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Strip club not liable for drunken patron who died after fighting police
A strip club wasn't to blame for a patron's death following an altercation with police when he tried to drunkenly drive away. William Sullivan went to Rick's Cabaret in Round Rock. When he left, the club called police because he had been drinking and refused friends’ pleas to not drive. When police forcibly removed him from his car, he was rendered a paraplegic. He went into cardiac arrest at the hospital during surgery and was taken off life support five months later. His family claimed that Rick’s employees invited Sullivan to the club for a night of drinking, and they promised to take him home afterward. The defense argued that the unfortunate incident resulted from his decision to refuse numerous offers for a ride home. He also refused to comply with police requests to turn off and exit his vehicle, the defense argued.
Sullivan v. City of Round Rock
United States District Court, Western District
Motorcyclist’s fatal crash with truck yields $4.5M award
A jury awarded $4.55 million to the family of a motorcyclist who was killed in a crash with an allegedly fatigued truck driver. James Sires was riding behind a tractor-trailer driven by Jose Quinones who was making a wide right turn into a driveway. Quinones veered left, crossing completely into the oncoming lanes before turning right. Sires was unable to stop in time and struck the cab. His family claimed that Quinones falsified his driving hours log, was impaired from fatigue and had a history of log violations. The family sued his employer for negligent supervision. The jury found gross negligence, but the parties reached a confidential settlement on that claim so there was no punitive damages phase of the trial.
Sires v. Nilsson
Air conditioner repairman loses suit for on-the-job fall
An air conditioner repairman who fell from a platform attached to a beach house was mostly to blame for his fall, a jury found. Manuel Mejia sustained herniated lumbar discs in the fall. He claimed that the wooden railing, along with many other parts of the house, had rotted and the owner and property manager had failed to maintain it properly. A coworker testified that Mejia said he was trying to throw the air conditioner off the platform to the ground, the defense noted. The unit became caught on Mejia's clothing and pulled him through the railing, according to the defense. Mejia denied throwing the unit off the platform. The jury found Mejia 75 percent negligent and his employer, who didn’t appear at trial, 25 percent negligent.
Mejia v. Balasch
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|$1,994,199||Handley v. Hernandez||Reeves||Feb 13|
|$1,400,000||Huddleston v. DAT Truck Lines Inc.||Federal||Mar 6|
|$1,000,000||Aguirre v. Compass Well Services LLC||Hidalgo||Feb 2|
|$1,000,000||Harrison v. Amigon||Harris||Mar 10|
|$600,000||Just v. Grounds||Dallas||May 24|
|$400,000||O’Campo v. Jones||Bexar||Jan 23|
|$187,500||Maradiaga v. Escobar||Harris||May 18|
|$175,000||Treadwell v. Kids of Clay Child Care Center Inc.||Dallas||Mar 9|