After a trial in 2017 handled by John Spesia and Jake Gancarczyk of Spesia & Taylor, a jury returned a record-setting jury verdict in favor of a family whose wife and mother was killed in a tragic automobile collision. The verdict was subsequently overturned by Judge Richard Gambrell who presided over the trial. However, on Friday, April 19, 2019, the Third District Appellate Court in Ottawa, Illinois, ruled that Judge Gambrell “erred” when he overturned the jury’s verdict. The Appellate Court reinstated the jury’s decision in an opinion that results in an award of more than $4.6 million for Spesia & Taylor’s clients. Partner John Spesia, who tried the case in 2017 and then argued it in the appellate court, said that “we were confident that the jury’s decision in 2017 was correct and well supported by the evidence and we are pleased that a unanimous panel of the appellate court agreed with us and reinstated the verdicts.”
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