Entrepreneurs file lawsuit blaming city for $28M in losses in Little Havana

The entrepreneurs behind the former Ball & Chain and Taquerias El Mexicano in Miami’s Little Havana filed a 66-page lawsuit against the city alleging Commissioner Joe Carrollo’s campaign of harassment cost them $28 million in losses.

The lawsuit details a series of raids at both establishments on Eighth Street and alleged Carrollo manipulated city officials and employees to carry out a witch hunt. The dispute allegedly began after their decision to back Carrollo’s political opponent in 2017.

“They are good at writing novels but once they get to the facts, it’s a different story,” Carollo said on Thursday adding that he had yet to read the lawsuit.

In 2018, Bill Fuller and Martin Pinilla, the owners of Ball & Chain and Taquerias El Mexicano, also sued Carollo in federal court. The city closed Ball & Chain late last year.

Fuller and Pinilla claim they were the victims of collusion, unlawful shutdowns, unnecessary raids, acts of bad faith, and harassment.

Attorneys with Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, a law firm with five offices in Florida, are representing them.

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