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McDermott, Inc. v. AmClyde and River Don Castings, Ltd.
United States Supreme Court
511 U.S. 202 (1994)
McDermott, Inc. (McDermott) (plaintiff) suffered damages amounting to $2.1 million in a construction accident in the Gulf of Mexico. AmClyde (defendant) and River Don Castings, Ltd. (River Don) (defendant) were both implicated among several defendants. Before trial, McDermott settled with three defendants in the amount of $1 million. At trial, the jury allocated thirty-two percent of the damages to AmClyde and thirty-eight percent to River Don. The parties were given a “credit” for the dollar amount of the settlement, and McDermott appealed on the issue of how damages should be calculated.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Stevens, J.)
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