Railroad Case Nets $1 Million Verdict After Reform

Missouri Lawyers Weekly
Verdicts & Settlements

by Allison Retka

In one of the first railroad cases to reach trial since the state changed its tort laws, a $1.05 million jury verdict has attorneys split on how St. Louis County will handle a deluge of corporate injury cases.

Plaintiff's attorney Nelson Wolff, of Schlichter Bogard & Denton, is touting his client's jury verdict as a harbinger of heftier verdicts in the notoriously conservative county.

But Bill Brasher, the St. Louis defense attorney on the case, said the county venue saved the railroad company millions more in damages.


The split opinion comes as the first wave of post-tort reform cases ripen to trial phase, including this case against Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Co.

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