Wilhite v. Rockwell Int'l Corp
- Case Date: 8/20/1997
- Project Name: Limiting Punitive Damages
On August 20, 1997, WLF filed a brief with the Kentucky Court of Appeals urging that court to overturn a multi-million dollar award assessed against Rockwell International Corporation because of statements made by the plaintiffs' attorneys to the jury that were prejudicial against the company. The plaintiffs brought a lawsuit against Rockwell Corporation claiming that small amounts of chemicals from Rockwell's facility had damaged their property, even though the levels were well below EPA's limits, and even though the owners of the land continue to use the land for agricultural and other purposes. WLF argued in its brief that the $210 million awarded as punitive damages in this case represents one of the grossest distortions of our civil justice system, a distortion directly attributable to the inflammatory rhetoric of plaintiffs' counsel during the trial.