Tuesday, a Georgia judge ruled for a $150 million verdict to be dropped to $40 million in the Fiat Chrysler case where a Jeep gas tank caught fire and killed 4 year-old Remington Walden.
Walden was burned to death after a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee caught fire after being his from behind in 2012. The gas tank was plastic and right behind the rear axle, so it ruptured on impact. Th wrongful death suit was heard in Decatur County Superior Court by Judge J. Kevin Chason, who awarded the family through the reduction a total of $40 million – $30 million for wrongful death and $10 million for pain and suffering.
The family has accepted the reduced verdict.
The judge also denied Fiat Chrysler’s request from May for a new trial, saying the previous evidence was ‘overwhelming.’ Fiat holds, still, that the jury was prejudice and emotional.