Articles by Curt Anderson

South Florida a Haven for All Types of Fraud

Need a phony ID? A fraudulent tax refund? Insurance money from a sham car crash? Florida may have just what you’re looking for. Since the first settlers hacked their way into the mangrove tangles and drained much of the swampland, …

Florida Federal Judge to Hear Exploding Air Bag Lawsuits

Lawsuits filed around the U.S. seeking damages for allegedly defective auto air bags made by Japan’s Takata Corp. have been consolidated before a Miami federal judge. A federal panel on multidistrict litigation decided last week to combine the cases for …

Florida Appeals Court Ruling Opens Door for Cruise Line Malpractice Suits

Pasquale Vaglio, a retired New York City policeman and Korean War veteran, was on the cruise of a lifetime with 18 family members in the summer of 2001 aboard Royal Caribbean’s “Explorer of the Seas.” Then, the accident happened. Vaglio, …

Florida City, Temple Accord Includes Insurance Proceeds

A settlement has been reached between a South Florida city and a Jewish temple in a long-running legal dispute that pitted religious freedom and property rights against preservation of a historic structure. Temple B’nai Zion attorney Keith D. Silverstein said …

Florida Judge Sentences Mastermind of $800M Fraud Scheme to 20 Years

The man who masterminded an $800 million insurance scam that fleeced tens of thousands of investors in one of Florida’s all-time largest fraud schemes was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Robert Scola gave Joel Steinger, …

Owner of Florida Floating Home Still Fighting City Over Compensation

A Florida man won a precedent-setting victory last year when the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with him that his floating home was a house, not a vessel covered by maritime law. But so far the ruling hasn’t helped him secure …

Former Ballplayer Brooks Robinson Seeks $9.9M From Tribe Over Fall

Baseball Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson is seeking a settlement of $9.9 million from the Seminole Indian tribe over injuries he suffered in a 2012 fall from a stage at the tribe’s South Florida casino. Attorney Jack Hickey is asking …

Photographer Seeks Damages in Florida Suit Against Justin Bieber

A celebrity photographer sought to boost the potential damages he could win from Justin Bieber in a lawsuit that accuses the singer and a bodyguard of battery in a confrontation outside a recording studio. The photographer’s attorney, Mark DiCowden, said …

Coast Guard Begins Surprise Safety Inspections of Cruise Ships

The Coast Guard has begun unannounced inspections of cruise ships at U.S. ports, targeting those with patterns of safety problems, officials told the National Transportation Safety Board at its first-ever forum on safety on board the vessels. Capt. Eric Christensen, …

Florida Trooper Case Raises Driver Data Privacy Issues

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Donna Jane Watts was on routine patrol early one morning when a Miami police car whizzed past at speeds that would eventually top 120 mph. Even with her blue lights flashing and siren blaring, it took …