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Five Of The Most Famous Wrongful Death Cases

1. The OJ Simpson case

Former NFL running back, sports broadcaster and actor OJ Simpson was acquitted in 1995 on criminal charges for the death of Nicole Brown Simpson (Simpson’s ex-wife) and Ronald Goldman. Simpson has since been released from prison but has yet to pay the more than $33 million in compensatory damages to the families of the victims.

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2. Nancy Grace 

Famous talk show host Nancy Grace was sued in 2006 for wrongful death over the suicide of Melissa Ducket, who committed suicide after Grace berated her on-air about her missing son. The family of Ducket believed Grace inflicted intentional emotional distress on Ducket. The family settled the case for $200,000.

3. Ford Motor Pinto Case

The Ford Pinto was infamous in the 1970s for bursting into flames if its gas tank was ruptured in a collision. Wrongful death lawsuits lawsuits uncovered how the company rushed the Pinto through production and onto the market. In one of the several wrongful death cases, Ford was ordered to pay $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $3.5 million in punitive awards.

4. Michael Jackson case

The famous pop star’s father, Joe Jackson sought unspecified damages from Conrad Murray, the doctor who was treating Michael Jackson at the time of his death in 2009. The doctor allegedly administered frequent doses of Propofol, in an effort to treat Michael’s chronic insomnia but the drug was not approved as a sleeping aid, and the large dosages led to the death of the singer.

5. Tony Gwynn’s Family Settles Wrongful Death Suit vs. Tobacco Company

The family of late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn has reached a famous settlement with the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company this year, ending a wrongful death lawsuit that was set to go to trial and hold the company responsible for “killing a baseball legend,” according to multiple reports.

Tony Gwynn used smokeless tobacco for more than 30 years, starting in 1977, nearly 10 years before the government began requiring health warnings on products.

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Wrongful death lawyer

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