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Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

Mark Chalos on Erin Andrews Stalker Case: Debts from Malicious Conduct Not Erasable by Bankruptcy

As reported by The Tennessean, the convicted stalker in the Erin Andrews peephole nude video case cannot escape the jury’s $28 million judgment against him through bankrupcty. Federal bankruptcy court Judge Trish Brown has ruled that Michael David Barrett, Andrews’ stalker, must pay the judgment stemming from the 2008 violation in full.

Lieff Cabraser’s Mark P. Chalos was once again tapped by The Tennessean for analysis of the case’s newest developments. “Barrett tried to avoid accountability for the harm he caused by declaring bankruptcy,” said Chalos, the managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, who has served as a legal analyst for The Tennessean throughout Andrews’ case. “He tried to hide from the Nashville jury verdict.”

“Debts that result from willful and malicious conduct are not able to be wiped away by a bankruptcy.”

Andrews now works for Fox Sports and ABC. In 2008, she was covering a Vanderbilt University football game for ESPN when the video was taken at the Nashville Marriott. The 2016 trial lasted 6 days, and concluded with a demonstrable victory for Andrews.

About Mark Chalos

The managing partner of Lieff Cabraser’s Nashville office, Mark Chalos represents individuals who have suffered catastrophic personal injuries and families whose loved ones died due to the negligence or misconduct of others. He has obtained millions of dollars in settlements for families who have been harmed by wrongful conduct.

Through jury trials, Mr. 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). He also obtained an $8 million arbitration award on behalf of a business client.