Unpaid Bills

In 2014, Walter Haas Graphics filed a contract and indebtedness case against Díaz de la Portilla.

Local Case #: 2014-014480-SP-23
State Case #: 132014SC014480000023
Filing Date: 9/24/14
Filing Type: Contract and Indebtedness (up to $5k)
Defendants: Alex Díaz de la Portilla
Plaintiffs: Walter Haas Graphics, Inc.
Status: Closed
Disposition: Voluntary Dismissal
Disposition Date: 10/4/16
County: Miami-Dade County, FL

Walter Haas Graphics claimed that Díaz de la Portilla owed over $4.6k, plus interest, for “goods sold and delivered,” which seem to be campaign signs. 

Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

The summons was returned non-served in February of 2015.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

Díaz de la Portilla attempted to use this in his favor, asking for the case to be dismissed because he was not properly served. This seems to be a part of the Díaz de la Portilla playbook, dodging service and later attempting to dismiss the case on those grounds. 

Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

Díaz de la Portilla’s motion to dismiss was denied.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts
Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

The plaintiff then requested the court issue a default, claiming Díaz de la Portilla failed to answer to the statement of claim. 

Walter Haas Graphics voluntarily dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice in September of 2016. Though it is unclear why, it is assumed that Díaz de la Portilla finally paid the balance.

 

In 2016, Nics Toggery filed a small claims case against Díaz de la Portilla.

Case #: 37-2016-SC-000020
Filing Date: 1/8/16
Filing Type: Small Claims ($500-$2.5k)
Defendants: Alex Díaz de la Portilla
Plaintiffs: Nics Toggery, Inc.
Status: Closed
Disposition: Voluntarily Dismissed after Hearing
Disposition Date: 4/6/16
County: Leon County, FL

According to news reports, Díaz de la Portilla bought a $1.6k suit, along with ties and a shirt, that were put on layaway and only partially paid. Díaz de la Portilla claimed that the debt was “shifted to his ex-wife” during their divorce proceedings. 

Upscale Tallahassee men’s clothier Nic’s Toggery promises to help every man find his Southern style.

But one former South Florida Senator has left the Monroe Street store holding the shopping bag on $905.79, that includes interest, spent on a layaway account.

In a small claims lawsuit filed Jan. 8, Nic’s attorneys are seeking repayment in Leon County civil court over the outstanding balance of Alex Díaz de la Portilla, a former Miami Senator and majority leader.

The lawsuit contends that on March 1, 2010, Portilla purchased a $1,595 suit, ties for $95 and $65 respectively, and a $125 dress shirt on layaway, according to a receipt entered into the court record. Portilla left the Legislature later that year.

From December 2014 through Feb. 5, 2015, Portilla had an outstanding principal of $617, the clothier claims. ... Portilla said the Nic's Toggery debt, among others, was shifted to his ex-wife as part of their divorce settlement. The decree, he said, was an agreement she would assume some debts in exchange for a Tallahassee home.

Tallahassee Democrat, 3/2/16 

Records for this case are only available upon request. The case was voluntarily dismissed, indicating that Díaz de la Portilla likely came to an agreement with the plaintiffs. 

 

In June of 2013, Myami Marketing filed a contract and indebtedness case against Díaz de la Portilla. 

Local Case #: 2013-011198-SP-05
State Case #: 132013SC011198000005
Filing Date: 6/19/13
Filing Type: Contract and Indebtedness (up to $5k)
Defendants: Alex Díaz de la Portilla
Plaintiffs: Myami Marketing, Inc.
Status: Closed
Disposition: Voluntary Dismissal
Disposition Date: 1/21/14
County: Miami-Dade County, FL

Myami Marketing claimed that Díaz de la Portilla failed to pay $2k for services rendered.

Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

When the plaintiffs reached out to Díaz de la Portilla over text, he blew up on them and accused them of threatening him.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

In September of 2013, the judge ordered default against Díaz de la Portilla in the amount of $2,215, which was the original $2k plus interest.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

By November, Díaz de la Portilla had still not paid, forcing the plaintiffs to file for a motion to compel.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

A few weeks later the plaintiff filed a motion for contempt and sanctions against Díaz de la Portilla, in addition to a writ of bodily attachment – essentially asking the court to take Díaz de la Portilla “into custody.” 


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

The motion for contempt was granted in January of 2014.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

Shortly thereafter, Díaz de la Portilla settled with the plaintiffs, who subsequently voluntary dismissed the suit.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

The judge also set aside the order of contempt and quashed the writ of bodily attachment.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

In 1995, Ludlam Point sued Díaz de la Portilla for an unknown sum in an eviction case.

Local Case #: 1995-000722-CC-25
State Case #: 131995CC000722000025
Filing Date: 1/27/95
Filing Type: Evictions <$15,000
Defendants: Alex Díaz de la Portilla
Plaintiffs: Ludlam Point, Inc.
Status: Closed
Disposition: Judgment
Disposition Date: 9/29/97
County: Miami-Dade County, FL

Unfortunately, in 2007, most case files were destroyed. In 1996, the judge awarded Ludlam Point the property, which was a single unit inside a larger building.


Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

Over a year later, the court allowed for the garnishment of Díaz de la Portilla’s wages.



Miami-Dade County Clerk of the Courts

The judgment, which totaled $4,522.54, was satisfied in 2000, nearly three years after the judgment was entered.