Trial Court Limits Damages in Default Case
Mike Ethridge and Jack Daniel were retained to represent a client already in default in a personal injury action. Jack Daniel obtained a successful result for the Defendant in a bench trial before the Master-in-Equity in Charleston County, South Carolina. The case involved a motor vehicle accident and serious allegations of misconduct against the Defendant driver. With the Defendant already in Default, the defense counsel could not present any evidence and could argue the issue of damages. The case went to trial over the issue of punitive damages, which was the only matter in dispute. After a damages trial was held, the Master ruled in the Defendant’s favor denying punitive damages.