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  • Record $28 Million Awarded In New York To Special Needs Student For Rape, Beating
    WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. - A New York jury on Dec. 3 awarded $28 million to a former special education student who had been threatened, beaten and raped by other high school students and held the school district almost entirely responsible. The award is believed to be the largest physical and sexual assault jury verdict in New York state history, plaintiff's attorney Jordan Merson said in a statement (Gloria G., et al. v. City School District of the City of Mount Vernon, et al., No 70026/2012, N.Y. Sup., Westchester Co.).

  • Illinois Jury Awards $21.5 Million For Child's Drowning In Park Pool
    CHICAGO - In a wrongful death lawsuit over the drowning death of a 6-year-old in an Illinois community park pool, a jury awarded the child's estate $21.5 million on Dec. 4 against a day camp program provider and the pool operator (Andrzej Kolodziej v. Justice Park District, et al., No. 14-7775, Cook Co., Ill., Cir.).

  • $25 Million Awarded For NFL Player's Death In Drunken Driving Crash
    DALLAS - A Texas jury awarded $25 million to the mother of a Dallas Cowboys' practice squad player who died in a drunken driving accident and his estate Dec. 14. It held the decedent 4 percent liable and split the remaining liability between the friend who drove while intoxicated and the bar that continued serving them (Stacey M. Jackson, et al. v. Beamers Private Club, et al., No. 13-13245, Texas 191st Dist., Dallas Co.).

  • $4.79M Awarded To Man Who Fell Off Defective Stepladder
    DENTON, Texas - A Texas jury awarded nearly $4.8 million on Oct. 26 to a man who alleged that he sustained severe injuries to his wrist and arm from falling off a collapsing stepladder, concluding that a design defect and lack of warning about hazards related to the stepladder caused his fall (John DeVallee v. Werner Co., et al., No. 2011-40709-362, Texas 442nd Jud. Dist., Denton Co.).

  • $3 Million Awarded To Woman Who Lost Toe In Escalator Accident At Arkansas Mall
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A woman whose big toe was severed after it was caught in a defective escalator at an Arkansas mall was awarded $3 million on Dec. 14 against the mall owners and operators and the escalator maintenance company (Aisha Siddiqui v. ERMC II L.P., et al., No. 14-2014-4174, Ark. Cir., Pulaski Co., 2nd Div.).

Scott Strait