Verdicts & Settlements

Alex Alvarez, The Alvarez Law Firm.

Longtime Smoker Assigned No Liability in $10M Tobacco Verdict

By Celia Ampel |

Coral Gables plaintiffs lawyers won a rare zero-fault verdict in a tobacco case.

Austin Carr and Lakiesha Cannon of Koch Parafinczuk & Wolf in Fort Lauderdale.

Smoker's Cocaine Use Doesn't Sway Jury in Tobacco Trial

By Celia Ampel |

Fort Lauderdale lawyers won a nearly $3 million tobacco verdict, persuading jurors to look past their client's cocaine habit to rule that cigarettes caused his cancer.

Eric Rosen, left, and Kimberly Wald of Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale.

Kelley/Uustal Team Wins $27.5M Verdict for Smoker's Family

By Celia Ampel |

Attorneys from Kelley/Uustal in Fort Lauderdale won a $27.5 million award for the widower of a smoker.

Hans Hertell and James Sammataro with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan.

Stroock Team Blocks Copyright Damages for Bootleg Film Broadcast

By Celia Ampel |

Expert testimony helped Miami lawyers with Stroock & Stroock & Lavan secure a defense verdict for a TV network that aired the Spanish language film "Pablo" more than a dozen times without clearance.

John Arrastia, with Genovese Joblove & Battista..

Developer Ordered to Pay $16.3M for Leaving New Residential Community a Total Mess

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami lawyer won a $16.3 million judgment against the nation's largest homebuilder.

Pedro P. Echarte III

Condo Association Settles With Young Father Shot by Burglars

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami townhome community's homeowners association agreed to pay $8 million to a tenant who was shot and paralyzed during a home invasion.

Scott P. Schlesinger, Steven J. Hammer and Jonathan R. Gdanski of the Schlesinger Law Offices.

Jury Finds Tobacco Industry, Not Brand, Culpable in Death of Marlboro Smoker

By Celia Ampel |

A South Florida law firm won a $9 million verdict against two tobacco companies, including one whose cigarettes the plaintiff didn't smoke.

Janpaul Portal and Juan P. Bauta

Italian Tests Help Sway Jury in Mesothelioma Case

By Celia Ampel |

Miami lawyers won a $9 million asbestos verdict for a woman whose husband died of mesothelioma before trial.

Jorge Fors Jr. and Jorge Fors of Fors Attorneys at Law and Adam Feldman, now with Cernitz Shanbron.

Jury Awards $10.4M to Miami Business Owner Duped in 'Joint Venture'

By Celia Ampel |

Coral Gables lawyers won a $10.4 million verdict for a freight-forwarding company in a business dispute.

John H. (Jack) Hickey and Bjorg Eikeland of the Hickey Law Firm

Jury Sides With Family of Woman With Crash-Related Brain Injury

By Celia Ampel |

A Miami-Dade jury awarded $4.5 million to the family of a woman who allegedly spent the last years of her life in pain from a car crash.

San Matero condo association's Jackie Durham holds an image of the the condition of the walls at a building there with attorney David Haber.

Kolter Reaches Settlement in Case So Big It Couldn't Fit in Courtroom

By Samantha Joseph |

A Palm Beach Gardens condo association reached a $22.5 million settlement with Kolter Signature Homes in a construction-defect case that grew so large it required court administration to build a new venue.

Monica Burbelo Lally and Hans Laurenceau with law offices of Sanabria Llorente & Associates employees of Farmers' Insurance Miami

Miami Insurance Team Beats Multimillion-Dollar Claim Over Drunk Driving Accident

By Celia Ampel |

Lawyers secured a defense verdict in a $2.58 million case against a drunken driver who rear-ended another vehicle.

Juan Bauta and Gabriel Saade.

Utility Employee Exposed to Asbestos Awarded Nearly $13M

By Celia Ampel |

Miami attorneys won a nearly $13 million verdict tied to asbestos exposure at Florida Power & Light Co.'s Turkey Point power plant.

Josh M. Bloom, left, and Gordon Lea, right, with Lubell Rosen.

Defense Prevails in Trial Over Disputed Ultrasound

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida firm Lubell Rosen defeats a mother's $8 million claim that her obstetrician failed to warn her that her ultrasound wasn't clear enough to pick up birth defects.

From left to right, Stuart Sobel, Berenice Mottin-Berger and Steven Siegfried of Siegfried, Rivera, Hyman, Lerner, De La Torre, Mars & Sobel.

Caribbean Construction Firm Scores $4M Judgment

By Celia Ampel |

South Florida lawyers won a $4.3 million arbitration award against DeVry Medical International over long-delayed construction payments.