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Los Angeles awards $13.9 million to Stow


LOS ANGELES -- Bryan Stow, a Giants fan who was seriously injured during an altercation in a Dodger Stadium parking lot after the 2011 Opening Day game, was awarded $13.9 million for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and non-economic damages by a Los Angeles Superior Court jury last Wednesday.

The verdict came after a five-week trial and nine additional days of deliberations. Stow sought in excess of $65 million in compensatory damages from the Dodgers.

By a 9-3 vote, the jury found the two men who caused Stow's injuries in the altercation -- Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood -- 75 percent responsible for Stow's damages. The Dodgers were found to be 25 percent responsible.

The jury rejected Stow's claim the Dodgers acted with malice and in conscious disregard of Stow's safety.

The jury determined that former Dodgers chairman Frank McCourt, who testified at the trial, was not liable. The jury also found Stow was not liable.

"The Dodgers do not agree with every part of the verdict, but we certainly appreciate the fact this jury spent a lot of time wrestling with substantial evidence, and clearly tried to come to the right decision," said club attorney Dana Fox. "This unfortunate incident was caused solely by Sanchez and Norwood and, unfortunately, Mr. Stow, but we respect the jury's decision."

With respect to the damages sought by the plaintiff, Fox noted, "the jury clearly rejected the plaintiff's numbers and followed the evidence of damages offered by the defense. While no one could deny this man suffered significant, life-altering injuries and you have to feel sympathy for Mr. Stow, the jury clearly concluded the plaintiff's claimed numbers were not supported by the evidence."

The Dodgers have not yet decided whether to appeal the verdict. Stow also has the right to appeal.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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