$8 Million Jury Award Overturned by Courts

19-year-old's accident left her with permanent brain damage.

Michelle goes to church and asks for the Lord's blessings. It's kind of tough to see the three men who she and a jury believe wrecked her life aren't paying at all, while she pays every day.

But thank God business in Texas, as we know it, is being preserved.

Michelle Gaines ran all the time, and played volleyball and soccer in high school.
Margaret Downing
Michelle Gaines ran all the time, and played volleyball and soccer in high school.
Michelle Gaines still hopes to live on her own and to regain her vision.
Margaret Downing
Michelle Gaines still hopes to live on her own and to regain her vision.

margaret.downing@houstonpress.com

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DahVeeD
DahVeeD

I think everyone looked better in high school. Sob story. "She's paying everyday." pft, I'm sure.

mediabeing
mediabeing like.author.displayName 1 Like

I say let new precedent be set!  The argument suggests that the oil industry will die if wheelers and dealers are held responsible for their business doings. Balderdash! 

This overturning of jury award is in keeping with the vile de-regulation movement. 

The dishonest greedy folks better wake up, before it's too late.

Houstonian
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Texas has one of the worst court system in US.  Judges are all incompetent and corrupt and only after a campaign contribution for their re-election.  They don't care about people and they never will care for people like Michelle.  Texas legal system is slowing becoming an arm pit of US jurisprudence.  

PolarBearQ
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The texas suprme court has an almost unbelievable bias against individuals which it routinely sacrifices upon an alter composed of Texas citizens.  The statitistics are startling.  The supreme court routinely finds for corporate interests 80% of the time over individuals.  Recently, it held that worker's compensation claimants have virtually no recourse against their insurance companies, even when the insurer wholly fails to investigate a claim or if they deny a claim with no basis whatsovever.  This will not change until citizensa and voters begin to demand change.  We were sold a line about trials being bad because they supposedly dealt out jackpot justice. In reality its the justices that hit the jackpot.  Flush with campaign contributions, the odds are so skewed in the corporate houses favor with their blackrobed dealers that the little guy has hardly any chance at all.  I'm sorry Michelle. 

 
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