MV Transp., Inc. v. AllgeierAnnotate this Case
Barbara Allgeier sustained serious injuries as a passenger on a bus operated by MV Transportation, Inc. Allgeier filed suit against MV, alleging that her injury was caused by the bus driver’s negligence for which MV was liable under the doctrine of respondeat superior and that MV was negligent in hiring and supervising the bus driver. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Allgeier. Allgeier was awarded medical expenses in the amount of $74,630 and $4,100,000 as compensation for pain and suffering. The court of appeals affirmed the award of compensatory damages and reversed the trial court’s dismissal of Allgeier’s punitive damage claim. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the court of appeals (1) did not err in affirming evidentiary rulings of the trial court relating to the bus driver’s past alcoholism; (2) did not err by reinstating Allgeier’s punitive damages claim; and (3) did not err by remanding the case for trial upon the issue of punitive damages alone instead of a complete retrial upon all issues presented in the original trial.