WHAT:  Judge Lester Langer will preside over the City of Homestead’s motion for summary judgment in the lawsuit filed by former Homestead Deputy City Manager Johanna Faddis against the city and six sitting council members.  Faddis claims the city and council violated her privacy when they released copies of private e-mails and text messages that included untoward and unwanted advances from former city manager Mike Shehadeh.  A ruling for the city in favor of summary judgment ends Faddis’ case without the jury trial, already scheduled for October, 2012.

Faddis claims the city was negligent when it distributed electronic copies of Shehadeh’s e-mail, text and BlackBerry PIN messages to six council members in 2010.  The city had previously terminated Faddis due to “reduction in force.”  The messages then appeared in several local news outlets and were used as a basis for news stories in The Miami Herald, The Miami New Times, South Florida Times, The South Dade News Leader and WTVJ, the NBC affiliate television station in Miami.  The city council members and the city’s private investigator were the only parties who had copies of the messages. The suit seeks compensatory damages from all parties.  Further details in original news release.

WHEN:  8:30 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, July 25, 2012

WHERE: Miami-Dade County Courthouse, 73 West Flagler Street, Courtroom 511, Miami, FL 33130

WHO: Law Offices of Kelsay Patterson, (786) 277-0953


CONTACT: John P. David or Alexis Gray