Drew Cherry et al., Plaintiffs-appellees, v. the Atlantic-richfield Company, Defendant-appellant, Texasemployers Insurance Association, Intervenor-appellee, 456 F.2d 1310 (5th Cir. 1972)

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U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit - 456 F.2d 1310 (5th Cir. 1972) April 13, 1972


The court required the jury to return its verdict in the form of answers to special interrogatories. The instructions of the court explicitly charged the jury that it should not reach the issue of damages if it found that the plaintiffs' injuries arose from work intimately connected with the defect the workmen were being employed to remedy. The first verdict both found that the injuries were intimately connected with the defect under repair and returned damage awards for both plaintiffs. Viewed in the most generous way, these answers were wholly inconsistent. It was not error for the court to refuse the answers and return the jury for further deliberation to resolve the conflict. 9 Wright and Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure: Civil 517-18 (1971). The other errors alleged were without merit. Affirmed. See Local Rule 21.1 


Rule 18, 5th Cir.; See Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens Casualty Co. of N. Y., 431 F.2d 409, Part I (5th Cir. 1970)


See NLRB v. Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America, 430 F.2d 966 (5th Cir. 1970)