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Country Music Tragedy

WALLACE v. Duncan Aircraft Sales of Florida Inc., Dallas

In another case stemming from the plane crash that killed country music star Reba McEntire’s eight-member band, the husband of a backup singer filed suit against Duncan Aircraft Sales. The plaintiff claimed that the 30-year-old woman would have become a major country music star and turned the courtroom in to a sound studio to demonstrate the quality of her voice.

Defense counsel Martin Rose hired a statistician who demonstrated to the jury the long odds that a woman who had sung backup throughout her career would later become a star. Three and a half weeks into trial in state district court, the case settled when, following the persuasive testimony of the statistician and country music analyst, plaintiff’s counsel dropped his demands into the range of settlement discussed prior to trial.