TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES, FLORIDA
 
Town of Miami Lakes
Memorandum
 
 

To:  Honorable Mayor and Councilmembers
 
From:  Raul Gastesi, Esq., Town Attorney
 
Subject:  Pending Litigation
 
Date:  May 2, 2017

 
Background: 
 
There are currently several matters being litigated by the Town of Miami Lakes. Some of these matters are being referred to our insurance carrier to mitigate the Town's legal expense. This report will highlight the active files, and a report of expenses incurred to date. 

                                 MICHAEL PIZZI JR. v. TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES
                                                               (Insurance Matter)

Matter is currently being litigated, and as such additional legal expenditure is likely. There has been no changes from the previous month's report.

                               MICHAEL PIZZI JR. v. TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES
                                                               (Criminal Matter)


Matter is currently being litigated, and as such additional legal expenditure is likely. Although there are no additional expenditures from the previous month to report, we have recently received invoices totaling $61,318.88. These invoices have not been fully reviewed or approved at this time. 

                                                    
                                                    S-71 v. Town of Miami Lakes 
                                                           (Lowell Dunn Matter)

Although the Town may incur legal expenses defending this matter it is difficult to gauge at this time what that might be. This matter is currently being handled by the Town's insurance carrier, and there are no expenses to report for this month.  










                                    Comar Ventures v. Town of Miami Lakes
                                                           (Lochness)


At this time this matter is being managed by the Town's insurance carrier.  Town Attorney is working with insurance carrier to mitigate legal costs to the Town of Miami Lakes. There has been no change from the previous month's report. 

                                             Public Records Request - PRR71
                                              
At this time this matter is being managed by the Town's insurance carrier. Town Attorney is working with insurance carrier and insurance selected law firm in order to mitigate legal costs to the Town of Miami Lakes. Some expenditure is likely in the coming month. There has been no change from the previous month's report. 

                                                        General Litigation
                                                                (Several)

The following are miscellaneous matters, that some of which include foreclosures. Since these may be small, and are generally handled by our insurance carrier we have categorized them as general litigation. There has been no change from the previous month's report. We have listed the three most prominent and active cases below: 

JUAN VALIENTE v. TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES: Currently in litigation. Matter is being handled by the Town's insurance carrier. Additional costs in the coming months are likely. 

SANCHEZ RADIOLOGY v. TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES: Matter remains pending, there has been no activity. The issue in the lawsuit is expected to be moot, as they now have a certificate of occupancy. 

LEMKE v. TOWN OF MIAMI LAKES: Matter is undergoing settlement negotiations. There may be some expenditure as matter is wound up.