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

Generally, life is an uphill battle.  Some things we encounter make life’s journey seem like climbing a vertical cliff.  We all have goals and we all face trials and tribulations that knock us down or lead us astray.  For my wife and I, our health...

This Blog’s goal is to explore unfair and deceptive business practices; personal finance topics; and general consumer rights. My upcoming posts will also delve into landlord/tenant issues, debt collection abuses, predatory lending, and why I practice consumer law....

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,...

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...