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Hurricane María Strikes Puerto Rico

The category 5 hurricane brought incomprehensible loss of property and, in its aftermath, an unacceptable amount of loss of life calculated by some to be in the hundreds. It took long months to have utility power restored. The full story will remain unwritten for some time. As to the legal profession is concerned, while federal courts resumed operations about a month after the hurricane struck, the state court system remained closed until November. A sense of normalcy did not return for many months.


Our deep-felt thanks go out to all those volunteers who came to help. Utility linemen and police officers from across the United States swelled the ranks of our local forces, palpably shortening the recovery time of the power grid and helping maintain order.  While María was a catastrophe, its silver lining was that it brought us closer to our brothers and sisters in the mainland. Six months after the hurricane struck, Puerto Rico was still in the headlines of all the major news organizations. It made it clear that we are not alone and that we will not be left to fend by ourselves in the face of need.


Speaker of the Puerto Rico House of Representatives prevails in U.S. District Court injunctive action filed by anti-religious group to challenge his exercise of religious freedom under First Amendment. Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico v. Camara de Representantes de Puerto Rico, 2017 WL 1327635 (D.Puerto Rico, 2017)


The firm celebrates its 30th Anniversary.


First Circuit affirms dismissal of RICO lawsuit filed against top corporate officer of health insurance industry client. Home Orthopedics Corp. v. Rodriguez, 781 F. 3d 521 (C.A. 1 (Puerto Rico), 2015).



Puerto Rico Supreme Court decides in favor of electrical switch manufacturing client in leading case Opinion regulating order of employee retention in RIF. Reyes Sanchez v. Eaton Electrical, 189 D.P.R. 586, 589 (P.R., 2013)



Roberto Santana is moderator of debate between former Puerto Rico governors Rafael Hernández Colón and Carlos Romero Barceló at Federal Bar Association event on political status change for Puerto Rico. 


Puerto Rico Court of First Instance dismisses claim under Consumer of Goods and Services Class Action Act filed against Big Four Accounting Firm client, with prejudice. Plaintiffs do not appeal!


U.S.District Court dismisses advancement of fees action by former CEO of health insurance industry client. Rishell v. Medical Card System, Inc., 925 F.Supp.2d 211 (D.Puerto Rico,2013)



US District Court dismisses RICO lawsuit brought against president and other senior officer of health industry client. Court finds claim to be not plausible under strict Iqbal pleading standards.



Puerto Rico Court of Appeals confirms trial court dismissal of workmen's compensation discrimination claim obtained against former employee of major electrical components manufacturing client.



First Circuit Court of Appeals dismisses RICO appellate case in favor of senior official of major banking client pursuant to stipulationt for voluntary dismissal, with prejudice, conceded by appellant.



Myriam Matos is sworn in as President of the Association of Labor Relations Practitioners for 2012 at ceremony held at Antonio's Restaurant and presents U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Domínguez with Raymond J. Compton Lifetime Achievement Award.



Court of First Instance in San Juan dismisses Puerto Rico Act 77 antitrust claim in favor of major petroleum products client.



Russell Del Toro and Roberto Santana are featured speakers at 3rd Annual Labor and Employment Law Conference (Seminar on Litigation of Labor and Employment Law Claims) at the Conrad Hotel in Condado, Puerto Rico.

Plaintiff in real estate litigation case claudicates by filing for voluntary dismissal, with prejudice, in response to Del Toro & Santana motion for summary judgment filed on behalf of insured party defendant under title insurance policy defense.


Workmen's compensation statutory discrimination claim dismissed by trial court in favor of major electrical components manufacturing client in wrongful termination scenario.  Court finds employee's termination was unrelated to medical leave of absence, even if termination was otherwise unlawful and that employee had no right to reservation of employment.



Puerto Rico Supreme Court grants writ of certiorari to revise Court of Appeals decision in interpretation of Puerto Rico Act 80 seniority in the employment dispute.  Court to ultimately decide retention order of preference between seniority in job classification vs. seniority in the company.



Del Toro & Santana prevails at trial of Puerto Rico Act 80 unjustified dismissal claim, coupled with gender discrimination and libel actions, held at Court of First Instance in Arecibo, Puerto Rico in successful defense of major electrical switches manufacturing client.



Puerto Rico Supreme Court declines to revise Court of Appeals decision in favor of banking client in successful defense of bona fide third-party mortgagor for value and without knowledge defense.



Russell Del Toro appointed to chair the Earl Kintner Award Committee at 2010 Federal Bar Association National Convention in New Orleans.
Del Toro & Santana prevails in Court of Appeals decision in successful defense of Puerto Rico's largest banking institution. 



Established in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1985, Del Toro & Santana is dedicated to serving national and local clients.  With a broad range of litigation and legal counseling experience, just past the 33rd anniversary of its foundation and listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Directory of Preeminent Lawyers, Del Toro & Santana has prevailed in most of the cases it has handled before Federal and State courts and numerous administrative agencies for its array of clients which include industrial and commercial firms, financial institutions and individuals.  Our team of experienced and talented attorneys is composed by a select group of professionals with long-term field work and trial management expertise.


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Del Toro & Santana

Plaza 273 Suite 900

273 Ponce de León Ave.

San Juan, PR 00917-1934

Tel. 787.754.8700