In our last post, we began a discussion about a premises liability lawsuit
alleging negligent security. While the incident took place near a college
campus in Texas, the details of the case are similar to one that Los Angeles
residents know well: The near-fatal beating of a fan in the Dodgers Stadium
parking lot. A jury recently ruled in favor of the plaintiff, awarding
him $18 million in damages.
Like the Dodgers Stadium case, this
premises liability lawsuit involved allegations of negligent security that led to a severe
beating in a parking lot. Two young men were attacked by a mob in a McDonald’s
parking lot next to the Texas A&M University campus in 2012. Plaintiffs
allege that one of the victims died as a result of the beating, and a
young woman was killed in a car accident while driving the victims to
An attorney representing the plaintiffs said that fights and violence were
common in that particular area, and McDonald’s failed to provide
adequate security. The attorney said: “The night these two kids
died, this was a dangerous location, and McDonald's knew it. Yet they
did nothing to prevent their senseless deaths.” As proof of the
known dangers, plaintiffs presented evidence that police had been called
more than 20 times in the previous year to respond to fights in the area.
Recently, a jury ruled in favor of the plaintiffs and found that McDonald’s
had been 97 percent negligent. The families of the two victims were awarded
$27 million in damages.
There are many parallels between this incident and the beating at Dodgers
Stadium. Among the most obvious is the fact that both were preventable
and neither should have happened. Business owners cannot always ensure
that rowdy and violent customers stay away, but they can take steps to
ensure that other customers are adequately protected.
Source: Courthouse News Service, "
$27 Million Award Against McDonald's," David Lee, July 31, 2014