A New York federal judge has reduced damage awards in an unusual products liability case because the victims did not suffer long enough in an eventually fatal fire to warrant the amount of money awarded by the jury. Judge David N. Hurd cited several appellate rulings in concluding that three minutes of anguish do not add up to $3 million in damages. His decision came in a case where a smoke alarm manufacturer sold a properly functioning product, but didn't warn consumers that a better product was available.
Judge Finds Three Minutes of Suffering in Fatal Fire Does Not Equal $3M in Damages
New York Law Journal
August 18, 2006