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Court rejects bad faith insurance claim dismissal for woman paralyzed on Royal Caribbean excursion

By Marian Johns | May 15, 2019

A Royal Caribbean excursion operator's insurance carrier lost its legal attempt to dismiss a bad faith insurance claim and to compel arbitration in a case involving a woman who became a quadriplegic after a zip line accident in St. Lucia.

Customer suing Fresh Market after fall denied motion to remand case back to state court

By Marian Johns | May 8, 2019

MIAMI — A Plantation woman who filed a complaint after falling at a Fresh Market store has been denied her motion to remand the case back to state court.

Court rules driver in crash with postal worker must amend expert witnesses' disclosure

By Marian Johns | May 8, 2019

TAMPA — A federal court has stricken several expert witnesses and ordered their disclosure amendments pending trial in a case involving a Florida motorist who filed suit after his vehicle collided with a U.S. Postal Service worker.

Defense argues young smokers have caught on to dangers of tobacco

By John Sammon | May 7, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – The defense appeared to keep to its people-knew-the-dangers strategy while plaintiff attorneys said dishonest denials from cigarette companies continued almost to this day in a lawsuit launched by a woman alleging her lungs were irreparably damaged by cigarette smoke.

Court rules Progressive's communication regarding potential settlement offers is relevant

By Marian Johns | May 7, 2019

OCALA — A federal court has denied in part and granted in part a motion made by Ocala residents who were injured in a car accident to compel better responses to interrogatories and requests for production in a case involving Progressive Insurance's handling of the claims.

Case involving injured UPS applicant remanded to Fourth Judicial Circuit

By Marian Johns | May 7, 2019

JACKSONVILLE — A federal court has denied United Parcel Service's (UPS) motion for extension of time to show cause and remanded a lawsuit to the circuit court in a case involving a job applicant who was hit in the head by a package while on a job interview.

Court OKs motion for summary judgment in case involving injured Pinellas Park police officer

By Marian Johns | May 6, 2019

TAMPA — A federal court has issued an order to grant a defendant's motion for summary judgment in a case involving a city of Pinellas Park police officer who was struck while on duty directing traffic.

Jury hands woman $1.6 million verdict in tobacco trial; Plaintiff had sought $20 million

By John Sammon | May 3, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – A jury on Thursday awarded plaintiff Karla Zingaro $1.6 million in damages for pain and suffering both past and future, anguish and loss of enjoyment of life, from a smoking addiction that caused her to suffer life-threatening lung problems.

Closing arguments heard in trial of cigarette makers accused of woman's lung problems

By John Sammon | May 2, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – Closing arguments began Wednesday in a trial accusing cigarette makers Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds of fraud, conspiracy and responsibility for a woman’s nicotine addiction that resulted in her developing lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Defense paints picture of woman smoking not from nicotine addiction, but loneliness

By John Sammon | Apr 30, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – Defense attorneys on Monday sought to portray plaintiff Karla Zingaro as a lonely woman who took to smoking because she enjoyed it and to help her deal with personal and family problems, not because of nicotine addiction as plaintiff attorneys contend.

Judge says insurer can't avoid covering Jupiter shopping center owner in stabbing in bar parking lot

By Florida Record | Apr 25, 2019

An insurer can't easily escape a lawsuit brought by a man who claimed the owners of a Jupiter shopping center owe him money after he was stabbed during a fight in a parking lot outside a bar and grill in the shopping center.

Defense questions plaintiff about personal choice decisions in Philip Morris trial

By John Sammon | Apr 19, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE - Attorneys defending cigarette makers Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds on Thursday sought to portray plaintiff Karla Zingaro as knowing about the dangers of smoking early in her life but who disregarded the warnings and smoked anyway.

Federal judge awards Palm Beach County customer $677,000 after injuries at Burlington store

By Marian Johns | Apr 18, 2019

A federal judge has awarded a Palm Beach County woman more than $677,000 in damages in a case where she alleges she was injured when a display of tables fell on her while shopping at a Burlington store.

Woman testifies at trial she smoked cigarettes not knowing the dangers

By John Sammon | Apr 18, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – Karla Zingaro the plaintiff suing Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds for the lung conditions she suffers from appeared in court for the first time on Wednesday telling attorneys she became hooked on smoking at a young age not knowing the dangers from cigarette smoke.

Nutrition company cleared of responsibility in man’s liver failure

By John Sammon | Apr 18, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH – A South Florida online nutrition company was cleared of wrongdoing April 8 in the lawsuit launched by a man who alleged he suffered catastrophic liver damage after using the company’s green tea extract.

Florida chamber supports bill to cap pain, suffering damages in lawsuits

By John Severance | Apr 17, 2019

Florida House Bill 17 is not yet law, but the state's Chamber of Commerce is rooting for it as it makes its way through the legislature.

Defense seeks to convince jury that smoker's problems caused addiction, not cigarette makers

By John Sammon | Apr 17, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – Defense attorneys in the trial of a woman suing cigarette makers Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds argued Tuesday that is was the plaintiff’s problems including depression, anxiety and possible bipolar disorder that led Karla Zangaro to compulsively smoke causing her health problems.

Mistrial declared in Philip Morris case; judge finds testimony prejudicial

By John Sammon | Apr 16, 2019

MIAMI – Judge Jose Rodriguez of the 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida declared a mistrial April 16 in a lawsuit filed by the estate of a deceased man whose relatives argue his premature death was caused by deadly nicotine addiction from the cigarettes produced by tobacco companies Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds.

Defense in Philip Morris trial says smoking danger was known early

By John Sammon | Apr 13, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE – The defense in a trial accusing cigarette maker Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds of damaging a woman’s lungs through addictive nicotine on Friday built on its case that the dangers of smoking were well known by the public for a long time.

Plaintiff attorneys say declining smoking industry targeted teen smokers

By John Sammon | Apr 12, 2019

MIAMI – Attorneys for plaintiff Rosemary Olsen on Thursday sought to portray tobacco companies Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds targeting teenage smokers as potential saviors of an industry whose overall business in the 1980's was in danger of declining, and who created bogus front organizations to combat knowledge of the dangers of smoking.

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