Trucking Co. Escapes $178M Award Over Fatal Crash

Law360, New York (February 4, 2014, 5:45 PM EST) -- A California judge on Monday vacated a $178 million award for plaintiffs in a wrongful death suit against a trucking company over a crash that killed a couple and their child, finding the verdict excessive and ordering a new trial. 

Judge Marc Marmaro granted the bid by the defendants — including truck driver Rudolph Ortiz and Bhandal Bros. Trucking Inc. — for a new trial on fault and damages. Judge Marmaro found the jury’s damages award excessive and motivated by “a desire to punish rather a...
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