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Restaurant cleared of food poisoning allegation
A civil jury cleared a Bayonne restaurant of allegations that it caused the death of a woman by food poisoning. In April 2013, Jacqueline Maceri, 42, a bookkeeper, attended a banquet at The Chandelier Restaurant. During the visit, she ate a chicken dish and became violently ill. She died the next day. Her husband, Domenico Maceri, alleged that vomiting caused a gastric artery to rupture, resulting in her death. The restaurant maintained that Maceri's gastric artery tear was caused by erosion of a laparoscopic gastric band, a device fitted around part of the stomach to reduce food consumption and control weight. The jury found that the estate was unable to prove that Maceri had suffered from fatal food poisoning.
Estate of Maceri v. The Chandelier Catering
State didn't accommodate officer’s illness
The state Juvenile Justice Commission was ordered to pay $11.8 million to a corrections officer who had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, after a jury found it had discriminated against her. In September 2011, Shelley Pritchett, 37, informed the commission that she had been diagnosed with the disease and requested four months of unpaid medical leave. The commission determined her leave had run out because of time off she'd taken for a work-related injury. She was given three options: retire, resign, or be subjected to disciplinary proceedings. Pritchett alleged the commission discriminated based on a perceived disability and failed to accommodate her. Pritchett was awarded $11,824,911, including $10 million in punitive damages.
Pritchett v. State of New Jersey
Driver awarded $3M after rear-ender
A Hudson County jury awarded a driver more than $3 million for injuries suffered in a three-car collision on the Bergen Turnpike. In April 2013, Felix Del Sol-Gonzales, 47, was stopped on the turnpike when he was rear-ended by an automobile driven by Santos Flores. The impact caused Del Sol-Gonzales to strike a stationary vehicle ahead of him. He claimed a herniation at cervical intervertebral disc C5-6. For five months, he treated with chiropractic care. He complains of residual neck pain. Del Sol-Gonzales alleged Flores was negligent. Liability was stipulated and the trial was to determine damages only. The jury found in favor of Del Sol-Gonzales. He was awarded $3,350,000 for medical costs and pain and suffering.
Sol-Gonzales v. Flores
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|$2,075,000||Bonda v. Elizabeth Fire Department||Union County||Mar 27|
|$2,000,000||Encalada v. Rock Ridge Construction Management Inc.||Essex County||Apr 18|
|$1,200,000||Davis v. Allstate Insurance Co.||Atlantic County||Jan 19|
|$975,000||Jean-Pierre v. Old Bridge Township Board of Education||Middlesex County||May 10|
|$850,000||Reid v. Burdorf||Morris County||Feb 21|
|$650,000||Mazgut v. Wilder||Somerset County||Jan 6|