Judge to allow punitive damages in Conlin case

By Randy Wyrick

BROOMFIELD — Vail Resorts could be forced to pay punitive damages if they lose a lawsuit in the death of a local teenager. Broomfield District Court Judge Chris Melonakis ruled that Taft Conlin’s parents could ask for punitive damages if a jury decides in their favor in the 2012 death of their son. Their attorney, Jim Heckbert with Burg Simpson said the best way to punish a corporation that cannot be jailed is to hit them in their pocketbook. “The judge ruled to allow punitive damages as punishment to make sure someone doesn’t do something like it again,” Heckbert said. …

Source: Vail Daily Feed