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Georgia judge slashes Jeep award

by Bill Cawthon on

Reuters reported that judge J. Kevin Chason reduced the jury award in the wrongful death suit brought against Fiat Chrysler (FCA) involving a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The judge ruled that the family of 4-year-old Remington Walden, who died in the crash, should receive $30 million for wrongful death and $10 million for pain and suffering, rather than the jury’s award of $120 million for the death and $30 million for pain and suffering.


Chason also denied a motion from FCA for a new trial, calling the evidence presented during the two-week trial “overwhelming.”  FCA spokesman Michael Palese said said the judge’s latest ruling did not address errors in the trial.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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