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Sometimes a Loss Feels Like A Win!

PARSONS v. DuPont, Houston

In this federal trial of an aviation wrongful death case, the family of a Conoco executive sought more than $30 million in compensatory and punitive damages. (See the Lee, et al. v. DuPont case above.) The deceased female executive was 38 years old, already earning more than $200,000 per year, and was tabbed by management to be the next president of Conoco. The defendant, represented by Rose Walker attorney Martin Rose, offered to admit liability, but the plaintiffs pursued their damages claims. The court found no gross negligence as a matter of law, but the jury awarded compensatory damages of $5.7 million — much less than the $30 million-plus being sought. The plaintiff appealed, but the verdict was affirmed.