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Jury declines to award damages after collision

A jury in Hillsborough County declined to award damages to the family of a motorcyclist who died after a collision in Tampa. In May 2012, Richard Briggs, 60, a pharmacist, was struck by a vehicle driven by Rebekah Robinson. He fell and suffered a laceration of his upper gums, requiring sutures. In late July, Briggs died from complications related to acute sepsis and a Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection. His estate alleged the infection was caused by the laceration of his gums. Robinson’s counsel pointed to other possible causes for the infection, including three other MRSA lesions prior to his death, and his daily insulin injections. The jury found Robinson’s negligence was not the cause of the Briggs’ death.
Estate of Briggs v. Robinson
Hillsborough County

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Chain reaction crash did not cause serious injuries, defense argued

A jury found a driver's negligence was not a legal cause of injury to another motorist. On Dec. 2, 2014, Antonina DiGregorio, then 44, struck the right rear of a sport utility vehicle driven by David Fogarty, who attempted a right turn from the middle lane. DiGregorio was then rear-ended by another driver, who settled out of the case. DiGregorio, who claimed she suffered a herniated cervical disc in the crash, sought further recovery via the underinsured motorist policy of her own carrier, which also settled. Fogarty and the SUV owner, Plastic Engineering Associates Inc., admitted liability for the crash, but their counsel argued that DiGregorio was not injured from the minimal impact and that any injury was due to a pre-existing condition.
DiGregorio v. Plastic Engineering Associates Inc.
Palm Beach County

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Cop found liable for snooping in driver databases

A federal jury found that a police officer in Pembroke Pines used driver databases to illegally access two individuals’ personal information. In 2017, Claude Letourneau and Cindy Lynn Thibault alleged that officer Melodie Carpio accessed their information after Carpio entered had a romantic relationship with Thibault's ex-husband. Thibault and her ex-husband had a daughter, and Carpio's database searches were allegedly motivated by an interest in the girl. The suit further claimed Carpio posted libelous statements about Thibault on social media. The couple alleged Carpio willfully and recklessly violated the Driver's Privacy Protection Act. The jury agreed and awarded them each $7,500. A claim against Pembroke Pines was dismissed.
Letourneau v. City of Pembroke Pines, Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District, Fort Lauderdale

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Largest Florida Jury Verdicts

(since Jan. 1, 2017; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$345,411,285 Ruckh v. La Vie Health Care Centers Inc. Federal Feb 15
$154,369,200 Klix v. American Taxi Inc. Volusia County Jul 17
$51,813,593 Aldana v. Pyles Marion County Feb 27
$49,268,906 C.R.R. v. Miami-Dade County School Board Miami-Dade County Nov 14
$45,005,000 Estate of Angulo v. Calero Broward County Oct 26
$43,967,234 Veranda Condominium I, LLC v. Wachovia Mortgage Corp. Broward County Mar 2
$36,960,000 Pereira v. Fleuricort Miami-Dade County Oct 10
$36,000,000 Wallace v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Brevard County Oct 20
$30,185,489 Ming v. Gerelco Traffic Controls Inc. Hillsborough County Dec 15
$23,065,991 Alamo-Cruz v. Affordable Treemen Inc. Broward County Feb 14