A state Supreme Court jury in New Jersey awarded $29.4 million in damages recently to the family of a New Jersey man who died in the aftermath of a 2002 car crash. This is said to be the largest civil damage verdict in Orange County’s history. The crash occurred in 2002, when a freight container on a northbound flatbed trailer smashed into the bottom of a highway overpass. Denise Malkin swerved her SUV to avoid the wreckage of the exploding container and was broadsided by a tractor-trailer. The impact left Malkin’s husband, Peter, suffering from serious internal injuries and brain damage that eventually claimed his life. His daughter, who was 15 at the time, also suffered injuries. The Malkins were on their way to Vermont to go skiing.
Mr. Malkin worked for CSC Corp., a large business technology company. The damages were awarded against Sebastian Tremblay of Montreal, who was at the wheel of the tractor-trailer, and two Canadian companies: Transport Expressway Inc., which owned the truck, and Finloc, a leasing company with insurance on the trailer. The driver of the truck got a ticket for driving an over-height vehicle. The defendants’ lawyers say they will ask the trial judge to reduce the amount of the award. Robert Kelner, a lawyer with Kelner & Kelner located in New York City, represented the Malkin family and did an outstanding job.
Source: Times Herald-Record
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