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Morgan & Morgan Hunger Relief Center Dedication

Morgan & Morgan Hunger Relief Center Dedication

On March 6, 2013, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s fight to end hunger took a major step forward with the dedication of the Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center. The new, 100,000-square foot facility—more than double the size of its predecessor—is equipped to handle millions of pounds of food the organization had to previously turn away due to a lack of adequate coolers, freezers, and general infrastructure space.

“This is one of the best things we’ve ever done,” Mr. Morgan said of he and his wife Ultima’s generous $2 million donation to the cause. “Other than the four children, this is one of the best things we’ve ever done.”

By the organization’s estimates, the value of the food stored in the Morgan & Morgan, P.A. Hunger Relief Center over the next 20 years will exceed $1.4 billion.

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is a private, nonprofit organization spearheading the fight to end hunger by collecting and distributing food to more than 500 nonprofit partner agencies throughout Brevard, Orange, Lake, Seminole, Osceola, and Volusia counties in Central Florida. In addition to gathering and distributing food to those in need, Second Harvest Food Bank strives to raise public awareness on the “invisible problem” of hunger and poverty, as well as develop county-specific solutions to hunger in Central Florida.

If you would like to get involved with or donate to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, please visit their website.

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For The People Scholarship

For The People Scholarship

Morgan & Morgan is committed to helping out those students looking to get into law as a career. To help out, we formed the For The People Scholarship. Through this scholarship, we've already helped pay for law school for a first-year law student who was committed to making his or her community a better place.

John Morgan places a big emphasis on giving back to the community, and has built the firm to reflect his values of charity and public service. Many of our firm’s partners holds at least one leadership position in a charitable organization, for example.

We seek to inspire these values of charity and public service beyond our firm, and encourage aspiring lawyers to approach their careers as our attorneys already do.

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Medical Marijuana

Medical Marijuana

In 2013, John Morgan partnered with United for Care in campaigning to legalize medical marijuana on behalf of sick and suffering Floridians. It took nearly four years, two elections, and cost John millions of dollars, but medical marijuana was finally legalized in 2016.

John’s support for medical marijuana is personal; it helped relieve the pain of his father, who had emphysema and esophageal cancer, and his brother, who is paraplegic. Another reason he supports medical marijuana is because of the damage he’s seen caused by the powerful prescription pain medications his clients are often given by a doctor following an injury.

The initial campaign began by writing an initiative and hiring an “army of angels” to collect the nearly 700,000 signatures required to get it on the 2014 ballot. While collecting signatures proved challenging, the initiative eventually qualified for the ballot but faced a consistent and well funded opposition throughout the campaign. In the end, 58 percent of voters were in favor of the initiative, but it required at least 60 percent to pass.

Undeterred, and further inspired by Floridians who urged him to try again, John launched another campaign to legalize medical marijuana. The second time around Florida had no doubts about medical marijuana and the initiative passed with a resounding 71 percent of the vote.

Boys Town USA

boys town usa

Offers access to foster homes and guidance for at-risk youths.

Harbor House

harbor house

Provides help for abused women and children.

The Miami Project

the miami project

Conducts neuromuscular and spinal injury research and testing.

United Cerebral Palsy

united cerebral palsy

Provides vital therapy and services to children with special needs.

Firm News

Like everything else in 2020, holiday shopping is going to be more challenging than usual. 

Online buying may have its biggest year so far, and customers are also being urged to shop early to avoid delivery delays caused by backed-up orders.

This surge of internet shopping will undoubtedly encourage cybercriminals to step up their efforts to steal consumer information. The holidays are already one of the busiest seasons for data breaches, and hackers’ methods are always getting more sophisticated.

As an online consumer, protecting yourself is your first line of defense. With so many additional transactions this year, it’s a good time to review some basic guidelines for safe online shopping — both for over the holidays and the rest of the year, as well.

Use a Credit Card

While debit cards offer convenience, they are not as secure as credit cards for online transactions. Credit cards provide extra protection against fraud, and by law can only hold cardholders accountable for up to $50 in fraud cases while the case is resolved.

Debit cards directly access the user’s bank, so fraudulent activity could wipe out a shopper’s checking or savings account. And while most banks do offer protection against unauthorized transactions, it can take up to a month to resolve, leaving victims vulnerable at the worst time.

Protect Yourself Online

Although hackers will try hard to steal information this holiday season, by taking a few simple precautions you can protect yourself against many online attacks. Before you click to make a purchase, be sure to:

  • Make sure you’re on a legitimate, secure website. Check that your website is the one you think it is, and not an imposter site with a slightly misspelled name. Also, make sure the website starts with “https,” not just “http.” The “s” at the end means that you are on a secure, encrypted website.
  • Never click on a pop-up ad. While they may be offering excellent bargains, cybercriminals often employ bogus pop-ups to trick customers into giving out their financial information. Always place orders on a legitimate website, never a pop-up ad. 
  • Research the source. It’s exciting to find new websites offering bargains, but sometimes their offers are too good to be true. Do your research before entering credit or debit card numbers on a site you’ve never heard of. They could be a hacker phishing for financial information.

Secure Your Computer

Security is not just about keeping safe on websites. Your computer itself needs to be secure in order to ensure that your online shopping is safe and private. Be sure to:

  • Keep your browser up-to-date. Web browsers are always updating their products to safeguard against security threats. If you’re using an older version of a browser, you may be vulnerable. Always click “yes” when given the option to update your browser.
  • Make sure your device is free of viruses and malware. Some viruses maintain a low-key presence on computer hard drives, quietly collecting data and sending it to hackers. Make sure you use updated antivirus software to keep your computer clean.
  • Don’t auto-save passwords. While it’s very convenient, auto-saving passwords on your computer makes it easier for hackers to access your financial information. Try using a password manager to diversify and safeguard your passwords.

Stay Secure in Real Life, Too

While most online fraud begins on the internet, it can also start in the real world. Shoppers can secure themselves against cybercriminals by adhering to these safe practices:

  • Don’t shop while using public WIFI. Never enter personal information over a public network. They are among the simplest to hack and make for easy targets for cybercriminals. Use a personal or secured network instead.
  • Pay with a digital wallet. If you want to pay in person with your bank account but don’t want to use a debit card, try a digital wallet. Services like Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Paypal directly access your bank account with added encryption for security. 
  • Watch out for real, physical hackers. Some cybercriminals get information by simply reading your PIN number over your shoulder at an ATM. Also, watch out for skimmers, which are devices attached to ATMs and other card readers that collect users’ financial information.

Watch for Data Breaches

Sometimes, in spite of all the precautions individuals take, information leaks anyway. Companies holding sensitive financial information can have data breaches, often leaving millions vulnerable to fraudulent transactions.

If you think this happened to you, Morgan & Morgan can help. We have filed some of the biggest data breach lawsuits in the country, including those against Equifax and Yahoo. 

If you suspect you may be the victim of a data breach, fill out our no-obligation case evaluation form and we will investigate.

So, before you go cybershopping for the holidays this year, take a minute to make sure that everything is as secure as possible. It will help keep you filled with good cheer, and not on the phone disputing fraudulent purchases.

Wed, 11/25/2020 - 14:42

General Motors must recall and repair nearly 6 million pickup trucks and SUVs which have potentially dangerous Takata airbag inflators, according to an announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

The NHTSA denied GM’s petition to avoid the safety agency’s previous Takata airbag recalls. These recalls are the largest and most complex vehicle recalls in U.S. history, involving 19 vehicle manufacturers and over 60 million Takata airbag inflators in tens of millions of vehicles in the United States alone. 

The recalls are due to a design defect in the Takata airbag. Takata used volatile ammonium nitrate as a propellant to create a small explosion to fill airbags in a crash. The propellant, however, deteriorates after long-term exposure to heat and humidity. This can cause the airbag to over-pressurize and rupture, causing shrapnel to penetrate the airbag and enter the vehicle.

The NHTSA says that, to date, these rupturing Takata inflators have resulted in 18 deaths across the United States and hundreds of injuries, including lacerations and other serious consequences to occupants’ face, neck, and chest areas. 

The NHTSA analyzed engineering and statistical analyses, aging tests, and field data on the airbags before arriving at a decision to recall.

“Based on this information and information provided to the petition’s public docket, NHTSA concluded that the GM inflators in question are at risk of the same type of explosion after long-term exposure to high heat and humidity as other recalled Takata inflators,” the agency said in a prepared statement to the media.

GM has 30 days to give NHTSA a proposed schedule for notifying vehicle owners and starting the recall.

You can check to see if your vehicle has been recalled by going to the NHTSA’s website and keying in your 17-digit vehicle identification number.

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At Morgan & Morgan, our attorneys are currently filing lawsuits on behalf of individuals injured by Takata’s defective airbags. If you were injured in a crash, you may not even realize your injuries were caused by Takata’s airbags. If your airbag deployed and you sustained cuts or lacerations, you can hold the company allegedly responsible for your injuries accountable. 

During a free case review, we will explain your legal options and help you decide the best course of action. Because we operate on a contingency-fee, there are no upfront costs or hourly fees. We only get paid if we win for you.

When you hire Morgan & Morgan, we will fight for full and fair compensation. With more than 600 attorneys, we have the resources to take on the biggest bullies in America, and we have a proven track record with over $7 billion recovered for our clients

Tue, 11/24/2020 - 12:55

Thanksgiving is a time of love, gratitude, and coming together. Sadly, it’s also one of the most dangerous days of the year in terms of knife wounds, house fires, and traffic fatalities. Emergency room visits spike around the holidays; in 2016, there were 36,000 such visits on Thanksgiving.

Here are some of the most common types of Thanksgiving injuries and how to avoid them.

Car Accidents

Thanksgiving, like Christmas and the Fourth of July, is one of the busiest travel times of the year — and one of the booziest. The combination of heavy drinking and heavy travel is deadly: The National Safety Council (NSC) predicts that more than 400 people will die on U.S. roads between Wednesday and Sunday.

Here’s how to avoid a car accident this Thanksgiving:

  • Don’t drink and drive. Designate a sober driver, or take a cab or Lyft. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol is a factor in roughly one-third of holiday traffic fatalities.
  • Don’t text and drive. Distracted driving claimed more than 3,000 lives in 2017, and the NSC estimates that cellphones play a role in 27% of all motor vehicle accidents.
  • Buckle up. According to the NHTSA, last Thanksgiving, “nearly half of all passengers killed in traffic crashes were unbuckled.”
  • Slow down. It may seem like a harmless infraction, but the NHTSA says speeding is a factor in one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities.

Fires and Burns

Alcohol and distractions contribute to another common Thanksgiving catastrophe: cooking fires. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), on average, there are 1,800 such fires on Thanksgiving each year — four times the average on a normal day. Cooking fires are the most common type of home fire, and the No. 1 factor in these incidents is an unattended oven or stove.

Hot grease and other burn injuries also spike on Thanksgiving, with Texas the apparent epicenter for these types of wounds. Physician Brad Uren wrote, “Burns of the hands and arms are another common holiday occurrence.” He recommends using oven mitts and avoiding wearing loose clothing that could catch fire or cause a spill.

Here are some more tips for avoiding a cooking fire or burn injury on Thanksgiving:

  • Stand by your pan (as the CSPC says). Never leave the food you’re cooking unattended.
  • Use turkey fryers outside, away from your home. Always follow the instructions, and never attempt to deep-fry a frozen turkey.
  • Don’t use water to try to put out a fryer fire. That will only make the situation worse.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the stove and hot food items. The steam or grease could burn them.
  • Keep flammable items away from hot surfaces. Potholders, paper bags, etc., can be a disaster waiting to happen if they’re too close to your oven or stove.

Carving Injuries

With so many people in the kitchen (some of them inebriated, some children, and even some inebriated children), and so much food preparation occurring, Thanksgiving also sees a jump in ER visits related to carving injuries. Knives, broken glasses, and turkey bones are the typical culprits.

But as with burns and other injuries, knife wounds can be avoided if you’re careful:

  • Keep your cutting surface dry and use a non-skid pad underneath the surface. This will help prevent the knife (or turkey) from slipping.
  • Cut away from yourself. This way, if the knife does slip, it is less likely to cut you.
  • Keep your knives sharp. This might sound counterintuitive, but the sharper your carving utensil is, the quicker and more efficient the carving will be. (The idea is to do less hacking and sawing.)
  • Don’t let children help carve the turkey or chop vegetables, for obvious reasons.
  • Don’t try to catch a falling knife, again for obvious reasons.
  • Call 911 if 15 minutes of continuous pressure doesn’t stop the bleeding of a cut and/or if you are unable to clean the wound with mildly soapy water or otherwise disinfect it.

Food Poisoning

Mishandling or undercooking poultry increases the risk of food poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that each year, food-borne illnesses affect 1 in 6 Americans, killing roughly 3,000.

With more than 80% of American households eating turkey on Thanksgiving, the potential for salmonella is higher than usual. Take the following precautions:

  • Thaw the turkey in a leakproof bag, either in the refrigerator or in a sink full of cold water. If you thaw it in the sink, change the water every half-hour.
  • Don’t let the meat come into contact with other foods. This will prevent cross-contamination. Use a separate cutting board for the turkey, and don’t let it touch the other foods until it’s been fully cooked.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly while preparing the meal. Salmonella can live on dry surfaces for hours or even days.
  • Cook your turkey and stuffing all the way through. Set the oven to at least 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a food thermometer in the thickest part of the turkey breast to make sure it hits an internal temperature of 165 F.
  • Refrigerate leftovers as soon as possible. Bacteria can also grow on cooked foods that are left out at room temperature. If possible, refrigerate leftovers within two hours of their preparation to reduce risk.

By taking the steps outlined above, you and your family can enjoy a happy, healthy, and safe Thanksgiving — one full of delicious food and devoid of cautionary tales.

Wed, 11/18/2020 - 08:32
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