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Sarasota Businesses Could Qualify for BP Spill Settlement Money

Posted: September 3rd, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: National News, Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »
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Sarasota litigation attorney, William Robertson, from Kirk Pinkerton law firm, recently asked Jaensch Immigration Law Firm to notify its clients that owners of businesses in Florida during 2010 could be eligible for BP oil spill settlement money under a new class action law suit.  The settlement agreement that was just preliminarily approved uses a mathematical formula to determine if the business owner qualifies for damages based on gross monthly revenue before, during and after the oil spill.  The relevant monthly revenue numbers that need to be reviewed by an accountant for a claim would be January 2007-December 2011.

Based on the location of the principal business address (different percentages apply to different areas), if the business owner had a dip in income during any three consecutive months (when averaged) from May  2010 through December 2010 compared to the same months in prior years (the owner gets to choose the benchmark from the  2007-2009 avg, 2008-2009 avg, or 2009) and then an increase in income over those same months in 2011 then the owner may qualify for damages.  If the owner qualifies, then there are different criteria for damages.

Mr. Robertson advises that business owners who may be interested should have their monthly financial records reviewed by an accountant.  He has offered a free consultation to any business owner or individual who thinks they may have suffered a financial loss during that timeframe in order to determine whether they may have a claim.  Cases that are accepted, will be accepted on a “contingency fee” basis meaning that there will be no attorneys fees owed unless there is a settlement paid from the class action fund.

Our law firm plans to take advantage of his offer.  For more information, email Mr. Robertson at (and listen in to “Let’s talk law” with Bill Robertson every Friday from 4 to 5 on WSRQ Sarasota talk radio 106.9 FM 1220 AM).

Foreign-Born Population in Sarasota and Manatee Grew 57% in Last 10 Years

Posted: March 28th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Sarasota Immigrants | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

The “Sarasota Herald-Tribune” recently reported that during the last 10 years, the foreign-born population of Sarasota and Manatee counties increased by 57%.

One source mentioned on the article states,

“I’m pretty sure that when Florida comes out of this recession, it’s going to be a very different place,” according to Brad Edmondson, a demographic consultant who has studied Sarasota County. “Basically, the migration streams are changing, and have been changing for a while,” he adds.

The article points out that the influx of immigrants is not due to any single predominant source.

It states that demographers say this represents an economic development opportunity, because unlike other U.S. communities relying on a dominant industry, Southwest Florida has no single feeder country funneling immigrants to jobs. These new residents are largely coming by choice, and creating change with each arrival.

In Sarasota County, the migration from Mexico since 2000 has been 3,708 people, with South America and Europe virtually tied for second at 2,290 and 2,286, respectively.

Some nationalities have seen relatively dramatic increases.  According to the article, the number of Bangladeshis has increased from 7 to 90.

Sarasota County has also seen significant growth in the number of its French-speaking residents.

Based on Census data, the Haiti-born population tripled in the city over the decade and the France-born population more than doubled. There are now 487 Haitians and 221 French living in the city.

Here is a graphic provided by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that illustrates the new migration patterns.