A California jury returned a verdict a few weeks ago in favor of the family of a four-year-old boy who drowned at an athletic club. The jury awarded more than $16 million in the case. The child died in August of 2005. A video tape showed a counselor dunking children and roughhousing with them in the pool just before the boy drowned. The boy’s parents filed a wrongful death suit against Cathedral Oaks Tennis, Swim and Athletic Club. The jury that found the club and its employees, among other things, acted with willful misconduct. The boy was floating face down in the pool for eight minutes before anyone saw him. The jury awarded the parents $14 million in compensatory damages in the first phase. In the second phase it awarded another $2.3 million in punitive damages.
Source: Associated Press
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