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Florida Verdicts

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Jury awards estate $33.5 million in cigarette smoking, lung cancer case

A jury has awarded a smoker's estate an eight-figure sum. Lawyers for Thomas Purdo, who died in 1997 at age 52 and was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Philip Morris USA, Liggett Group, Lorillard Tobacco, and Vector Group, for products liability and fraudulent concealment. All were dismissed except R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris. The estate claimed Purdo smoked from age 13, with its expert psychiatrist testifying he was addicted. The defense denied all allegations and argued Purdo chose to smoke, but the jury found Reynolds 66 percent liable, Philip Morris 12 percent, Purdo 22 percent, and awarded $33.5 million, with no comparative liability reduction, due to an intentional tort finding
Estate of Purdo v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Palm Beach County

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Handguns’ trigger, lock led to unintended discharges, plaintiffs asserted

Parties have settled in a design defect suit. Chris Carter, on behalf of all others similarly situated, had sued Brazil-based Forjas Taurus, S.A., maker of nine guns (PT-111 Millennium, PT-132 Millennium, PT-138 Millennium, PT-140 Millennium, PT-145 Millennium, PT-745 Millennium, PT-609, PT-640, and PT-24/7). The suit alleged the guns’ trigger and locking mechanism malfunctioned, causing unintended discharges. Taurus denied all charges, cited improper use as a cause, but settled for a total value up to $239 million. Class members will get up to $200 each, and there are approximately 955,796 pistols eligible for the payment. The firm extended warranties and owners can have Taurus’ technicians address safety defects alleged in the suit.
Carter v. Forjas Taurus, S.A.
U.S. District Court, Southern District, Miami

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A $371,862 award following dog bite incident

A jury has awarded a substantial, six-figure sum after a dog bite incident. Natasha Mills, 37, claimed she was bitten by a dog at her Marion County apartment complex in 2012. She sued the dog's owner and Triple Crown Properties, LLC, the apartment complex's owner, for negligence. When the parties sued did not file an answer or a responsive pleading, the court entered default judgments against them, and a damages trial proceeded. Treated at an emergency room, Mills sustained puncture wounds and deep lacerations to her non-dominant left hand and thumb. She underwent surgery, will need additional surgery, and also claimed limitations performing daily living tasks. The jury determined Mills' damages totaled $371,862.
Mills v. Wickman
Marion County

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Largest Florida Jury Verdicts

(since Jan. 1, 2016; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
VERDICT CASE VENUE DATE
$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
$28,000,000 Manzano v. Carey Royal Ramm Funeral Home Inc. Dade Co. Mar 10
$20,000,000 National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania v. Tyco Integrated Security, LLC Federal Apr 4
$12,030,000 Estate of Dion v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Sarasota Co. May 12
$11,500,000 McCabe v. R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Hillsborough Co. May 20
$10,114,660 Estate of Wiederhold v. Domino's Pizza, LLC Orange Co. Apr 8