Nollenberger v. United Air Lines, Inc.
United States District Court for the Southern District of California
216 F.Supp. 734 (S.D. Cal. 1963)
Nollenberger (plaintiff) brought a wrongful death suit against United Air Lines, Inc. (United) (defendant). The jury rendered a general verdict with interrogatories in favor of Nollenberger. The general verdict was an award for $114,655. However, the special interrogatories—which were questions involving the decedent’s life expectancy, lost income, taxes, etc. that were to assist the jury in coming up with an award amount—although internally consistent, were not consistent with the figure in the general verdict. Nollenberger requested that the court (1) submit additional interrogatories to the jury, (2) calculate the verdict based on the interrogatories, or (3) grant a new trial.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hall, C.J.)