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Monday, September 08, 2008

Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today

In Wasson v. Peabody Coal (SD Ind., Judge Barker), an 8-page opinion, Judge Wood writes:

John Wasson sued Peabody Coal Company for breach of contract, claiming that it underpaid the royalties to which he was entitled for coal mined from his property. After a bifurcated jury trial resulting in a $350,000 verdict in Wasson’s favor, the district court granted Peabody’s renewed motion for judgment as a matter of law. Wasson appeals, and we affirm. * * *

The district court held that it could “identify no reasonable basis in the evidence for the jury’s $350,000 damage award to Mr. Wasson.” Neither can we. The judgment of the district court is AFFIRMED.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 8, 2008 03:01 PM
Posted to Ind. (7th Cir.) Decisions