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Truck and tire ruled defective after fatal crash

A jury awarded more than $14 million to the family of a truck driver who was killed when a tire failed on I-95, in Palm Beach County. In 2013, Werner Letterman, 41, was driving a truck-tractor that had been redesigned to function as a sewage-pumper truck when the right front tire failed and the truck crashed into trees. Letterman’s estate sued Miami-based National Truck Center and China-based tire-maker Shandong Linglong. The lawsuit alleged the truck and the tire were defectively designed and manufactured and lacked adequate warnings. The jury found National Truck Center 95 percent liable and Shandong Linglong 5 percent liable. The tire-maker had settled confidentially, and the verdict against National Truck Center was set at $14,727,736.
Estate of Letterman v. National Truck Center Inc.
Palm Beach County

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Sheriff’s office cleared of harassment allegations

The Orange County sheriff’s office was cleared of allegations of harassment of a Sunni Muslim narcotics officer. Waleed Albakri claimed he was mocked and degraded for his national origin, of Jordan, his religion and his Arab ethnicity. The defense countered that an investigation had found no harassment, partly because Albakri had joined in the bantering that defined the narcotic’s unit’s culture. Moreover, Albakri had mostly complained of personal slurs not based on religion, national origin or ethnicity. In addition, although no harassment was found by the investigation, the unit, after Albakri’s complaints, was restructured and his supervisor disciplined for encouraging an inappropriate environment. The jury rendered a defense verdict.
Albakri v. Sheriff of Orange County

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Motorist recovers $12.6K for spinal injuries claimed after crash

A motorist who injured her neck in rear-end crash recovered $12,600. On July 21, 2008, Christina Haddock, then 20, was driving a pickup truck on State Road 590, in Pinellas County. As she was turning right on a red light onto State Road 580, she was rear-ended by a sports car driven by Christine Schlerf. Haddock maintained that she stopped in the intersection to make sure traffic was clear for a turn when Schlerf struck her, causing a cervical disc bulge and a cervical disc protrusion. Schlerf admitted fault, but claimed Haddock was partially to blame for making a sudden and unexpected stop. She also claimed that some of Haddock’s medical treatment wasn’t necessary. The jury found Haddock 10 percent at fault, reducing her $14,000 award.
Haddock v. Schlerf
Pinellas County

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Largest Florida Jury Verdicts

(since Jan. 1, 2018; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$109,760,930 Carter v. Glazerman Hillsborough Co. Jan 26
$70,560,050 Baca v. Tomececk Broward Co. Jan 29
$49,782,431 Buck-Leiter Palm Avenue Development, LLC. v. City of Sarasota Sarasota Co. May 21
$26,000,000 (D) Williams Island Property Owners' Association Inc. v. City of Aventura Miami-Dade Co. Jan 30
$25,910,000 Estate of Salliotte v. Sam's East Inc. Pasco Co. Mar 15
$20,300,000 Spearman v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Miami-Dade Co. Jun 1
$17,500,000 Estate of Gloger v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Miami-Dade Co. Feb 6
$15,502,880 Estate of Letterman v. National Truck Center Inc. Palm Beach Co. May 25
$10,000,000 Mamani v. Berzain Federal Apr 3
$7,556,438 Mina v. Boca Ciega Resort & Marina Condominium Association Inc. Pinellas Co. Jan 30