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Passenger injured in collision with cows gets $8.9M
A passenger who claimed that escaped cows caused a rollover crash that resulted in severe injuries was awarded $8.9 million. Bobby Tunnell was in a vehicle that struck two cows that were on a road at night near Amarillo. He claimed that the cows came from Archer Farms, which was to blame for allowing the cows to escape from its property. According to the farm's rancher and affidavits from neighbors, an accident had occurred just days prior, in which a vehicle struck a cow that had wandered off Archer property. Plaintiff's counsel argued that Archer violated the county's closed-range policy. Tunnell sustained cervical and thoracic fractures, as well as a skull fracture. He's permanently disabled.
Tunnell v. Andrew
County manager recovers $300K for termination
An El Paso County worker who claimed she was fired for complaining about sexual harassment recovered $300,000. Monica Miranda, an operations manager, worked for the county for about eight years. She claimed that her male supervisor subjected her and other female colleagues to sexual harassment. She complained and he was suspended for three days, but he was later promoted. She contacted human resources to filed a grievance and was fired four days later. The county maintained that Miranda's termination was solely due to insubordination. The jury awarded $750,000, which was reduced by statutory law.
Miranda v. El Paso County
El Paso County
Harley-Davidson prevails in suit over bike’s brakes
A jury sided with Harley-Davidson in a suit brought by a motorcycle rider who claimed his bike should have been equipped with anti-lock brakes. Mark Jones crashed his Electra Glide Classic with his wife on back when the rear tire locked up. The Joneses argued that the rear wheel would not have locked if it had anti-lock brakes, and that they should have been warned of this risk. Harley-Davidson argued that anti-lock brakes was an optional feature that the Joneses declined to choose when purchasing the bike. The defense also argued that the vast majority of motorcycles do not possess anti-lock brakes and that the crash was most likely due to Jones' lack of experience as a motorcycle rider.
Jones v. Harley-Davidson Motor Company Group LLC
U.S. District Court, Eastern District
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