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New York Verdicts

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Jury finds pair was falsely arrested, awards $675,000

A jury decided that the city of New York must pay $675,000 for what was deemed a false arrest of a man and his mother-in-law. The matter dates to Nov. 2, 2010, when Steven Foyer and his mother-in-law found a wallet in a taxi. They removed the wallet, apparently to return it to a man whose identification it contained. The next day, they were arrested by the New York City Police Department, based on the taxi driver’s claim that the wallet was his. The charges were dropped, and Foyer and his mother-in-law sued, alleging false arrest. The city contended that the arrests were justified, but a jury found that civil rights were violated. The damages included a component for Foyer’s wife, who claimed that she suffered residual emotional distress.
Foyer v. City of New York
New York County

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Man hurt in forklift accident recovers $2.5 million

A deliveryman injured in a forklift accident recovered $2.5 million from the forklift operator’s employer. The payment settled a lawsuit filed by Gerald Villette, who claimed that he required two spinal-fusion procedures as a result of a fall sustained in the accident. Villette was standing in a tractor-trailer’s bed, assisting a forklift operator who was attempting to offload a 250-pound grease trap that rested on a wooden pallet. The pallet snapped, and one of its boards struck and toppled Villette. Villette claimed that the forklift was improperly positioned and that it flipped the grease trap. The matter proceeded to a trial, where a jury sided with Villette. The parties settled the case before the jury could determine damages.
Villete v. M.A. Angeliades Inc.
Kings County

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Parties settle lawsuit alleging shoddy sidewalk repair

A woman who broke an ankle in a fall on a Bronx sidewalk recovered $750,000 via a settlement of a lawsuit stemming from the incident. The suit’s plaintiff, Francisca Brito, 50 at the time of the March 2009 incident, underwent surgery and claimed that she suffers residual arthritis. She claimed that the sidewalk had been broken during installation of a storm drain and that it was never repaired. She sued the company that installed the drain, Triumph Construction Corp. The defense contended that Triumph’s work had been neatly completed some six months prior to the accident and that Brito simply slipped on snow and ice. The matter advanced to a trial, but a settlement was negotiated as the parties’ lawyers were preparing closing statements.
Brito v. Stratford Five Realty, LLC
Bronx County

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Largest New York Jury Verdicts

(2015 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$218,500,000 Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization Federal Feb 23
$135,169,390 Correa v. Jarrahy Queens Co. Dec 14
$118,220,000 Buchwald v. Renco Group Inc. Federal Feb 27
$101,801,664 Estate of Leo v. Lomma New York Co. Aug 3
$45,600,000 Estate of Beloyianis v. NY and Presbyterian Hospital Bronx Co. May 27
$38,000,000 Darbeau v. 136 West 3rd Street, LLC Bronx Co. May 26
$28,205,372 Lee v. City of New York Bronx Co. Jul 15
$25,370,000 Dowdell v. 4545 Eastcoast, LLC. New York Co. Oct 30
$25,200,000 Sims v. City of NY Kings Co. Mar 13
$25,000,000 Miller v. BMW of North America, LLC New York Co. Sep 25