Category Archives: Press Releases Archive 2001

Archive of press releases by our personal injury lawyers in 2001.

$16 Million Summary Judgment Against Miccosukee Tribe

MIAMI (March 20, 2001) — Colson Hicks Eidson today announced that a final summary judgment was issued in favor of Tamiami Partners, Ltd., and against Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida for an amount that will exceed $16 million, inclusive of interests’ fees and costs. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida has ordered that the Miccosukee Tribe must comply with a 1993 arbitration award. Cye Mandel and John Sisto, both deceased, were principals in Tamiami Partners, Ltd., which built a bingo operation under contract with the tribe in the late 1980’s. After signing a contract with the tribe in 1989, Tamiami Partners purchased 25 acres at Krome Avenue—now site of the Miccosukee Casino and Resort— and donated it to the United States to take in trust as part of the Miccosukee reservation, and built a 2,000 seat bingo hall. Tamiami Partners put up $6.5 million…
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Jury Awards $ 30.7 Million To Girl Left In Vegetative State After Ford Van Rolls Over

MIAMI (September 20, 2001) — The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson today announced that a Florida State Court jury before the 11thJudicial Circuit Court awarded Ramon and Maria Jimenez, on behalf of their young daughter Phoebe, a $ 30.7 million verdict, reduced by 50% comparative negligence for not wearing a seat belt, against the Ford Motor Company. The jury found Ford liable for improperly installing the air valve on the right-rear tire of 1999 Ford Econoline 15-passenger van, which rolled over on top of Phoebe condemning her to a life sentence in an almost complete vegetative state. “She is in an almost complete vegetative state and the worst part is she is aware of her condition,” said Colson Hicks Eidson partner Mike Eidson, who tried the case along with Gonzalo Dorta, with Gonzalo Dorta, P.A. In May of 1999, Ramon Jimenez rented a brand-new Ford Econoline 15-passenger van to…
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Suit Filed Against Isuzu Motors For Defective Gas Tank Involved In Deadly Wreck

MIAMI (August 27, 2001) — The law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson today announced that it has filed two civil lawsuits, one on behalf of the children of Charrdonae N. Rowland—killed when her 1994 Isuzu Rodeo burst into flames after a fiery collision on South Dixie Highway—and the other on behalf of the driver Terrance Smith, who was also burned as a result of the explosion, against Isuzu Motors America, Inc. for the failure of the Rodeo’s fuel system, gas tank and related components that caused gasoline to escape from the vehicle making it explode. “Charrdonae survived the deadly wreck, but was killed by the ball of fire that engulfed her Rodeo,” said a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson. “If it were not for the Rodeo’s defective fuel system and gas tank she would be with her young children today. Charrdonae’s horrific death was fully preventable. “ The collision occurred on…
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Governor Bush Appoints Dean Colson To State’s Commission On Ethics

CORAL GABLES (July 1, 2001) — The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson today announced that Dean Colson, a partner in the firm, was recently appointed by Governor Jeb Bush to the State of Florida Commission on Ethics. Colson will serve a two-year term to the nine member commission, which was created by the 1974 Legislature to serve as “guardians of the standards of conduct for the officers and employees of the State” and its political subdivision. The Commission on Ethics is an independent, constitutional body charged with the duty to receive and investigate sworn complaints of violation of the Code of Ethics or other breaches of public trust as provided in the Sunshine Amendment. “The Governor asked me to serve, and I am happy to comply,” stated Colson, one of South Florida’s top trial lawyers. In addition, Mr. Colson was elected Vice-President of the Orange Bowl Committee earlier this…
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Former Assistant United States Attorney Joins Colson Hicks Eidson

MIAMI (June 14, 2001) — The Law Firm of Colson Hicks Eidson today announced that Susan Tarbe— a well respected trial lawyer with almost twenty years experience, including 11 years as an Assistant United States Attorney—has joined the prestigious trial law firm as its newest partner. “Susan is a great addition to the firm,” stated Dean Colson, a partner at Colson Hicks Eidson. “Her commercial litigation experience and her tenure at the United States Attorney’s Office compliments areas of practice we are expanding.” Tarbe—formerly of counsel with Greenberg Traurig—will continue her practice in the areas of complex business litigation, white collar criminal defense with emphasis in healthcare fraud and financial investigations, health care law, and internal corporate investigations. “I have known and worked with Susan for many years; she is a great lawyer,” added Roberto Martínez, partner at Colson Hicks Eidson and former United States Attorney for the Southern District…
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HMO Clinic’s Improper Care Produced $2.7 Million Verdict: Cancer Not Detected

MIAMI (June 14, 2001) — The law firm of Colson Hicks Eidson today announced that a Florida State Court jury before the 11th Judicial Circuit Court awarded David Francisco and his wife a $2.7 million verdict—for the misdiagnosis of tongue cancer—against United Healthcare of Florida (formerly known as CAC-Ramsey), and Ears, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist Dr. Jorge De Cardenas yesterday. Although Francisco visited the HMO clinic on several occasions complaining of lesions on his tongue, he was denied a biopsy despite exhibiting all the characteristic symptoms for cancer. Due to improper screening, the cancer advanced to a point where he had to undergo surgery to remove 75% of his tongue; his quality of life and life expectancy were significantly diminished. Francisco now has a life expectancy of three to five years. “Doctors at the HMO did not biopsy, even though all the red flags for cancer were there,” said…
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