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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.

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So, you've definitely heard of marijuana, or at least one of its notorious pseudonyms, like dope, pot, grass, weed, Mary Jane, doobie, bud, ganja, or hashish. Gesundheit. But do you know what marijuana really is? If not, don't sweat it. Below, we'll be clearing up some of the misconceptions surrounding marijuana and how you can reap the benefits just in time for 4/20.

Do You Know What Marijuana is?

Marijuana refers to the dried flowers, leaves, stems, and seeds of the Cannabis indica or Cannabis sativa plant. In the United States, the use of marijuana often comes in the form of either THC or CBD.

THC: Also known as delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, is the primary psychoactive component of the Cannabis sativa, which is the part of the plant that may elicit the feeling of being "high" when smoked or ingested. THC commonly comes in three forms: herbs or flowers, hash/hashish, and hash oil. Studies have shown the use of THC can help treat multiple sclerosis and nerve pain, as well as prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer medications. 

CBD: Short for cannabidiol, CBD is made from the cannabis plant. Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive, meaning it will not render a "high" as certain THC products do when used. You may find that CBD is easier to find in the United States, as it comes in many forms, including oils, extracts, patches, vapes, and topical lotions. 

Are There Benefits to the Use of Marijuana?

Marijuana has had a long and complex history here in the United States, dating all the way back to 1611, when hemp was considered a necessary crop to create necessities like rope, clothing, and even sails. But did you know it could be used to help relieve pain and even prevent a relapse into addiction to drugs and alcohol? In recent years, multiple studies have helped shine a light on the benefits of marijuana. Listed below are some of the most common issues marijuana has helped treat. 

- Pain Relief: As mentioned, marijuana has been used to help treat and manage symptoms caused by multiple sclerosis and cancer medications. A study also found substantial evidence that the use of cannabis is effective in treating chronic pain in adults.

- Preventing Seizures and Weight Loss: Epidiolex is the first FDA-approved medication for treating epilepsy containing CBD as the active ingredient. The agency has also approved Marinol and Syndros for treating weight loss associated with anorexia and AIDS patients.

- Improved Mental Health: A 2017 study found evidence supporting the use of cannabis to relieve depression and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms. The use of CBD has been linked to improvement in treating generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

- Preventing Relapse in Addiction: A 2018 study uncovered that the use of CBD can be helpful in aiding those who suffer from drug and alcohol addiction. In a preclinical trial, it was found that CBD helped reduce stress-induced cravings, anxiety, and lack of impulse control, which often leads people to relapse.

- Anti-inflammatory Properties: According to a study published in the National Library of Medicine, marijuana's compounds possess anti-inflammatory qualities, which can alleviate pain and improve the quality of life for those suffering from inflammatory conditions.


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John Morgan, AKA "Pot Daddy"

Morgan & Morgan has a long history in support of marijuana; however, the connection is incredibly personal to John Morgan's family after his brother Tim Morgan, who was seriously injured in an accident, benefited from the use of medical marijuana. Through his rehabilitation, Tim sought a way to help alleviate the painful symptoms he was experiencing without the use of other powerful pain medications that came with a slew of harmful side effects or addictive qualities. 

John witnessed the marijuana's ability to alleviate the pains and spasms Tim was experiencing, and since then, he has fought gallantly to help bring awareness of the benefits of marijuana. In 2014, John played a critical role in the fight to legalize medical marijuana in Florida when he advocated to support Florida Amendment 2: Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, as well as donating 3.57 million to People United for Medical Marijuana. 

Unfortunately, the first attempt failed to pass. However, from 2015 to 2016, John again chose to advocate for Florida Amendment 2 and donated 2.74 million through the law firm. Then, on the November 8, 2016, ballot, thanks to his support in the fight for legalization, medical marijuana legalization passed with 71% of the vote. This win served as a crowning event for John, where the 420-friendly persona "Pot Daddy" was lovingly bestowed upon him.

Today, you can find John advocating for the legalization of marijuana online


Do You Know if Marijuana Is Legal in Your State?

Since 2014, 24 states and the District of Columbia, D.C. have legalized recreational and medical marijuana, with another 14 states allowing medical use. However, since marijuana and other THC products are considered Schedule 1 controlled substances by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, the laws surrounding the legalization of marijuana may differ from state to state. 

For example, in Alabama, while it was the 36th state to legalize the use of medical marijuana, the licensing process has been tangled up in litigation and delays. The state has also yet to decriminalize the use of marijuana. Any individual caught in possession of marijuana for personal use can be charged with a Class A Misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum sentence of 1 year and a maximum fine of $6,000. 

Some states, like Georgia, Iowa, Indiana, and Wisconsin, have legalized the medicinal use of marijuana through the use of CBD oils. Want to know more about which states have legalized marijuana? If so, click here to learn more. The journey to legalization is still an ongoing process, but with only six states left, we think the U.S. is on a roll when it comes to marijuana legalization. 

Are you looking to celebrate 4/20 in style? Head over to our store for all your "Pot Daddy" merch needs! Use discount code, "FORTHEPEOPLE" for a 10% discount. Act fast because the offer ends on April 30, 2024.

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The following product recalls have been announced this week—make sure you’re in the know.

Unit Pack Power (UPP) E-bike Batteries

Unit Pack Power (UPP) E-bike Batteries are being recalled due to fire and burn hazards, as well as a risk of serious injury and death. Thirteen people in the United States reported the battery overheated, including seven reports of fire and substantial property damage. The batteries reportedly were also involved in multiple fires in the United Kingdom.


Boppy Newborn Loungers

The Boppy Company has recalled over 3 million Original Newborn Loungers, Boppy Preferred Newborn Loungers, and Pottery Barn Kids Boppy Newborn Loungers after 8 Infant Deaths due to suffocation. Infants can suffocate if they roll, move, or are placed on the lounger in a position that obstructs breathing, or roll off the lounger onto an external surface, such as an adult pillow or soft bedding that obstructs breathing. 


Abbot Laboratories’ HeartMate 

Abbott Laboratories’ Thoratec Corp. is recalling 13,883 HeartMate II and HeartMate 3 Left Ventricular Assist Systems due to a possible buildup of “biological material” that can obstruct the device and keep it from properly pumping blood. The accumulation usually happens over two years or more.


Ford Bronco Sport and Maverick Vehicles

Ford is recalling more than 450,000 compact SUVs and pickup trucks in the United States because they might lose drive power resulting from a battery issue. The models affected include Ford Bronco Sport SUVs made between 2021 to 2024 and the Ford Maverick pickups made between 2022 to 2023, specifically totaling 456,565 units.

If these recalled products have caused you or a loved one injury, you may be entitled to compensation. Take action and contact Morgan & Morgan today for a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

Fri, 04/19/2024 - 09:31

The first civil lawsuit in the United States dates back to colonial times. Since then, hundreds of millions of civil lawsuits have come and gone, with unique cases sprouting up year after year.

Some seem semi-plausible, while others you might not believe were ever actually real. Still, every case requires a good attorney. If you need one after an accident, there’s no better choice than America’s largest personal injury firm – Morgan and Morgan.

Continue reading for some personal injury cases from history that don’t seem real but genuinely happened.


Case #1 – Fear of Fire (Drills)

A man filed a lawsuit against his employer following an unannounced fire drill that led to significant distress and a heart attack. In the end, the court sided with the man, acknowledging the effects of his emotional distress and compensating him for his suffering.


Case #2 – ‘Thumbwhere’ They Shouldn’t Be

A city claim examiner found himself stuck in a restroom without a doorknob while on the job. After noticing his situation, he stuck his thumb into the hole where the doorknob should have been and became stuck.

Suddenly, the restroom door swung open as someone outside attempted to enter. Pulling the door so quickly harmed the city claim examiner’s thumb severely, and he sued the company that owned the building, resulting in $3 million worth of damages.


Case # 3 – Under the Weather

A weather station found itself in the courtroom after a woman filed a case alleging that the weatherman’s incorrect forecast caused her to dress without enough layers for the weather, causing her to get sick.

Yes, this was real, and the woman was awarded $1,000 from the court.


Case #4 – Fear’s Legal Limit

A distressed woman sued a haunted house because the attraction was “too scary.” Although this case was dismissed, it speaks to the variety of personal injury lawsuits filed throughout history.


Case #5 – The Goose Lawsuit

A man sued an amusement park, claiming they didn't “warn” him about the potential safety risks associated with taking a closeup picture with a wild goose. He was injured after taking the picture, but details concerning the outcome are sparse. Regardless, his story serves as a lesson for those who find themselves close to wildlife. 


Case #6 – The (Un) Happiest Place on Earth

Following a disappointing family trip to Disney, a visitor of the park sued the company for failing to meet their “satisfaction guaranteed” promise. The outcome of this case is unknown, but a variety of similar cases have been filed against service providers for failing to provide adequate service under outrageous circumstances. 


Case #7 – An Unexpected Surprise

A Philadelphia woman filed a lawsuit against the property owners of her apartment building after improper water pressure caused her toilet to explode, sending her flying from the stall. Although the case began in 2007, it remains ongoing today.


Contact Morgan and Morgan After an Accident 

Whether your accident case is straightforward, complex, or a bit out of the ordinary, Morgan and Morgan has your back. Since 1988, we’ve recovered over $20 billion advocating for the rights of those wronged by third-party negligence – and we’ve seen it all. Our experience across all our practice areas allows us to build the strongest case possible, significantly increasing the likelihood of a successful outcome.

We’re here to help you understand your legal rights and make a decision that works best for you. Complete our free, no-risk case evaluation to get started.

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