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Farm Worker Wins Millions in Lawsuit

May 24, 2003|From Staff and Wire Reports

A farm worker has been awarded nearly $26 million from Farmers Insurance, an amount local attorneys said was the largest award of its kind in county history.

Tulare County jurors found Wednesday that the insurance company should have helped Gustavo Perez fight a suit that resulted when a truck ran into the tractor Perez had borrowed.

Farmers Insurance was ordered to pay $25 million in punitive damages and $863,000 in compensatory damages.

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