Judge Huffs At BNSF's Protest Of $2M Verdict, Adds $1M Fees
Law360 (April 24, 2019, 5:11 PM EDT) -- A former BNSF conductor who won $2.1 million over his firing will not only keep that money, including punitive damages, he'll receive nearly $1 million more for his legal fees and costs, a Montana federal judge ruled Tuesday.
In a strongly worded rebuke, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen denied BNSF Railway Co.'s motion to overturn the November verdict, in which a jury agreed with former conductor Zachary Wooten that BNSF had trumped up the dishonesty charge behind Wooten's firing after he reported an on-the-job arm injury.
Both $1.9 million in compensatory damages and $250,000 in punitive damages were justified, Judge Christensen...
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