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New York Verdicts

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Man wrongly convicted of murder recovers millions

Putnam County must pay $10 million to a man who was wrongly incarcerated for 16 years, but the payment would have been four times that amount if a jury had its way. The jury found that a Putnam County prosecutor used improper tactics to extract a false confession from Jeffrey Deskovic, who was arrested at the age of 16 in 1990 and ultimately convicted of having raped and murdered a teenage girl. Deskovic sued after his conviction was overturned in 2006, when another man confessed to the crimes. The jury’s award was reduced to $10 million as a result of a pretrial agreement that guaranteed Deskovic at least $6 million. Deskovic also recovered $10.9 million in pretrial settlements with other parties involved in his arrest and prosecution.
Deskovic v. City of Peekskill
U.S. District Court, Southern District

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Jury: Man’s cancer stems from time in bus-repair shop

A jury found that a company that manufactured asbestos-containing parts for school buses was liable for the mesothelioma-related death of a school bus driver. Lewis Nash, who died in 2012, shortly after filing suit against the manufacturer, claimed that his cancer was a result of his exposure to asbestos fibers that he inhaled while in repair shops in which mechanics serviced and replaced asbestos-containing parts that were manufactured by Lisle, Ill.-based Navistar Inc. Navistar contended that its products contained a relatively benign form of asbestos that was encapsulated and thusly would not be liberated during handling of its products. The jury found otherwise, and it awarded damages of $7.7 million to Nash’s estate.
Nash v. A.W. Chesterton Co. Inc.
Onondaga County

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Landlords to pay $900K to estate of fatally beaten tenant

The owner and manager of a Brooklyn apartment building agreed to pay a total of $900,000 to the estate of a tenant who was fatally beaten near the building’s entrance. The suit was filed by the family of Gene Hop, who was robbed and assaulted on May 30, 2004, while returning to his apartment in the Prospect Park South section of Brooklyn. Hop’s family claimed that the assault occurred in one of the building’s alleys and that the building’s owner and manager ignored a chronically broken lock on a gate that should have prevented unauthorized access to the alley. The defense contended that the incident may have occurred outside of the gate. The parties negotiated a settlement to avoid a trial.
Estate of Hop v. 550 Ocean Avenue LLC
Kings County

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Largest New York Jury Verdicts

(2014 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$172,381,728 Applewhite v. AccuHealth Inc. Bronx Co. May 28
$62,000,000 Galette v. Byrne Kings Co. Jan. 10
$62,000,000 Lin v. Hutch Realty Partners, LLC. Queens Co. Dec. 15
$54,800,000 Mazzei v. Money Store Federal Dec. 19
$48,061,073 Capitol Records Inc. v. MP3Tunes, LLC Federal Mar. 26
$40,000,000 Deskovic v. City of Peekskill Federal Oct. 23
$36,000,000 Restivo v. Nassau County Nassau Co. Apr. 17
$25,000,000 Sweberg v. ABB Inc. New York Co. Jun. 16
$20,000,000 Hillyer v. A.O. Smith Water Products Co. New York Co. Dec. 12
$16,000,000 Alcantara v. NYCTA Kings Co. Jan. 29