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March 22, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

In a truly grisly decision, that Manhattan jury awarded the estates of IBM Entry Systems founder Don Estridge and his wife, killed in that 1985 Delta L-1011 crash in Dallas, $5.8m for loss of earnings to age 60 on the assumption that Estridge would have stayed at IBM till 65, another $475,000 for the ages 60 to 65, plus $750,000 each for him and his wife for loss of enjoyment of life activities, plus $100,000 for conscious pain and suffering in the moments before the crash; the $7.9m award is the highest ever in a case involving death.

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