The Florida Bar Foundation has received a $12,558 cy pres award to be used for consumer protection legal aid. In the Southern District of Florida case Gonzalez v. TCR Sports Broadcasting, the plaintiff alleged that the Telephone Consumer Protection Act had been violated by offering to provide consumers with informational baseball score updates, but then sending text messages advertising third party retailers.
The parties settled, and once the members of the class were compensated, leftover funds that could not be distributed to the class were donated to the Foundation.
The Florida Justice Technology Center donated $5,000 to the Foundation to aid in production of the One Promise campaign, an effort to increase pro bono. Filming began in August with plans to kick off the campaign in October, which is Pro Bono Month. The Labor and Employment Section also gave $1,000.
The Administrative Law Section of the Florida Bar gave $1,000 in unrestricted funds.
The Florida Bar Business Law Section donated just under $1,000 to the Foundation. The section raffled off a stay at a Savannah hotel to benefit the Foundation during their executive council spring retreat.
Finally, friends of Bruce Blackwell, former Foundation president and executive director, made donations to the Foundation on Facebook in honor of his 75th birthday. $955 was donated in this effort. (Click here or see below to learn how you can do the same!)