The Tennessee Supreme Court affirmed a trial court's decision to award a couple $13 million in punitive damages in a wrongful death suit against DaimlerChrysler. The lawsuit said the couple's 8-month-old was riding in the backseat of a 1998 Dodge Caravan when the vehicle was rear-ended, causing the front passenger seat to collapse and the passenger to strike him. However, the justices reversed a lower court's decision to award the victim's mother over $6 million in punitive damages for emotional distress.
Court Upholds $13 Million in Punitives Against DaimlerChrysler
The Associated Press
July 28, 2008