Home Case Results Hilliard v. Ocilla Industries, et al.

Tractor-Trailer Wreck / Wrongful Death

2/25/1988 - $30,256,768

Hilliard v. Ocilla Industries, et al.; State Court of Fulton County, Georgia. A tragic case unfolded with the wrongful death of a 29-year-old wife and factory worker, resulting in a landmark legal battle in Georgia. A significant punitive damages award of $28.5 million was secured, which was, at the time, the largest verdict or settlement in Georgia’s history. Through compelling evidence, it was demonstrated that Defendant lacked a safety program and knowingly operated with gross defects in their tractor trucks. A pattern of using defective equipment was uncovered, compounded by management's decision to purchase radar detectors for their vehicles. The case was settled following the verdict.

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