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Jury awards estate of bicyclist killed in truck crash $25M

A jury awarded $25 million to the parents of a student who died after she was hit by a garbage truck while on her bicycle. The estate argued that Abigail Dougherty, 20, was trying to get from the bike lane to the crosswalk when she was struck by a truck and that the truck driver failed to yield, failed to check his mirrors, failed to use his turn signal and failed to slow down as he executed his turn. Defense counsel claimed that Dougherty made a sudden turn that put her bicycle in the path of the truck and that tests showed that Dougherty had both alcohol and cocaine in her system at the time of the crash. The jury found the truck company 80 percent liable and Dougherty 20 percent liable, reducing the estate’s recovery to $20 million..
Estate of Dougherty v. WCA of Florida, LLC
Alachua County

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Estate of teenage motorcyclist killed in crash recovers $4.25M

The estate of a 17-year-old student who was hit by a minivan while riding his motorcycle was award a net verdict of $4.25 million. According to the estate's counsel, the plaintiff was making a left turn at an intersection when the driver of the other vehicle attempted to accelerate through the intersection, causing the motorcycle to hit the passenger side of the minivan. Plaintiff's counsel also presented evidence that the driver of the minivan had vision problems that she had not attended to. Defense countered that the decedent was speeding, which made him responsible for the crash. The jury found the minivan driver 85 percent responsible for the accident and the decedent to be 15 percent liable, reducing the estate’s $5 million award.
Estate of Parke v. Miozza
Lee County

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University registrar awarded $310,500 after employer retaliated against her

A jury awarded $310,500 to a 53-year-old university registrar who was allegedly terminated due to racial discrimination and a hostile work environment. However, the jury sustained a claim of damages solely on the ground that the registrar lost her job because the university retaliated against her for complaining about her alleged mistreatment, which allegedly included an email smear campaign, being left out of key meetings and being passed over for a promotion during a two-year period. The defense maintained that the registrar was not terminated, but that her contract was not renewed due to her own behavior, and that race played no role in her being passed over for a promotion.
DeBose v. University of South Florida
U.S. District Court, Middle District

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Largest Florida Jury Verdicts

(2019 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
VERDICT CASE VENUE DATE
$700,000,000 Estate of Doty v. Sun n’ Lake Improvement District of Sebring, Florida Highlands Co. July 15
$495,123,680 Roebuck v. Wade Duval Co. Jan. 15
$70,102,000 Thornton v. Alfa Laval Inc. Miami-Dade Co. June 17
$42,500,000 Estate of Gloger of v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Miami-Dade Co. Nov. 13
$41,050,000 Schnurr v. J.L. Property Owners Association Inc. Palm Beach Co. May 15
$39,290,990 Brickellhouse Condominium Association Inc. v. Brickellhouse Holding LLC Miami-Dade Co. Aug. 30
$37,005,500 Estate of Mahfuz v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Broward Co. Feb. 27
$30,840,015.51 Faircloth v. Cantina Tallahassee, LLC Leon Co. Aug. 23
$30,148,619 Willoughby v. Ellison Hillsborough Co. March 15
$24,500,000 Chavez v. Gonzalez-Garcia Broward Co. April 17