SBL+ OBTAINS FAVORABLE JUDGEMENT IN LAWSUIT AGAINST THE CITY OF TAMPA
SBL+ recently brought to a successful conclusion, settling for several hundred thousand dollars, a lawsuit against the City of Tampa for violations of the Americans with Disabilities and the Fair Housing Acts. The Firm represented a highly-esteemed local provider of housing to disabled veterans. The City Council gave in to the pressure from neighbors who did not want disabled veterans living next door, and denied the client’s application to provide housing. The Firm then brought a lawsuit against the City of Tampa in federal court in 2018. On the eve of trial in November 2019, the City of Tampa settled the matter. The settlement helps vindicate the rights of disabled veterans to live in housing in the neighborhoods of their choice. The trial team for this matter included Ethan Loeb, Jon Tasso, and Allison Doucette.
$4.4 MILLION JURY VERDICT AGAINST ACTIVIST MAGGY HURCHALLA AFFIRMED
On June 19, 2019, the Fourth District Court of Appeal affirmed a $4.4 million dollar verdict that SBL+ obtained on behalf of its client against environmental activist Maggy Hurchalla. In Lake Point Phase I, LLC v. Hurchalla, et al., a jury rendered a verdict finding against Hurchalla for her disseminating knowingly false statements in order to harm a local business partnered with Martin County and the South Florida Water Management District. Although the County and the South Florida Water Management District settled with the firm’s client, Hurchalla chose to have the dispute against her tried, and in less than two hours, a jury of her peers concluded that she was liable. The trial team for this matter included Ethan Loeb, Jon Tasso, and Colin Thompson.
SBL+ OBTAINS DEFENSE VERDICT ON FRAUD CLAIMS
A financier of startups sued the Firm’s client, contending that the client was liable for the deceptive acts of the client’s employee, and her accomplice, who allegedly convinced the financier to loan money based on a fraudulent contract. On April 10, 2019, after deliberating for fewer than two hours, a Clearwater, Florida jury returned a complete defense verdict in favor of the Firm’s client. Colin Thompson represented the firm’s client at trial.
SBL+ OBTAINS IMPORTANT APPELLATE DECISION ON WRITTEN OFFERS BY CONDEMNING AUTHORITIES
SBL+ successfully obtained an important appellate decision governing first written offers by condemning authorities. In Florida Gas Transmission Company, LLC v. Johnson, the First District Court of Appeal concluded that a written offer by a condemning authority was valid and enforceable under Florida law. A copy of the opinion is attached. Jon Tasso successfully argued the appeal.
SBL+ OBTAINS FAVORABLE RULING ON INVERSE CONDEMNATION CLAIM
SBL+ obtains favorable ruling on inverse condemnation claim against the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. On October 16, 2013, a state court ruled that the Firm’s client owned land that the State took through regulatory actions in violation of the Florida Constitution’s Just Compensation clause. The State must now compensate the Firm’s client for this unlawful taking without compensation. Ethan Loeb, David Smolker, and Jon Tasso represented the Firm’s client.
SBL+ OBTAINS MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT IN BREACH OF CONTRACT ACTION
Representing a major natural gas company against the State of Florida, SBL+ settled a lawsuit in August 2013 involving breach of contract claims. The result of the settlement allowed the Firm’s client to relocate its pipeline facilities to avoid conflicts with a roadway expansion project. Ethan Loeb and Jon Tasso represented the Firm’s client.
FEDERAL JURY VERDICT OBTAINED UNDER THE FEDERAL FAIR HOUSING ACT
SBL+ obtains federal jury verdict for national substance abuse facility under the Federal Fair Housing Act. After a week-long trial in January 2013, a federal jury returned a verdict concluding that Hernando County discriminated against handicapped individuals due to their protected status under federal law. The jury concluded that the denial of a special exception permit application was not based on any legitimate and lawful reason and awarded damages to the Firm’s client as a result of the County’s illegal conduct. Ethan Loeb, David Smolker, and Jon Tasso represented the Firm’s client.