Peterson-Tuell v. First Student Transp., LLCAnnotate this Case
After Plaintiff’s vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle owned by Defendant, Plaintiff filed suit against Defendant, claiming negligence. Plaintiff alleged that the accident had caused a traumatic brain injury and prevented her from securing employment. Plaintiff sought $3,000,000 in damages. A jury awarded $65,000 to Plaintiff. Defendant filed a bill of costs within five business days of the verdict, but the district court rejected the bill, concluding that Mont. Code Ann. 25-10-501 required a bill of costs to be filed within five calendar days. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that the district court (1) did not abuse its discretion by admitting evidence of Plaintiff’s prior trauma and depression; (2) did not err by failing to dismiss two jurors Plaintiff challenged for cause; and (3) did not err by denying Defendant’s bill of costs as untimely under section 25-10-501.