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March 12, 2007

DaimlerChrysler Hit With $50M Punitive Verdict

A Los Angeles jury returned a $50 million punitive damages verdict against DaimlerChrysler following an earlier $5.2 million compensatory verdict in a case in which the plaintiff suffered fatal head injuries when, after he had exited his Dodge pickup truck, it went into reverse unexpectedly and ran over him.  The big verdict may be something of a surprise in light of the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Philip Morris v. Williams imposing additional limitations on a jury's ability to award punitive damages.  DaimlerChrysler is considering an appeal.  See Matthew Hirsch's story for The Recorder.

JDP

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