Our defendant caused a car wreck after crossing the centerline. A guilty plea to DUI and thirty days jail resulted for the driver; the other driver alleged an array of soft tissue and bruising injuries. With the plaintiff demanding a princely sum to settle, partner Bill McKee opted for jury trial. The jury needed only an hour to find the plaintiff entitled to $1,500 — fair enough — but the jurors also chose to impose punitive damages. After further deliberations, the jury returned an award of punitive damages in the sum of $0. The offer of judgment Bill made before trial — comfortably above the jury’s award — will insure that this plaintiff’s litigation hangover lasts longer than any of the alleged personal injuries. The lesson taught by this experience is that a case can have a dreadful liability profile for the defendant, but liability alone does not entitle a plaintiff to a huge settlement or jury verdict.