A cable firm mentioned it plans to attraction a $375 million jury verdict by which it was discovered 90% liable in an worker’s homicide of an 83-year-old buyer.
A Dallas jury on Thursday discovered Stamford, Connecticut-based Constitution Communications LLC, which operates below the title Spectrum, liable in reference to the 2019 loss of life of Betty Thomas. A second trial to find out punitive damages is scheduled for Monday, based on a spokeswoman for the plaintiff legislation agency.
In accordance with information reviews, Constitution worker Roy James Holden Jr. paid a service go to to Ms. Thomas, then returned the following day whereas off the clock sporting his firm uniform and driving his firm van and stabbed her to loss of life with a company-issued knife. Mr. Holden is now serving a life sentence.
In accordance with the jury verdict type within the case, William Goff et al. v. Roy James Holden Jr. and Constitution Communications LLC, the Dallas County jury responded “sure” to the query of whether or not Constitution’s negligence induced Ms. Thomas’ loss of life, and located the corporate 90% accountable, and Mr. Holden 10% accountable.
The jury specified a $100 million award for Ms. Thomas’ ache and psychological anguish, amongst different prices.
Plaintiff legislation agency Dallas-based Hamilton Wingo LLP mentioned in a press release that trial testimony “revealed systemic failures of the corporate’s pre-employee screening, hiring and supervision practices, in addition to failures to deal with identified warning indicators and management the off-duty use of firm autos – all of which led” to Ms. Thomas’ preventable homicide.
Constitution mentioned in a press release, “The accountability for this horrible act rests solely with Mr. Holden, and we’re grateful he’s in jail for all times. Whereas we respect the jury and the justice system, we strongly disagree with the decision and plan to attraction.”
The assertion continued, “The legislation in Texas and the info introduced at trial clearly present this crime was not foreseeable: At Constitution, we’re dedicated to the security of all our prospects and took the required steps, together with a radical pre-employment felony background examine — which confirmed no arrests, convictions or different felony conduct.
“Nor did something in Mr. Holden’s efficiency after he was employed counsel he was able to the crime he dedicated, together with greater than 1,000 accomplished service calls with zero buyer complaints about his conduct.”