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Jacksonville Injury Lawyers

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The Verdict is in!: Phillips & Hunt got the 2nd largest verdict in Florida in 2019

The Verdict is in!: Phillips & Hunt got the 2nd largest verdict in Florida in 2019

It is official. Our 2019 jury verdict of $495,123,680.00 was listed by Verdict Search as the second highest verdict in Florida and the eighth largest in the country. It still is earning interest and will be increased by attorneys fees and costs, surpassing over half a billion dollars.

To read John Phillips’s closing argument, click the link: Roebuck Closing.

Read more here: Jacksonville jury awards almost $500 million to family of Kalil McCoy

Tops Verdicts in the United States
Case Information
Report Type:   Verdict
State:   Florida
Court:   IN THE CIRCUIT COURT, FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT IN AND FOR DUVAL COUNTY, FLORIDA
Judge:   Judge Dees
Case Type:   Intentional Tort / Wrongful Death
Name of Case:   LYNETTE ROEBUCK, individually and as Personal Representative of the Estate of KALIL McCOY, deceased, Plaintiffs, vs. FREDERICK “Freddie” LEE WADE, KENNARD “Boogie” MAHONE, and JONATHAN “Flip” BROOKS.
Docket/Index No.:   Case 16-2013-CA-006244-XXXX-MA
Verdict/Settlement Date:   01/15/2019
Award Information
Verdict or Settlement Amount:   $495,123,680.00
Fault Apportionment:   100% on defendants
Plaintiff(s)
Name, Occupation, Age, Gender,
Marital Status and Number of Children for All Plaintiffs: 
 Estate of Kalil McCoy
Breakdown of Award:   Mahone $75,000,000 comp, $50,000,000 pun; Brooks $60,000,000 comp, $50,000,000 pun; Wade $150M +$10,120,360 comp, $100M pun
Defendant(s)
List all:   FREDERICK “Freddie” LEE WADE, KENNARD “Boogie” MAHONE, and JONATHAN “Flip” BROOKS.
Insurance Carrier(s):   None for issues presented at trial.

Pre-trial, a policy limit settlement was obtained.

Plaintiff’s Attorney(s):   John M. Phillips & Kirby Johnson

Both of the Law Offices of John M. Phillips, Jacksonville, Florida

Defense Attorney(s):   Pro Se
Plaintiff Expert Witness(es):   None
Defense Expert Witness(es):   None
Description of Case:   See: https://www.foxnews.com/us/florida-jury-awards-nearly-500m-to-family-of-murder-victim https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20190115/jacksonville-jury-awards-almost-500-million-to-family-of-kalil-mccoy

“Kalil McCoy’s friends who dumped her body and tried to conceal her death seven years ago have something else over their heads. While only one remains in jail as the triggerman in the 20-year-old’s death, a $495 million judgment filed against them Tuesday by a Jacksonville jury will “always” be hanging over them, according to her mother, Lynnette Roebuck. It took about an hour for the six-member jury to return its wrongful death verdict against the three named in the civil lawsuit as Lynnette Roebuck sat there, as she has for so many other hearings since her daughter’s death. That includes two sentencings for Frederick Lee Wade, 19 when McCoy died in the car a group of friends were in following a night out on June 19, 2011. First sentenced to life in prison, he won a retrial, then a 45-year reduced sentence for second-degree murder. But if Wade is ever released from prison, a massive financial judgment awaits him. That makes Tuesday’s verdict more meaningful to her and the memory of her daughter, Roebuck said. “Wade will still have a little bit of life left. But this will always be over your head. If you get a dime, it is not going to be your dime. It will be Kalil’s dime,” the mother said. ”… He still gets an opportunity to get out of prison and live. He could be 70 on a cane walking around to a park or movies. But my daughter can’t do any of that. This will make a statement and let people know.” The other men named in the lawsuit, Kennard Deshun Mahone and Jonathon Marichal Brooks, were 18 and 19 at the time. Both pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact. They were sentenced in August 2012 to one year in Duval County jail and 12 years of probation, according to court records. A final accessory sentenced the same — Alfred Bernard Mears IV, 18 at the time — was the least culpable and was difficult to locate before the statute of limitations ran out, so wasn’t named in the lawsuit, family attorney John Phillips said. Phillips said the verdict marks “one of the largest” for an injury or death case in Florida history. But he admits it is unlikely the three will pay the entire judgment, calling collection “the difficult part.” “That’s the question, and the jury asked it, but the message was sent regardless,” Phillips said. ”… We are in the process of hiring a collection lawyer to find and collect the funds.” McCoy was last seen leaving an Arlington nightclub that June 2011 night. Police said Wade and McCoy began arguing while they were all in a car. The argument revolved around wanting to open a window. Wade pulled out the gun, pointed it at McCoy and repeatedly told her to shut up. The men gave different stories about how the gone went off and McCoy was hit in the head. They decided to dump her body in a wooded area and lied about what happened. McCoy wasn’t found until two days later at the dead end of East 31st Street near Haines Street by people searching for scrap metal, police said. McCoy’s family filed the wrongful death lawsuit in 2013, saying the men caused intentional severe emotional distress to the family. The worst part was when Wade’s initial April 2012 life sentence for second-degree murder was overturned in 2015, Roebuck said. An appeals panel said a judge failed to inform jurors that they had the option to convict him of manslaughter by culpable negligence. His 45-year sentence was handed down July 6, 2017, according to the State Attorney’s Office.”

Description of Injuries, Damages:   Complaint available.
Date, Time and Place of Accident or Occurence:   June 20, 2011, Jacksonville, Florida
Other Comments:  None.
Trial Length (Days):   2
Jury Composition:   6
Jury Deliberations (Hrs/Days):   2 hours
Jury Poll:   None.
Settlement Negotiations
Demand:   Yes.
Offer:   None.
Motion for a New Trial:   None.
Other Post-trial Motions:  Motion for Attorney’s Fees and Costs pending.
Case on Appeal by:   None.