Lawsuit slams practices of law firm o...

Lawsuit slams practices of law firm owned by airport board appo...

There are 12 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jul 9, 2008, titled Lawsuit slams practices of law firm owned by airport board appo.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A law firm owned by a new appointee to the board that runs Orlando International Airport is facing a potential class-action lawsuit that accuses it of running a deceptive "collection mill" on behalf of Wal-Mart ...

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julary

Deltona, FL

#1 Jul 9, 2008
Wow, I must admit I've never heard of this "civil recovery" business. If I was accused of shoplifting but not convicted in the criminal justice system, that letter would probably go in the trash. The potential for abuse is huge.
The TRUTH

Anderson, SC

#2 Jul 9, 2008
Just one more reason I'm glad I moved away from Florida.

Since: Nov 07

Winter Park, FL

#3 Jul 9, 2008
The TRUTH wrote:
Just one more reason I'm glad I moved away from Florida.
If you were that glad you wouldn't still be reading the Sentinel.

How sure are you that your state doesn't allow civil recoveries - yeah that's what I thought...
Redogg

Orlando, FL

#4 Jul 9, 2008
Why is it that the criminals are always somehow victims these days?
Ive Had It

Cocoa Beach, FL

#5 Jul 9, 2008
Ignorant stupid people. No wonder this state does so bad with the FCAT. Civil and criminal are two separate areas of the law. Even if the state does not prosecute, a victim can still pursue the civil side. If you don't want the hassle, teach your kids to leave those glasses on the rack, unless they are buying them. In fact, keep the out of the mall and make them read and study instead.
Strong Supporter

Windermere, FL

#6 Jul 9, 2008
The Florida Bar is a joke. Putting a fox in charge of the henhouse is as crazy now as it was years ago.

But we still do it. The Bar is not going to take any stern action against a powerful lawfirm.

The problem is not the law to recover the inflated damages, it's the attorney's fees that can escalate. Now they will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars over a $5 pair of sunglasses, when a car-jacker can only get 21 days.

What a legal system we have here in Florida.
Moving forward

Orlando, FL

#7 Jul 9, 2008
Every story I ever saw, the people admit to shoplifting but they are still "victims". I would rather have them pay the cost of a security camera than an honest mother shopping for her kid's back to school clothes. Maybe they should have paid for their merchandise like the rest of us?
slipnot

San Antonio, TX

#8 Jul 9, 2008
Don't you just love lawyer double talk. I assaulted this person to defend my client. Like that makes it OK. It figures this guy is also a Republican appointee.
Jo Mama

Eddyville, KY

#9 Jul 9, 2008
It's blackmail, plain and simple.
someone who cares

United States

#11 Jul 9, 2008
Macy's also employs this tacky firm.
Gino

Lakeland, FL

#13 Jul 10, 2008
You do not have to be found guilty in criminal court to be liable for civil theft. If you steal something, the victim can pursue you for three times the actual damages, and a demand letter is the beginning such an action. So, to that extent, I don't see anything that the firm did wrong. On the other hand, the number of demand letters sent is troubling. I have a hard time believing that the firm invested any appreciable time on the cases to be sufficiently professionally involved in each case. A lawyer can't rent his or her name simply for the purpose of increasing the likelihood of collecting with a demand letter; they have to have a certain level of professional involvement in each case. The low number of lawsuits actually filed also indicates that they have no intention of following through with the threatened action. That might make it an unfair and deceptive trade practice.
AMGFTW

Bradenton, FL

#14 Jul 12, 2008
Wow, poor shoplifters got a letter. My heart bleeds. If you all only realized You, me and everyone else foots the bill for their stealing you might not feel so bad. Don't think for a second retailers don't pass on every cent of theft into pricing.

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