A $27 million jury verdict was returned in a Texas court against McDonald’s Corp. last month. The case involved a claim that lax security at one of the company’s restaurants led to the deaths of two teenagers. The victims in the case were Denton James Ward, 18, who was beaten to death by a mob at a McDonald’s in February 2012, and his girlfriend, Lauren Bailey Crisp, 19, who died in a traffic accident in a futile attempt to take Ward to a hospital.
The families of both teens filed suit against McDonald’s, claiming the restaurant chain didn’t protect patrons at its College Station, Texas, location even though local police had been repeatedly called to break up fights there. The state court jury in Bryan, Texas, awarded the Ward family $16 million and the Crisp family $11 million.
It was proved that the restaurant where the attack occurred had repeatedly drawn police attention for large unruly crowds and fighting during late-night hours. It appears that police had responded more than 200 times to complaints at this McDonald’s location in the previous three years. Chris Hamilton, a lawyer with Standly & Hamilton, represented the Crisp and Ward families.
Source: Insurance Journal
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