Whenever there is a case that involves a wrongdoing that causes an injury to the other individual then that is referred to as a tort case. There are many tort cases that have been filed over the years but what we will be talking about are some of the most famous.
One of the most famous tort cases is the Liebeck v. McDonald’s. A coffee that was bought by Libecek at Mcdonald spilled in her lap in the year 1994. The burns that she sustained was severe that she had to stay for weeks in the hospital. Liebeck filled a case agents the food chain and it ended up in court. It was the Liebeck that was given $160,000 in compensatory damages right after the jury sided with her. It is also 2.86 million dollars in punitive damages that the jury decided to give Liebeck. The judge of the case though lowered it to $480,000.
The Grimshaw v. Ford Motor Company is also one of the famous tort case. This one is the reason why the safety standards among motor vehicles have improved. It was Lily Gray and Richard Grimshaw that was driving a Ford Pinto at around 30 mph. They were rear-ended by another vehicle which caused the car to go in flames. Gray dime but his passenger survived but was disfigured for the rest of his life. It was them that was awarded by the $2.5 million to Grimshaw, $559,000 to Gray’s estate, and $125 million in punitive damages. The judge that presided the case decided to lower the punitive damage to $3.5 million.
It is also the Bollea v. Gawker that is one of the most famous cases that you can find. This is the case that mainly focused on the individual privacy of a person. It was Gawker that published on their website a sex tape of Bollea. It was a case against his privacy that Bollae have filed charges against Gawker. Awarding Bollea $115 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages is what the jury decided upon. The cases ended up with a settlement outside the court and it was Bollea that received $31 million.
Since the Anderson v. Cryovac, Inc. then it paved way for the environmental law in the US. The son of Anne Anderson and other kids on their area acquired leukemia. It was her who then investigated and found out that their waters have been polluted by Cryovac, which is a division of W.R. Grace. It is chemicals that they have been using to clean the equipment that they have. The case was then settled for $8 million.
The case of Anderson et at. v. Pacific Gas & Electric has also a similar situation to this one. The company Pacific Gas & Electric was found to be responsible in polluting the groundwater. It was them that was ordered to clean up and pay $333 million in damages.