FCCPA Claim not Compulsory Counterclaim to Foreclosure
September 12, 2013

On many occasions, a legal claim for a debt collector or lender’s breach of collection harassment laws stems out of another lawsuit. For example, if a mortgage company has filed a foreclosure suit and the homeowner has hired an attorney, the mortgage company may be in violation of collection law if they continue to directly contact the homeowner after the homeowner hired the attorney. This relationship between the collection violation and the collection case can create a strategic question of whether the borrower wants to file a lawsuit for the harassing conduct against the lender in the collection case (which… Read More

First BP Witness Takes Stand Monday
May 29, 2013

The trial will determine what additional money BP and its contractors must pay out to claimants, including in Clearwater and Pinellas County. BP is expected to call its first witness Monday at a trial to determine how much more money in damages may be paid out from the well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. The Associated Press is reporting that Halliburton, BP’s cement contractor on the Deepwater Horizon drilling project, just rested its case. This next phase of the trial is expected to last six weeks. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier is hearing the testimony in the trial in… Read More

Candlelight Vigil in North Greenwood Honors Newtown Victims
May 29, 2013

A handful of supporters to expand gun background checks met in North Greenwood on the six month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary. In a neighborhood rocked by gun violence, a handful of volunteers clutched clear plastic cups that contained slow burning candles to honor the six month anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary Friday evening. They stood at the corner of Seminole Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue in Clearwater’s rough and tumble North Greenwood neighborhood in an effort to raise awareness about gun violence and the need for expanded background checks.

Firefighter Reacts to Punch In Face
May 29, 2013

It was the first time Ron Neuberger, a Clearwater Fire and Rescue investigator, was punched while helping rescue a victim in 27 years. Find out which other recent story he was also a part of. The glancing blow caught Ron Neuberger in the jaw. The Clearwater Fire and Rescue investigator was trying to find out what went wrong with Gary Steven Cook’s car Wednesday afternoon on Myrtle Avenue near downtown Clearwater. Cook was involved in a crash. He had hit two other vehicles before trying to peel out, digging a nearly four-inch gash into the asphalt.