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Dodgers Found Negligent in Beating of Giants Fan


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And my guess is that the Dodgers made an "offer to compromise " on Stow for something north of the $4.5 judgment against them, potentially making Stow responsible for a lot of money in fees and costs that he might not otherwise have had to pay.

In short, I doubt Stow sees much money from the Dodgers here.

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So those two guys only need to come up with about $13 million? I'm sure they'll just write a check.

I've never owed anyone $13 million... how does that work? lol - Obviously they can't pay it so does that mean they file bankruptcy and never pay a dime, or is there possibly some way of getting something out of them over time? 

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And my guess is that the Dodgers made an "offer to compromise " on Stow for something north of the $4.5 judgment against them, potentially making Stow responsible for a lot of money in fees and costs that he might not otherwise have had to pay.

In short, I doubt Stow sees much money from the Dodgers here.

 

Well, considering they were asking for $36 million and double the amount in pain in suffering.  A $4.5 million judgement is probably a win for the Dodgers.  

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I've never owed anyone $13 million... how does that work? lol - Obviously they can't pay it so does that mean they file bankruptcy and never pay a dime, or is there possibly some way of getting something out of them over time? 

From what I understand debts from certain kinds of lawsuit judgments (e.g. assault, fraud, back child support) are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. That said, I doubt those guys have particularly high paying jobs or significant amounts of property so the plaintiff likely won't collect much from them via wage garnishment or liens.

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According to the LA Times, the Dodgers are actually on the hook for about $14 million:

 

"Based on the verdict, the Dodgers will have to pay about $13.9 million of the verdict, said team attorney Dana Fox. The team is on the hook to shoulder all of Stow's past and future medical expenses and lost earnings, but 25% of the sum is what jurors found Stow should receive for his pain and suffering."

 

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dodgers-partly-liable-in-attack-on-giants-fan-bryan-stow-20140709-story.html

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According to the LA Times, the Dodgers are actually on the hook for about $14 million:

"Based on the verdict, the Dodgers will have to pay about $13.9 million of the verdict, said team attorney Dana Fox. The team is on the hook to shoulder all of Stow's past and future medical expenses and lost earnings, but 25% of the sum is what jurors found Stow should receive for his pain and suffering."

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-dodgers-partly-liable-in-attack-on-giants-fan-bryan-stow-20140709-story.html

That makes a lot more sense. I am guessing the jury found his actual money damages to be about $12,500,000, for which the Dodgers and the two others will be jointly and severally liable. Because the other two won't pay it, the Dodgers will be on the hook for the entirety of it.

As for the pain and suffering element, which sounds to be about $5,500,000, the Dodgers would be on the hook for only their percentage of liability (25%).

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How many billions were the Dodger sold for? The verdict does not financially impact them at all. At worst they will have to pay less for the next free agent that says I'm only interested in the highest bid.

 

It was actually only $2 billion.

 

But to add to your point, these Dodger players earn more than $14 million this year:

 

Greinke

Gonzalez

Kemp

Crawford

Beckett

Ramirez

Ethier

 

(Kershaw makes $4 million this year; his big money starts next year.)

 

That $14 million is only 6% of this year's team payroll. 

 

Hell, Magic could probably find $14 million in his couch cushions.

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Punitive damages almost certainly weren't at issue in the case, so the Dodgers' financial condition is not relevant and most likely wasn't made an issue at trial (except maybe to the extent of the cost of security vs. various revenues).

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I'm not happy with the decision but glad the family is getting there money. This type of incident can happen in any stadium/venue parking lot. These types of incidents happen really quick ... before security has time to respond. It was only about ten years ago a fan was pushed to his death inside Angel stadium. I happy the predators were caught and incarcerated and held financially responsible.

 

The victim I feel bad for but he used bad judgment in trash talking with those thugs.

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I was thinking the Dodgers would probably be found around 10% responsible. I am not surprised by the verdict, you have to imagine the jury room was a negotiation between those who thought the Dodgers had no responsibility and those that wanted to see Stow get a lot of money regardless, because the Dodgers are the only one with deep pockets. In that scenario you can see how they came to a 25% number.

I don't think anyone expects the 2 criminals to come up with any of the money, but it does ensure that if they ever, by some dumb stroke of luck, come into some money, it will have to go to their victim.

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I am not sure why, besides deep pockets, that the Dodgers are liable. 

 

From what I read shortly after the incident, they cut back substantially on security around the ballpark trying to do things on the cheap. The woman they hired to head security had no experience in security at all, but instead had experience in real estate.

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From what I read shortly after the incident, they cut back substantially on security around the ballpark trying to do things on the cheap. The woman they hired to head security had no experience in security at all, but instead had experience in real estate.

That move came before the season began. McCourt fired the head of security to cut costs and severly reduced their staff.
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