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Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Lawsuit Settlement

Mark Chalos Comments on Erin Andrews Voyeur Lawsuit Settlement

As reported by The Tennessean  (subscription), and The Daily Mail (UK) sportscaster and television personality Erin Andrews has settled her viewport filming lawsuit against a Nashville, Tennessee hotel owner and operator. The host of FOX College Football for Fox Sports, nude video footage of Ms. Andrews was circulated on the internet after the hotel allowed a stalker sufficient access to secretly record her naked through her room’s peephole.

The terms of the settlement agreement are being kept confidential. Attorneys in the case noted that Ms. Andrews is “satisfied” with the settlement. In March of 2016, the jury awarded Andrews $55 million, noting that Andrews’ stalker bore responsibility for $28 million of the judgment, and that the hotel owner and operator were responsible for the balance.

The settlement occurred hours before the attorneys were to return to court to review an outstanding issue that could have increased the hotel companies’ obligations in the judgment, according to the Bleacher Report.

The original verdict and the impending risk of potentially paying more could have provided the motivation to settle, said Mark Chalos, a lawyer at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein who analyzed the case for The Tennessean and The Daily Mail.

“While nobody aside from Andrews, her lawyers, and the other side will know the amount for sure, it would be reasonable to assume that the owners settled for somewhere around the original amount, provided they had adequate insurance and assets to cover it,” Chalos said to The Daily Mail.

Chalos also noted that insurance limits could also have capped the amount of the settlement.

“When we win in a trial, I take the position that the jury has set the floor and let’s negotiate up from there,” he said, speaking about his approach in these kinds of cases. As for the bottom line numbers in this case? “We’ll probably never know,” Chalos concluded.

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.