Wrongful Death Awards Driven By Evidence, Pa. Justices Rule

Law360 (November 18, 2020, 5:58 PM EST) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday that jurors had acted in accordance with the evidence when they opted not to award economic damages in a wrongful death case brought by the widow of a landscaping company employee who was killed by falling timber.

The decision partially upended a ruling from a lower court ordering a new trial in the case, which the Pittsburgh-area landscaping company at the center of the dispute warned created a per se rule requiring damages in all wrongful death cases.

Instead, the justices pointed to a lack of fulsome testimony from Tina McMichael about the value...

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