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Scientologists ‘committed fraud upon the court’ West Palm lawyer claims
 In a move that could help scores of people who claim they have been duped by the Church of Scientology, a West Palm Beach lawyer on Friday asked a federal judge to rule that the controversial sect committed a fraud upon the court and shouldn’t be allowed to resolve disputes behind closed doors. In court papers filed in U.S. District...

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In a move that could help scores of people who claim they have been duped by the Church of Scientology, a West Palm Beach lawyer on Friday asked a federal judge to rule that the controversial sect committed a fraud upon the court and shouldn’t be allowed to resolve disputes behind closed doors. In court papers filed in U.S. District...
Palm Beach developer admits to lying to bankroll Vero condo project
 A 74-year-old developer who operated from offices in Palm Beach faces a possible five-year prison sentence after admitting to a federal judge on Thursday that he submitted phony documents to banks to keep an oceanfront condominium project in Vero Beach afloat. Once facing eight counts of bank fraud, George Heaton pleaded guilty...

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A 74-year-old developer who operated from offices in Palm Beach faces a possible five-year prison sentence after admitting to a federal judge on Thursday that he submitted phony documents to banks to keep an oceanfront condominium project in Vero Beach afloat. Once facing eight counts of bank fraud, George Heaton pleaded guilty...
Bicyclist’s widow sues over husband’s death in Boca area park
 The widow of a suburban Boca Raton man who was killed in October while bicycling in South County Regional Park has filed suit against the landscaping superintendent involved in the crash and the company that employed him. In the lawsuit filed this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Nelly Bronnberg blames the death of her 42-year-old...

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The widow of a suburban Boca Raton man who was killed in October while bicycling in South County Regional Park has filed suit against the landscaping superintendent involved in the crash and the company that employed him. In the lawsuit filed this month in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, Nelly Bronnberg blames the death of her 42-year-old...
PBSO pays $325K to settle suit over fatal shooting of Belle Glade man
 Two years after a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a 19-year-old Belle Glade man six seconds after stopping him for driving without a seat-belt, the agency has agreed to pay $325,000 to the teen’s family to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. The settlement with the family of Henry Bennett III is the latest one in...

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Two years after a Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a 19-year-old Belle Glade man six seconds after stopping him for driving without a seat-belt, the agency has agreed to pay $325,000 to the teen’s family to settle a wrongful death lawsuit. The settlement with the family of Henry Bennett III is the latest one in...
Miami appeals court weighs whether priest can sue Palm Beach diocese
 A state appeals court on Wednesday wrestled with the thorny legal question of whether a Catholic priest can sue the Diocese of Palm Beach for defamation or whether the lawsuit is barred by the constitutional separation of church and state. In a spirited discussion about the Rev. John Gallagher’s claims that the diocese slandered him...

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A state appeals court on Wednesday wrestled with the thorny legal question of whether a Catholic priest can sue the Diocese of Palm Beach for defamation or whether the lawsuit is barred by the constitutional separation of church and state. In a spirited discussion about the Rev. John Gallagher’s claims that the diocese slandered him...
Santino: Removal from office for election infraction unconstitutional
 In what is likely Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino’s last chance to convince the Florida Supreme Court not to remove her from office, she insisted on Tuesday that other judges have been allowed to keep their jobs after committing far more serious infractions. Removing Santino for blasting her 2016 opponent for representing &ldquo...

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In what is likely Palm Beach County Judge Dana Santino’s last chance to convince the Florida Supreme Court not to remove her from office, she insisted on Tuesday that other judges have been allowed to keep their jobs after committing far more serious infractions. Removing Santino for blasting her 2016 opponent for representing &ldquo...
Experts battle over explanations for brain cancer in The Acreage
 A nationally known environmental scientist this week told a federal judge there is no doubt radioactive materials and other toxins from Pratt & Whitney’s massive engine manufacturing plant off the Beeline Highway pose a risk to thousands of people who live in The Acreage. Marco Kaltofen, president of a Boston-area company that has helped...

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A nationally known environmental scientist this week told a federal judge there is no doubt radioactive materials and other toxins from Pratt & Whitney’s massive engine manufacturing plant off the Beeline Highway pose a risk to thousands of people who live in The Acreage. Marco Kaltofen, president of a Boston-area company that has helped...
Appeals court tosses $22.4 million verdict against PBSO in shooting
 A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a $22.4 million verdict against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office — the largest in the agency’s history — in connection with a 2013 shooting that left a 24-year-old West Palm Beach man paralyzed from the waist down. In a split decision, a widely divided 11th Circuit...

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a $22.4 million verdict against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office — the largest in the agency’s history — in connection with a 2013 shooting that left a 24-year-old West Palm Beach man paralyzed from the waist down. In a split decision, a widely divided 11th Circuit...
Appeals court tosses $22.4M verdict against PBSO in shooting that left man paralyzed
  A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a $22.4 million verdict against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office — the largest in the agency’s history — in connection with a 2013 shooting that left a 24-year-old West Palm Beach man paralyzed from the waist down.
In a split decision, a widely divided...

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A federal appeals court on Wednesday threw out a $22.4 million verdict against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office — the largest in the agency’s history — in connection with a 2013 shooting that left a 24-year-old West Palm Beach man paralyzed from the waist down. In a split decision, a widely divided...
Expert disputes cancer cluster hurt home values in The Acreage
 An analysis that shows property values in The Acreage plummeted when state health officials in February 2010 declared the rural area home to a pediatric brain cancer cluster is flawed, a real estate expert told a federal judge on Tuesday. Testifying on behalf of Pratt & Whitney, which disputes claims that its jet manufacturing operation contaminated...

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An analysis that shows property values in The Acreage plummeted when state health officials in February 2010 declared the rural area home to a pediatric brain cancer cluster is flawed, a real estate expert told a federal judge on Tuesday. Testifying on behalf of Pratt & Whitney, which disputes claims that its jet manufacturing operation contaminated...
Acreage residents seek class status in cancer cluster lawsuit
 In a request jet-engine-maker Pratt & Whitney described as “unprecedented,” a federal judge on Monday was asked to declare all 50,000 residents of The Acreage as potential beneficiaries of a lawsuit that accuses the military contractor of releasing cancer-causing toxins into the soil north of the sprawling community. “It&rsquo...

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In a request jet-engine-maker Pratt & Whitney described as “unprecedented,” a federal judge on Monday was asked to declare all 50,000 residents of The Acreage as potential beneficiaries of a lawsuit that accuses the military contractor of releasing cancer-causing toxins into the soil north of the sprawling community. “It&rsquo...
West Palm Beach lawyer to be honored for community service
 West Palm Beach attorney Louis Silber is one of 21 attorneys in the state who will be honored by the Florida Supreme Court for donating his legal services to the community, the Florida Bar announced Monday. In ceremonies on Jan. 25 before the state’s highest court, Silber will be recognized for his decades-long work for Presidential...

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West Palm Beach attorney Louis Silber is one of 21 attorneys in the state who will be honored by the Florida Supreme Court for donating his legal services to the community, the Florida Bar announced Monday. In ceremonies on Jan. 25 before the state’s highest court, Silber will be recognized for his decades-long work for Presidential...
Delray developer’s tab to late Subway founder balloons to $23.1 million
 Having already ordered Delray Beach developer Anthony Pugliese to pay the widow of Subway founder Fred DeLuca $12.8 million in connection with failed plans to build a city in central Florida, a Palm Beach County judge has added another $10.3 million to Pugliese’s legal tab. In an order this past week, Circuit Judge Donald Hafele ordered...

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Having already ordered Delray Beach developer Anthony Pugliese to pay the widow of Subway founder Fred DeLuca $12.8 million in connection with failed plans to build a city in central Florida, a Palm Beach County judge has added another $10.3 million to Pugliese’s legal tab. In an order this past week, Circuit Judge Donald Hafele ordered...
Anti-terrorism suits against Chiquita set for trial in West Palm
 Multimillion-dollar lawsuits accusing banana giant Chiquita Brands International of contributing to the deaths in the 1990s of five central Florida-based missionaries and an Alabama geologist are set to go to trial in federal court here next month. In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra refused to throw out three lawsuits...

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Multimillion-dollar lawsuits accusing banana giant Chiquita Brands International of contributing to the deaths in the 1990s of five central Florida-based missionaries and an Alabama geologist are set to go to trial in federal court here next month. In a ruling this week, U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra refused to throw out three lawsuits...
New downtown courthouse: Appellate court opens on Tamarind Avenue
 Attorney Tracy Gerber vividly remembers the day her husband, 4th District Court of Appeal Judge Jonathan Gerber, came home with what sounded like a starry-eyed idea. “What if? What if?” she remembers her husband saying. What if, instead of spending money patching together a cramped nearly 50-year-old building that was riddled...

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Attorney Tracy Gerber vividly remembers the day her husband, 4th District Court of Appeal Judge Jonathan Gerber, came home with what sounded like a starry-eyed idea. “What if? What if?” she remembers her husband saying. What if, instead of spending money patching together a cramped nearly 50-year-old building that was riddled...
Melgen asks for leniency as judge ponders prison term
 With his blue jailhouse scrubs and shackled wrists underscoring how far removed he is from his once-sumptuous lifestyle, Dr. Salomon Melgen on Thursday appealed to a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced on charges of bilking Medicare out of millions by treating scores of elderly patients for a sight-robbing disease they didn&rsquo...

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With his blue jailhouse scrubs and shackled wrists underscoring how far removed he is from his once-sumptuous lifestyle, Dr. Salomon Melgen on Thursday appealed to a federal judge for leniency when he is sentenced on charges of bilking Medicare out of millions by treating scores of elderly patients for a sight-robbing disease they didn&rsquo...
Dr. Salomon Melgen to break silence about health care fraud conviction
 Nearly three years after Dr. Salomon Melgen was indicted on charges of health care fraud and influence peddling, the wealthy, politically-connected Palm Beach County eye doctor on Thursday will finally break his silence about criminal charges that could force him to spend the rest of his life behind bars. His attorney, Matthew Menchel, on...

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Nearly three years after Dr. Salomon Melgen was indicted on charges of health care fraud and influence peddling, the wealthy, politically-connected Palm Beach County eye doctor on Thursday will finally break his silence about criminal charges that could force him to spend the rest of his life behind bars. His attorney, Matthew Menchel, on...
West Palm lawyer who represented Prince sues over media depiction
 West Palm Beach lawyer Patrick Cousins never made any secret about the legal work he did for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Prince. But the 53-year-old who devotes the bulk of his practice to pursuing Lemon Law cases on behalf of distraught car-buyers never thought he would be punished for his decade-long link to The Purple One. Hoping...

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West Palm Beach lawyer Patrick Cousins never made any secret about the legal work he did for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician Prince. But the 53-year-old who devotes the bulk of his practice to pursuing Lemon Law cases on behalf of distraught car-buyers never thought he would be punished for his decade-long link to The Purple One. Hoping...
Court gives ex-cop another shot at disability benefits from Lake Worth
 Seventeen years after Joseph Viera claims he was catastrophically injured while working as a Lake Worth police officer, the 51-year-old father of four is still battling the city over health care benefits that injured officers are suppose to receive under a special Florida law. In a ruling that could help other police officers in similar straits...

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Seventeen years after Joseph Viera claims he was catastrophically injured while working as a Lake Worth police officer, the 51-year-old father of four is still battling the city over health care benefits that injured officers are suppose to receive under a special Florida law. In a ruling that could help other police officers in similar straits...
Man guilty of second-degree murder in double slaying in Belle Glade
 A Palm Beach County jury on Thursday rejected a Belle Glade man’s claims that he shot 31 bullets at two brothers in self-defense, instead convicting Alton Johnson of two counts of second-degree murder in the February 2016 deaths of Ricardo and Antwon Terrell. A jury of nine men and three women deliberated for roughly six hours before...

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A Palm Beach County jury on Thursday rejected a Belle Glade man’s claims that he shot 31 bullets at two brothers in self-defense, instead convicting Alton Johnson of two counts of second-degree murder in the February 2016 deaths of Ricardo and Antwon Terrell. A jury of nine men and three women deliberated for roughly six hours before...
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