Family Files $25 M Lawsuit in Janklow Crash

Family Files $25 M Lawsuit in Janklow Crash

The family of a Minnesota motorcyclist, who was killed in a motorcycle accident caused by former South Dakota political force Rep. Bill Janklow, has filed a new civil lawsuit seeking $25 million in damages.

Fifty-five-year-old Randy Scott was killed in 2003 when his motorcycle collided into the rear of the Cadillac Janklow ran through a stop sign at an intersection. The former governor, state attorney general, and congressman of South Dakota was found guilty of second-degree murder, speeding, reckless driving, and running a stop sign.

Scott’s family filed a civil suit in 2003, but the Minnesota U.S. attorney found that Janklow was covered by the government under the Federal Tort Claims Act, which protects federal officials from claims of negligence when they’re on duty. Since Janklow was considered to be on official business the day of the accident, the case was transferred to federal court.

According to Ronald Meshbesher, the plaintiff’s attorney, the new $25 million civil suit will be settled if the family and the government can agree on the amount of compensation. If an agreement can’t be reached, the case will go to trial and a judge will determine a sum.

“In terms of liability, it’s a slam dunk,” said Meshbesher. “It’s a clear-cut case that Janklow was responsible. The only issue, as I can see it, is the amount the family will get.”

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