From the Bryan TX Eagle:
A Brazos County jury on Wednesday awarded a $27 million in a lawsuit against McDonald’s relating to the 2012 deaths of two Blinn College students.
Jurors found** McDonald’s negligence to be 97 percent responsible** for the deaths of Denton Ward, 18, of Flower Mound, and Lauren Bailey Crisp, 19, of Flower Mound, both of whom died in the early morning hours of Feb. 18, 2012.
The remaining 3 percent of liability was laid on the men who violently attacked Ward and his friend, Tanner Giesen, 21, in the parking lot of the McDonald’s at 801 University Drive.
The jury’s verdict reflects the argument plaintiffs’ attorneys made from the start of the seven-day trial: Had Ward and Giesen not been assaulted at the McDonald’s, the car accident that occurred 11 minutes later while Samantha Bean, another friend, was attempting to get the men to the hospital would not have happened.
And because of a well-documented police record of fights and assaults at the University Drive McDonald’s in the months leading up to the incident, store managers and corporate employees had a duty to hire security to protect patrons.
Honestly, I can, under the circumstances, understand some liability being awarded to the local McDonalds franchisee. 10%…sure. 25%…maybe.
But the jurors found that McDonalds was 97% responsible while the ones who actually did the beating are only 3% responsible?
The mind boggles.
Can somebody please explain to me the justice of the ones doing the beating only being 3% responsible for the damages that resulted from the beatings they did? It is, honestly, beyond my comprehension.