$24 Million Train Accident Verdict

Minnesota Lawyer, by Jane PribekMarch 01, 2009

Minnesota Lawyer, by Jane Pribek

It's extremely gratifying to garner a $6 million verdict for the family of someone who died due to the negligence of someone else. But, the best part is knowing that an opponent who chose to ignore the rules is facing tough sanctions.

There's a fine line between zealous representation and what some call "hardball" or "Rambo litigation." In this case, that line was crossed. Many, many times.

So say a group of five Twin Cities lawyers who represented four families following their children's deaths after a Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company ("BNSF") train crashed into their car on Sept. 26, 2003.

During a six-week trial last spring in Anoka County, discovery continued contemporaneous to the proceedings because the defendants had failed to produce documents, some of which ultimately proved to be fraudulent.

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