Litigation road: the story of Campbell v. State Farm
Litigation Road: The Story of Campbell v. State Farm examines the 25-year history of a case that began as a tragic auto accident during the Memorial Day weekend of 1981. Before the case was effectively concluded in 2005, it would produce not only a hotly contested negligence trial but also a path-breaking insurance bad faith case that resulted in one of the largest punitive damages awards in history. Along the way, both the Utah and United States Supreme Courts would make new law regarding settlement, the proper scope of evidence in bad faith litigation, and the constitutional limitations on punitive damages. Following the trail of Campbell litigation provides a unique window on American litigation, illustrating the modern law and context of torts, civil procedure, contracts, evidence, insurance, pretrial litigation, professional responsibility, negotiation and settlement as well as trial practice. Litigation Road provides an excellent overview of the manner in which these many strands of law coalesce around a lawsuit.
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