Confidential Settlement: In excess of $5 Million for death of 50-year-old married woman with no children.
Nipp v. Martin and ANC Rental Corporation and its subsidiary Alamo Rent-A-Car: $2.5 Million verdict for the wrongful death of elderly retired couple.
Steffenhagen v. Dairy Farmers of America aka Mid-America Dairymen, Inc.: A direct action by the employee against the employer on the theory that the employer’s conduct should lift the immunity generally given to employers in a direct action suit by the employee’s survivors, even though the Minnesota Workers Compensation Act strictly bars suits of this nature against the employer. Subsequent to oral arguments in the Minnesota Court of Appeals the matter was settled by the employer for an amount that remains confidential.
Plaintiff v. Alfa-Laval Agri, Inc.: Settlement, two-year-old child consumed liquid dairy pipeline cleaner from farm chemical container while in the family milk house with his mother. Notwithstanding alleged negligence of the mother in supervision of the child, and the fact that the matter was venued in a conservative rural jurisdiction, the manufacturers of the farm chemical and the hand pump attached to the chemical’s container agreed to pay close to a seven figure number for esophageal burn injuries caused by the toddler’s consumption of the toxic pipeline cleaner.
Sharp v. Case Corporation: $6.3 million verdict.
Rogers v. Olson Transport: $10,435,000 verdict.
Brault v. Acceptance Indemnity Insurance Company: Established in a recently published appellate decision that insurance coverage purchased by liquor vendors is increased to the maximum amount available under the policy, i.e., the aggregate limit, when the policy does not specify the sublimit for each specific area of coverage.