GIVING BACK

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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

Hurricane Sally made more than a splash when it hit land over Alabama on Wednesday morning. After moving through Florida and being downgraded from a Category 2 hurricane to a tropical depression, remnants of the weather event are still raining down on Georgia and the Carolinas.

Flash floods have caused massive destruction throughout the southeastern states, especially in the coastal parts of Alabama and Florida. According to CNN, Pensacola saw four months’ worth of rain – over 30 inches – in just four hours. Sources say winds reached as high as 105 mph when the hurricane made landfall. In addition to widespread damage, there has been at least one death.

If you’ve been impacted by Hurricane Sally, don’t hesitate to contact Morgan & Morgan. We fight For The People, and we have a proven track record of success. Fill out a free, no-obligation case evaluation form to see how we can help.

What to Do After a Hurricane

It helps to be ready for a hurricane, but no amount of preparation guarantees you’ll make it through unscathed. If Hurricane Sally passed through your backyard, here are some steps you can take once you’re safe:

  • Take pictures of everything. Photograph your whole house and yard, each side of the house, the inside, and any property that was damaged while inside the house.
  • Cover or clean up damaged property. Damaged property might not be completely totaled, so cover or relocate it to protect it from further destruction. Larger pieces of damaged property like fences and car parts should be covered so they can’t become projectiles; this is especially important if the winds aren’t over yet.
  • File an insurance claim. Hurricane Sally has wreaked havoc on homes, neighborhoods, and cities across the Southeast. If your property has been damaged, you’ll need to file an insurance claim so you can be compensated for your losses.

There’s only so much you can do to protect yourself from a hurricane, and then it’s up to the insurance companies to keep their end of the deal. If they don’t want to play fair, Morgan & Morgan can put 500-plus attorneys in your corner.

Settling Insurance Disputes

Those who were affected by Hurricane Sally need adequate compensation from insurance companies in order to recover, but it’s often difficult to get the full amount. These are a few of the strategies insurance companies may use to get out of paying what you deserve:

  • Denying a part of your claim or that your coverage exists at all
  • Delaying the process, adjustment, or payment
  • Undervaluing the damage to make smaller estimates, offers, and payments
  • Discouraging legal counsel by insisting that you don’t need an attorney

Don’t listen to insurance companies that tell you you don’t need an attorney; we’ll fight tirelessly to help you recover the compensation you’re owed.

You Can Count on Us

Some attorneys will settle for the last offer, but not us. Morgan & Morgan fights to get you full and fair compensation for your losses, and we’re not afraid to go to court to get it. We don’t get paid unless we win, and there are no upfront costs to hire our law firm.

If you’ve suffered property damage from Hurricane Sally, we are here for you – wherever you are, whatever you need. Fill out a free case evaluation to get started.

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You never know how much damage a hurricane will cause until it hits. Between extreme wind and flash flooding, Hurricane Sally comes with significant potential for destruction. The good news is, you can minimize your losses by preparing yourself for the event.

The coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida are already seeing flooding, and some areas are expected to see up to 24 inches of rain, according to NPR. Mandatory evacuations are in effect in parts of Louisiana such as Grand Isle and St. Charles Parish. 

If you do suffer hurricane damage, don’t wait to contact the attorneys at Morgan & Morgan. We don’t get paid until we win, so fill out a free case evaluation form at no risk to you.

What to Expect

Weather forecasts aren’t perfect, but all hurricanes tend to come with similar types of hazards. According to reports, you can expect Hurricane Sally to bring:

  • High surf
  • Tropical storm winds
  • Tornadoes
  • Heavy rainfall
  • Flash flooding

Preparing for the Hurricane

Although you can’t control the impact of a hurricane, you can set yourself up to weather the storm safely. Here are some steps you can take to keep your family and property safe during Hurricane Sally.

  • Keep an eye on weather forecasts
  • Park your car in the garage
  • Charge your electronics
  • Establish a shelter room
  • Secure any important documents

Contact Morgan & Morgan

Storms like Hurricane Sally may severely damage your home or workplace, which is why it’s so important to have insurance; however, insurance companies may deny your claim or try to pay you less than you’re actually owed. That’s where Morgan & Morgan comes in. We have the resources to take on the biggest bullies and win, and we don’t take a penny until we successfully resolve your case.

You deserve full and fair compensation for your losses, and it’s our job to make sure you get it. Fill out a free, no-obligation case evaluation to find out how we can help.

 

Mon, 09/14/2020 - 16:04

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.

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