A federal jury found in favor of three workers against ConAgra Foods Inc. and a subcontractor last month and awarded $181 million in damages. The workers were severely injured in a 2010 explosion at a southern Illinois grain elevator. Omaha, Neb.-based ConAgra, one of the nation’s biggest food companies, says it will appeal. In a most interesting statement, ConAgra said:
While we have insurance policies that we believe cover the full amount of this judgment, we will further defend our actions and practices as this case continues.
Jurors assessed a total of $100 million in punitive damages that will be divided between the three victims: John Jentz of St. Peter, Minn., Robert Schmidt of Hutchinson, Minn., and Justin Becker of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Compensatory damages awarded by the jury include $41.5 million to Jentz, roughly $34 million to Becker and $2.9 million to Schmidt. Jentz was awarded an additional $1 million in punitive damages against Westside Salvage Inc., a co-Defendant in this case.
Source: Insurance Journal
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