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New York Verdicts

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Jury awards $6.2M in pregnancy-discrimination case

A jury decided that a Manhattan-based leasing firm must pay a total of more than $6 million to three former employees who alleged that they were fired for being pregnant. The suit’s plaintiffs, formerly administrative workers at G.E.B. Medical Management Inc., claimed that they were competent, diligent workers who were mistreated, marginalized and ultimately fired after disclosing their pregnancies. The women were fired during a five-month period in 2006 and 2007. One claimed that she was dismissed merely two days after revealing her pregnancy. G.E.B. Medical Management claimed that the firings were based on performance deficits, but the jury found otherwise. It awarded damages of $6,181,000, which included $1.5 million of punitive damages.
Santana v. G.E.B. Medical Management Inc.
Bronx County

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Woman recovers nothing for fall at subway station

A jury sided with the New York City Transit Authority in a dispute regarding a woman’s fall at a Brooklyn subway station. The suit’s plaintiff, Yelissa Medina, claimed that she broke a knee and injured her back when she fell at the subway station located at the intersection of Broadway and Myrtle Avenue. She claimed that she tripped on a 0.75-inch-thick board that had been affixed to the concrete platform, to cover a defect of the platform’s surface. Medina’s attorney argued that the board’s edges were unreasonably steep, but the defense contended that the board was safe. The defense also suggested that Medina may have tripped on an adjacent slip-resistant strip. The jury found no evidence of an unreasonable hazard.
Medina v. NYCTA
Kings County

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Department store not liable for puddle that spilled patron

A Yonkers department store prevailed in a lawsuit filed by a customer who claimed that she slipped, fell and sustained injuries. The matter dates to Sept. 12, 2011, when Dorothy Parchment, then 50, visited the T.J. Maxx store located at 750 Central Park Ave. Parchment, who was accompanied by two young girls, claimed that she slipped in a puddle created by a leaking air conditioner. The defense contended that the store had no record of the air conditioner having malfunctioned or required a repair, and it suggested that the puddle was a result of one of the young girls having spilled a beverage. A witness reported seeing one of the girls running with a bottle or cup. The matter ended up in a courtroom, where a jury sided with the defense.
Parchment v. TJX Cos. Inc.
Westchester County

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Largest New York Jury Verdicts

(2015 only; based on cases reported to VerdictSearch)
$218,500,000 Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization Federal Feb 23
$95,972,159 In re: 91st Street Crane Collapse Litigation New York Co. Aug 3
$38,000,000 Darbeau v. 136 West 3rd Street, LLC Bronx Co. May 26
$28,205,372 Lee v. City of New York Bronx Co. Jul 15
$26,000,000 Dowdell v. 4545 Eastcoast, LLC. New York Co. Oct 30
$25,200,000 Sims v. City of NY Kings Co. Mar 13
$25,000,000 Miller v. BMW of North America, LLC New York Co. Sep 25
$18,000,004 Bouveng v. NYG Capital LLC Federal Jun 29
$16,000,000 Espinal v. Jamaica Hospital Medical Center Kings Co. Jul 22
$14,768,000 Humareda v. 500A East 87th Street, LLC New York Co. Apr 14