Friday, March 18, 2005

Wis Supreme Court Rules on Miller Park Case

UPDATE 3/24: Also of note on this topic is the recently released study from the Bureau of Justice Statistics, part of the US Dept. of Justice, on Punitive Damage Awards in Large Counties, which "presents findings on civil trials concluded in 2001 in the Nation's 75 largest counties that produced a punitive damage award. Information reported in numerical tables includes the types of civil cases receiving punitive damages, punitive damage award amounts, a comparison of punitive damages in bench and jury trials, and types of litigants in trials with punitive damages." You can read more about it and view the reports at the BJS website.

Thanks to Angela S. at WI State Law Library for noticing this release...

The Miller Park decision was released today, Wischer v. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.
The case is consolidated, 01-0724, 01-1031 & 01-2486.

And from the Capital Times newspaper:
MADISON (AP) - The state Supreme Court on Friday overturned a decision that threw out a punitive damages award to the families of three ironworkers killed when a crane collapsed during the construction of Milwaukee's Miller Park.
But the Supreme Court put off ruling whether the $94 million award was excessive under state law. The justices said there were numerous unresolved issues over the award and they need more evidence to make a decision.
The case was sent back to the appeals court on that issue. Read more about this story...