How much pain and suffering does it take to rack up $3 million of damages in a wrongful death action? More than six minutes worth, a New York federal judge has found.

Northern District Judge David N. Hurd 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 Hurd cited several New York appellate rulings in concluding that three minutes of anguish, or even six, simply do not add up to $3 million in damages.

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