Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on January 23, 2018
Robert Horwitz, a partner in our West Palm Beach and Hollywood offices, and Pamela Moody, an associate in our West Palm Beach office, were successful in defending an insurer in a homeowner’s insurance action in which the insureds sought replacement of their kitchen after a drain line leak allegedly damaged their home. The defense successfully established that the leak predated the inception of the policy and was never repaired, and that the insureds’ damages likewise predated the policy period. The jury rendered a verdict finding that there was no “sudden and accidental” loss to the property during the policy term.
Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on November 1, 2017
Seth Goldberg, partner, and Josh Nathanson, an associate, in the firm’s Hollywood office obtained a defense verdict in a premises liability case involving a contractor who was injured during a home reconstruction job. Read More
Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on October 5, 2017
Joshua C. Canton, a partner in the firm's Tallahassee and Thomasville, Georgia offices, recently obtained a reversal of the denial of a motion for summary judgment based upon the Fireman’s Rule.
Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on September 7, 2017
Jeffrey A. Blaker, a partner in the firm’s West Palm Beach office, recently obtained a huge win for his New York law firm and attorney clients in a legal malpractice case following a two-week federal jury trial in West Palm Beach. Read More
Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on March 17, 2017
Michael J. Paris and Seth R. Goldberg, both partners in the Hollywood office, obtained a defense verdict in the case of Palis v. Billy Goat Industries and Florida Outdoor Power.
In 2008, Plaintiff purchased a Billy Goat “Finish Mower” lawn mower to use in her new landscape business and she used it as her primary mower until sometime in 2009 when she bought a bigger, more expensive riding mower and the Billy Goat became her back up mower. On July 5, 2014 the plaintiff was using her Billy Goat finish mower to cut long wet grass and the mower kept clogging up. In violation of the manual and warnings therein, the plaintiff placed her right hand below the cutting deck without turning off the mower on nine occasions without incident. On the tenth time, she severed a portion of her right thumb and damaged her index and middle finger.
The plaintiff alleged that the Billy Goat mower was defective, that it did not adequately test the mower before putting it on the market, and that it did not use what its own expert believed were state of the art components. This resulted in the stopping time of the blades exceeding the ANSI standard of 7 seconds as well as the manufacturer’s statement that the blades would stop within 5 seconds from the time you release the lever that controls the cutting blades.
Plaintiff claimed over $200,000 in past medical bills for 7 surgeries, and asked the jury for one to two million dollars, arguing that the jury should or could forgive the plaintiff for her conduct.
The defense claimed that the mower had not been properly maintained and proved at trial through its expert that if properly maintained, the mower’s cutting blades would stop within 1 second. The defense also argued that the Plaintiff read all of the warnings and the manual and she admitted that she understood them. Plaintiff’s theories of liability were strict liability for design and warnings, and negligence in the design and warnings.
The jury deliberated for slightly more than 2 hours, after which it returned a defense verdict on all counts. Read More