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Dodgers found partly responsible in fan beating

Dodgers Owe Stow Family $18 Million


LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a stadium parking lot beating won his negligence suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, with a jury awarding about $18 million but dividing responsibility among the club and the two men who beat him.

Plaintiff's attorney Tom Girardi said the verdict means the Dodgers must pay about $14 million in economic losses and a portion of a separate sum for pain and suffering, which adds about $1 million more.

The jury delivered its verdict in a Los Angeles courtroom after weeks of testimony about the assault on Bryan Stow outside Dodger Stadium after the opening day game in 2011 between the rival teams.

Dave Stow said his brain-damaged son probably wouldn't understand the details if Wednesday's verdict.

"But Bryan will know that he got some help today," he said.

Lawyers for the 45-year-old Stow claimed the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt failed to provide adequate security at the stadium. The defense countered that security was stronger than ever at an opening day contest and Stow was partially to blame because he was drunk.

McCourt was absolved by the jury on Wednesday.

Dodger fans Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood pleaded guilty in the attack after a lengthy preliminary hearing in which witnesses said security guards were absent from the parking lot where Stow was attacked.

The jury's finding was "a lot better than what we had," Dave Stow said.

"He did get some money to help the future and that's what we wanted - we wanted help," he said. "He's not going to be 100 percent, maybe for a long time, maybe never. What he gets is going to help him through now, and that's what he needs."

"We'll make it work for him," mother Ann Stow agreed.

They said they had not spoken to their son, who did not attend the hearing, but did talk to his sisters and expected they would talk to him.

Stow's mother said she held her husband's hand as the court read the part of the verdict in which jurors found her son not liable for the attack. That verdict was unanimous, unlike the other two, in which jurors split over whether the Dodgers or McCourt were liable.

"I was so ecstatic because we know our son and we know that the picture the defense was trying to portray was not Bryan at all," Ann Stow said.

Girardi had asked for more than double the $18 million sum, but said he still considered it a victory.

Attorneys for the Dodgers and McCourt declined comment after court.

Dana Fox, the lawyer for the Dodgers and McCourt, argued that they bore no responsibility for the attack. In closing arguments, he showed jurors enlarged photos of Sanchez and Norwood and said they were responsible along with Stow himself.

Fox cited testimony that Stow's blood-alcohol level was .18 percent - more than twice the legal limit for driving - and a witness account of Stow yelling in the parking lot with his arms up in the air.

"There were three parties responsible - Sanchez, Norwood and, unfortunately, Stow himself. There were things Mr. Stow did that put these things in action," Fox said.

He added, "You don't get yourself this drunk and then say it's not your fault."

Girardi contended the team and McCourt had failed to provide enough security to keep Stow and other fans safe at the game.

"Dodger Stadium got to a place where it was a total mess," Girardi told jurors. "There was a culture of violence. Beer sales were off the charts."

He also said, "The only thing Bryan Stow was doing was wearing a jersey that said `Giants.'"

Bryan Stow Appears in Court as Beating Trial Nears End

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uncurlydiybraziliankeratin July 09 2014 at 9:06 PM

This is an outrage. This is the sort of crappy legal decision that's making business impossible in this country. TORT REFORM. The Dodgers are not to blame!

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dfoster July 09 2014 at 8:54 PM

Despite warning signs everywhere, a tourist fed a bear and was mauled. He sued, saying that because he still fed the bears, the warning must have been inadequate. No matter what the Dodgers may have done to prevent violence after the game, by definition their efforts were therefore inadequate and they're guilty. What a ridiculous world the lawyers have created (and designed primarily for THEIR benefit).

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captj1 July 09 2014 at 9:40 PM

it is impossible to monitor all fans behavior when there are 50000 people..that being said, until they do something about the overdrinking this will continue..I dont even go to major sports events anymore..half the people are there to get wasted and rowdy..its out of control and makes it unsafe for families..Ive seen too many fights over A DAMN GAME

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fflandclass3intn July 09 2014 at 9:47 PM

Kalifornika, what to expect? Next the illegals will sue Border Patrol and win million as well....

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ejorillion July 09 2014 at 9:11 PM

what BS, how are the Dogers responsible in any way. I am sure they will appeal this verdict and hopefully win

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ram4131 July 09 2014 at 9:04 PM

MLB better start saving $$----First you get sued by a drunk fan who gets beat up.....then a guy that falls asleep and wants millions after he was called fat.
Looks like America's pastime is now litigation!

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michells27 July 09 2014 at 9:20 PM

Stupid and drunk, get millions.....

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trailerman1948 July 09 2014 at 9:13 PM

Wonder where they found those dumb a-s jurors? No logic in this decision! This is sickening!

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Squeek July 09 2014 at 9:04 PM

Tell me this is a rival game like the Packers Vs Bears or Packers Vs Vikings and tell me again how these people did not open thier mouths to deserve a beating!!! REGARDLESS...Enjoy the game and shut your mouth over the outcome to other enemy fans. Another RIDIICULOUS LAWSUIT PAID OUT!!!!!!!!!! UNREAL!!!!!!

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hauntedcasa July 10 2014 at 12:36 AM

When I was a child back in the late 50's and 60's there was no violence at Dodger Stadium no matter who won. It seems the type of people that go to Dodger Stadium today are just wild animals. I would never take my family there. But the first thing to change the kinds of violent behavior is just to stop selling beer there.

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dpedron hauntedcasa July 10 2014 at 3:10 AM

I agree with you but the issue at hand is more than the alcohol being sold. It is the mentality of many people nowadays who have no or little concern for anything other than themselves. Dog eat dog world except dogs don't do this. People don't think twice anymore when random acts of outrageous violence, people minding their own business get shot to death because of the sheer numbers of sociological issues, mentally ill people who are being ignored and are a danger to society. I really wonder how many people anymore really are thinking, feeling and show human acts of compassion. We live in a world of hideous violence and our humanity is at risk of losing it's viability. Tolerance is low, ignorance is bliss.

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yayabeanes hauntedcasa July 10 2014 at 3:20 AM

There was violence way back when...You just didn't have the media coverage back then that you have now;

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