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Jury links Palestinian groups to terror, awards millions
A jury decided that the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization must pay a total of $218.5 million for a series of terrorist bombings and shootings that occurred in Israel during an 18-month period in 2001 and 2002. The suit, which was filed by surviving victims, alleged that the PA and the PLO authorized and/or ordered the attacks. The defense contended that the attacks’ perpetrators were not connected to either group, but the jury deemed otherwise. The attacks were found to have violated 18 U.S.C. § 2331, which defines acts of terrorism, so the award was statutorily trebled to $655.5 million.
Sokolow v. Palestine Liberation Organization
U.S. District Court, Southern District
Jury finds no fault in police’s quelling of altercation
A jury rejected a man who claimed that a police officer purposely burned him. The matter dates to Aug. 3, 2008, when the suit’s plaintiff, Jamiyansuren Jadamba, became involved in a scuffle with security guards at a Manhattan nightclub. One or more guards pinned Jadamba to the ground as police were arriving. Jadamba claimed that a police officer intervened and shifted his legs onto an extremely hot manhole cover, causing burns that left disfiguring scars. The defense contended that Jadamba’s burns were sustained during a motorcycling accident. Witnesses claimed that the manhole cover was not dangerously hot and that Jadamba declined immediate medical attention. The jury found no evidence of improper action by a police officer.
Jadamba v. City of New York
New York County
Shopper struck by forklift recovers $3.1M
A man struck by a forklift at an outdoor produce market recovered $3.1 million via a settlement of his resultant lawsuit. In his action against the market and the forklift’s operator, Orin Tucker claimed that the forklift’s operator blindly reversed away from a truck that was being loaded, traveled some 50 feet and initiated the collision. Tucker sustained three fractures of his left leg, and he underwent five surgeries. He claimed that he retains a limp and occasionally requires use of a cane. The defense claimed that Tucker was engaged in conversation on a cellular telephone at the time of the accident and therefore unaware of his surroundings, but it ultimately agreed to a settlement to avoid a trial.
Tucker v. G&G Seaford Inc.
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