SUPPLEMENTAL VERDICT DIGEST
$1,100,000 VERDICT - DEFAMATION - LIBEL - SON OF A TEXAS DEPUTY SUES NEWSPAPER AFTER ARTICLE ACCUSES HIM OF BENEFITING FROM CORRUPTION - DAMAGE TO PLAINTIFF’S REPUTATION.
Fort Bend County, TX
In this case, the plaintiff, 27, the son of a Chief Deputy of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, sued a local newspaper and one of its reporters for defamation. The defendants denied that the article was false and defamatory; they contended that the article concentrated on public figures rather than the plaintiff, and therefore did not damage his reputation.
tion, $20,000 in mental anguish damages, and $1,030,000 in punitive damages ($30,000 against the reporter, and $1,000,000 against the West Fort Bend Star on a theory of “imputed malice”).
Wade Brady vs. LeaAnne Klentzman and Carter Publi- cations d/b/a The West Fort Bend Star. Case no. 03- CV-129531; Judge Thomas R. Culver III, 05-06-11.
After eight days of trial, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff, finding the article as a whole to be false and defamatory as to the plaintiff, as well as certain individual (but unspecified) statements within the arti- cle. The jury awarded $30,000 in damages to reputa-
Attorney for plaintiff Wade Brady: Kinan H. Romman of Ahmad, Zavitsanos & Anaipakos, PC in Houston, TX. Attorney for defendant: John K. Edwards of Jackson Walker LLP in Houston, TX.
$1,750,000 RECOVERY - NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION - NEGLIGENT RETENTION OF CONDOMINIUM COMPLEX EMPLOYEES - PLAINTIFF ATTACKED WITH ACID - FACIAL BURNS AND DISFIGUREMENT - BLINDNESS IN ONE EYE.
Broward County, FL
This case involved a horrific and hateful acid attack which left the female plaintiff disfigured and blinded in one eye. The attacker was sentenced to ten years in prison for aggravated battery and was not a party to the civil action. The plaintiff’s case hinged on the culpability of the defendant homeowner association and property management company for alleged negligent supervision and retention of its employees. There was alarming evidence that the plaintiff’s husband, her assailant and their supervisor routinely engaged in drinking sessions at work and that extramarital sexual activity occurring at the workplace was accepted, if not facilitated. The defendants maintained that the attack upon the
There was an issue as to whether the plaintiff’s former husband would have been listed as a Fabre defen- dant on the verdict form, as the husband was the de- fendant’s employee. In the end, the case was of such a volatile nature and the plaintiff’s injuries so gruesome, that a $1.75 million settlement was reached with a minimum of publicity in order to avoid trial.
Lambert vs. Defendants. Case no. 04-009433; Judge David Krathen, 10-20-10.
Attorneys for plaintiff: Lou Battista and Yeemee Chan of Toral, Garcia & Battista in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
plaintiff was not foreseeable and that it had acted appropriately in terminating the attacker prior to the incident.
Volume 28, Issue 9, September 2011