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Oden v. Chemung County Industrial Development Agency

Court of Appeals of New York
661 N.E.2d 142 (1995)


Facts

Oden (plaintiff) was a 48 year old ironworker who was injured by a falling steel column in December 1988. Oden sued Chemung County Industrial Development Agency (Chemung) (defendant) for his injury. Following a trial, the jury awarded Oden $66,000 for lost pension benefits and $80,000 for future lost earnings along with other damages. The trial court ordered that the damages for the future losses, a total of $146,000, be reduced by $141,330, which is the value of the disability retirement benefits that Oden was expected to receive. Oden appealed to the Appellate Division of New York, which modified the judgment by reinstating the $80,000 judgment for future lost earnings and benefits. Chemung appealed to the Court of Appeals of New York.

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