Court Keeps Award For Meth-Using Trucker's Widow

Law360, New York (August 30, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court panel has upheld a multimillion dollar damages award to the widow of a trucker who took methamphetamine, crashed his Freightliner LLC vehicle and then couldn't escape the ensuing fire.

Although the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reduced the jury verdict from about $8 million to about $4.5 million, it is still one of the largest amounts ever awarded for future non-economic loss, according to Paul Rheingold, a senior partner at Rheingold, Valet, Rheingold, Shkolnik & McCartney LLP, who represented...
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