Bryan Neal Mentioned in Law360 on Morris / BNSF Railway Case

“BNSF Can’t Scrap Race Bias Verdict, But $1.54M Award Is Cut”

An Illinois federal judge on Thursday rejected BNSF Railway Co.’s attempt to overturn a jury’s verdict finding the company fired an African-American conductor because of his race, but ruled the conductor must accept a reduction in his $1.54 million award or face a new trial on damages.

In Thursday’s 28-page opinion, Judge Kennelly rejected BNSF’s arguments that the jury’s verdict should be tossed in favor of entering judgment for the railway or holding a new trial, finding that there was sufficient evidence of discrimination to uphold the jury’s finding. The judge also rejected BNSF’s argument that the jury wasn’t given an essential instruction.

…BNSF is represented by Martin K. LaPointe and Susan M. Troester of LaPointe Law PC, and Bryan P. Neal of Thompson & Knight LLP.