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Marc Wites of Wites & Kapetan Secures $3.6 Million Dollar Settlement for 3rd Grade Girls Sexually Abused 11-Years Ago

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Sexual abuse and harassment against women is finally a prevalent topic in today’s news.  From Fox News to Harvey Weinstein, from Bill Cosby to Fidelity Investments, strong, professional woman have come forward to face their abusers. For many, it took years of suffering, and unfortunately belated support of the public, to find the strength to come forward. Back in 2005, four third-grade girls in Boca Raton, Florida, found the strength and courage to tell their parents about the sexual abuse they had been suffering at the hands of their third-grade teacher.  Little did they know, or could they even appreciate at such a tender young age, their journey and fight for justice would last for 12 more years.  It is often said that the wheels of justice grind slowly.  Here, it all began during the 2004-2005 school year, when teacher Blake Sinrod abuse 4 girls in his third grade class,...

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The Deadline To Make A Claim In The Cryptsy Class Action Settlement Has Passed.

BitCoin Cryptsy Theft

The deadline to make a claim in the Cryptsy Class Action Settlement has passed.  The Court has given final approval to the settlement, including the notice and claims administration process.  You can read about the settlement at www.cryptsysettlement.com If you missed the deadline, we may still be able to help you.  Wites & Kapetan and Silver Miller are pursuing a class action lawsuit against Coinbase to recover money for Cryptsy account holders.  This lawsuit is pending in federal court in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  In response to the lawsuit, Coinbase filed a motion to compel arbitration, which is designed to prevent Cryptsy account holders from suing Coinbase in court, and to prevent them from joining together in a class action. The federal court denied Coinbase’s motion to force the case to arbitration, and ruled that because Cryptsy account holders are not parties to any contract with Coinbase that they can pursue  their...

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Hurricane Irma Quick Tip: Beware of Contractors Knocking at Your Door

Hurricane Irma Quick Tip From Insurance Lawyers - Beware of Contractors Knocking On Doors

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, you may get a knock at your door and find someone claiming to be a contractor offering to fix your home.  Our advice; end the conversion, and shut the door.  Most importantly, do not sign anything and do not agree to anything.  Here’s four reasons why. First, in the aftermath of a storm, there are unfortunately people who will prey on people in need.  While we are all anxious to have our homes repaired, it is very important that all work is done by a licensed, insured and reputable contractor.  People that go door-to-door offering to fix your house often do not fit this description.  Some of them may be unlicensed and/or uninsured.  Others may be from out-of-state, and if something goes wrong down the road, they will be nowhere to be found. Second, you have an obligation under your insurance policy to allow...

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Deferred Action for Child Arrival (DACA) – What Happens Now?

DACA Immigration Attorney

The Trump administration on Tuesday formally announced the end of the Deferred Action for Child Arrival, or DACA — a program that had protected nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants also known as “DREAMers,” brought to the United States as children from being deported. The Department of Homeland Security will stop processing any new applications for the program as of Tuesday, September 05, 2017 and rescinded the Obama administration policy. Here’s What you Need to Know About the Program: DACA allowed individuals who were brought to the United States as children or teens before mid-2007 to apply for protection from deportation and work permits if they met certain requirements. Beneficiaries had to be under the age of 16 upon entering the country; no older than 31 as of June 15, 2012; lived continuously in the U.S. since mid-2007; be enrolled in high school or college, already have a diploma or degree,...

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When Do You Have To Report Property Damage To Your Insurance Company?

When to report property damage to insurance company

Reporting your property damage claim as soon as possible is the best course of action.  Almost all homeowners insurance policies require you to “give prompt notice” to the insurance carrier after a loss. This requirement is often contained within the “Your Duties After Loss” provision which is usually located under the “Section 1 – Conditions” portion of the policy. Prompt notice allows the insurance carrier an opportunity to investigate the loss and determine the cause of the damage (i.e., Hurricane winds) and the amount that it would cost to repair the damage. Almost all insurance policies contain a requirement that you comply with all the terms and provisions of the policy (i.e., giving prompt notice of the loss) in order to get insurance coverage. If you do not give the insurance carrier “prompt notice” of the loss your claim could be denied because you failed to comply with the policy....

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Hurricane Irma Quick Tip: If You Had Water Damage In Your Home

Hurricane Irma Insurance Attorney Tip - Water Damage in Home

Hurricane Irma Quick Tip: When your insurance company asks you what happened in your house or commercial property, don’t use the word “flood” to describe how the damage occurred.  Why?  Most homeowner and commercial property insurance policies exclude coverage for damage caused by flooding.  While the policies coverage damage caused by water, they often do not cover damage caused by flood water. So, for example, if a pipe breaks in your house causing water to cover the floor and damage your property, it is not a flood, and you should not call it one.  How you describe the cause of your damages could have a big impact on whether your insurance company covers or tries to deny your claim.  You should just describe the damage, and allow the insurance company to inspect and reach their own conclusions.  To learn more about Wites & Kapetan’s Insurance Claims Team please visit our Insurance...

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