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Citrus Canker Compensation Litigation Website

UPDATE AS OF 07/20/2012: In August 2011, a final judgment was entered in favor of the class awarding $19,222,490.52. The Department is appealing that final judgment. The appeal is pending as of June 2012.

UPDATED STATUS: On December 7, 2007, Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Robyn Rosenberg issued an Order on Liability Claims and Defenses in favor of the Class. Based on the evidence presented during a two week trial, the Court concluded that the Department’s physical destruction of the Class’ citrus trees constituted a taking under Article X, §6(a) of the Florida Constitution. Therefore, the Court ruled the Department is liable to fully and justly compensate the Class for the value of the trees destroyed under the CCEP. A trial to determine the amount of full and just compensation owed to the Class has been reset for September 15, 2008.

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 Palm Beach 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 Palm Beach County, Florida, under the Citrus Canker Eradication Program ("CCEP").

This case was originally commenced in 2002 and has been extensively litigated for over a decade. In 2004, the Court certified the case as a class action on behalf of the following Class:

All owners of citrus trees within Palm Beach 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.