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  • $242 Million Jury Award Cut To $209 Million To Meet Texas Statutory Damages Cap
    DALLAS - A Texas judge on Oct. 26 reduced a jury award to a couple and their two children from $242.1 million to $208.9 million to comply with the state's statutory cap on economic damages. The jury found Toyota Motor Corp. responsible for most of the award in litigation over severe injuries the children sustained during a rear-end collision that caused the front seats of family's vehicle to collapse on them (Benjamin Thomas Reavis, et al. v. Toyota Motor Sales USA Inc., et al., No. 16-15296, Texas Dist., Dallas Co., 134th Jud. Dist.).

  • $46 Million Settlement Reached During California Motorcycle Accident Trial
    LOS ANGELES - A man who was knocked off his motorcycle by a gas utility truck and dragged more than 400 feet under the truck settled with the driver and his employer for $46 million. The deal was made after a California state court jury awarded him and his wife $41,864,102 in damages but before a punitive award was announced, the plaintiffs' law firm said in an Oct. 22 statement (Jason Lo, et al. v. Dominick Consolazio, et al., No. BC653464, Calif. Super., Los Angeles Co.).

  • $21.1 Million Deal Reached Over Misdiagnosis That Left Woman A Quadruple Amputee
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A woman reached a $21.1 million settlement with the federal government in litigation alleging that health care providers at a Native American medical facility in Alaska misdiagnosed her cellulitis and sepsis as shingles. The lack of appropriate medical care led to the partial amputation of all four of her limbs, the plaintiff's firm said in a statement on Oct. 23 (Mardi Strong v. United States, No. 13-00165, D. Alaska).

  • Louisiana Oil Rig Worker Wins $1.01 Million For Helicopter Crash Injuries
    NEW ORLEANS - A Louisiana federal judge on Oct. 26 awarded $1.01 million to an oil rig worker who was injured when the helicopter he was in crashed into the Gulf of Mexico, after a bench trial against defendants that included the helicopter and engine manufacturers (Marvin Peter Leblanc Jr., et al. v. Panther Helicopters Inc., et al., No. 14-1791, E.D. La.).

  • Virginia Federal Jury Awards Contractor $558,000 For Severe Electrical Shock
    HARRISONBURG, Va. - A federal jury in Virginia awarded a contractor who received a severe electrical shock more than $473,000 plus more than $85,000 in prejudgment interest on Oct. 25, concluding that the company that hired him was negligent in failing to warn him that a stud welder was dangerously electrified (Harry Workman v. Axalta Coating Systems, No. 17-00108, W.D. Va.).

Scott Strait