Verdict reached in lawsuit against Dodgers over beating of San Francisco Giants fan

The Associated Press
July 9, 2014 11:35 AM

FILE - This undated file photo provided Tuesday April 5, 2011 by John Stow shows Bryan Stow holding his 12-year-old son and 8-year-old daughter. Bryan Stow a San Francisco Giants fan who suffered brain damage in a beating at Dodger Stadium won his negligence suit against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday, but former owner Frank McCourt was absolved by the jury, Wednesday July 9, 2014.(AP Photo/John Stow, File)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - A verdict has been reached in a negligence lawsuit against the Los Angeles Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt stemming from the beating of a San Francisco Giants fan in 2011.

The verdict will be read in Los Angeles Superior Court in a session scheduled to start at 1:30 p.m. PDT (2030 GMT) Wednesday.

The lawsuit seeks millions of dollars for 45-year-old Bryan Stow, who was left with disabling brain damage following the attack in a stadium parking lot after an opening day game between the California rivals.

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.

Noted personal injury lawyer Tom Girardi filed the lawsuit on behalf of Stow, seeking $37.5 million for his lifetime care and compensation for lost earnings. He also urged jurors to award double that figure for pain and suffering.

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 per cent — 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."


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