Federal Jury Awards Over $1.5 Million in Damages in Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against Detroit Police

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – The family of a Black Detroit man who was fatally shot by police officers in October 2018 has been awarded over $1.5 million in damages as a result of a wrongful death lawsuit. Lamont Johnson, 44, was killed during an encounter with Detroit police officers Tyler Nagy and Raul Martinez. Alleging the use of excessive force, Johnson’s family filed the lawsuit against the city of Detroit and the two officers in October 2020. The breakdown of the $1.5 million in damages includes $4,800 for funeral expenses, $100,000 for conscious pain and suffering, … Read more

California Jury Awards $2.45 Million Verdict in Walmart Parking Lot Fall Lawsuit

San Diego, CA – A California state court jury reached a verdict on Monday in favor of a woman who claimed a fall in a Walmart parking lot was caused by a pothole. The jury awarded the plaintiff approximately $2.45 million in damages. The entire trial, from opening statements to closing arguments, was recorded by Courtroom View Network. The trial began on March 19 and concluded with the jury’s verdict on the same day. Plaintiff Kathy Morrow accused Walmart of negligence in failing to properly inspect and maintain their parking lot. Morrow claimed that her … Read more

Federal Jury Awards $20,001 in Excessive Force Lawsuit Against Macomb County Jail

Mount Clemens, Michigan – A federal jury awarded $20,001 to a man who accused corrections officers at Macomb County Jail of using excessive force against him in 2018. Brian P. Hyde, 42, sought $34 million in damages but was ultimately awarded $20,000 in punitive damages and $1 for pain and suffering. The jury unanimously found that three out of five deputies involved in the incident committed excessive force. Hyde alleged that on July 14, 2018, he was blindfolded, bound, and had a bag placed over his head by corrections deputies. He claimed that he was … Read more

Fracking Worker Injured in Colorado Explosion Wins $30 Million Lawsuit, But Only Receives Half Due to State Caps – Advocates Call for Removal of Limitations on Jury Awards

Greeley, Colorado – A man who suffered severe injuries while working at a fracking site in northern Colorado has been awarded $30 million in a federal court case. However, due to state laws that place limits on jury awards, the man will only receive about half of that amount. This case has brought attention to the issue of caps on damages in Colorado, with a group called Coloradans for Accountability advocating for the elimination of these limits through a measure on the ballot this November. Steve Straughen, the injured worker, is just one of many … Read more