7th Circ. Probes Method Behind $31M Kidney Failure Verdict

Law360 (September 11, 2019, 3:12 PM EDT) -- The Seventh Circuit on Wednesday questioned whether a trial judge used the right method to come up with part of a $31 million damages award after a bench trial in which a federally funded clinic was held liable for causing a man's kidney failure.

The court focused on whether U.S. District Judge Nancy J. Rosenstengel should have begun with an analysis of similar cases rather than starting with a dollar figure.

In oral arguments before the court, the government said the district judge abused her discretion when she came up with an arbitrary damages amount and then flatly refused to consider...

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