Airplace Accident Legal Headlines
$28M Punitive Damage Award in Plane Crash Suit Reinstated
An appeals court in Missouri has reinstated a $28 million punitive damage award in a lawsuit involving a plane crash that killed six people.
The lawsuit was filed by the families of a pilot and four skydivers who were killed in a 2006 crash caused by a defective component part of the plane’s engine.
The trial judge struck down the $28 million punitive damage award from a jury verdict of $48 million because no evidence was presented at trial that Doncasters Inc., a manufacturer of airplane parts, had knowledge that the engine part responsible for the crash was defective.
A three-member panel of the appeals court affirmed the trial judge’s ruling in early 2013.
The full court of appeals reinstated the award of punitive damages in a 9-3 vote on Tuesday and denied Doncasters’ motion for a new trial.
The family of a fifth skydiver killed in the crash did not join in the lawsuit.