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Thursday, August 03, 2006

Verdict overturned in stadium beer suit

The attorney for the family of the paralyzed toddler, calling the case a "major societal issue", says he'll appeal to the state supreme court:

Appeals court tosses out beer verdict
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — An appeals court on Thursday overturned a landmark $105 million verdict against a stadium vendor that sold beer to a drunken fan who later paralyzed a girl in an auto wreck.
Ordering a new trial, the three-judge state appeals panel said the trial court improperly allowed testimony about the “drinking environment” at the 1999 football game at Giants Stadium.
The family claimed that vendors for Philadelphia-based Aramark Corp. continued to sell beer to Daniel Lanzaro during a 1999 New York Giants game even though he was clearly drunk, and that the concessionaire fostered an atmosphere in which intoxicated patrons were able to still buy alcohol.
Hours later, Lanzaro, then 34, caused the wreck that paralyzed then-2-year-old Antonia Verni from the neck down.

Hat tip to reader aqua!

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