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  • California Jury Awards $42.5 Million For Facility's Overmedication Of Resident
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. - An assisted living facility was hit with a $42.5 million jury award on April 25 for elder abuse of a short-term resident that led to her death, which included a $35 million punitive damage award for knowingly overmedicating the decedent repeatedly (Barbara Lovenstein, et al. v. Eskaton Fountainwood Lodge, et al., No. 34-2012-00135467, Calif. Super., Sacramento Co.).

  • Undisclosed Deal Reached Before Massachusetts Jury Awards Family $30.5 Million
    BOSTON - The parents of a child who suffered catastrophic brain damage from oxygen deprivation during birth reached a confidential settlement on May 15 with the staffing company that placed the nurse in charge of monitoring the baby's heartbeat with the hospital. The parties settled just before a Massachusetts jury awarded the family $30.5 million (Kimberly Kirkwood-Boulter, et al. v. Cross Country Staffing Inc., No. 1584-02372, Mass. Super., Suffolk Co.).

  • Oregon Federal Jury Awards $26.4 Million For Fatal Crash Caused By Road Rage
    PENDLETON, Ore. - An Oregon federal jury awarded more than $26.4 million on May 10 to a man injured in a head-on collision with a semi-truck that killed his wife. It awarded a total of $6.5 million in punitive damages against two commercial drivers and their employers for the drivers' road rage-related behavior that caused the crash (Matthew Allison, et al. v. Smoot Enterprises Inc., et al., No. 17-01598, D. Ore.).

  • Injured Bicyclist Awarded $20.5 Million By Florida Jury Over Unmarked Hazard
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A Florida jury awarded $20,525,000 to a couple on May 15 for the husband's injuries from falling off his bicycle after hitting an unmarked stanchion on a bike path. It reduced the award from more than $41 million after finding the man 50 percent liable for the accident (James Schnurr, et al. v. J.L. Property Owners Association Inc., et al., No. 2016-009882, Fla. Cir., 15th Jud. Cir.).

  • Tesla Reaches $13 Million Settlement With Janitor Injured At Auto Plant
    OAKLAND, Calif. - After agreeing to liability for injuries to a janitor who was hit and pinned between two vehicles at a Tesla manufacturing plant, the auto maker on May 10 settled her lawsuit for $13 million (Teodora Tapia v. Tesla Motors Inc., et al., No. HG16825977, Calif. Super., Alameda Co.).


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