Orange County homeowners who won citrus-canker lawsuit will share $42.4 million

Orange County homeowners who won citrus-canker lawsuit will share $42.4 million

Nearly 18,000 Orange County homeowners whose citrus trees were destroyed by the state in a futile campaign to eradicate citrus-canker disease in the early 2000s will share $42.4 million – with checks finally arriving in the mail as early as next week, their attorney, Robert Gilbert, said Thursday.

“It’s been a long journey,” said Gilbert of the 17-year-old legal struggle.

He sued the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in 2005 on behalf of homeowners here who accused state authorities of wrongfully destroying healthy citrus trees on private residential properties during the 2000-2006 canker scare hoping to blunt the bacterial disease.

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