For Badly Beaten Fan Says LA Dodgers Skimped On Security
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[May 30, 2014]
By Dana Feldman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A baseball fan
suing the Los Angeles Dodgers and the team's former owner for $35
million could have been spared a brutal beating that left him with brain
damage if the team had not skimped on security spending, a lawyer for
the fan told jurors on Thursday.
Bryan Stow, who can no longer work as a paramedic after the attack
at Dodger Stadium on opening day of the 2011 season, is seeking $35
million in compensation to pay for past and future medical care and
the college education of his two children, his lawyer Thomas Girardi
Stow's lawsuit accused the Dodgers and former owner Frank McCourt of
scrimping on security to support the lavish lifestyle of McCourt and
his then-wife, saying Stow was beaten in a poorly lit parking lot
area where there was no security guard on duty.
Attorneys for the Dodgers argued that the team provided heavy
security at the 2011 opener against the team's long-time rival, the
Stow, from Santa Cruz, had been attending an opening-day game
between the perennial rivals when two men attacked him the parking
The attackers were later convicted of charges stemming from the
beating, which left Stow in a medically induced coma for months and
prompted calls to address violence tied to sports rivalries.
Stow, 45, did not attend opening arguments on Thursday, but had
previously appeared in a wheelchair during jury selection.
Girardi told jurors in opening arguments of the civil trial that
McCourt should have known about the possibility for violence and the
need for better security at the game.
"You need to take the steps to prevent bad things from happening to
people, it takes money to do that," Girardi said, telling jurors the
Dodgers had paid to have 120 uniformed police officers at the
stadium in 2009, but only 19 in 2011 on the day Stow was beaten.
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Attorney Dana Fox, representing McCourt and the Los Angeles Dodgers,
told jurors that 437 security people had been working that day
including uniformed police officers as well as private guards and
"The Dodgers had never had a larger security force for an opening
day game," Fox said.
A group led by former basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson and
investment banking firm Guggenheim Partners bought the Dodgers for
$2 billion from McCourt in 2012, nearly a year after the team landed
in bankruptcy court.
(Reporting by Dana Feldman in Los Angeles, Writing by Alex
Dobuzinskis; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and David Gregorio)
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