Originally Posted by JWinslow
Can she appeal the fine amount? Seems excessive. There is also the matter of collecting on the judgement. Just like with traffic fines, one cannot be forced to pay the entire amount all at once.
If the defendant had an LLC (and maintained it correctly) they should be able to pay out the assets of the LLC (leaving personal assets untouched), dissolve the LLC, and start a new LLC as a brand new bakery with no debt.
It would be difficult to appeal the fine amount since it is within statutory limits. I'm just curious what kind of legal representation OP's friend had...didn't her liability insurance company provide a lawyer?