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Wiggins Childs' Client Featured in Washington Post Article About Unconstitutional Dog Attacks

The Washington Post recently wrote about a Wiggins Childs' client represented by Jon Goldfarb along with William Smith, Christina Malmat, and Lieselotte Carmen-Burks. The article examines numerous instances of police dogs attacking suspects captured on video in recent years, including one client, Ronald Fitts, represented by Wiggins Childs in a case alleging that officers of the Selma Police Department intentionally used excessive force in violation of the U.S. Constitution by siccing the dog on Mr. Fitts when he was not resisting. The video of the dog attack on Mr. Fitts was featured by the Post as part of a pattern of such attacks across the country.

 

A link to the article can be found here.

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WCPFG - Recent Case Filings

Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher & Goldfarb LLC in the past couple weeks:

November 9, 2020
Perryman v. Sungchang Autotech

 

November 5, 2020
Minniefield v. Scotch Plywood Company et al

 

November 2, 2020
Lee V. Austal USA, LLC

 

October 30, 2020
Adams V. Day & Zimmerman Inc

 

October 30, 2020
Zekoff v. Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc et al

  • Filed by: DG Pantazis Jr. in the United Stated District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Civil Action No.: 2:20-cv-1703
  • Type of case: Product Liability

 

October 30, 2020
Byrd v. Outokumpu Stainless, USA, LLC

  • Filed by: Rachel McGinley in the United Stated District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • Civil Action No.: 1:20-cv-520
  • Type of case: Employment, ADA

 

October 29, 2020
Cooks v. Altec Industries Inc

 

October 22, 2020
Woods v. Somerby St. Vincent’s One Nineteen

 

October 14, 2020
Brown v. Keystone Foods LLC et al

 

October 13, 2020
Lattimore V. Big Lots Inc

 

October 5, 2020
Crawford v. City of Huntsville, Alabama

 

October 5, 2020
Phillips v. Legacy Cabinet

  • Filed by: Jon Goldfarb in the United Stated District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
  • Civil Action No.: 1:20-cv-1548
  • Type of case: Other Civil Rights

 

September 24, 2020
Jones v. Smith’s Doughnuts Inc.

 

September 28, 2020
Multiple Plaintiffs v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc

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WCPFG Attorneys Named to B-Metro 2020 Top Women Attorneys

 

Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher, & Goldfarb is proud to announce that four of our attorneys who were included in the B-Metro 2020 annual listing of Top Female Attorneys in the City.

Each year, B-Metro publishes a list acknowledging the work and professionalism of the top women attorneys in the Birmingham Metro Area. This year, the following attorneys from WCPFG were featured on this list:

 

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The complete list of B-Metro's 2020 Top Women Attorneys can be found at B-Metro 2020 Top Women Attorneys

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Jon Goldfarb and WCPFG Attorneys Honored by Best Lawyers®

 

Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher, & Goldfarb is proud to announce that Jon Goldfarb has been selected as the Lawyer of the Year 2021 for his work in Civil Rights by bestlawyers.com.

Best Lawyers® is one of the oldest and most respected peer review publication in the legal profession. Selections for Best Lawyers honors are made after conducting exhaustive peer review surveys in which tens of thousands of leading lawyers evaluate their professional peers.

The lawyers honored as "Lawyers of the Year" have received exceptionally high ratings from their peer surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

These honors recognize Jon's commitment to justice and equality both in and out of the courtroom. WCPFG is proud of all the hard work Jon and other WCPFG attorneys recognized by Best Attorneys have put towards their clients, their communities, and their profession.

 

Other WCPFG attorneys honored as Best Attorneys in their respective fields include:

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Jury Verdict Shows Mobile Blocked Black Administrator from Leading White School

Earlier this year, a Mobile jury ruled that Mobile County Schools discriminated against a Black assistant principal in denying him a job at Theodore High School, a mostly white school. The jury awarded $128,573.39 in back pay and damages.

 

"The jury found he was being discriminated against because he was denied the principal(ship) of Theodore which is traditionally a mostly white school, and they put him over at an African American school," said Jon Goldfarb, attorney for the Plaintiff, William Henderson.

 

The Mobile County Public School superintendent at the time, Martha Peek, passed on hiring Mr. Henderson and went with a white candidate instead. "He was on the road to get that job, and she jumped in," said Goldfarb.

 

"The reason we won the case is because there were some interviews scores," said Goldfarb" They really got caught red-handed with this fake score sheet that they couldn't explain. She tried to deny it, but we could show it came from the superintendent's office because it has the superintendent's stamp on it."

 

"You need the best principal at the best school regardless of their race, and if they were doing this all along then the African American students weren't getting the best principal at their school and the white students weren't getting the best principal for their schools," said Goldfarb.

 

For more information about the case, please read the following article written by Sarah Whites-Koditschek:

https://www.al.com/reckon/2020/08/mobile-blocked-black-administrator-from-leading-mostly-white-school-jury-verdict-shows.html

 

Please also read the following article written by Andrea Ramey:

https://mynbc15.com/news/reality-check/jury-finds-former-mobile-superintendent-blocked-promotion-for-black-school-administrator

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Wiggins Childs Attorneys Recognized by B-Metro Magazine

Each year, B-Metro Magazine recognizes attorneys practicing in Birmingham for their commitment to the legal profession and their excellence in their craft and community.

 

Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb is proud to congratulate Robert Wiggins for his induction into the inaugural class of Hall of Fame attorneys.

 

Furthermore, the following attorneys from Wiggins Childs were recognized in the 2019 issue of B-Metro's Top Flight Attorneys:

The full issue of B-Metro's Top Flight Attorneys can be found at b-metro.com/b-metro-top-flight-attorneys/35808/

 

 

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Greg Wiggins - A Family Affair

Wiggins Childs is proud to be a firm of attorneys and staff who not only support one another like family in and out of the office, but a firm that prides itself in being a career home for many actual family members.  When a father, a sister, or a brother does great work, inspiration can help other perceptive family members to create new goals for themselves, only to find a niche in the very office of those they had been watching.  This is the case for Greg Wiggins, younger brother to Wiggins Childs’s very own founding partner, Bob Wiggins.  By setting an admirable example both in work ethic and moral character, Bob paved the way for his brother Greg to join the WC team, making the legal work they provide a family affair.

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After graduating Auburn University and working for four years for Roadway Express – a company that moved Greg all over the Southeast during his short stay – Greg ultimately decided he would like to come back home to Birmingham, for good.  After brainstorming with his brother, Bob, the two agreed that Greg would enroll at The Birmingham School of Law and come to work at the firm then known as Gordon Silberman Wiggins and Childs, LLC.  Greg started working on employment discrimination law, something he was drawn to because he saw the unjust ways in which minorities all across the board were being treated at their jobs.  “My dad was a working man,” recalls Greg fondly of his South Carolinian machinist father, “so I fell on the side of the working man.” A simple family pattern of moral character instilled by the Wiggins father had unknowingly paved a path, which would support, protect, and defend so many other working men and women across the nation.

 

“My first ten years of work was doing strictly employment discrimination work. I enjoyed it tremendously.  All the facts were different.  Each case was different,” Greg reminiscences.  But in 2001 after a decade of work, he found himself growing interested in FLSA employee compensation cases.  “FLSA was being severely violated across the board, especially in the retail industry when it came to exempt or nonexempt titles.  They were giving employees titles of Manager but they had no management duties – no hiring, firing, scheduling,” Wiggins remembers.  “They would give these employees a salary and a title, which was extremely important to these workers, but we soon found out under FLSA, these workers were not allowed the full spectrum of duties required to be a non-exempt employee, thus violating FLSA.” On top of this type of falsely-titled promoting within these companies, Wiggins discovered one retail chain with nearly 5,000 stores was asking their managers to work 60-80 hours a week doing un-managerial duties – another clear violation of FLSA guidelines. With a defense hinging on that retailer’s business matrix and pay scale, the case went on for ten years – going to trial twice after four failed attempts to settle. Ultimately, the two-week long trial provided tremendous amounts of documents, exhibits, and witnesses, all supporting the prosecution.  “The jury was out about 30 minutes, and fines ultimately exceeded 50 million dollars,” Wiggins confirms.  “This ten years of work made me aware of the inequities about how employers were treating employees when it came to pay. All we wanted was a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. We thought, if they are cheating all the employees out of their pay, what are they doing to the women’s pay?”  From the initial case sprang a discrimination case, this time fighting on behalf of the retailer’s female staff.  “We had studies done, and the results were clear: they were paying women grossly less than the male employees for doing the same job.” Another suit against the same company was filed, earning victims lost wages.  Greg Wiggins and the Wiggins Childs team were now an enormous force in publicly exposing greedy corporations using unethical and illegal business tactics.

 

Over the last 20 years, Greg Wiggins has worked on nearly 30 FLSA cases, notorious for being a case type that takes a long time. “We’ve been very fortunate with them – winning 90-95% of the cases in this area,” he confirms.  “The violations are so willful. Corporations don’t try to hide anything. That has been the focus of my practice since about 2001, although I do a lot of employment discrimination cases too.  The only difference about employment discrimination is companies hide it better now.”  When asked about his role at Wiggins Childs, Greg is thankful.  “I’m fortunate for working for a firm that supports the working man. [My brother] Bob was a big influence in the area of choosing the type of work I do. I watched what he went through and how passionate he was.  My brother got me into it – taught me a whole lot as far as what you need to look for, taught me that all the “fake news” that there is no discrimination going on in companies is simply not true. It goes on everyday.  We’re very passionate about our work – we are one of the few firms that do this nationwide.”

 

When Greg Wiggins isn’t working on one of his many ongoing FLSA or employment discrimination cases, he enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren, four daughters, and his wife, Traci, who he admits wears many hats in his life.  Having played all sports growing up, Greg enjoys golfing when time permits, indulging in his biggest passion: his love of Auburn University (War Eagle!) and spending time at the lake or at the beach, surrounded by family.

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Automobile Accident Checklist

If you have ever been involved in an automobile accident, you know it is a confusing and scary time. Odds are that most people will be involved in some form of automobile accident at some point in their life. According to the World Health Organization’s statistics, every year, over 2.35 million people in the United States are injured or disabled as a result of automobile accidents on.

Craig Lowell has been with Wiggins, Childs, PanCraig Lowell Membertazis, Fisher & Goldfarb since 1995. He has a broad array of practice areas, but has avidly fought for automobile accident victims against large insurance companies. As an individual involved in an automobile accident, it is imperative to contact an attorney as quickly as possible. “Big insurance companies begin to investigate the accident as soon as it happens and they are notified,” said Lowell, “and as a victim or party to an automobile accident, an attorney can make sure you’re afforded the same investigation.” The sooner an attorney begins investigating your case, the more data and information they will have access to.

So what are some initial steps to take if you find yourself in an automobile accident?

  • First and foremost, make sure that you, and anyone in your vehicle, is OK;
  • Check on the status and safety of those around you;
  • Contact the police;
  • Contact a lawyer.

“My passion is helping people,” said Lowell, “making sure they’re treated fairly, and that the rules of the road are upheld. But mostly, I am passionate about people being safe.” Should you need consultation regarding an automobile accident, please reach out to Craig Lowell or call (205) 314-0500.

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-Happy Holidays-

This Holiday season, the men and women of Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher & Goldfarb were fortunate enough to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Birmingham, a truly wonderful organization, in helping to provide homes for families in Birmingham. We wish everyone a happy holidays, and a prosperous New Year.

 

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WEEK IN REVIEW

Here is a snapshot of the cases filed by Wiggins, Childs, Pantazis, Fisher and Goldfarb LLC in the past week:

Federal Filings:

October 2, 2018

Alex Herrera v. Shell Oil Company

·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida. 

·                     Civil Action No.: Filing # 78739761

·                     Type of case: Injunctive relief, Nuisance, Property Damages, Hazardous Substances

 

Anita Lebeau v. Shell Oil Company

·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida. 

·                     Civil Action No.: Filing # 78740042

·                     Type of case: Injunctive relief, Nuisance, Property Damages, Hazardous Substances

 

Anselmo Irizarry v. Shell Oil Company

·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida. 

·                     Civil Action No.: Filing # 78740372

·                     Type of case: Injunctive relief, Nuisance, Property Damages, Hazardous Substances

 

Bruce L. Ruka v. Shell Oil Company

·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida. 

·                     Civil Action No.: Filing # 78740857

·                     Type of case: Injunctive relief, Nuisance, Property Damages, Hazardous Substances

 

Bruce W. Bacom v. Shell Oil Company

·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida. 

·                     Civil Action No.: Filing # 78740632

·                     Type of case: Injunctive relief, Nuisance, Property Damages, Hazardous Substances

 

Dale L. Breedlove v. Shell Oil Company

·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida. 

·                     Civil Action No.: Filing # 78741350

·                     Type of case: Injunctive relief, Nuisance, Property Damages, Hazardous Substances

 

David W. Woolard v. Shell Oil Company

·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida. 

·                     Civil Action No.: Filing # 78741562

·                     Type of case: Injunctive relief, Nuisance, Property Damages, Hazardous Substances

 

Douglas W Fiebelkorn v. Shell Oil Company

·                     Filed by Joshua R. Gale in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit in and for Volusia County, Florida. 

·                     Civil Action No.: Filing # 78741782

·                     Type of case: Injunctive relief, Nuisance, Property Damages, Hazardous Substances

 

October 1, 2018

Moseley v. BB&T Corporation

·                     Filed by Jon C. Goldfarb, L. William Smith, and Christina Malmat in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama Northern Division.

·                     Type of case: Title VII, ADEA, Employment Discrimination, Age Discrimination, Gender Discrimination, EEOC

 

Henderson v. Mobile County Board of Education

·                     Filed by Jon C. Goldfarb and L. William Smith in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama Southern Division. 

·                     Civil Action No.: 18-cv-00424-TM-M

·                     Type of case: Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Employment Discrimination, Race Discrimination, EEOC

 

Kelly v. Fourth Avenue Super Market Inc. et al

·                     Filed by Samuel Fisher and Sidney M. Jackson in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Southern Division. 

·                     Civil Action No.: 18-cv-01607-TMP

·                     Type of case: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment Discrimination, Discriminatory Discharge

 

Turner v. Jefferson County Commission et al

·                     Filed by Robert J. Camp in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Southern Division.  

·                     Civil Action No.: 18-cv-01609-JEO

·                     Type of case: Title VII, 42 U.S.C. § 1981, Employment Discrimination, Race Discrimination, Retaliation, First Amendment, Fourteenth Amendment, EEOC

 

September 27, 2018

Phelps v. Dolgencorp LLC

·                     Filed by Rocco Calamusa, Jr. and Rachel L. McGinley in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama Northern Division. 

·                     Civil Action No.: 18-cv-01588-HNJ

·                     Type of case: Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Employment Discrimination, EEOC

 

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