Jordan Davis’s parents settle lawsuit against Michael Dunn

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Good afternoon:

Jordan Davis’s parents have settled their wrongful death lawsuit against Michael Dunn.

First Coast News is reporting,

John Phillips, the Davis’s attorney, confirmed the case had been settled but declined to disclose any further details. Phillips did say his clients made a proposal to settle monetarily and that an agreement had been reached.

Court records reviewed by First Coast News showed the settlement was reached Dec. 30.

Another civil suit filed on behalf of the other teenagers with Davis that night has also been settled, said Phillips.

Michael Dunn’s trial is scheduled to start on February 3, 2014.

18 Responses to Jordan Davis’s parents settle lawsuit against Michael Dunn

  1. roderick2012 says:

    This is not a good development right before the trial.

    It reinforces the idea that Jordon was a meal ticket for his family and I am sure any potential jurors who are biased toward Dunn will use it to justify an acquittal if they are able to become jurors.

    But of course no one could have botched the settlement issue like Crump did when he attempted to use it to get out of testifying under oath.

    • A parent has a right to sue for the wrongful death of their child and only a nasty, ignorant and brutish racist would accuse a black parent of treating their dead child like a meal ticket for having the temerity to sue the wrongdoer.

      Both sides have a strong incentive to settle a case before it goes to trial, so no one should be surprised that this case settled when it did.

      I don’t believe settling these lawsuits changes anything because the racists will lie to get on the jury anyway.

      • gblock says:

        While I heartily agree with the opinion that you expressed in the first paragraph, I have seen Trayvon Martin’s parents vilified on numerous occasions for allegedly being in it for the money.

      • roderick2012 says:

        Actually my focus was onthe timing of the settlement.

        From my perspective settling before the trial takes the focus from the seriousness of the criminal procedings.

    • Benjamin Crump had a duty to maintain client confidentiality with respect to communications with his clients and his work product. He only did what he was ethically required to do.

  2. colin black says:

    This Is how they roll In florida.

    Compensate the agreived Parents of an Innocent Black Child with cash..

    Retreat at twin lakes settled with the Martins.

    This ingrains the beleifs of raceist types that all they care about is MONEY FINANCEIAL GAIN.

    Then when raceist jury is conveined its easy to let the blatantly guilty walkfree.

    With the attitude who cares they got compensated anway.
    This Is why the guilty partys are so anxious to settle before trial rather than after.

  3. Malisha says:

    It’s very bad that these civil suits are settling because that means that the information will not get into the public record. If they are LITIGATED, information gets into the file and cannot be hidden. Now that all we have to rely upon is law enforcement — or should I say “law enforcement,” we will be tricked and fooled and lied to and so forth all over again and the truth will be buried with the deceased’s murdered body.

    I predict an even greater outrage than we have seen before

    I’ll bet the homeowner’s policy on the house had a liability rider and that is who settled/paid. I also think probably the car insurance rider. All sorts of companies who fight tooth and nail to prevent an injured person from collecting for broken ribs and such will line up with the murderers if there is a racist incentive. they don’t mine paying a million dollars of their customers’ and stockholders’ dollars to help out a thug who wanted to kill him a “N” because he did not like that “culture.”

  4. bettykath says:

    Dunn must be really well off to be able to pay off so many lawsuits and still have money left over for his legal defense.

    • When his lawyer, Cory Strolla, applied for an order finding Dunn indigent so that the State would have to pay for the depositions, he said Dunn’s father was paying his $75,000 fee and Dunn’s only asset was his vehicle worth approximately $7,500.

      The court denied the motion.

      That’s all I know.

      Edit: Actually, I think the vehicle may have been valued at $750.

      • fauxmccoy says:

        wouldn’t it be possible that a home owner’s or renter’s insurance policy cover something like this?

        • I doubt that a homeowner’s (or renter’s) policy would pay since the injury did not happen in the home and an auto insurance policy would not pay since the his auto did not cause the harm.

          Not sure because I did not do much civil work, but a homeowner’s policy might not cover harm caused by intentional acts.

          Assuming Theodore Wafer is insured by such a policy, it might not cover his shooting of Renisha McBride.

          Coverage will depend on the terms of the policy.

          • fauxmccoy says:

            this is something i intend to learn more about and should for my own benefit as a gun owner. i have heard that special riders are available for liability, but have not studied it with serious interest yet.

  5. Lyn says:

    Professor, who paid what here?

  6. Two sides to a story says:

    Symbolic? Literal? Who is paying up in this case?

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