Dostal v. Millers Nat'l Ins. Co

In Dostal v. Millers Nat'l Ins. Co., 137 Wis. 2d 242, 253, 404 N.W.2d 90 (Ct. App. 1987), a dog bite case, defense counsel made repeated references that the plaintiff's parents were more concerned with recovering money than they were with their son's injuries. See id. at 254. Further, defense counsel had emphasized that the plaintiff's father had shot to death a family watchdog "because the animal had become 'too friendly.'" Id. at 255. Consequently, the court concluded that the jury had been prejudiced and that the verdict was perverse. See id.