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Dodgers, Not McCourt, Found Liable in Bryan Stow Beating Case

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Los Angeles Times (07/09/14) Knoll, Corina; Kim, Victoria

A jury found the Los Angeles Dodgers partly culpable for injuries sustained by San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow during a 2011 beating, along with assailants Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood. However, Frank McCourt, who owned the Dodgers at the time of the attack, was not found liable. The ball club's attorney says the Dodgers have been ordered to pay $13.9 million of the nearly $18 million awarded to Stow, who suffered physical and cognitive injuries from the beating at Dodger Stadium. The plaintiffs in the lawsuit argued the team as well as McCourt were responsible because of poor security and lighting. Among those testifying were two security guards who were assigned to the parking lot where Stow was beaten, but who arrived long after the attack happened. The current head of Dodgers security also acknowledged he left the ball club for a year partly over a disagreement with the team's decision to reduce the number of uniformed off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officers at games, depending more on guards who were paid lower wages and wore polo shirts. The defense presented evidence showing the Dodgers had boosted security spending every year, and the team's security expert was well-credentialed and claimed the Dodgers followed an impressive security procedure, and the attack on Stow could not have been avoided.

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