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Bar’s overserving alcohol caused crash, woman’s life-altering injuries
A jury has awarded a woman who sustained life-altering injuries $60 million in a bar overserving alcohol case. Passenger Angela Crowe, then 19, sustained severe neurological impairment, 40 fractures and liver failure, after the vehicle her intoxicated boyfriend Isaac L. Steves was driving crashed into a tree off Golden Gate Boulevard in March 2003. Steves was arrested, served one year in jail and paid the plaintiffs a judgment amount. The owner of the Spectators Sports Pub bar in Naples accused of overserving Steves alcohol, Spectators3, LLC, was ruled liable for the crash on a court directed verdict. In the damages trial, of the $60 million award, $9.635 million was for Crowe's economic damages, who also requires 24-hour care.
Crowe v. Spectators3, LLC
An $11 million award after smoking led to lung, kidney transplants
A jury has awarded a former smoker $11 million in a products liability case. Counsel for Elaine Jordan, 44, who underwent a lung transplant in 2002 after being diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and then a kidney transplant after a complication, sued Philip Morris USA for products liability. Jordan testified she began smoking at age 16 because she thought it looked "cool." The defense denied all allegations, argued Jordan chose to smoke, and that her lung disease may have been caused by wood dust from a saw mill where she had worked. But the jury found Philip Morris 60 percent liable, Jordan 40 percent, and awarded $7.795 million in compensatory damages, $3.205 million in punitive damages, for an $11 million award.
Jordan v. Philip Morris USA Inc.
Family: Day training center negligent in death of disabled youth
A jury has issued an $8 million damage award following the death of a disabled man at a training/care center. The estate of Justin Scott-Duns, who died at 23, sued Life Concepts, Inc. following Justin's death at Life Concept's Quest Adult Day Training Center in Orlando in March 2013. Justin, who suffered from cerebral palsy, allegedly got sick after lunch, vomited, choked on the vomit, then died from asphyxiation. The estate claimed Justin should have been moved immediately to the nurse's room when he began vomiting. Defense counsel argued Justin's aspiration was a sudden, unexpected emergency that happened in two to three minutes and the staff reacted as fast as it could. But the jury found otherwise, and awarded the estate $8 million.
Estate of Scott-Duns v. Life Concepts Inc.
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