We reported on a carbon monoxide case last month that had gone to trial. A Baltimore judge has now refused to throw out or reduce the $34.3 million a jury awarded to 20 restaurant workers over the carbon monoxide leak at a waterfront hotel in 2008. The Pier 5 Hotel’s owner and its operator sought a new trial, or, in the alternative, significant reductions in the jury’s awards to the workers and their spouses. Judge Audrey J.S. Carrion, who presided over the trial in Baltimore City Circuit Court, denied the Defendants’ motion on all counts on September 8th.
The jury found hotel owner TPOB Pier Five LLC and operator Meyer Jabara Hotels LLC at fault. Judge Carrion, in her ruling, denied the Defendants’ Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding the Verdict on those counts. The judge also denied the Defendants’ request to find the awards excessive or to cap the pain and suffering awards, which ranged from $285,000 to $3.75 million, at no more than $695,000 per Plaintiff. Plaintiffs’ lawyers argued the cap should not apply because the jury found intentional conduct. Billy Murphy, Jr., a lawyer from Baltimore, is the lead counsel for the Plaintiff’s and he has done a very good job in this case. Billy, a former judge, first became known as a criminal defense lawyer. But over the past few years, he has transitioned into a very good complex civil litigation lawyer.
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