As reported in The Tennessean, a Nashville jury on March 7th awarded television broadcaster Erin Andrews $55 million in her civil case over secretly recorded nude videos, and the paper posed teh question, how much of that money will Ms. Andrews actually get?
The conventional wisdom is that the Fox Sports reporter will likely receive much less than the verdict amount. While Michael Barrett, who tampered with the peephole into Andrews’ Nashville Marriott room to secretly record nude videos of Andrews, was found responsible for $28 million of the jury’s verdict, he is thought to have no assets from which Andrews could collect on the judgment. The Tennessean once again called on Lieff Cabraser’s Mark Chalos for analysis and insight.
Chalos opined that it was significant that Barret did not appear at the trial or even try to put on a defense. “If he had significant assets, I would expect that he would have participated in the trial if for no other reason than to protect his assets.” Chalos further noted that as the verdict holds the hotel owner and operator responsible for $27 million, the amount is a good incentive for starting settlement talks. “I don’t expect [the hotel entities] want to continue under the guillotine of a $55 million jury verdict,” Chalos said.
There’s also strong possibility that the defendants will appeal the verdict. Such an appeal would put any payments to Andrews on hold, and one possible result would be a judge lowering the payment amount. Appealing the jury’s verdict could take years, Chalos said. “The case is far from over unless the parties settle,” he said.
About Mark Chalos
The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark P. Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. Mark has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.
Through jury trials, Chalos has held wrong-doers accountable, including representing 32 school children who were videotaped undressing in their school locker room ($1.28 million jury verdict) and a young woman who suffered a severe brain injury in a car wreck (nearly $4 million jury verdict). Mark also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.