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

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Provides help for abused women and children.

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Conducts neuromuscular and spinal injury research and testing.

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Provides vital therapy and services to children with special needs.

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If you or a loved one suffered or are currently suffering from a health condition caused by exposure to the contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, you could be eligible for compensation. A recent piece of legislation known as the PACT Act of 2022 provides approximately $6.7 billion in funding for veterans who suffered injuries due to exposure to various toxic chemicals in the water supply at Camp Lejeune. 

However, thousands of affected individuals still wonder if they qualify for a claim even if they are not veterans. The simple answer is yes. However, in order to qualify for compensation, you'll need to ensure you fall into the qualifying categories set forth by the PACT Act. Below we’ll break down what you’ll need to know in order to ensure that you and your loved ones have everything you need to qualify for a Camp Lejeune claim.

How Do I Qualify for a Camp Lejeune Claim?

After being exposed to the contaminated waters at Camp Lejeune, thousands of veterans and their family members were left to deal with the severe and even life-threatening consequences all on their own. Fortunately, this past year, thanks to the PACT Act, victims are now eligible to finally claim compensation for their injuries and other damages directly associated with the water contamination. 

Veteran Application Checklist: 

According to the legislation, in order to qualify for compensation, you'll either need to have been an Active Duty personnel, Reserve, or National Guard member. Three other main criteria include:

  • Having served at Camp Lejeune or the MCAS New River between August 1953 and December 1987 for at least 30 days.
  • Not having received a dishonorable discharge upon leaving the U.S. military.
  • Proper documentation of your illness, as well as other forms of evidence to prove you were affected by the toxins in the water during your time at the camp. 

Non-Veteran Application Checklist: 

Veterans' family members or non-veteran workers who lived at Camp Lejeune or MCAS New River are also eligible to receive compensation for their injuries. In order to receive compensation, all non-veterans will need to provide evidence of the following:

  • resided or worked at Camp Lejeune or the MCAS New River between August 1953 and December 1987 for at least 30 days. 
  • Proper documentation of your illness, as well as other forms of evidence to prove that you were affected by the toxins in the water during your time at the camp. 

Veterans' family members may also need to provide evidence of their relationship with the veterans stationed at Camp Lejeune through means such as:

  • Marriage license
  • Birth certificate
  • Adoption papers

What Compensation Could I Be Eligible For?

As previously mentioned, the PACT Act provides approximately $6.7 billion in funding for those exposed to various chemicals in the toxic water at Camp Lejeune. From your claim, you may be eligible for compensation if you or a loved one have suffered from the following: 

  • Aplastic Anemia
  • Birth Defect
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Brain Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cardiac Defect
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colorectal/Colon Cancer
  • Dental Problems
  • End-Stage Renal Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Female Infertility
  • Hepatic Steatosis (Fatty Liver Disease)
  • Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Intestinal Cancer
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Kidney Disease
  • Leukemia
  • Liver Cancer
  • Lung Cancer
  • Miscarriage or fetal death
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Neurobehavioral Effects
  • Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Renal Toxicity
  • Scleroderma

As well as the illnesses listed above, victims of Camp Lejeune can also receive reimbursement for out-of-pocket healthcare costs like doctor's visits, hospital stays, medications, diagnostic testing, surgeries, and more. You could also see returns for any medical equipment or assistive devices used in your home, car, or any other form of day-to-day activity. If you or your loved ones are in need of health services or have yet to seek out treatment for your injuries, your settlement could also cover those costs. 

What if My Claim Is Denied?

If you have filed a claim over the injuries you've sustained during your time at Camp Lejeune and were denied, don't give up just yet. Often applicants will have their claims denied due to errors in their application or the need for proper resources to help prove their case. Due to the complicated nature of the case, as well as the time that has passed since the victims were exposed to the contaminated water, we highly recommend working with an experienced attorney to help guide you through the application process. 

You deserve to work with an attorney who will stand by your side to help you fight for the justice you deserve. At Morgan & Morgan, our law firm has over 30 years of experience helping victims like you get the compensation they need to move forward with their lives, and we do it for no cost to our clients until we win. When you decide to work with us, you'll have access to the best resources in America to ensure you have the best odds for your claims case. Learn more about how one of our attorneys can help you apply for benefits today by completing our free, no-obligation case evaluation form. See why millions have trusted Morgan & Morgan and reach out today.

Thu, 12/01/2022 - 14:48

The data privacy lawyers at Morgan & Morgan are investigating a new breach of user data at Twitter. BleepingComputerbhas reported that more than “5.4 million user records from Twitter have been published online, exposing everything from private phone numbers to email addresses.” 

Hackers were able to exploit an API vulnerability on the social media platform.

The data involved contains private phone numbers and email addresses and also Twitter IDs, names, login names, locations, and verified status.”

We place a significant amount of trust in the companies we choose to share our information with, making the data breach all the more unacceptable. If you suspect that your information was exposed in the Twitter data breach, Morgan & Morgan is here to help. 

If you would like to discuss it with a Morgan & Morgan data privacy attorney, contact us today for a free case review.

Wed, 11/30/2022 - 14:46

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1. Make sure the privacy settings on your phone, laptop, tablet, etc. are turned on.
Marketers love to know all about you, and so do hackers. Every time you browse the internet or use social media, your information is collected. Not to worry, you can take charge of your information. Go to your privacy settings on all of your devices to access location and data sharing options and be sure they are set to your personal preferences. 


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2. Make Sure Your Internet Connection is Secure.
Public WiFi networks, such as the free WiFi offered at coffee shops or airports, offer you no direct control over their security. Make sure you are connected to a secure WiFi network before providing private information such as your bank account number. 

To increase the security level of your connection, download a VPN (virtual private network), such as NordVPN, for free online. Connecting via a VPN helps ensure that no one can monitor or access the data that you’re exchanging.

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3. Be Careful What You Download
One of the top tactics that cybercriminals love to use is tricking people into downloading malware. Malware (malicious software), is software designed to steal information from your computer or corrupt your personal files. 

Malware can be disguised as an app, from a popular game to something that checks traffic or the weather. Always be sure to only download apps from the verified App Store or Google Play Store and if you don’t already recognize the program, look into it to ensure that it’s trustworthy. 

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4. Choose Strong Passwords
Passwords are one of the biggest weak spots in the entire internet security structure, but there’s, unfortunately, no way around them (yet). Passwords like “password” or “12345” might be easy to remember, but they’re also incredibly easy for hackers to guess. 

A strong password is one that is unique and complex—at least 15 characters long, with a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters. If you’re worried about remembering them all, software like Google Password Manager can help you manage multiple passwords across different sites. It’s also helpful to change your passwords every few months to increase your personal security. 

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5. Make Online Purchases From Secure Sites
In order to make any online purchase, you must provide a credit card or banking information —just what cybercriminals are most eager to get their hands on. Be sure to only supply this information to sites that provide secure, encrypted connections. 

To be safe, rust reputable and well-known sites that are commonly used and easily recognizable, like bestbuy.com. Another form of protection is using a trusted payment system like PayPal or Apple Pay.

Fri, 11/25/2022 - 05:30
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