Debus v. Grand Union Stores
Supreme Court of Vermont
159 Vt. 537, 621 A.2d 1288 (1993)
Debus (plaintiff) was shopping at Grand Union Stores (GU) (defendant) when she was injured by a pallet of boxes that fell on her. Debus sued Grand Union. Debus’s attorney, as part of closing arguments, suggested a per diem rate to the jury for Debus’s ongoing pain and suffering for the remainder of her life expectancy. The closing argument noted that the per diem was only a suggestion and that the amount of damages was entirely up to the jury. The closing argument also noted that the jury could disregard the per diem suggestion if it was not helpful. The jury awarded Debus $346,276.23. GU appealed to the Supreme Court of Vermont.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Johnson, J.)
Dissent (Allen, C.J.)
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