The Law: Out-of-Sight Settlements

Insurance companies have complained that jury verdicts and damage settlements for injuries are getting out of hand. They may now be getting out of sight; each week seems to bring another stunner. Three recent cases indicate that the trend is still onward and upward; they also provide some new theories on who should be paid as well as how.

— In July 1972, a camp sergeant in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman ordered Inmate William Hardin Bogard to take a sewing machine away from James B. ("Slick") Davis, a fellow inmate. Davis, who...

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