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Jury orders PBC to pay woman $500,000 for fall on Palm Tran bus

By: Jane Musgrave
Source: Palm Beach Post
Date: October 17, 2016
WEST PALM BEACH — A 26-year-old West Palm Beach-area woman was awarded nearly $500,000 by a jury last week for knee and back injuries she suffered when a Palm Tran bus driver hit the gas before she had a chance to sit down, sending her sprawling.

The Johnson Family

Date: May 21, 2015
The Johnson name is a familiar name within the membership of the Palm Beach County Bar Association. County Court Judge Laura S. Johnson recently administered the oath of admission to The Florida Bar to her son, Robert “Burr” Johnson.
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The Johnson Family

Jury duty fundamental to democracy

Source: Palm Beach Post
Date: May 4, 2015
May 1 marked the beginning of Juror Appreciation Month. In recognition of the contributions made by the jurors of Palm Beach County, I give my thanks to those who have answered the call for duty.
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Jury duty fundamental to democracy

Lawyer says Palm Beach County deputy lied after deadly crash

By: Terri Parker
Source: WPBF News 25
Date: January 5, 2015
William Johnson wrote the complaint Monday after he deposed Deputy Charles Booth about his actions following a December 2012 turnpike crash that killed Louis Hausman and his passenger.
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Lawyer says Palm Beach County deputy lied after deadly crash

U.S. Judge Reduces Koch's Damages

By: William E. Johnson
Date: April 1, 2014
On March 31, a federal judge threw out a $12M punitive damages award to billionaire William Koch in his lawsuit involving fake Bordeaux. US District Judge J. Paul Oetken agreed with the defendant, Eric Greenberg, that the jury’s April 2013 award was “exorbitant,” inasmuch as it was more than 33x the $355,811 awarded in compensatory damages.

Mandatory Safety Equipment Being Considered for Cars

By: William E. Johnson
Date: December 3, 2013
Collision avoidance, seat belt interlocks, and alcohol detection systems are all being considered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its new “Significant and Seamless” initiative. On November 14th NHTSA publicly announced that the Significant and Seamless initiative will provide incentives for U.S. car manufacturers to voluntarily install new technologies to reduce the risk of injuries in auto accidents. NHTSA hopes that it can encourage auto manufacturers to institute these new technologies within the next few years.
Mandatory Safety Equipment Being Considered for Cars

Florida Continues Debate on Eliminating No-Fault Insurance System

By: William E. Johnson
Date: November 13, 2013
Last year Florida implemented reform to curb fraud in its no fault car insurance system. These reforms were upheld by the Florida Court of Appeals last month. However, the debate whether to keep or scrap the no-fault insurance system continues.
Florida Continues Debate on Eliminating No-Fault Insurance System

Jupiter Woman Receives Multi-Million Dollar Verdict in Defective Tire Case

By: William E. Johnson
Date: October 31, 2013
Earlier this month Tracey Parker was awarded almost $10 million by a jury in Palm Beach County against Continental Tire, which was held responsible for a crash that cost Parker $1.5 million in medical expenses.
Jupiter Woman Receives Multi-Million Dollar Verdict in Defective Tire Case

Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled in Favor of Passenger Despite DUI

By: William E. Johnson
Source: Tampa Bay Times
Date: September 24, 2013
Two weeks ago, Pasco County settled a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a car passenger who died when their driver missed a stop sign. Although this case happened on the other corner of the state, it is of interest because of the very extraordinary facts and counter-intuitive settlement.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Settled in Favor of Passenger Despite DUI

Texters at Home Could be Liable for Texting Friends on Road

By: William E. Johnson
Date: September 16, 2013
The Appellate Division of New Jersey Superior Court held that a person texting a driver, who they know is driving and will respond, will be liable for damages caused under the law of negligence.
Texters at Home Could be Liable for Texting Friends on Road