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Sidewalk not properly treated for snow, ice, plaintiff argued

A jury rejected the premises liability claim of a commercial marketing consultant who slipped and fell on a sidewalk in Boston and a defense verdict was entered. Debra Tanen claimed she injured her lower back and left ankle when she fell on black ice on a downward sloping sidewalk adjacent to Center Plaza. She argued that the sidewalk was not properly monitored, treated and/or cleared of snow and ice. Tanen sued the property owner, property management company and snow removal contractor, all of whom contended that the property had been properly monitored, inspected and treated for snow and ice. The defense also argued that it was snowing at the time of the accident and there was little to no ice at the location of Tanen’s fall.
Tanen v. C & W Facility Services Inc.
Suffolk County - MA

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Dog walker shouldn’t have been in roadway, per defendant

A jury awarded $600,000, less 25-percent comparative negligence, to a woman who was hit by a vehicle while walking her dog on Quincy Shore Drive/Route 3A in Quincy. Leona Doran and her dog were hit by a vehicle driven by Ardis Porter. Doran claimed multiple orthopedic fractures, abrasions and contusions. Her dog was also injured. Doran alleged that she should have been visible to Porter as she was walking along the shoulder of the roadway and that Porter had poor eyesight and should not have been driving. Porter defended the case by arguing that Doran was comparatively negligent and should not have been walking in the roadway. Porter also argued that she did not see Doran and this was simply an accident.
Doran v. Porter
Norfolk County - MA

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Use of K9 unit by police led to leg injuries, scarring: plaintiff

A jury returned a defense verdict in the case of a man who claimed the use of a K9 unit during his arrest constituted the use of excessive force. Samuel Stovall fled from police and was hiding in a bushy area when a K9 unit handled by Officer John P. Sturdevant located him and grabbed onto his leg. Stovall, who was then handcuffed and arrested, asserted that Sturdevant allowed the dog to bite, snap and bark at him while he was on the ground in handcuffs and also as he was being escorted to a police vehicle. Sturdevant argued that reasonable force was used, the use of a K9 unit in this instance was the least invasive way of getting Stovall to cooperate and hospital records indicated that Stovall had only suffered a minor, superficial wound.
Stovall v. Sturdevant
U.S. District Court for District of Massachusetts - MA

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New England Verdicts

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