Monday, January 11, 2010

Hank Adorno, Part XXVII

Ad or No Order

Hi kids!

I hope everyone had a chance to canoodle at length by the fire this weekend, and it looks like we may even have a few more days of cold weather before this ends.

Meanwhile, the case of Hank Adorno and his $2 million fee for an "individual" class action settlement continues:
Adorno & Yoss founding partner Henry Adorno violated professional rules by orchestrating a $7 million class action settlement that benefited only seven people rather than all Miami taxpayers, a judge ruled Friday in a disciplinary case brought by The Florida Bar.

Broward Circuit Judge Jack Tuter, as referee in the ethics case, ruled Adorno breached his duty to the proposed class and accepted an excessive attorney fee of $2 million for his work on the settlement, which was thrown out when its limitations were uncovered.

Tuter sided with Adorno on another count, ruling he could not conclude from a brief transcript that the attorney intentionally misled Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Peter Lopez into approving the settlement in a suit challenging an unconstitutional city fire fee.
Curse you oh wretched burden of proof:
The disputed settlement with payments to only seven people “under the facts of this case was prejudicial, illogical and unexplainable,” the judge wrote in his 11-page summary judgment order. “Can the referee say with ‘precise explicit, lacking in confusion and of such weight that it produces a firm belief or conviction, without hesitation about the matter’ that respondent Adorno misled Judge Lopez and was less than forthright in the hearing? The answer is no.”
In other words, a full vindication!

You know, that would look great on a bumper sticker.

UPDATE: A kind, technologically-savvy reader has sent the order, which I put up above.

Does the referee sure like to ask himself a lot of questions? Yes. Does he then immediately answer them? Indeed he does. Is this an annoying way to write an order? You be the judge:
Judge Lopez in a written order found both Respondents were less than "forthright" about the type of settlement reached by the parties. The transcript of the May 2004 hearing is only three pages. The Referee has struggled to decipher the meaning of the few words on those pages. Could and should more have been said? Yes. Could what was said be subject to misinterpretation? Perhaps. Was what was said misleading? Equivocal.


Anonymous said...

That doo-doo stinks.

SFL Referee said...

Did I enjoy this post? Yes!

Adorno's magic 8 ball 'stache said...

Is Hank Adorno a dork and a half? That remains to be seen.

Anonymous said...

Why do you have a picture of Ron Magill holding petrified tiger poop?

South Florida Lawyers said...

You mean that's not Hank?

Anonymous said...

I am humming this little ditty for da doo doo man Hanky Panky:

Don't think me unkind
Words are hard to find
The only cheques I've left unsigned (are the ones at my firm)
And when their eloquence escapes me
Their logic ties me up and rapes me (like Bubba and his friends should when I tried to steal the people's money)

De do do do, de da da da
Is all I want to say to you
De do do do, de da da da
De do do do, de da da da
Is all I want to say to you
De do do do, de da da da
They're meaningless and all that's true

Pulled My Noodle said...

Hank Adorno for Florida Supreme Court!

Anonymous said...

Rhymes with porno

South Florida Lawyers said...

“Under the standards and guidelines for discipline under The Florida Bar, there should be no discipline other than, ‘Sorry you had to suffer for six years under this cloud,’ ” Rogow said. “The standards say you have to knowingly and negligently violate the rules.”

Julie Kay says they are going to trial:

Anonymous said...

Looks like Hank was a little too slick for his own good. Mays use to work for the SAO when Hank was chief assistant. Maybe a little "wink" between charles [dont call me Charlie} Mays and his old boss.Adorno should be disbarred for pulling this stuff. Mays is a good guy and I am glad he got off.

Anonymous said...

Heard Hank's sh*t don't stank.

Anonymous said...

Rogow will say anthing and represent anyone for a buck.

Anonymous said...

Sad thing is Hank will probably get a public reprimand with probation, maybe a short suspension (30 days or so). At the very least he needs a rehabilitative suspension--I think 2 to 3 years would be appropriate--or they should disbar him.

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