FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 20, 2018
Contact:Eric W. Boyer, Esq.
305.670.1101 Ext. 1023
QPWB GETS DEFENSE VICTORY ON BEHALF OF
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF FAMILIES
Complex Civil Litigation / Federal Court Practice
MIAMI ─ Lars O. Bodnieks, a partner in the Miami office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWB), successfully defended an alleged “quality management manager working for DCF” [Department of Children and Families] against claims for 42 U.S.C. § 1983, abuse of process, and intentional infliction of emotional distress arising out of dependency proceedings filed against Plaintiff in state court. In this case of first impression in the Southern District of Florida, the United States District Court agreed with the defendant’s arguments in her motion to dismiss, 2018 WL 3993344, that no Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(1) subject matter jurisdiction exists under the Rooker-Feldman doctrine as the “claims are inextricably intertwined with the state court’s decision to temporarily remove the children from Plaintiff’s custody during the course of the dependency proceedings and Plaintiff had a reasonable opportunity to raise his claims before that state tribunal.” Pepke v. Florida Dept. of Families, No. 18-cv-60432-BLOOM/Valle, — F.Supp.3d —-, 2018 WL 3970665 (S.D. Fla. Aug. 20, 2018).
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Lars O. Bodnieks is a partner in the Miami office. He is a civil trial lawyer with an extensive appellate practice since 1991. His practice is focused in the areas of environmental law, commercial litigation, automobile negligence, property and casualty law, admiralty and maritime, aviation, medical malpractice, product liability, negligence, wrongful death, insurance defense, interpleader, intervenor, declaratory judgment, and forfeiture actions. He has attained the highest rating of AV-Preeminent from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory.
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