Notable Cases

At The Law Office of David H. Pollack, we pride ourselves on getting results for our clients in a wide range of cases. Listed below are just a few of the significant, and in many instances precedent-setting, the Firm has been or is presently involved in.

Levy v. Worldwide Association of Specialty Programs: The firm represented a 21-year-old girl who suffered emotional and physical injuries at a "boot camp" school for troubled teenagers. The case required the firm to sue numerous corporations and individuals involved in operating or managing the school who were located throughout the country and in Jamaica. We eventually reached a settlement with the defendant's insurance carrier which helped our client move on with her life. As a result of the case, which garnered national attention, David H. Pollack was invited to appear on The Montel Williams Show.

Scheff v. Bock: The firm represented the owner of a company that assists parents of troubled teenagers after she was slandered on the internet by a parent she tried to help. The women accused her of, among other things, being a "crook, a fraud and a con artist," and of placing teens in dangerous and risky programs. The case was tried to a jury in Broward County, which awarded our client $11.3 million - the largest verdict ever obtained in an internet defamation case. The case garnered international attention, and was picked up by newspapers throughout the world. After the verdict, the defendant moved to set aside the verdict and to vacate the final judgment, which the court denied. The case went up on appeal, which the firm handled and won.

Sanchez-Gutierrez v. Teitelbaum: The firm served as co-counsel representing a young construction worker who died after falling from the 14th floor of a construction site. Initially, it appeared as though the deceased worker's recovery would be limited to the monies available to him under worker's compensation. However, the firm was able to convince the court that the owner of the building was not entitled to worker's compensation immunity because of the circumstances of the case. After several years of litigation, the firm and its co-counsel obtained a well-deserved confidential settlement for the deceased worker and his parents.

Inkel and Palelis v. Aircraft Service International Group: We represented two workers with more than 50 years of combined work experience in an age discrimination claim they filed against their employer after they were fired. Both workers had excellent work histories and received outstanding evaluations from their co-workers and supervisors. The case was filed in federal court, but was settled confidentially before trial. One of the witnesses in the case was so impressed by the Firm's work that he later hired them to represent him in a different case.

Huggett v. Wingate: The widow of a prominent trial attorney who died unexpectedly sued her husband's former associate and his employees to recover bonus monies that were paid out by the Firm after her husband died. She also sued the Firm's former bookkeeper for trying to steal from personal accounts belonging to her and her husband to pay off personal loans and expenses. As a result of the Firm and client's persistence, the Firm obtained a Civil judgment against the bookkeeper in excess of $4,000,000, and reached a confidential settlement with the remaining employees.

Sands v. Kawasaki: The Firm is currently serving as co-counsel with one of the top trial attorneys in Miami representing a girl who was catastrophically injured when she fell off the rear of a jet ski in the Bahamas. The Firm was asked to assist with the case because of its expertise in admiralty law and cases involving accidents occurring in foreign countries. The case involves cutting-edge issues in the area of products liability law and a manufacturer's duty in relationship to dangerous products such as jet skis and personal watercraft. We are honored to have been chosen by the client and her attorney to help in representing her in this significant lawsuit.

Turner v. Miami-Dade County School Board: The Firm was hired by a number of teachers in Miami-Dade County and the United Teachers of Dade after several teachers became sick from mold and other indoor environmental conditions in their classrooms. Because of the widespread media attention that the case received, including an appearance by David H. Pollack on a weekly Spanish-language television news show discussing issues effecting the South Florida community, the School Board reached a quick settlement with the teachers' union and began work on addressing the problems raised in the lawsuit.

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