When Ford was asked to pay $131 million to the family of a young man killed when his Explorer SUV rolled over in 2001, it was a big deal. Not only was the verdict among the largest in history, but the case itself reintroduced substantial concerns about the safety of SUVs and a history of corporate ignorance at Ford that makes Toyota look like Wikileaks.
The District of Columbia, as well as several District police officers, is facing a $60 million wrongful death lawsuit from the family of a woman slain, along with her two children, while police officers waited outside her door. In the lawsuit, the family of Erika Peters cites a "deadly delay" on behalf of police officers, some of whom waited 45 minutes for supervisors to give the okay on staging a forcible entry.
A wrongful death lawsuit is set to be filed on behalf of Tanya Mallard, one of four people who perished in a helicopter crash in late 2008. National Transportation Safety board members concluded that the crash was a result of bad weather, poor visibility and a pilot with little experience in landing by instrument panel only.
The widow of Robert Wone will continue to pursue a $20 million wrongful death lawsuit against three housemates believed to have covered up facts surrounding her husband's murder in 2006. Last month, a D.C. Superior Court Judge found there was not enough evidence to convict them of covering up evidence in the murder of Wone. At this point, the wrongful death suit is all that is left.