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After years of lawsuits and negotiations, farmers whose livelihoods were impacted by Dicamba herbicide are finally receiving justice. A number of them had faced serious financial losses to their yields season after season because the herbicide had a propensity to drift and damage their crops. 

Although Monsanto and BASF — a chemicals corporation — developed Xtend crops, which were genetically modified to be resistant to dicamba herbicides, dicamba remained highly lethal to crops that were not genetically modified. To make matters trickier, dicamba is prone to vaporizing, or volatizing, and drifting through the air, affecting crops miles away from its site of application. When it drifts, crops in the vicinity can be seriously harmed, and farmers could suffer yield losses, which means they lose a lot of money. 

After the Xtend crop system was brought to market in 2016, the number of complaints of crop damage caused by off-target dicamba exploded. Thousands of farmers have made such complaints over the past few years — what was once a rare occurrence has now become all too routine. 

Farmers Demand Justice

After facing economic losses due to dicamba’s effect on their crops, affected farmers are banding together to file lawsuits. These lawsuits usually target the Dicamba manufacturer, not the farmers who applied the product. 

In November 2017, Morgan & Morgan attorney Rene Rocha filed a motion asking for the coordination of these lawsuits as a multidistrict litigation, or MDL. Coordination through an MDL allows complex cases with a large number of plaintiffs, like this one, to be prepared, negotiated, and litigated in a more streamlined way. 

With today’s announcement of a $400 million settlement, long-suffering farmers will finally receive financial compensation for the damage they have experienced.  

“This settlement is the result of years of hard-fought litigation,” attorney Rene Rocha said. “It will provide much-needed relief to thousands of farmers who have been affected by off-target dicamba, and resolve disputes that have roiled agriculture for the better part of a decade.” 

Farmers Still Suffering Losses 

Not all farmers whose yields were harmed by Dicamba have filed a lawsuit. 

The signs of Dicamba crop damage include: 

  • Twisted leaves
  • Upward cupping on leaves
  • Narrow, strap-like leaves on the youngest growth
  • Aboveground roots on the stems of some annual flowers

A farmer who has suffered from dicamba damage at any time between 2015-2020 may be eligible to participate in this settlement. You can find out if you qualify by giving us a call for a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Morgan & Morgan is proud to fight on behalf of America’s farmers, and we want to fight for you too. So call today; we’re ready to go to work. 

June 29, 2020

With protesters across the country getting arrested for exercising their Freedom of Speech, there has been a massive influx of donations to bail funds over the past ten days.

The Orlando-based Community Bail Fund, founded by Matt Morgan in February, is no exception. It’s now raised more than $200,000 in bail funds: $100,000 in donations, and $100,000 matched by the Morgan family. The family will continue matching donations until the fund hits the $250,000 mark.

In an interview with WFTV’s Karla Ray on Wednesday, Morgan discussed how devastating something as simple as not making bail can be.

“The impacts of that across your entire life are overwhelming,” he said. “You’re not going to go to work, so you’re going to lose your job. You’re not going to be able to pay your rent, so you lose your housing. Most times you’re going to take a quick plea deal, which is going to be on your record for life and make it really difficult for you to get a job in the future.”

Bail funds raise money to post bail for low-level, nonviolent offenders so they can get out of jail while they await trial. Morgan says the Community Bail Fund has now helped release 100 people from jail. That’s 100 people who could have lost their jobs or homes if not for the fund.

Many people consider the bail system to be unfairly punitive to low-income people. In the WFTV segment, Aramis Ayala, State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court, said, “Poor people should not just be sitting in custody pre-trial, when wealthier people who may have done more violent crimes are walking amongst us.”

Ayala also cited over-policing and jailing people for low-level crimes such as petty theft, trespassing, or drug possession as being counterproductive. “When you are over-policing and increasing the possibility of incarceration for low-level crimes, you increase the possibility of having encounters, and therefore violent encounters, and in this case that we’re seeing nationally, deadly encounters with law enforcement for nonviolent type things.”

One such encounter, the murder of George Floyd by four members of the Minneapolis Police Department, has sparked outrage and calls for criminal justice reform. Thousands of Americans have protested in all 50 states, and many have been arrested for breaking curfew or for unlawful assembly.

As a result, bail funds have seen a flood of donations from people who want to aid protesters and support their cause from afar. The Minnesota Freedom Fund raised $20 million in just four days, so much that it started diverting donations to other organizations.

The Community Bail Fund hasn’t hit seven figures yet, but the funds it’s raised have been significant, perhaps even life-saving. You can donate to the fund here.

June 5, 2020

Click Here to Sign John Morgan's Petition to Fix Florida's Unemployment System.

John Morgan has made Ron DeSantis an offer he may not be able to refuse. Now he needs your help in convincing Florida’s governor to let him fight For the Unemployed.

In a video posted online Tuesday, Morgan offered to deploy his army of attorneys, free of charge, to file a lawsuit against the company that built Florida’s unemployment system. The online system cost $77 million and has been completely overwhelmed by the 1.5 million Floridians who have filed for unemployment since mid-March, with more than 1 million new claims in just the past three weeks.

Now Morgan has launched a petition, Fix Florida’s Unemployment System, “to urge Gov. DeSantis to engage at no cost my firm… to try and recoup the $77 million that we Florida’s taxpayers spent on a lemon.”

“We got ripped off,” the petition adds.

The term “lemon” evokes lemon laws, also known as breach of warranty laws, which protect consumers who have purchased defective products (often cars, boats, or appliances). In this case, it seems the consumer/plaintiff would be the state of Florida, while the defendant would be the company or companies that created the CONNECT unemployment system and sold it to the state.

When a breach of warranty lawsuit is successful, the plaintiff recovers the full cost of the defective product they purchased, plus the costs of any attempted repairs.

Morgan says that many Floridians are relying on unemployment to feed their families and keep their lights on. “Florida’s broken unemployment system is only adding to the stress,” he writes. “Floridians deserve their $77 million back. That’s $77 million that could go back into the unemployment pot and go to families in need.”

The comments section below the petition paints a bleak portrait of the state’s unemployment crisis. Florida man Stephen Heroux writes, “I applied for PUA on 3/29/20. I sat there pending for over a month. We were then told we had to re-apply and get declined for a second time before the PUA link would be available. I’m going on 6 weeks of waiting and nothing.”

By some accounts, the CONNECT system was designed to fail by former Governor (now Senator) Rick Scott. “It’s a s*** sandwich, and it was designed that way by Scott,” an anonymous DeSantis advisor told Politico. “It was about making it harder for people to get benefits or keep benefits so that the unemployment numbers were low to give the governor something to brag about.”

Joe Gruters, a Republican State Senator and chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, tweeted, “$77 million? Someone should go to jail over that.”

For now, Floridians may have to settle for a civil lawsuit brought by John Morgan. Click this link to sign the petition encouraging Ron DeSantis to retain Morgan & Morgan to recover $77 million for Florida’s unemployed.

May 13, 2020

Consumer Alerts

Data breaches are down compared to 2019, but you’d never guess that from the seemingly endless headlines about companies failing to safeguard their users’ information. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there were 540 breaches between January and June of this year — an average of 90 per month. These leaks exposed hundreds of millions of private records, so if you haven’t changed your passwords lately, now would be a great time to do so.

Here are five of the biggest data breaches of the year so far, and what you can do if you’ve been affected by one of them.

1. Estee Lauder

Earlier this year, researchers found a massive amount of information stored in an unsecured cloud database owned by Estee Lauder. The cosmetics company shut down the database after learning of its vulnerability.

  • When breach was announced: February 2020
  • Number of records exposed: 440 million
  • Types of information: Email addresses, IP addresses, pathways, and ports

2. MGM Resorts

In February, Morgan & Morgan filed a lawsuit against MGM Resorts International over a data breach that exposed the personal information of what was originally thought to be 10 million guests.

In July, researchers learned that an MGM breach had exposed at least 142 million guests’ data. It’s still unclear whether this breach includes the original 10 million exposed records, or if it was separate from the initially announced one.

  • When breach was announced: February 2020/July 2020
  • Number of records exposed: 142-152 million
  • Types of information: Names, birthdates, phone numbers, home addresses, and email addresses

3. Wishbone

Wishbone is a mobile application that lets users (many of them teens) vote on their favorite of two items, in categories such as movies, TV, and food. This spring, a hacker posted Wishbone’s entire user database online, available to download at no cost.

  • When breach was announced: May 2020
  • Number of records exposed: 40 million
  • Types of information: Usernames, passwords, email addresses, phone numbers, and locations

4. LiveJournal

Rumors of a LiveJournal breach have persisted for years, and sure enough, 33 million user records appeared on hacking forums this spring. The data could be as much as six years old, and LiveJournal denies a breach even occurred, but you can check HaveIBeenPwned to see if your information has been exposed in this alleged hack (or others).

  • When breach was announced: May 2020
  • Number of records exposed: 33 million
  • Types of information: Usernames, passwords, email addresses, and profile URLs

5. Marriott

In April, Morgan & Morgan filed a proposed class action lawsuit against Marriott International (again) after a data breach allegedly exposed the information of over 5 million customers. Marriott said that it discovered the breach at the end of February, but that the data had been exposed since mid-January. If this is true, more than two months passed between the time the breach happened and the time Marriott announced it.

  • When breach was announced: March 2020
  • Number of records exposed: 5.2 million
  • Types of information: Names, birthdates, phone numbers, and loyalty account numbers

Contact a Data Breach Attorney

If a company failed to protect your personal information, and you suffered financial losses or fell victim to identity theft as a result of that breach, you could be owed money for damages. Morgan & Morgan is America’s largest personal injury law firm, and Law360 named us its Consumer Protection Group of the Year in part for our work as a “driving legal force” on data breach cases such as Yahoo and Equifax.

Our attorneys are experienced, diligent, and not afraid to go to trial to recover full compensation for our clients. To see if we can help you, contact us for a free, no-obligation case review.

September 4, 2020

If you’re like most people, “going to court” sounds pretty scary. It conjures images of solemn judges, dark-paneled courtrooms, fancy lawyers, oaths, and witnesses — and legal bills, so many legal bills. 

But here’s the thing: Many common courtroom fears might be misplaced. If you’ve been injured and have been debating about whether to hire a lawyer, here are some things you should know. 

  1. You Can File Legal Action With Zero Upfront Costs or Fees 

It’s true! Morgan & Morgan works on the contingency-fee model, which means you only pay if and when your case is resolved successfully. You don’t pay a dime to file the claim initially, or throughout the entire process. No matter what your financial situation is, you can afford to pursue justice. 

The standard fee under the contingency-fee model ranges from 30% to 40% of the eventual compensation recovered. 

  1. You Probably Won’t Ever See a Judge Or a Courtroom 

Going to trial is expensive and time-consuming, and it’s rare that anybody involved in the case wants to do it. In the majority of cases, legal disputes will be negotiated and settled out of court. 

That doesn’t mean your lawyer’s skills don’t matter — quite the opposite. The better their reputation for winning at trial, the more likely it is that your opponents will take your case seriously and negotiate in good faith in order to avoid paying even more through a trial verdict. 

  1. The Fight Is Almost Always Against the Insurance Company

Injuries aren’t always caused by large, faceless corporations. Sometimes injuries are caused by small businesses and regular people, and sometimes we know and like those small businesses and people, and are hesitant to pursue legal action because we don’t want to hurt them. But that person, business, or organization won’t necessarily be the one responsible for paying for your injury. 

Insurance is a big business, and often the owners of vehicles, workplaces, restaurants, gyms, groceries, and so on are paying for an insurance policy that is supposed to cover the costs in these instances. For example, 87% of cars on the road in 2015 were covered by insurance. In many cases it’s the insurance company that owes the victim money, and it’s the insurance company that is trying to avoid paying it. Not that person you like. 

A successful claim against them may cause their insurance rates to rise however, so that is something to keep in mind. 

  1. Your Personal Life Won’t Necessarily Be Made Public

Few people like the idea of everyone knowing the details of their private lives, and this of course includes details of injuries and damages they have suffered and their efforts to be compensated. The good news is that in many cases negotiations and settlements can be made completely private, with all parties being bound by law not to disclose the terms and details of the agreement. 

This will vary by state and situation, so make sure to clarify that ahead of time with your attorney before proceeding if that's a concern for you. In the unlikely event that a case does go to trial, in most cases it will be public record. 

  1. You Might Not Even Have to Go Physically Meet Your Attorney to File a Claim

Traveling down to the lawyer’s office, sitting in the waiting room, and filling out mountains of paperwork is nobody’s idea of a good time. But depending on your case, you may not ever have to do that. Morgan & Morgan has very well-established telephone and electronic communication systems that may allow you to get the ball rolling on your claim without ever leaving your home. 

In many cases, the only thing you’ll ever have to do in order to have Morgan & Morgan get started on your case is emailing or faxing in your medical records or other applicable documents. You’ll be kept in the loop via phone, email, and text. 

Of course not every case will be so simple, but no matter how your case plays out, there are systems in place to make the whole process a lot less inconvenient than you might be imagining. 

  1. You always have the right to switch attorneys 

If you hire an attorney and aren’t satisfied with the way he or she is pursuing your claim, you don’t have to stick with them. Some unscrupulous lawyers may imply that there’s something in the contract you signed that doesn’t allow you to take your business elsewhere, but that is absolutely false. 

So there’s no need to fear getting stuck with a bad lawyer. If you decide to switch, the law is 100% on your side. And no matter how your first lawyer mistreated your case, there’s still a possibility that another lawyer can undo the damage and get your claim back on track. 

July 14, 2020

This past weekend, a 12-year-old in Kentucky and a 16-year-old in Tennessee died from injuries sustained while riding all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). On Saturday in Greenup County, Kentucky, a 12-year-old boy was riding an ATV when it hit a tree, launching him into the air and ultimately killing him. On Sunday in Lawrence County, Tennessee, a 16-year-old girl passed away after the ATV she was riding crashed.

These tragedies may sound like freak occurrences, but the truth is that between 500-600 Americans have been killed in ATV-related incidents each year since 2012. From 2003 to 2011, the death tolls were even higher, cracking 800 every year from 2005-2007. More than one in five of these deceased are children 16 or younger.

Though ATV-related deaths have declined, from 1982 to 2017 the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) tracked 15,250 such fatalities. At one point, five states accounted for 25% of the fatalities. That may no longer hold true, but the same five states still have the most ATV-related deaths:

  • Texas (831)
  • West Virginia (795)
  • Pennsylvania (761)
  • California (756)
  • Kentucky (692)

Florida (616) and Tennessee (598) round out the top seven. Though fatalities have dropped compared to the mid-2000s, some argue that that has more to do with the emergence of off-road vehicles (ROVs) than actual safety improvements.

In 2015, the CPSC warned that “...riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) continues to be a dangerous and deadly activity when certain safety precautions are not followed. Deaths and injuries resulting from ATV incidents have ticked down in recent years, although the stats are still deeply concerning to CPSC. There are about 650 deaths and 100,000 injuries every year involving ATVs.”

According to the CPSC’s 2017 report, the following body parts are most likely to be treated in an emergency department after an ATV crash:

  • Arm (29% of treated injuries)
  • Head or neck (29%)
  • Leg (21%)
  • Torso (20%)

That second bullet point is perhaps the most concerning, especially considering that fractures comprise 27% of emergency-treated ATV injuries.

The ATV Safety Institute has issued these eight Golden Rules of ATV Safety:

  • Always wear a helmet, goggles, boots, gloves, long sleeves, and long pants.
  • Never ride on paved roads (ATVs are designed for trails).
  • Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Never carry a passenger on a single-ride ATV.
  • Ride an ATV that’s right for your age.
  • Supervise riders younger than 18; ATVs are not toys.
  • Ride only on designated trails and at a safe speed.
  • Take a hands-on ATV RiderCourse and the free online e-course.

Dr. David Gilkey, a professor and Certified Safety Professional who has researched ATV safety, told Salon that many ATV riders ignore safety warnings. “You wouldn’t hand your keys to your car or your motorcycle to someone who’s never been on one and say ‘take it for a spin,’ but for some reason people don’t have that same sense for ATVs. So the tragedies just continue.”

Not to mention the fact that ATVs frequently are the subject of recalls for design or manufacturing flaws. As of this writing, there have already been eight ATV recalls this year some involving seatbelts, steering control, and faulty brakes.

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an ATV crash, and you think the vehicle manufacturer was at fault, contact us for a free legal consultation.

June 16, 2020

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Morgan & Morgan serves clients nationwide, with over 50 offices in more than 15 states:
Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, New York, Indiana, Michigan, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, West Virginia, California, and Texas.