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Citrus Canker Compensation Litigation Website

UPDATE AS OF 07/20/2012: In October 2008, a final judgment was entered in favor of the class awarding $8,043,541.50 to the Class. The final judgment was affirmed on appeal. The Department has refused to pay the judgment, however, based on a state statute which the Department argues requires a special legislative appropriation. The trial court agreed with the Department on this point, and the class has appealed that order. The appeal is pending as of June 2012 and has not been decided.

UPDATE AS OF 05/06/08: On May 6, 2008, the jury in the Broward County compensation trial issued a verdict awarding a total of $11,531,463 as full compensation for all 133,720 trees owned by members of the Class. The jury also determined that the Florida Department of Agriculture is entitled to deduct amounts actually used by those Class members who received Shade Florida "Wal-Mart" cards, as well as $55 payments, from the total compensation awarded. This will reduce the total amount of compensation awarded by approximately $7,000,000. Please check back for further updates.

UPDATE AS OF 2/21/08: On February 21, 2008, Broward Circuit Court Judge Ronald J. Rothschild entered an Order Determining Liability in Inverse Condemnation, in which the Court concluded that the Florida Department of Agriculture's physical destruction of the class' citrus trees, constituted a taking under Article X, 6(a) of the Florida Constitution. Therefore, the Court ruled that the Florida Department of Agriculture is liable to pay full and just compensation to the class for the full value of the trees at the time they were destroyed. A jury trial to determine the amount of full and just compensation is scheduled for April 14, 2008 in Broward Circuit Court.

Click Here to download the full Order Determining Liability in Inverse Condemnation

This page is dedicated to providing information to members of the Class (as defined below) and other interested persons concerning class action litigation pending in Broward County Circuit Court against the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (the "Department") resulting from the Department's destruction of residential citrus trees located in Broward County, Florida, under the Citrus Canker Eradication Program ("CCEP").

This case was originally commenced in 2000 and has been extensively litigated for over a decade. In 2002, the Court certified the case as a class action on behalf of the following Class:

All owners of citrus trees within Broward County, incorporated or otherwise, not used for commercial purposes, which were not determined by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to be infected with citrus canker and which were destroyed under the Citrus Canker Eradication Program from January 1, 2000 to the present.

Further information concerning this case will be updated on this page as it becomes available.

Further information and important documents about this case can be viewed by accessing the links in the upper left-hand corner of this page.