Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Judge Jones upholds million dollar verdict in Roanoke auto accident case

In Shelton v. Barreto, Judge Jones refused to throw out the jury's verdict or order a remittitur in a case where the jury in the Roanoke division of the W.D. Va. awarded more than $1 million. The claimed special damages in the case were $143,433.22.

Matthew Broughton among others represented the plaintiff.

Years ago, I heard someone say as a rule of thumb that you were not a good trial lawyer until you had lost a million dollar case, and I repeated to this story to a lawyer who had suffered such a verdict, then told it again to a lawyer I knew in Kentucky, whose reply was "you tell your friend in Virginia by that measure I'm twice as good a lawyer as he is."

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