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After a crash with a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver killed a man, an Orange County jury has awarded over $10 million in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by his widow.
Richard Wiederhold, a district fire chief in Brevard County, suffered a spinal cord injury in the January 2011 crash, that resulted in Quadriplegy. He later died of his injuries in March 2012.
The jury determined that Michigan-based Domino’s Pizza was responsible for its franchisees and ordered them to pay over $10 million.
Domino’s Pizza LLC is planning on petitioning for a new trial. Company spokesperson Tim McIntyre said. “The delivery driver was an employee of an independent franchise owner…As he did not work for us, we believe there are grounds for a new trial.”
The lawsuit was filed by the family of Jackie Fox who died of ovarian cancer. The family claims that the cancer was caused by the J&J talcum powder that Fox used throughout her life. According to the lawsuit, the company failed to warn the customers that the talc used in their feminine hygiene products can migrate through the vagina and increase the risk of ovarian cancer.
The jury found that the company was aware of the increased risk of ovarian cancer from talc but did not take any action to warn the customers.
The company has been ordered to pay $10 million in compensatory damages and $62 million in punitive damages.