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Miami-Dade Jury Orders Ford to Pay Hurt Girl $15.4 Million


Miami-Dade Jury Orders Ford to Pay Hurt Girl $15.4 Million

BY ELAINE DE VALLE AND JAY WEAVER A Miami-Dade County jury Thursday ordered Ford Motor Company to pay a $15.4 million award to a young girl who suffered paralysis and severe brain damage in a rollover van accident during her fam- ily’s trip to Disney World two years ago. Mary “Phoebe’’ Jimenez, 12, and her parents won the judgment after the jury found Ford liable for improperly installing the air valve on the right-rear Goodyear tire of the family’s rented Econoline E-350 van. The tire exploded as the family was leaving Jacksonville for Orlando on May 9, 1999, causing the new van to roll over on Interstate 95, the jury […]

In the Courtroom, Historic Political Battle Attracts Hordes of Lawyers Large, Small Names Join The Fray


In the Courtroom, Historic Political Battle Attracts Hordes of Lawyers Large, Small Names Join The Fray

BY ELINOR J. BRECHER Wherever a Florida “pregnant chad’’ labors, it seems there’s a lawyer standing by to deliver. Florida hasn’t endured an esquire invasion of such magnitude since the last American Bar Associa- tion convention at Disney World in August 1996. If it feels like the state’s post-election frenzy has sucked in all 972,900 American attorneys, plus Florida’s 50,000, that’s because some of the profession’s biggest names are busily filing briefs along- side indigenous counselors known mainly to their local clients. A few on the Democratic side: Harvard Law School constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe; former Miami-Dade U.S. Attorney Kendall Coffey, who represented Elian Gonzalez’s Miami relatives; past Dade County […]

200 Residents File Suit Over Blasting


200 Residents File Suit Over Blasting

BY IVETTE M. YEE Angry residents in Northwest Dade have had enough of blasting. Citizens Against Blasting, a group of more than 200 homeowners, announced Wednesday that it will file a class action lawsuit against Rinker Materials Corp. and six other companies over the effects of blasting limestone in Northwest Miami-Dade County to produce building materials. Twenty-four hours later, another blast hit. “I thought it was an earthquake,’’ said Arlene Plumley, who lives in Palm Springs North. “It’s like they were angry at us for filing the suit, like they were trying to say, `Take that.’ ‘’ The group is seeking $22 million in damages, claiming the blasting has badly […]

Jury Awards $18M to Mom in Tragic Crash


Jury Awards $18M to Mom in Tragic Crash

BY DAVID LYONS Shaken by the case of a young mother who suffered severe brain damage after driving off a dark road and into a canal, a Miami-Dade jury has decided she and her son deserve nearly $18 million in what lawyers say is the largest award in memory for a negligence lawsuit. The tragedy unfolded in the early morning hours of July 5, 1993, when Aileen Aguiles, visiting South Florida from New Jersey, was returning to her mother’s Southwest Dade home with two friends shortly before dawn. They had celebrated the Fourth of July on South Beach. Unfamiliar with the route, her lawyers say, Aguiles failed to negotiate a […]