Family Willing to Accept Reduction of Award from Lawsuit
Lawyers for the family of a four-year old boy who was killed in a car accident in 2012 have said the family would accept a reduction in the $150 million jury award from their wrongful death lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. Remington Walden died after the 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee he was riding in was read-ended by a pickup truck. The Jeep, which had a fuel tank located behind the rear axle, caught fire. The plaintiffs sued, alleging that the placement of the fuel tank heightened the risk of fire in a rear-end collision.
>After losing the original two-week trial, Fiat Chrysler requested a new trial, alleging the jury had improperly attempted to punish the company when awarding damages. The auto manufacturer blamed the plaintiffs’ lawyers, the judge and the jury for the size of the momentary award. The company specifically took issue with the plaintiffs’ lawyers referencing CEO Sergio Marchionne’s income. While the plaintiffs’ lawyers said the family is willing to accept a reduction in the award, they argued that the company cannot seek a new trial, even the verdict’s effects were punitive in nature.
My heart goes out to Remington Walden and his parents. No parent should ever had to suffer the loss of a child, particularly not when a defective or unsafe product may have been involved.
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