Archive by Month: September 2022

Conroy Simberg Attorneys Obtain Defense Verdict in Trucking Case

Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on September 27, 2022

Miles McGrane, IV, a partner in the firm’s Hollywood office, along with Aaron Zeilberger, an associate in the firm’s Orlando office, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a trucking company and its driver in a personal injury case after a five day jury trial in Lake County, Florida. The case was bifurcated and this trial was on liability only. The jury deliberated for thirty minutes before returning with their verdict.

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Dangerous Instrumentality Doctrine and Vicarious Liability

Posted in Legal Alerts on September 16, 2022

People who have been injured in a truck accident will look for ways to sue someone other than the truck driver. They know the truck driver does not have the personal assets to pay for their injuries. Instead, they will go looking for the deepest pocket they can find against which to file a lawsuit. In nearly all cases, this means they will file a lawsuit against the trucking company. There are several ways in which trucking companies can be held legally responsible for an accident under Florida law.

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Hollywood Attorneys Prevail on Motion for Summary Judgment in a Slip-and-Fall Case

Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on September 8, 2022

Seth Goldberg, a partner in the firm’s Hollywood office, along with Samuel Spinner, an associate in the firm’s appellate department, recently prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in a slip-and-fall case involving a transitory foreign substance. The plaintiff testified that she did not see the liquid before she fell, did not know how long it was on the floor, and did not know how it got on the floor. The defense moved for summary judgment, arguing the plaintiff could not meet her burden to prove that the business owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the substance before the accident as required by Florida Statute section 768.0755. The plaintiff argued that the defendant must have known of the substance because there was an employee in the area where she fell. The trial court rejected this argument, agreeing with the defense that there was no evidence the employee spilled the liquid on the floor or knew about it before the accident. Therefore, the trial court granted final summary judgment for the defendant.

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Jayne Pittman Appointed to Judicial Nominating Commission

Posted in Announcements, Diversity on September 7, 2022

Jayne Ann Skrzysowski-Pittman, chair of Conroy Simberg’s construction practice group and managing partner of the firm’s Orlando office, has been appointed to serve on the newly created Sixth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC). She is appointed for a 4 year term ending on July 1, 2026.

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Conroy Simberg Attorneys Prevail on Motion for Summary Judgment in Wrongful Death Case

Posted in Verdicts and Settlements on September 6, 2022

Joshua C. Canton, a partner in the firm's Tallahassee, Florida office, Justin B. Hales, an associate in the firm’s Tallahassee, Florida office, and Jesse Dyer, an associate in the firm’s appellate department, recently prevailed on a motion for summary judgment in a wrongful death premises liability negligent security claim in Madison County, Florida where they argued that the Defendant apartment complex breached no duty owed to the Plaintiff because the incident was not foreseeable, and, even if there was a breach of duty, the Defendant was not the proximate cause of decedent’s death.

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