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Palm Beach County citrus tree owners get day in court, and win
Palm Beach County owners of certain citrus trees have had their day in court, and won. A jury has awarded property owners possessing 66,493 trees compensation ranging from $105.36 for trees 1- to 5-feet high, to up to $447.78 for trees at least 17-feet tall, as restitution for the state's decision to cut down the trees from 2000 to 2006. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services argued that after identifying citrus cancer-infected trees, the jury should award $0 to $100 per tree, because the department had already compensated property owners with $100 gift cards for the first tree cut, and $55 for each additional tree cut. But the jury awarded the higher, aforementioned amount; the average tree award was $289.71.
Mendez v. Florida Department of Agricultural and Consumer Services
Palm Beach County
Seven-figure settlement reached in alleged wrongful termination case
A seven-figure settlement has been reached in an employee’s alleged wrongful termination by Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade Transit Department Assistant Director of Financial Services Marjan Mazza sued the county, alleging that she was fired two days after she registered on Nov. 21, 2010 as a federal whistleblower. Among other claims, Mazza alleged the department misappropriated federal grants and failed to include mandatory clauses in its federal procurement contracts - the absence of which resulted in spending loopholes. The county denied all charges. However, prior to trial the case was settled, with the county agreeing to pay Mazza $3.9 million. The U.S. Government also paid her $1.39 million as the relator under the Qui tam complaint.
Mazza v. Miami-Dade County
U.S. District Court, Southern District, Miami
Fall through portable schoolroom floor results in damage award
An adult has received a $50,000 damage award after a mishap at an Ocala youth center. While sitting in a chair at the Marion Youth Development Center in Ocala in Sept. 2005, Leola Ivery alleged she fell through the floor of a portable classroom, herniating discs at C2-3 and L5-S1. The injuries required six months of physical therapy. Ivery sued Hudson Carpet and Tile, Inc. for negligence, arguing the company failed to maintain the floor in a reasonably safe condition during repairs it was performing at the center. Hudson Carpet defaulted, and the judge in the bench trial determined Ivery’s damages to be $50,000.
Ivery v. Hudson Carpet and Tile Inc.
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