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September 5, 2012
Shahla M. Rabie Cortez v. Palace Resorts, Inc.
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Ms. Rabie Cortez, a California woman assaulted during a vacation in Mexico, sued Palace Resorts in Florida. Ms. Rabie Cortez was attacked during a complimentary massage offered after a timeshare sales presentation. She accused Palace Resorts of negligence and justified the location of her lawsuit by pointing to the company's headquarters in Miami. Palace Resorts argued it did not manage the resort in Mexico and the case did not belong in a Florida court. The trial court dismissed the suit; the Third District Court of Appeal upheld that decision. Ms. Rabie Cortez asked this Court to review the case.