Tobacco Trial - Kirkland v. Reynolds
Manuel Socias, began delivering opening arguments today in a suit against Reynolds, the second-biggest U.S. tobacco company, filed by Leroy Kirkland of Tampa, Florida, who alleges he developed cancer from decades of smoking Salem and Pall Mall cigarettes
Beer Distributorship - Maris v. Anheuser-Busch
The new agreement trumps this month’s case and a 2001 case the Maris family won. The older case, which was in the appeal process, was expected to yield $50 million for the Maris company’s market value and about $50 million in interest for Anheuser-Busch’s unlawful termination of their wholesaler contract.
“It’s amazing that the agreement was reached literally 15 minutes before the jury reached a verdict,” said Manny Socias, one of the first attorneys to work with the Marises when they filed suit. “It’s a great ending for the Maris family. Their lives have been upside down for the last decade, but now they can get back to normal.”
Lotto Winner - Ford v. Shakespeare
During opening statements Monday, lawyer Arnold Levine, representing Ford, and lawyers Willie Gary and Manny Socias, representing Shakespeare, talked about the cases they were going to present.
Motorola Faces Sanctions For Violating Court Order During Trade Secrets Trial
A Florida judge has ruled that Motorola willfully violated court orders during a $10 billion trade secrets trial last year. The ruling could cost the electronics giant millions in fines, attorney fees and trial costs. The judge agreed with plaintiff SPS Technologies that Motorola had violated a witness sequestration order, saying he “almost threw up” during the trial when Motorola’s expert witnesses acknowledged they had read the testimony of plaintiff experts before going on the stand.
On Monday, SPS attorney Manny Socias, of Gary Williams Parenti Finney Lewis McManus Watson & Sperando in Orlando, Fla., said the trial was “fundamentally tainted by violations of the sequestration rule.” Gary, his Stuart, Fla.-based partner, called it an “in-your-face violation.”
Motorola Theft Costs Men $45 Billion, Lawyer Tells Jury
Manny Socias, an attorney for SPS Technologies, said today. They just took it and took it without shame and said, “It’s ours.” Motorola calls the lawsuit baseless.
Stuart Jury Awards $1.5M in Lost Profits to Treasure Coast Furniture Company
STUART — After a little more than eight hours of deliberation over two days, a Martin County jury awarded former Ethan Allen retailer Treasure Coast Interiors, Inc., $1.5 million in lost profits after the local furniture company was terminated as an Ethan Allen dealer in July 2007….
“It was a long, hard-fought trial, and we’re pleased with the result,” said Treasure Coast’s attorney Manny Socias.
WFTV Issues Multiple Apologies Over Series of Reports About One Man
WFTV has gone to great lengths to make sure viewers understand how sorry they are over mistakes made while reporting about Tim Davis, Sr.
WFTV news director Matt Parcell told Hal Boedeker of the Orlando Sentinel the apology was read nine times in all.