Security Law Cases
For plaintiffs’ lawyers, premises liability actions can be tricky when it comes to trying to prove liability. In recent cases involving claims of inadequate security, plaintiffs’ attorneys have been able to prove this point, as well as damages, in a big way.
In 2011, a $4,255,280 jury verdict was rendered in favor of plaintiff Yahtavian Bellamy, who was a business invitee on Oct. 8, 2006, at Boomers! The jury found defendant 90% negligent, despite its argument that the attack actually occurred on a side street and not on its premises. 2011 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 205666.
The jury found defendant 25% negligent and Shands 75% negligent. See 2012 FL Jury Verdicts Rptr. LEXIS 41 (FL Jury Verdicts Rptr.
The jury found defendants 80% negligent and plaintiff 20% negligent. See 2012 FL Jury Verdicts Rptr. LEXIS 222 (FL Jury Verdicts Rptr.
2012 FL Jury Verdicts Rptr. LEXIS 102 (FL Jury Verdicts Rptr. 2012).
A Walt Disney World invitee who was assaulted by another in line for the teacup ride faced a defense verdict after the jury found that although defendant Walt Disney World was negligent in failing to provide reasonable security measures, defendant’s negligence was not the legal cause of plaintiff’s injury. 2012 FL Jury Verdicts Rptr. LEXIS 227 (FL Jury Verdicts Rptr.
Although a $3,600,000 plaintiff’s verdict was obtained against the party who committed the criminal act, the court granted summary judgment to the business owner, T.G.I. Friday’s, in an action involving four invitees who were shot by a fellow patron. Plaintiffs had claimed that defendant T.G.I Friday’s had constructive or actual knowledge that the shooter would become violent but failed to take appropriate action to keep plaintiffs and their decedents safe from harm. Plaintiffs had also claimed, without success, that employees of T.G.I. Friday’s continued to serve alcohol to Woods despite his already intoxicated state.
2012 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 3442. See also 2008 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 24886 (defense verdict in Pennsylvania action alleging negligent security at lacrosse game caused plaintiff to be kicked in the head by rowdy patrons).
For more plaintiffs’ verdicts and settlements in inadequate security cases see 2012 FL Jury Verdicts Rptr. 2012) ($ 1.7 million verdict awarded after fatal stabbing at nightclub); 2011 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 202607 (jury returns $ 1,050,147.10 verdict in favor of nightclub patron injured in fight); 2011 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 1755 (Connecticut judge refuses to set aside jury verdict in action alleging nightclub provided inadequate security); 2011 FL Jury Verdicts Rptr. 2012) ($ 68,318.14 verdict to patron assaulted at bar); 2009 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 230648 (Oklahoma federal jury awards $500,000 to bystander stabbed at store during attempt to assist security guard in struggle with suspected shoplifter);
2008 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 26988; 1 Exp. Wit. 22785 ($ 8,010,000 to Estate of man shot & killed in parking lot while walking to his vehicle); 2008 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 48213.
( parties settle Alabama district court action involving customer who was attacked in store parking lot); 2009 Jury Verdicts LEXIS 290771; 1 Exp. Wit. 4461.
($ 1,100,000 settlement in Massachusetts action where guest was raped in women’s restroom at luxury resort).
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