Fla. Appeals Court Orders Retrial In $5M Diamond Sale Mix-Up

Law360, Miami (January 17, 2018, 9:54 PM EST) -- A cruise ship passenger will get a new trial in his case against an onboard retailer that rescinded his purchase of a diamond it mistakenly sold him for 1/20th of its nearly $5 million value, after a Florida appeals court found on Wednesday that the jury instructions included errors.

The decision from the Third District Court of Appeal throws out a jury verdict against plaintiff Thomas DePrince, who filed suit after Starboard Cruise Services Inc. unilaterally reversed the credit card charges for his 2013 purchase of the 20.64-carat diamond for the listed price of $235,000. That was actually the per-carat value...

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