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Florida Verdicts

Find out about the most important recent Florida cases, selected by VerdictSearch editors. Coverage includes Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Pinellas counties.

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Jury awards life-long smoker $41.1 million in tobacco case

A jury has awarded $41.1 million in total damages to a Florida man who said his addiction to smoking cigarettes containing nicotine caused his lung cancer. Kenneth Kerrivan, 51, who was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary respiratory disease, sued R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, Philip Morris USA, Inc., Lorillard Tobacco Company, Liggett Group, LLC, Vector Group, Ltd., Inc., Dorsal Tobacco Corp., Council for Tobacco Research-USA, Inc., The Tobacco Institute, Inc., as a member of a statewide class action. Defense council denied all of Kerrivan's claims, arguing he was not addicted to smoking and could have quit at any time. However, the jury found that R.J. Reynolds and Philip Morris were negligent
Kerrivan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville, Fla.

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Jury awards $3.82 million in misplaced stop sign accident

A jury decided that a Florida construction company must pay $3.82 million after the improper placement of a stop sign and equipment at an intersection contributed to a vehicle crash that killed a 4-year-old boy, a 39-year-old man and injured a woman. Theresa Guy, 27, drove her sedan to a County Road 97 intersection in Cantonment when a pick-up truck broadsided the car, killing her son, Nathian Guy, 4, and friend Glen Ashby, 39; Theresa Guy was injured. The plaintiffs claimed Roads, Inc. moved a stop sign 19 feet off the right side of the road, but was visibly blocked by equipment. Roads, Inc. denied negligence, and stated that a left-hand stop sign was placed on the road, but the jury found otherwise.
Estate of Guy v. Roads Inc. of Northwest Florida
Escambia County

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Gas station negligent in diesel spill that led to slip, fall

A truck driver has been awarded $44,525 after he slipped and fell on a diesel fuel spill at a Punta Gorda service station. Terry Tallent, 48, sued station owner Pilot Travel Centers, LLC, for negligence for the fall that occurred in January 2007. Tallent claimed Pilot had knowledge of the spill but failed to place "caution tape," kitty litter, booms or pads around the 20-foot area; he claimed that more than 20 gallons of diesel had spilled. Pilot argued that the spill was caused by an unknown trucker only minutes before, that it takes 30-60 minutes to clean the area, and that Tallent slipped after walking in the area several times. The jury found Pilot 65% negligent and Tallent 35% negligent, awarding he and his wife $44,525 total.
Tallent v. Pilot Travel Centers, LLC
Charlotte County

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Largest Florida Jury Verdicts

(since Jan. 1, 2014; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
VERDICT CASE VENUE DATE
$23,623,718,907 Estate of Johnson v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Escambia Co. Jul 16
$47,420,700 Doe v. Delarosa Pasco Co. Aug 28
$41,100,000 Kerrivan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Federal Oct 28
$28,000,000 Estate of Ellsworth v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Miami-Dade Co. Aug 29
$27,010,000 Berger v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Federal Sep 16
$21,700,000 Estate of Karoussos v. Port Lucaya Marina Co. Ltd. Broward Co. Feb 10
$21,000,000 American Bridge Bahamas, LTD v. Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. Miami-Dade Co. May 14
$20,870,200 Estate of Wisekal v. Laboratory Corporation of America Palm Beach Co. Apr 16
$20,709,484 Enos v. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Orange Co. Oct 6
$20,004,209 Estate of Thurston v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Palm Beach Co. Jun 23