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Click Here to Sign John Morgan's Change.org 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 Change.org 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

John Morgan has been known to quote James 2:26: “Faith without works is dead.”

His son Matt seems to have taken this verse to heart.

As coronavirus outbreaks ravage U.S. prisons, Matt Morgan has renewed his advocacy for sweeping criminal justice reform. In a recent op-ed for Law360, Morgan hails the steps taken by State Attorneys Andrew Warren (13th Judicial Circuit in Florida) and Aramis Ayala (9th Judicial Circuit) to reduce the state’s prison population. 

While these measures should help stem the spread of the virus, Morgan argues that broader, more lasting change is required to correct the imbalances in America’s judicial system:

"...the efforts to reduce our jail population should not stop once we get the coronavirus under control. While this pandemic is laying bare many of this country’s broken systems, the criminal justice crisis in America is largely swept under the rug. It began long before the coronavirus hit, and if we don’t act now, it will continue long after."

Morgan cites jarring statistics to drive home the U.S.’s racial inequities: “One out of every three black boys born today can expect to go to prison in his lifetime and one out of six Latino boys will go to prison,” compared to one in 17 white boys. He calls this disparity “blatant racism in broad daylight,” and says it goes against everything America stands for.

Moreover, three-quarters of the country’s jail population has not been convicted of their alleged crime. “They sit there, many on nonsense charges,” Morgan writes, “for 30 to 50 days while they await their court date.”

In the short term, Morgan calls for the nationwide release of every person awaiting trial for a low-level offense. But he also demands more permanent reforms: “Beyond the COVID-19 pandemic, we should not be arresting and jailing people who commit low-level, nonviolent offenses,” such as driving with a suspended license or sleeping in a public area.

In February, Morgan put his money where his mouth is by co-founding the Community Bail Fund, a nonprofit organization that raises bail money for low-income people who have been charged with, but not convicted of, nonviolent offenses.

In a press conference announcing the fund, Morgan stood shoulder-to-shoulder with State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Roberty Wesley Thursday. He pledged that the Morgan family would match every dollar raised up to $250,000.

“In America, the standard is innocent until proven guilty — not incarcerated until proven rich,” Morgan said, a sentiment he echoed on Law360. Morgan added that his family has a reputation for following through on things “to the very end”: likely an allusion to both the firm’s legal victories and his father’s successful campaign to decriminalize medical marijuana in Florida.

Matt Morgan’s own works on this issue, it seems, are just beginning.

April 13, 2020

Last Thursday, Superior Court Judge James F. Lang gave final approval on a $143 million settlement resolving the class action lawsuit Morgan & Morgan filed on behalf of people adversely affected by the September 2018 Columbia Gas explosions in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts.

Attorneys Tyler Church, Ryan McGee, Frank Petosa, Rene Rocha, and John Yanchunis issued a statement in light of the approval:

"This community suffered greatly in the wake of the explosions, and the compensation that residents and businesses will receive from this settlement will go a long way in healing the Merrimack Valley. We are especially pleased we were able to resolve the matter less than two years after this tragic event and help get the community back on its feet."

Morgan & Morgan filed the class action lawsuit on September 18, 2018, five days after a series of explosions rocked the towns of Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, north of Boston. Thousands of residents were forced to evacuate their homes, more than 20 people were injured, and one man 18-year-old Leonel Rondon died. The attorneys estimated that at least 80 homes and businesses were burned in the explosions, which occurred after several of Columbia’s gas lines became over-pressurized.

The complaint stated that Columbia Gas knew or should have known that its pipes were inadequately designed and maintained and could result in such an incident. Many of the pipes were made of cast iron and steel, materials susceptible to catastrophic explosion, according to the complaint. These pipes allegedly were installed more than 60 years ago, before natural gas was even piped into homes.

As part of the settlement terms, Columbia Gas pled guilty to violating the federal Pipeline Safety Act, agreeing to pay a record $53 million fine and to no longer operate in Massachusetts. (In February, Columbia Gas’s parent company, NiSource, sold Columbia Gas to Eversource for $1.1 billion.)

Anyone who lived in the Merrimack Valley at the time of the explosions and suffered injuries or property damage as a result can file a claim to receive compensation. The deadline to file a claim is April 27, 2020.

March 17, 2020

Consumer Alerts

Recently unsealed documents have revealed that 3M officials knew there were potential issues with their safety gear, but believed soldiers didn’t weren’t entitled to that information. This news came out as part of the 3M Combat Arms earplug federal litigation. 

More than 140,000 service members accuse 3M of selling defective Dual-Ended Combat Arms Earplugs Version 2 (CAEv2) to the military without disclosing that they could somewhat loosen within the ear. This design flaw, soldiers say, has resulted in them developing tinnitus and hearing loss. Their cases are consolidated before a federal judge in Florida. 

On April 20, the judge made public hundreds of depositions, emails, memos, and receipts related to the Defense Department’s purchase of 3M earplugs. The documents show that the earplugs, which cost 85 cents to make and sold for $7.63, accounted for 20% of 3M’s operating income, according to Stars and Stripes. In an email message 3M marketing manager Mike Cimino noted how the product had been “seeded” into a “new recruit program” at the Defense Department, adding “LOL” at the end of the message, reports Newsweek

Also revealed is a deposition from 3M scientist Elliot Berger saying “the existing product has problems unless the user instructions are revised,” reports Bloomberg. When asked in his deposition whether soldiers were entitled to know that the way 3M tested the earplugs was different than the way that service members were instructed to use them, 3M sales manager Timothy McNamara answered he didn’t “believe so.” McNamara added that he never shared information about how the earplugs should be used to achieve the stated noise-reduction rating, despite frequent visits to military bases. 

Shifting Blame to the Military

3M earplug lawsuits allege that the plugs fail to fit tightly in the ear canal and block out loud combat noises. Soldiers claim 3M manipulated test results to achieve an acceptable noise reduction rating for the dual-ended earplugs although they are not as effective in the field. They argue the earplugs could only achieve a proper fit with specific fitting instructions, but this information was not shared with the government. 

3M denies the accusations, saying it has acknowledged some users require special instructions to achieve proper fit, but that it communicated this to the military. The company also says the earplugs were shortened because the Army wanted them to fit in the standard carrying case. 

“As noted in 3M’s briefs, the company worked in close coordination with the U.S. military on the CAEv2 product and informed the military that the company’s testing had shown that the military’s decision to shorten the CAEv2 created potential fitting issues,” Fanna Haile-Selassie, a company spokeswoman said in an email statement to Bloomberg. “The U.S. military was aware of those issues and the need to train users of the product to fold back the flanges on the opposite end, as needed, to get a good fit.”

3M Awaits Ruling on Government Contractor Defense

3M is arguing in court that, as a government contractor, it is immune from liability. A plaintiffs’ motion disputes 3M’s government contractor defense on the grounds that the CAEv2 was not designed exclusively for military use. “Unable to defend themselves on the merits, Defendants have manufactured an affirmative defense that is just as defective as the CAEv2,” states the motion. “Defendants cannot blame the military for their own mistakes and misdeeds.”

In 2018, 3M paid $9.1 million to resolve accusations that it knowingly sold defective CAEv2 earplugs to the U.S. military. The lawsuit was brought under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act. The government claimed 3M knew about defects that hampered effectiveness and failed to disclose this to the military. 

The settlement kicked off a surge of lawsuit filings by soldiers who wore the earplugs and now suffer from hearing damage. Combat Arms earplugs were standard issue in some branches of the military between 2003 and 2015. The doubled-sided plugs were meant to block loud field noises such as gunfire, artillery, and explosions when the green end was inserted, while allowing them to hear fellow soldiers when the yellow end was inserted. Plaintiffs believe the hearing protection devices may have reduced noise by as little as 10 percent of what 3M advertised. 

Hearing loss and tinnitus are among the most common service-related disabilities. The VA compensates more than 1.7 million veterans for tinnitus and more than 1.1 million for hearing loss. Service members who served in the U.S. military between 2003 and 2015 and suffered hearing damage might be eligible for a 3M earplug lawsuit. A lawsuit will not affect any VA payments you currently receive. 

Learn how you can hold 3M accountable during a free case review with our product liability lawyers. Call 888 340 1780 or contact us

May 22, 2020

If you or a family member have taken the over-the-counter heartburn medication Zantac, you may have been alarmed at the news that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered a mandatory recall of all Zantac drugs along with its generic versions, sold as ranitidine. The April 2020 recall was prompted by growing evidence that Zantac and ranitidine were highly contaminated with a potentially cancer-causing chemical known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA).

What does this mean for you and your family? 

Our attorneys are investigating potential claims for compensation on behalf of Zantac and ranitidine users who have been diagnosed with cancer. Here’s what we’ve learned so far:

How And When Was The Contamination Discovered?

Zantac has historically been considered a safe drug, but that started changing in 2019 when Valisure, an online pharmacy that does their own drug safety testing, alerted the FDA to an issue with Zantac. Their lab found dangerously elevated levels of NDMA contamination in the tablets they tested. 

This alert prompted further testing, and through 2019 and the beginning of 2020, more than a dozen manufacturers voluntarily recalled their Zantac and ranitidine products from pharmacy shelves. By April 2020, the FDA had seen enough evidence to call for a mandatory recall of all Zantac and ranitidine products. 

How Dangerous Is The Contamination?

NDMA is considered a possible human carcinogen by the FDA and global health organizations. It has been linked to a wide variety of cancers, including:

  • Esophageal cancer 
  • Liver cancer
  • Stomach cancer – large and small intestines
  • Bladder cancer 
  • Kidney cancer 
  • Prostate cancer 
  • Leukemia 
  • Pancreatic cancer 
  • Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma 
  • Colorectal cancer 
  • Testicular cancer

However, NDMA contamination is actually fairly common. It is unintentionally formed during many industrial processes, and can be found in many drugs and processed foods. The difference in the case of Zantac is that the contamination found was at levels way higher than normal, and at levels way above what is considered safe for human consumption. 

The working theory is that NDMA built up in stocks of Zantac and ranitidine as they sat in storage, and that the contamination increased with time and at higher storage temperatures. It is impossible to know how bad this problem has been over the nearly 40-year history of the drug, or how many people have possibly suffered serious health damage as a result. 

Should I Stop Taking My Zantac?

The FDA has recommended that all Zantac and ranitidine users should stop taking the drug immediately, and should dispose of their remaining supply of the drug. You should talk to your doctor about other treatment options for the symptoms you were taking Zantac to treat. 

What Should I Do If I’ve Been Diagnosed With Cancer?

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer after using Zantac or any ranitidine drug, you may have a claim for compensation from the manufacturer. Our lawyers are ready to review your case for free, and let you know what your options are. 

Click here to get your case evaluated in minutes. Don’t wait, we want to start fighting for you today. 

 

May 14, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has sowed chaos around the world, and as with any crisis, there are people looking to exploit confusion for profit. Some are hoarding supplies and selling them for ten times their usual value. Some are setting up fake shops to “sell” in-demand supplies, but never deliver. Others are hatching convincing scams via text message, email, app, or phone call. Keep reading to familiarize yourself with some schemes that are spreading almost as fast as the virus itself.

Misinformation From “Inside” Sources

You may have already received a text from a friend who has a friend whose aunt or cousin or in-law works for the government and has inside information: The country, or the state, or the city, is about to shut everything down. You should go get groceries and gas and take out cash while you still can. Except: It’s not true. Essential services are still open, public transportation is still running, there is no friend-of-a-friend’s-aunt; no one even knows where these messages are originating, or what their purpose is.

Stay skeptical of panic-inducing messages from obscure or anonymous sources, focus on the facts, and trust that America’s food supply chain is strong.

Checks From the Government

In all likelihood, the government is going to send most Americans some money (maybe $500-1,000 per month) as long as we are in the grip of this pandemic. But that isn’t official yet, and anyone who calls and asks for your Social Security number, bank account number, or credit card number is a scammer. The government will not call to ask you for this information, and they will not ask you to pay anything upfront in order to receive this check, period. If you encounter one of these scams, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

Reserve a Vaccine

We all want a coronavirus vaccine as soon as possible, but the fact is that a vaccine likely won’t be available to the public for another 12-18 months. In the meantime, schemers are calling, texting, and emailing people and pretending to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). They say that the person on the other end can reserve a vaccine — if they hand over their Social Security or credit card number. The only problem? There is no vaccine reserve program, and there never will be. If you receive a call or message like this, do NOT give out any of your personal information.

Phishing Scams

Phishing scams, in which a hacker accesses your computer via a link-click or download, are a problem year-round, but they are especially rampant during this confusing time. Many of us are now working from home, where our personal networks’ security measures may not be as strong as the ones we use at work. But coronavirus-related phishing scams have been proliferating since January, and they show no signs of stopping. Now more than ever, you should not click on any links or download any files unless you are 100% sure you know the sender and know what they are sending. If you have any doubt whatsoever, contact the sender (double-check their email or number!) and/or your IT department for clarification.

COVID-19 Tracking Maps

If you receive a link to an app that claims to track coronavirus cases worldwide, beware. It could be spyware that will access your camera, microphone, photos, and text messages. The app (although there may be more than one) is called “corona live 1.1,” and it is a nasty Trojan’s Horse version of the legitimate “corona live” app, which offers tracking data via Johns Hopkins University. As always, make sure you never download any file unless you have fully vetted and verified it. We all have enough to worry about right now without opening ourselves up to cyber-security threats.

May 8, 2020

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