Record Verdict in Florida

Yesterday, May 2, 2008, a jury in Jacksonville, Florida, soundly rejected a condemnor’s valuation evidence in the case of Jacksonville Port Authority v. JAX Maritime Partners, Fla. Cir. Ct., 4th Judicial Dist., Duval County, Case No. 2006-CA-007802.

Condemnor’s offer of judgment was $15 million. Its appraisals presented at trial were $18.995 million and $17 million, indicating that the offer was $2 to $3.995 milion short of the condemnor’s own appraisal. The owner’s trial appraisal was $59.676 million. The owner testified to $80 million. The jury awarded $67.410  million.

We are informed that this is the largest jury verdict ever rendered in the Florida state courts in a condemnation case.

Andrew Brigham of the Jacksonville office of Brigham Moore, headquartered in Coral Gables, was lead trial counsel for the owner. He is a third-generation Florida condemnation lawyer.

Update. For a detailed summary of this case go to, and read the post entitled Brigham Moore Attains Highest Jury Award for Eminent Domain Valuation in Florida Circuit Court. Wed May 07 00:55:00 EDT 2008.

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