Fort Lauderdale Attorney Scores Defense Win For Man Whose Bumper Caused Fatality

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Samuel Tyler Hill
Samuel Tyler Hill

Of the two witnesses who claimed to see the cover flapping, Hill impeached them with their statements to police. "They had given sworn statements but not mentioning the bumper cover," Hill said.

Outcome: The jury found no negligence against the Boyers.

Quote: "Erik was in his twenties and just starting an engineering career. If there was no bad faith found against Allstate, that judgment would've been recorded forever against Erik," Hill said. "He would have to declare bankruptcy."

Post-verdict: Haury denied a plaintiffs motion for a new trial. A motion to interview the jurors was granted.

A plaintiff attorney had noticed that the style of the case on a paper calendar sheet outside Haury's courtroom listed Toyota as a defendant. Because both sides agreed the manufacturers would never be mentioned, the jurors were asked whether they saw the calendar. All said no.

Haury entered final judgment on Jan. 17. Mercede has not filed a notice of appeal.

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