Week of May 7
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Posted May 7, 2015
- SC19297 - DiLieto v. County Obstetrics & Gynecology Group, P.C.
Plaintiff received a jury verdict of $4.5 million in this medical malpractice action due to the wrongful removal of certain organs. The plaintiff was then awarded another $4.5 million in “offer of judgment interest” resulting in a total judgment greater than $10 million. In the first round of appeals the Supreme Court held that the plaintiff was entitled to post-judgment interest on top of the $10 million award from the date the judgment until it was paid in full. The matter was remanded to the Trial Court which awarded 8% interest on the $10 million for the four years the appeal was pending which added another $3 million to the award. The trial court then added another 3% interest on the additional $3 million from the date of the judgment until the $3 million was paid. On appeal again, this Decision held that the trial court had full discretion to award anything between 0% and 10% interest for post-judgment interest. It does not matter that interest rates and T-bill rates are at historic lows. A trial court may consider other investment vehicles that the plaintiff may have utilized with a potential higher rate of return so long as the 10% cap is not exceeded. While it may make sense to tie the interest rate into what the current average rates are….that is something only the legislature can do. Thus the 8% was OK.
The Decision did say that any interest on the $3 million can only start to run from the remand decision of the trial court (not from the original judgment) because only then did it become due.
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