Florida Woman Suffers From Broken Epidural Needle in Spine for 14 Years

By Jeff Brown |

The day that a family welcomes a new baby into the household is usually a joyous one, unless the doctors delivering the baby make a grave mistake. Unfortunately, that’s allegedly what happened to one Florida woman, who had an epidural needle left in her spine. As a result, for more than 14 years, she… Read More »

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Florida’s Brightline Train Kills another Pedestrian

By Jeff Brown |

Just in its January opening week, Florida’s new high-speed train resulted in three people being struck, with two dying. Sadly, these tragedies are far from over: On April 8th,  it hit and killed yet another pedestrian, marking the fourth person who has been struck and killed since service began between Fort Lauderdale and West… Read More »

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More Deaths Emerge In Driverless Cars

By Jeff Brown |

Driverless cars appear to, once again, be in trouble: Just days after an Uber Technologies Inc. self-driving car killed a pedestrian in the state of Arizona, Tesla Inc. confirmed that its “Model X” driver died in a gruesome crash in California in late March after relying on Autopilot. The utility vehicle reportedly collided with… Read More »

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The FIU Bridge Collapse: Who Knew What Beforehand?

By Jeff Brown |

The tragedy that occurred with the Florida International University bridge collapse has been all over the news, especially as emergency crews recovered the last two of the total six victims killed on Sunday, March 18th, one of which included a married father of three. The bridge broke into pieces and came crashing down on… Read More »

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In Amtrak Accident En Route to Miami, Amtrak Will Likely Pay Victims, Regardless Of Fault

By Jeff Brown |

The recent Amtrak accident – en route to Miami – which resulted in more than 100 injured passengers and two dead crew members, left many shaken and has led to a general discussion of both the safety practices (or lack thereof) at Amtrak, and when Amtrak bears the cost of damages to its employees,… Read More »

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Was An Individual Or Agency Responsible For The February Florida School Shooting?

By Jeff Brown |

The tragic Florida shooting has dominated headlines in our sunshine state of late. With 17 killed and others injured in the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland on February 14th, many are now looking at whether anyone knew—ahead of time—that the shooter (Nikolas Cruz) posed a danger to the public, and whether… Read More »

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February 2018 Consumer Fraud Update

By Jeff Brown |

In the month of February, progress was made around the country in affording greater consumer protection to victims of consumer fraud. Below, we discuss some of these legal updates: Regardless Of Net Neutrality, Cable Companies Cannot Defraud Customers A February ruling by a New York Supreme Court judge could set the tone for consumer… Read More »

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Pedestrian Deaths Halt Florida’s High-Speed Train Project

By Jeff Brown |

While designed with the goal of providing efficient, public transportation to the state of Florida, unfortunately, Florida’s new express passenger railway—Brightline—has instead led to significant injuries and deaths, just in its opening week. On opening day alone, one pedestrian was struck and killed at a road crossing by the train, and over the next… Read More »

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The Fentanyl Patch: What You Should Know

By Jeff Brown |

One man’s very painful journey into being incorrectly prescribed the fentanyl patch after a surgeon’s serious mistake, and then suffering from additional medical malpractice, is one that we can all learn from. After mistakes made during a rectal repair procedure caused permanent nerve damage in his feet, a pain specialist introduced him to the… Read More »

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Better Business Bureau Report Reveals Riskiest Consumer Fraud Scams of 2017

By Jeff Brown |

According to a new report from the Better Business Bureau, online purchase scams are now the riskiest form of consumer fraud out there, moving up from the fourth spot in 2016, to the first in 2017. While young people were the highest at risk as a group in general, money lost was highest for… Read More »

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People Killed and Injured At Disney World

By Jeff Brown |

When many people think of Florida, they think of sunshine and beautiful beaches, and the many tourist attractions, such as Disney World. Yet, one of Florida’s most notorious and plentiful residents—the alligator—is something that both visitors and property owners alike simply cannot ignore. Unfortunately, the presence of more than one million alligators in our… Read More »

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Protecting Senior Citizens from Consumer Fraud

By Jeff Brown |

Unfortunately, when it comes to consumer fraud, Florida’s senior citizens are frequently the target. It is often assumed that our senior community has accumulated assets such as retirement accounts, a home, Social Security, savings, etc. In addition, many also assume that the elderly are also less able to keep track of their assets as… Read More »

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Incriminating Evidence Emerges In Deadly Florida Nursing Home Catastrophe

By Jeff Brown |

In September, we reported on the Hollywood Hills nursing home facility, where several residents were found dead after Florida’s massive hurricane disaster. That catastrophe left many concerned about negligence, where questions remained concerning why the air conditioning was not maintained at the facility, as well as why the residents were not moved to the… Read More »

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