Accepting Cases for Massage Therapist Sex Assault in Florida
Currently, Laffey, Bucci & Kent represents nearly 30 women across the U.S. in connection with claims of sexual assault by massage therapists at national massage chain, Massage Envy.
Latest Florida Massage Assault News: Sarasota, Florida Massage Therapist Arrested, Other Victims Expected (February 14, 2018)
Brian Kent, firm co-founder and partner of Laffey, Bucci & Kent, is a former sex crimes unit prosecutor who is passionate about seeking justice on behalf of sex abuse victims across the country. Mr. Kent shows no fear or hesitation when going after large entities and big names. In 2009, he agreed to take on a child molestation case against a state court judge in Delaware, even after receiving backlash from the local legal community. The case was ultimately successful. The judge was disbarred, and Mr. Kent’s client received public acknowledgement that the abuse occurred as well as a confidential financial settlement. See Kelly v. Bradley, Case# 1:09-ev-00282-LDD, Delaware (2009).
National News: Massage Envy Sex Assault Lawsuits Make National News [Nov. 2017, Laffey, Bucci & Kent was featured in news reports across the country after a BuzzFeed report revealed over 180 women have alleged sex assault by massage therapists employed at various Massage Envy locations.]
Massage Envy Sex Assault Lawsuits in Florida (Sarasota, Tampa & Miami Area)
Currently, Mr. Kent’s firm represents 8-10 women who have come forward alleging sex assault by massage therapists who were employed at various Florida Massage Envy locations. These brave women are alleging assault at Massage Envy locations in Sarasota, Tampa and the Miami/West Palm Beach area. Visit our sex assault law library for legal info about victims’ sex assault and abuse lawsuits.
South Florida Area Massage/Spa Locations
There are numerous Massage Envy locations throughout the South Florida, Miami region:
- South Beach
- South Miami
- North Miami
- Coral Gables
- Pompano Beach
- Fort Lauderdale
Massage Envy locations in the Tampa, Sarasota area include:
- Palm Harbor
- South Tampa
- Downtown Tampa
- North Sarasota
- Midtown Sarasota
- South Sarasota
- Cape Coral
- South Fort Meyers
Sex Assault Lawsuits Against Massage Envy – Call for Witnesses to Come Forward
Mr. Kent has already filed multiple lawsuits alleging that the national chain should be held liable for sex assaults committed by massage therapists at local Massage Envy franchises. In each case, it’s being alleged that the chain suppressed reports of fondling or assault by massage therapists during massage sessions.
One of Kent’s clients, Susan Ingram, has shared her story with national news outlets. In her case, it’s alleged that the chain knew of at least one assault by the same massage therapist prior to hers.
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Florida Massage Therapist Sex Assault Lawsuits
Under the laws of Florida, business entities like a massage therapy business can be held liable for negligence. When an employee commits a crime like sex assault of a client or customer, what the business does in response is the key to prevailing in these types of cases. If the business fails to contact local law enforcement or conduct a proper investigation, it can be held liable when the same employee victimizes another client.
In a massage sex assault situation, it’s often the case that a massage therapist engaged in a pattern of conduct over the course of weeks, months or years. During this time, the number of victims naturally increases. Eventually, the conduct escalates. At what point did the employer receive reports about inappropriate conduct, and what did it do in response?
Oftentimes, victims of sex assault by a massage therapist can receive financial compensation for their mental and emotional suffering. In some instances, a claim may be made for punitive damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish a party for particularly egregious behavior, such as failing to protect customers from a known and particularly heinous danger, like sex assault, or creating a specific environment where a sexual predator is allowed to victimize others.
About Mr. Kent’s Sex Assault Victims Law Practice – Florida Massage Assault Cases
Mr. Kent has represented victims of crime across the country in a variety of assault cases including priest abuse cases, child molestation cases and teacher/school abuse cases. His law firm, Laffey, Bucci & Kent, has the resources to handle cases across the country. Call the firm for more information. 800.220.7600
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