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PSTA lawsuit has nothing to do with PSTA

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The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority is being sued over a traffic incident it had nothing to do with. Instead, an insurance company claims PSTA has video of the accident that may be helpful in defending against potential litigation against its client. At issue is an accident that occurred Jan. 8. Clearwater resident Tim Beacham struck a homeless man with his 2002 Mercury Mountaineer after the man, 33-year old Perry David Green, is said to have run into traffic in the…

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She’s wasn’t dead yet, but that didn’t stop a bank from trying to foreclosing on her home

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In a real life line from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Tampa resident Susan Carol Fernandez literally had to proclaim to a bank that she’s not dead yet (though it’s unclear whether Fernandez has a British accent.) The 71-year old nurse at Achieve Home Care and her husband, Allen Fernandez, took out a reverse mortgage on their home in 2007. He died in 2011. Two years after the fact the mortgage company, Nationstar, foreclosed on the house. According to…

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Muslim man sues car dealership, says he was duped

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A Muslim man is suing Select Motors in Tampa for allegedly duping him into purchasing a luxury vehicle for more than he initially bargained for. According to the lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court February 3, the cost discrepancy between the acquisition price Deeb Aliwaiwi brokered and what was assessed in loan documents amounted to more than $50,000. But here’s the kicker, Aliwaiwi signed a contract agreeing to the higher purchase price. The 31-year-old entered Select motors with two friends…

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Former resident accuses Tampa apartment complex of discrimination

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The Madison Heights apartment complex in downtown is in the middle on an interesting legal battle. A former resident, self-proclaimed part-time comedian David Eldredge, is suing the owners of the building for discrimination and illegally disclosing his HIV status. According to legal documents filed in Hillsborough County court Jan. 27, Eldredge lived in the 55-and-over complex and was its activity director. In a 2014 Tampa Tribune article about the complex opening, Eldredge was described as eager to move into Madison…

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3 models accuse Thee Dollhouse strip club of stealing photos, file suit

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Tampa’s Thee Dollhouse may be in hot water and it’s not because of the strip club’s poor spelling. Three models not affiliated with the club are suing Thee Dollhouse for a combined $280,000 over unauthorized use of their photos. Ashley Vickers, who has worked as a spokeswoman for NASCAR and an emcee for the Memphis Grizzlies professional basketball team, alleges a photo of her was posted to the strip club’s Facebook page alongside text that read, “who’s coming to play…

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USF department dean sues former employee for defamation

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A tiff between USF’s head of the USF College of the Arts and a former assistant music professor continues to get heated. James Moy, the department’s dean, is suing former employee Jill Brasky for defamation of character. In a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County Court November 17, Moy sites information in a federal lawsuit he says show she began slandering his character as early as January 4 of last year. That date is just two days after Moy recommended denying…

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Muslim-American claims she was denied employment at Great Clips based on her faith

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A Wesley Chapel woman is suing the company Great Clips for discrimination after she claims she denied employment because she wore a hijab. According to a lawsuit filed in Hillsborough County courts November 23, the manager of the Great Clips store located at 1063 earlier this year asked Maison Farhat if she needed “to wear ‘that thing’” on her head. Farhat describes herself as a licensed hair stylist with more than 20 years experience. She claims her initial interview and…

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