CVN screenshot of plaintiff attorney Adam Breeden delivering his closing argument
Las Vegas, NV - A Nevada state court jury has ordered MGM Resorts International to pay $524,000 to a man injured by a temporary sign that fell on him near a hotel pool, after he rejected a pre-trial settlement offer of $2.5 million.
Plaintiff Glenn Richardson, the founder of a celebrity talent agency, suffered head and body injuries in 2015, when a large arch-shaped sign at the Mandalay Bay hotel toppled over in a wind gust and landed on is back and neck. His attorneys sought $35 million dollars in compensation, claiming the accident left Richardson with a traumatic brain injury that caused permanent cognitive and memory problems.
Following a 15-day trial that concluded on November 19, Richardson’s legal team asked jurors to award him $10 million for past pain and suffering, $20 million for future pain and suffering, $2.1 million in medical and economic damages, and $3 million to his wife for a loss of consortium claim.
The full trial was webcast and recorded gavel-to-gavel by Courtroom View Network.
Adam Breeden, of Breeden Malpractice & Injury Law, argued that staff at the MGM-owned Mandalay Bay were negligent in setting up the sign and failed to take adequate steps to ensure it would remain stable in gusty winds.
He stated he would appeal the verdict.
MGM, represented by attorneys from Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial and the Law Offices of Lincoln, Gustafson & Cercos LLP maintained that Richardson’s injuries were not as serious as he claimed, arguing that he had made a substantial recovery since the accident and that any ongoing impact from the event would not substantially effect his quality of life.
The trial took place before Clark County Judge Richard Scotti.
Gavel-to-gavel video of the full trial is available to CVN subscribers as part of CVN’s one-of-a-kind online trial video archive.
The case is captioned Glenn Richardson v. Mandalay Corp., case number A-17-750846-C in Clark County Circuit Court, Nevada.
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