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A long-awaited scientific study of mold conditions at the David Dyer Courthouse, Miami’s oldest federal courthouse, show that dangerous levels of several types of mold are present throughout the courthouse. The study, conducted by mold testing company Material Analytical Services in Suwanee, Ga., was commissioned by Miami attorney Alan Goldfarb, who is suing the federal government over mold conditions at the courthouse. “There were no surprises, this confirmed our suspicions and what we saw when we toured the courthouse,” said Goldfarb. Goldfarb was hired by the children of former magistrate judge Ted Klein, who died of a mysterious respiratory illness suddenly last year. The Klein children believe their father — who had been in excellent health — died due to inhaling mold in the courthouse. In fact, Klein’s courtroom — which was sealed after his death — contained the highest level of a form of mold called penicillium/aspergillus. Mold is measured on a scale of one to four. The level of mold found in his courtroom was four-plus. The study also recommended many parts of the 80-year-old building be closed and then cleaned and rid of mold. Based on the results of the study, Goldfarb said he will file suit against the federal government in July, after the six-month notice period ends. He previously filed suit in the southern district of Florida to obtain courthouse records under the Freedom of Information Act. The case is being heard by an Atlanta judge after the entire southern district of Florida bench recused itself. Chief Judge Federico Moreno said he had not seen the report and could not comment anyway, due to pending litigation. However, he said the courts and the General Service Administration have been cleaning up the building and will continue to do so. He said the building should not be torn down. “It’s a historic building,” he said. “My feeling is it should be preserved.”

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