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I need to solve the following application.

John Doe (plaintiff) was not wearing his seatbelt while driving down the highway. Susan Smith (defendant), while traveling the opposite direction, veers into the plaintiff's lane and causes a head on collision. Plaintiff sues on the basis of personal injury, and the jury awards the plaintiff $100,000. The jury also finds the plaintiff was 20% at fault and the defendant 80% at fault. The plaintiff's amount will be reduced by his percentage of fault. How much does each party get? 
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Hi Leah;
20%=0.20
$100,000-[(0.20)($100,000)]
$100,000-$20,000=$80,000
Plaintiff will receive $80,000.
The defendant does not receive any money except in the form of a reduction of $20,000 from the $100,000.

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I.e., defendant has to pay the $80,000 to the plaintiff.

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