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Jury awards man $2 million in excessive force case

A jury has awarded an adult a seven-figure damage total in a false arrest case. Michael Asia claimed city of Miami Gardens police did not have probable cause to arrest him during a stop while he was riding his bicycle in 2010. Asia’s counsel alleged several officers detained him, and struck him on the body and head multiple times, despite not resisting. The defense argued officers were working a proactive burglary detail, and they pursued after Asia refused to stop, as requested. The defense also argued force was used when Asia continued to resist when he was detained. But the jury found police did not have probable cause, Asia was detained without reasonable suspicion, and was subjected to excessive force, and awarded him $2,045,000.
Asia v. City of Miami Gardens
U.S. District Court, Southern District, Miami

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Home’s subsurface repair protocol did not stabilize land, couple claimed

A home-owning couple has prevailed in a home repair / insurance dispute. The couple contended the repair protocol for work to stabilize the land and building, and repair their foundation after a 2011 sinkhole caused structural damage, was not sufficient. The couple’s counsel claimed the subsurface plan consisted of shallow grout only, while their personal plan called for deeper grout and underpins. The defense for insurer Citizens Property Insurance Corp. argued the protocol was sufficient and not all property damage was caused by the sinkhole. The jury found that the repair protocol was not sufficient to stabilize the building or repair the foundation, and that the repair amount was insufficient and awarded the couple $210,000 in damages.
Chambers v. Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
Pinellas County

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Cart jerk-back at hardware store resulted in injuries, shopper claimed

A jury has found a store and shopper equally liable in a premises liability case, resulting in a six-figure damage award for the shopper. Carlos J. Colman, Sr. claimed after his shopping cart’s wheels got stuck in a threshold at a Home Depot store in Miami, the cart jerked-back and struck him in 2011. Colman, Sr., who was ultimately diagnosed with cervical and lumbar herniations and a shoulder impingement, sued Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. The defense denied negligence and argued the shopper was comparatively negligent because he chose to push the cart forward and he had more than 20 years construction experience. The jury agreed, but only in part, finding Home Depot 50 percent liable, for a $164,000 net award for Colman, Sr.
Colman v. Home Depot U.S.A. Inc.
U.S. District Court, Southern District, Miami

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Largest Florida Jury Verdicts

(since Jan. 1, 2016; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$41,956,474 Osmond v. Neighborhood Restaurant Partners Florida, LLC Hernando Co. Apr 22
$40,150,000 Mais v. Cumberbatch Broward Co. Kan 5
$33,500,000 Estate of Purdo v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Palm Beach Co. Apr 27
$32,000,000 HPC US Fund 1, L.P. v. Wood Federal Feb 17
$10,114,660 Estate of Wiederhold v. Domino's Pizza, LLC Orange Co. Apr 8
$4,821,000 Jean v. Lewis Broward Co. Feb 5
$2,487,986 Quorum Management v. Franck's Lab Palm Beach Co. Mar 11
$2,045,000 Asia v. City of Miami Gardens Federal Mar 18
$2,000,000 Guarantee Insurance Co. v. Heffernan Insurance Brokers Inc. Federal Feb 23
$1,881,000 Rankin v. Park One Holdings, LLC Miami-Dade Co. Feb 5