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"Even a dog distinguishes between being stumbled over and being kicked."
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Supreme Court Justice

May 21, 2014.  Currently, a little over 7 months pregnant. Trying to get all my cases to a point where I can suddenly be gone at any time and another attorney at the office can step in. With last pregnancy wound up in hospital several times. So,...

Some days its frustrating.  This morning was one of those days.  We work hard for our clients and sometimes there's not much we can do. Our client got hurt in a wreck, but for reasons which I can't go into here, we had to accept a...

Now we all know, in some detail, what the United States Supreme Court said about punitive damages in State Farm v. Campbell.  So what?  Is it important to you and me?  Can anyone, with a straight face, seriously be upset that a jury verdict for...

Just last week a Polson jury found that two Missoula teenagers died in a head-on wreck because the Hyundai Tiburon they were driving contained a defective steering knuckle. I don't usually blog about verdicts for the sake of blogging about verdicts -- but this one...

(To see the first two parts of this post, click here and here). The United States Supreme Court accepted the writ to review the Utah Supreme Court's ruling that the Campbell's $145 million punitive damages verdict was constitutional. And then held that it was not. (See the...

In Part 1, I gave you the facts for the underlying case.   In summary, Campbell was at-fault for causing a wreck which seriously injured Slusher and killed Ospital.  State Farm -- Campbell's auto insurance -- took the case all the way to trial.  In...

Since I’ve spent the last couple weeks (here and here) talking in generalities about punitive damages, I thought I’d talk specifically about State Farm v. Campbell today. Campbell started off with a tragic, yet common, car wreck. Campbell was driving his car in Utah and decided...

The Montana Attorney General filed his notice on April 22 that he will intervene in the Butte Local Development Group v. Masters Group International appeal, to defend the constitutionality of Montana's punitive damages cap. In my last post on the Montana punitive damages cap, I said...

You might have heard about the huge Butte jury verdict a couple months ago.  Over $52 million, to be more precise.  The award was against Comerica, a bank.  Essentially, a start-up business was given promises by a bank that reneged on its promises.  Several times....

There's this case we'd been working on.  A truck slammed into the back of a car.  Our client was in the car and got hurt.  Physically hurt. So much so that she had to quit her job and find a different part-time job. Doctor's and...