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Florida man sues after Cigna divulges HIV-positive status

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A Florida man is suing Cigna for disclosing his HIV-positive status to third parties after he forbade the disclosure on multiple occasions. Cigna and one of its employees are being sued on four counts of negligence and one count of intentional infliction of emotional distress. “John Doe,” as he is identified in the suit, is demanding trial by jury on all counts as of Aug. 27, 2016. In October 2011, Cigna hired PhotoFax, Inc., a private investigation firm, to review…

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Historic St. Pete church sues after pest attack, failed fumigation

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St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in St. Petersburg is under attack again by termites lurking in its century-old walls. A St. Petersburg Times article published Aug. 9, 2000, noted St. Bartholomew’s had to be shut down for two days when it was being fumigated. It was the second time in two years the property was tented to deal with the pest issue. This time, however, the church took precautions to prevent pests from causing destruction to this historic building by contracting with…

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Whistleblower claims Gold & Diamond Source told her to ‘ignore the law’

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When Alisa Toscano began working for Gold & Diamond Source in April 2014, she agreed to be an appraiser and consignment associate. Now Toscano is suing the well-known company — co-owned by Steve and Julie Weintraub — for unlawful termination under Florida’s Private Whistleblower Act. The Weintraubs are not listed in the lawsuit. As part of her job title, Toscano would purchase and consign jewelry from the public. According to Florida law, she is required to follow specific procedures when…

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Called ‘fat and old,’ ex-employee sues Grow Financial for age, national origin discrimination

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Grow Financial is being accused of discrimination after letting go a 15-year employee. Maria Brennan, 56, worked as a teller for Grow from 2000 to February 2015. During her time with the company, Brennan was promoted to “Training Specialist/Corporate Developer.” In the lawsuit, filed Oct. 18, 2016, Brennan accuses Grow Financial of two counts of age discrimination, two counts of national origin discrimination and three counts of retaliation. Brennan’s manager, Jennifer Newlin, 35, made discriminatory remarks to Brennan or in…

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Business partners seek split, squabble over $2M in Tampa-area property profits

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Breaking up his hard to do and – in at least one case – extremely expensive. Business partners are splitting up after one began taking steps to end the business venture, while allegedly scamming the other out of nearly $2 million in the process. When the housing market crashed in 2008, Jamal Abadi, 41, and Larry Cox, 73, began working together. The pair met through Abadi’s wife, who worked for Cox at Castle Carpet One. Abadi is a licensed Real…

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Tampa billionaire accused of foul play with tennis app scam

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A Tampa billionaire is accused of running a scam after failing to provide documentation on the sale of 50,000 shares of a business to a local tennis pro. Ramesh Kris Nathan, 34, founded BaselineAgent in 2008. BaselineAgent is a mobile and web app that acts as an agent for professional tennis players. The app allows users to search for travel and lodging while on tour. According to the company website, BaselineAgent had more than 12,000 monthly active users within 18 months of…

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