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Florida Verdicts

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Jury awards $6.38 million in smoking, laryngeal cancer case

A jury has awarded a former smoker $6.38 million in a products liability case. Lawyers for Florence Monroe argued that tobacco company R.J. Reynolds’ cigarettes and advertising led to a two packs per day habit. Monroe claimed she started smoking at age 14. In 1993, when she was 49, she was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer. In 1996, she had her voice box surgically removed. Defendants Philip Morris USA, Inc., Lorillard Tobacco Co., Liggett Group, LLC, and Vector Group LTD, Inc., were dismissed prior to trial. R.J. Reynolds denied all allegations and argued Monroe knew the risks of smoking and chose to smoke. But the jury found R.J. Reynolds 58 percent liable, Monroe 42 percent, for a net $6.38 million award.
Monroe v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Gadsden County

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Royal Caribbean’s decisions led to kidney damage, plaintiff claimed

A jury has delivered a damage award after a cruise ship's decisions resulted in a woman's partial kidney loss. Teresa Di Trapani, then 40, a loyalty sales ambassador for a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship docked in Portugal in 2009, complained of severe abdominal pain. She was taken to a Lisbon hospital, discharged, returned to the ship, but the pain persisted. She was then sent home to Canada, where doctors discovered a tumor and removed part of a kidney. She sued Royal Caribbean, alleging in 2004 while ill at work it failed to order tests that would have provided an early sign of kidney damage. The defense argued the condition was not foreseeable and it had no duty to protect Di Trapani. But the jury found otherwise, awarding her $1,991,149.
Di Trapani v. Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
Miami-Dade County

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Chipotle’s leaky roof results in $1.35 million award after slip, fall, injury

A jury has issued a seven-figure damage to a woman in a premises liability case. Allison Judkins, then 50, claimed she slipped on water on a West Palm Beach Chipotle Mexican Grill's floor near a food toppings stand, after ordering, and fell in June 2012. Judkins was diagnosed with a concussion at a hospital after the incident, and was ultimately diagnosed with disc herniations at C4-5, C5-6 and C6-7. She underwent a three-level cervical fusion, and claimed lifestyle limitations. Judkins’ counsel alleged the company failed to repair its leaking roof. The defense argued Judkins was comparatively negligent for not watching where she was going, and that a "caution" sign was posted, but the jury found otherwise, awarding her $1,351,362.
Judkins v. Chipotle Mexican Grill
Palm Beach County

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Largest Florida Jury Verdicts

(since Jan. 1, 2015; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
VERDICT CASE VENUE DATE
$844,566,000 Estate of Blaikie v. Auto America Automotive Corp. Broward Co. Jun 17
$64,500,000 Matthews v. Semco Construction Hillsborough Co. Mar 27
$60,000,000 Crowe v. Spectators3, LLC Collier Co. Apr 17
$58,431,076 Caribevision Holdings Inc. v. Romay Miami-Dade Co. Nov 2
$46,500,000 Ryan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Broward Co. Apr 21
$35,000,000 Estate of Ledoux v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Miami-Dade Co. Dec 18
$34,697,465 Estate of O'Hara v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company Escambia Co. Sep 11
$24,057,283 Estate of Demella v. Kim Broward Co. Jun 23
$23,187,134 Suarez v. Port Charlotte HMA, LLC Charlotte Co. Apr 24
$20,830,000 McCann Holdings Ltd v. SDC Communities Inc Sarasota Co. Mar 16