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Published May 12, 2010, 01:02 PM

Florida court upholds $11M citrus canker award

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida appeals court has upheld an award of $11 million in damages to Broward County homeowners whose healthy fruit trees were destroyed in the state’s battle against citrus canker.

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida appeals court has upheld an award of $11 million in damages to Broward County homeowners whose healthy fruit trees were destroyed in the state’s battle against citrus canker.

The 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach issued the ruling Wednesday upholding a jury’s 2008 award of damages. The case involves about 58,000 Broward County residents whose trees were chopped down and burned by the state in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the spread of canker.

State officials did reimburse residents a small amount, but not the full tree replacement cost.

Similar cases are pending in Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Lee and Orange counties. There was no immediate word on whether the state Agriculture Department will appeal.

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