M-51 was awarded $750,000.00 in damages due to his employer's failure to provide him with a reasonably safe place in which to do his work, which was reduced by 50% for the plaintiff's contributory negligence to $375,000.00, by a jury in the Circuit Court of Cook County located in Chicago, Illinois. The verdict was rendered Friday evening, October 16, after five days of trial. The verdict was against the plaintiff's former employer, Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Railroad System Corporation d/b/a Metra. Metra made no settlement offers prior to the jury's verdict. This matter was filed under the Federal Employer's Liability Act (FELA) (45 U.S.C. §§ 51 through 60 (2000)).
This case was tried in Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago, Illinois before the Honorable Donald J. Suriano.