Railroad says lives weren’t worth $6 million each

By December 11, 2009 No Comments

A new Star Tribune article is online, discussing this case.

From the article:

"Did an Anoka County court overestimate the value of four young people’s lives lost in a 2003 car-train crash when a jury awarded the surviving families $6 million apiece?

Two months after a Washington County judge chastised Burlington Northern Santa Fe for a "staggering" pattern of misconduct aimed at covering up its role in the deaths of the four people in the collision at an Anoka crossing, the railroad filed four notices of appeal — one for each victim’s family. The notices, filed with the Minnesota Court of Appeals, questioned the court’s $21.6 million award to the families last year and an additional $4 million in sanctions awarded to the families and their attorneys by Judge Ellen Maas in October."