Bryan Stow Civil Trial: Dodgers Found Negligent; Frank McCourt Not Negligent
On the ninth day of deliberations, jurors announced Wednesday that they had found the Dodgers negligent in Bryan Stow’s civil lawsuit against the team.
Stow’s total damages were determined to be about $18.4 million.
A Giants fan and paramedic from Santa Cruz, Stow was severely beaten by two Dodgers fans in a Dodger Stadium parking lot following a game against the San Francisco Giants on March 31, 2011.
The jury of six men and six women listened to 20 days of testimony during the 4 1/2-week closely watched trial, which began on May 27. They visited Dodger Stadium in a secret trip.
The jury was handed the case on Thursday, June 26.
The verdict was read shortly after 1:30 p.m.
Jurors were asked a series of eight sequential questions, beginning with whether the Dodgers or McCourt were negligent. If either party was determined negligent, jurors had to determine whether that negligence was a “substantial factor in causing harm” to Stow.
The Dodgers were found to be responsible for 25 percent of the harm.
They returned to deliberations that afternoon, July 2.
Stow was seeking more than $36 million in economic damages for lost earnings and medical expenses, plus an unspecified sum in compensation for pain and suffering.
In a wheelchair, Stow appeared at court twice during the trial. His parents were present every day.
“Like all Dodger fans, I was appalled at the criminal behavior of Sanchez and Norwood. Make no mistake, they are the parties responsible for this tragic incident,” Frank McCourt said outside Los Angeles Superior Court on June 13, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)
Lawyers for the team had also argued that despite cutbacks in security spending, there was an unprecedented level of security for the opening day game between longtime rivals