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Justice for Justin

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC Attorneys, December 21, 2017


Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC-a leading, SWFL personal injury, business litigation, civil rights, family law, and real estate Law Firm (ARLM)-announced today that a verdict was reached in the trial of Trisha Dominguez versus Florida Power & Light, in the wrongful death of her son, Justin Dominguez.

Key Details

Justin, a fifteen-year-old in December 2011, was playing with other children and climbing a bamboo stalk in his neighbor's backyard, when the top of the bamboo struck an uninsulated high-voltage powerline. Justin suffered a life-ending electrocution as a result.

ARLM partners, Ty Roland and Evan Lubell, showed the jury an FPL work order to remove the bamboo from 3 years before the boy died. FPL knew for years that the highly conductive bamboo posed a serious threat to the people living in the area, and yet the Florida utility did nothing to address the danger. A six-man jury found for Mrs. Dominguez and awarded her $12.5 million for pain and suffering for the loss of her first-born son. The jury took the further step to award Mrs. Dominquez punitive damages of $15.0 million for FPL's gross negligence. The law says that the purpose of punitive damages is to punish and to stop this from happening again.


"FPL had more than ten opportunities, since 2008, to eliminate the danger to the children living adjacent to this 13,000 volt powerline, and failed to act each and every time. They broke the law. They broke their own rules. In their arrogance they blamed a boy for climbing a tree instead of apologizing and trying to stop it from happening again," said Ty Roland. "In addition," said Mr. Lubell, "The jury had the rare opportunity to see in the light of day the behind-the-scenes decision-making that billion-dollar companies like FPL make when their failures are challenged by regular people."


A complete account of this case and trial, along with other insights from Mr. Lubell and Mr. Roland on this case, can be can be found at The Firm's website:

About Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC is a leading SWFL law Firm with offices in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. The Firm concentrates on areas of serious personal injury and wrongful death, defective products and drugs, first-party insurance claims, civil rights violations, general business/construction litigation, family law, real estate, and corporate transactional matters.


Ty G. Roland or Evan D. Lubell

Phone: 239-791-7950

Email: [email protected], [email protected]

Dominguez Case Press Release.pdf

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