Ex-BNSF Conductor Wins $2M In Injury Retaliation Trial

Law360 (November 7, 2018, 7:47 PM EST) -- A Montana federal jury has found that BNSF Railway Co. violated a federal railway safety law and fired a conductor for reporting an on-the-job injury, awarding the man more than $2 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

After deliberating for roughly five-and-a-half hours following an 11-day trial, the Missoula jury returned at around 7:10 p.m. Monday with a verdict mostly in favor of plaintiff Zachary Wooten, according to the case docket. The jury found that BNSF’s negligence was mostly to blame for the wrist and arm injury Wooten suffered while inspecting a train car, and that the railway company retaliated against...

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