August 3, 2006
Punitives Reduced, Still $55 Million
An interesting case in an Explorer rollover case. This caught my eye:
The [plaintiffs] Wilsons’ appellate counsel, San Francisco attorney Jerome B. Falk Jr., told the MetNews he was happy with the decision.
“On balance, I’m pleased. With interest, this is about $102 million, and so I think it’s a wonderful recovery for our clients,” he said, pointing out that the court rejected Ford’s “radical” position that it could not be subject to punitive damages because reasonable experts disagreed about Ford’s design decisions and because it complied with all applicable governmental regulatory standards.
That "radical" position reminds me that I wanted to remind y'all to finish reading the interesting discussion of immunity for medical decisions about which reasonable minds could differ.
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