$81.5 million jury verdict overturned in wrongful death matter
Exclusion of a key expert overturns a jury verdict of $81.5 million in a wrongful death matter involving a 69-year-old excavator. The underlying case involved a trial spanning three months in one of the more difficult jurisdictions in Washington, with two codefendants settling on the same day two months in. While the trial was contentious, the defense team led by Jeanne Loftis asserted objections to key decisions that formed the basis for the successful appeal. The case is currently awaiting a final decision by the Washington Supreme Court before it returns to the trial court to decide damages only.