Currently I am serving as the plaintiff in a number of cases, some old and some new. Here’s the breakdown:
In early February oral arguments were presented to the 11th Federal Circuit in Atlanta. The defendants (FDOT and Faneuil, Inc.) were appealing a federal judge’s ruling in Tampa which rejected their motion to dismiss our lawsuit on the grounds that they, the defendants, where entitled to sovereign immunity.
Prior to the defendant’s appeal we had been engaged in court ordered mediations. Those meetings are strictly confidential so I cannot disclose any details.
The basic facts of this case are that we (my co-plaintiffs and I) have sued FDOT and Faneuil for what we believe was an unlawful policy whereby the defendants violated the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. The policy required Faneuil employees to detain motorists on Florida’s Turnpike system when the motorists attempted to pay a toll with currency greater than $10. The policy was well established and in place for more than a decade.
Since our litigation began the policy has been suspended and the gate arms at toll plazas have been removed.
This case has been moving very slowly forward. Both sides have engaged in discovery and I believe we will see some resolution to this case soon. The basic facts are that I sued the LPD for charging a flat rate of $23.50 for a single page public records that, by law, should have cost only $.15.
This case went to trial in Moore haven Florida last month. The judge ruled in our favor and concluded that in fact CCA had unlawfully denied our access to non-exempt public records. We are waiting to see in CCA appeals that verdict.
The basic facts of this case were that my brother Robert and I visited the Moore haven Correctional Facility, a privately operated state prison for the purpose of making a public records request. We were denied access and detained inside the prison for about an hour.
At this point the defendants have filed “57-105’s”, a feeble attempt to intimidate us by threatening to counter-sue. They are claiming our lawsuit is frivolous and therefore they will seek monetary damages from us. This has happened many times before and never worked. First, the law and the facts are on our side; second, I’m not scared; third, these have always been dismissed because I don’t file frivolous lawsuits.
The basic facts are that Robert and I attempted to attend a publicly noticed meeting hosted by the Town Council of Southwest Ranches and the City Council of Pembroke Pines. These municipalities demanded, as a condition of entry, that we (and everyone else standing in line) fill out a form with our personal information and a written disclosure of our political affiliations. We refused, the police and sheriff’s deputies physically removed us and we sued.
Joel Chandler v the Village of Key Biscayne
We have filed a petition for a writ of mandamus that would force the Village to comply with Florida’s Public Records Act. I made a simple public records request and they responded by demanding that I provide personal information and prove that I am a human being and a citizen of Florida. I know, but I can’t make this stuff up.
There are numerous other cases that I am consulting on. Due to attorney-client privilege I cannot comment on those cases, however, as they settle I will post the facts and outcome of each case.