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BLUE BELL ICE CREAM LISTERIA RECALL EXPANDED Blue Bell Creameries announced that it is “expanding its recall of products that were produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant to include Banana Pudding Ice Cream pints which tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes, and additional products manufactured on the same line.” The expanded recall resulted, at least in part, from the FDA’s April 7, 2015, notification to Blue Bell that Banana Pudding Ice Cream pint, produced in the Broken Arrow, Okla., plant on February 12, 2015, tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. Lists of the recalled ice creams are available on the FDA’s and Blue Bell’s websites, and include the following products produced in Oklahoma and identified by the code date on the bottom of the carton: Ice Cream Pints: UPC # 071899-05101 5        Code Date Ice Cream Banana Pudding pint                       021217S Ice Cream Butter Crunch pint                 ...

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L’Assurance auto et moto en Floride : quelle couverture en cas d’accident ?

Ce que couvre l’assurance obligatoire (minimum légal) et quelles polices complémentaires il est conseillé de contracter en Floride pour être complètement indemnisé en cas d’accident de la circulation. -Par Marc A. Wites Avocat au Barreau de Floride et Aline Martin-O’Brien Avocat au Barreau de Paris, Foreing Legal consultant inscrite au Barreau de Floride du Cabinet Wites Law Firm – (avertissement : cet article est publié dans le but de faciliter la  compréhension générale du droit en Floride : pour des renseignements plus spécifiques et/ou complets il est nécessaire d’avoir recours à une consultation individuelle) La Floride est un état très particulier pour l’assurance automobile. En effet, le « Sunshine State » est l’un des rares Etats en Amérique doté d’un système basé sur le système d’une « responsabilité sans faute » pour l’assurance voiture, à l’instar du système français. Ce système de responsabilité sans faute permet l’indemnisation des victimes indépendamment de la...

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Wites Law Firm Recovers $100,000 for Florida Senior Citizen from her Homeowner’s Insurance Company

In August 2014, a pipe burst in Lydia’s Port Charlotte, Florida home, causing 14,000 gallons of water to spread throughout the entire house.  The damage was devastating.  Everything was drenched with water, including the home’s walls, insulation, carpet, cabinets, and furniture, along with much of Lydia’s personal property.  Lydia, a senior citizen, had dutifully paid her homeowner’s insurance premiums for years.  She promptly contacted her insurance company and gave notice of the claim.  The insurance company inspected the damage, and offered just $13,797.43.  This was just a small fraction of the amount Lydia needed to fix her home and replace her damaged property.  Lydia and her family tried to resolve the issue without involving lawyers, but the insurance company refused to pay any more money on the claim.  Lydia hired Wites Law Firm on November 26, 2014, and we immediately filed a lawsuit on her behalf against the insurance company. ...

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Florida Man Sues Banks Alleging They Are Violating The Telephone Consumer Protection Act By Calling His Cell Phone

Fred Horenburger says that he does not have any accounts of any kind with Bank of America or Synchrony Bank. Yet, both Banks have repeatedly called his cell phone, even though he told them to stop long ago. Unable to stop the calls, Mr. Horenburger turned to The Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and filed lawsuits against the banks in The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.  (The cases have been assigned numbers 9:15cv80034 and 9:2014cv81600). He is seeking at least $500 for each call he alleges violated the Act, which is commonly called the TCPA. The TCPA, makes it unlawful to use an automatic telephone dialing system, or a pre-recorded or artificial voice, when calling someone’s cell phone. Attorney Marc A. Wites of Wites Law Firm explains that unless the recipient of the call provides consent, such a call is unlawful, no matter what the purpose...

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WILL MY INSURANCE COMPANY ALWAYS ACT IN MY BEST INTERESTS? You may be disappointed to know that the answer to this question is “No”.  Surprisingly, even though you are paying your insurance company to protect your assets, when it comes to a claim they are looking ultimately to minimize their losses.  This can come as something of a shock if you have never had to deal with a claim before and are expecting your compensation for damages to be full and fair.  Insurance company adjusters typically deal with 100 – 150 cases a month. They are sometimes given bonuses for the number of cases they can settle and the amount they are allowed to settle for is going to be in the interest of the insurance company rather than you.  Insurance company adjusters know all the tricks of the trade to get you to accept an unfair and low claim...

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Why Do You Need A Lawyer To Handle An Insurance Claim?

Why Do You Need A Lawyer To Handle An Insurance Claim? Gone are the days when you could fill out the forms for your insurance claim and simply wait for your losses to be reimbursed fairly and quickly. As far as property insurance goes, you pay a premium to protect your property and reasonably expect any claim to be reimbursed in full. You may be disappointed to find out that the insurance companies look to minimize their losses and pay you the lowest figure that they can. This is why you need to hire your own insurance claims lawyer to represent you. HOW WILL MY CLAIM BE ASSESSED? Insurance companies use insurance adjusters, and sometimes insurance company lawyers, to determine the amount of your claim. The claims adjuster will visit your property and conduct detailed inspections. You would be well advised to have your own adjuster and/or lawyer at this...

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