We reported back in February 2009, here, about a case in which a Manhattan jury found a subway car operator 65% liable for running over a drunk college student (and severing his leg below the knee).The jury found that the driver should have seen the young man in time to stop.

The defendant

It never ends, does it? Another careless person fell onto the New York City subway tracks and was grievously injured. Then he lawyered up, sued the city and a Brooklyn jury recently found the city’s motorman 70% at fault with the result that the injured fellow was awarded $5,950,000 for his pain and suffering.

One day after we wrote about an appeals court’s unexplained reduction of $1,350,000 from a jury verdict for pain and suffering in a Suffolk County case, today we have another appeals court doing the same thing. What’s going on here?

In Lopez v. New York City Transit Authority, the plaintiff was riding his bicycle