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Just lucky sometimes

The scene: Closing arguments in an auto negligence case, being tried on liability first. Plaintiff's attorney (me) goes first: "Your honor, the defendant's story that my client was making a U-turn on a road with one lane in each direction just doesn't make much sense," I said. "My client testified that he was turning left, which is consistent with his testimony about where he was going. A U-turn under those circumstances would be just about impossible -- he was driving a huge Ford F-150. I drive a small Saturn and I couldn't have made that U-turn." "Most attorneys would be embarrassed to admit that they drive a Saturn," the judge interjected. "Judge, I'm just not the Beamer-type,"  I replied. That started a conversation about car preferences that had absolutely nothing to do with the case. After it was over, the judge ruled that she found my client credible and ruled for him on liability. The judge said she would postpone the damages portion of the trial for 30 minutes so the parties could see if it were possible to work it out. It wasn't, so my client testified for a few minutes about his injuries and medical treatment and the judge determined that his damages were worth $15,000. We filed for a maximum of $15,000, and I was surprised at the verdict, expecting maybe $7,000 on a good day.

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