With it being such a huge corporation, and with the litigious tendencies of the American consumer, it’s no surprise that the Walt Disney Company is constantly being sued. We usually just see it as a brief mention on TV or online and hardly ever hear how the stories eventually wind up.
But for once, we get to hear, as Paul Harvey used to say, “…the rest of the story.”
Courtroom View Network (CVN) is a U.S. company that provides video, as well as printed synopses of civil (and occasionally Federal) trials. Established in 2006, it webcasts courtroom proceedings, including civil trials, hearings, and oral arguments via subscription, as well as offers free viewing of, essentially, “Readers’ Digest Condensed Versions” of what happened during the trial, via a blog format.
This is what recently was featured on the CVN website:
In this negligence case, plaintiff is seeking damages for injuries she claims she suffered when a Disney World Resort employee ran over her foot with a service cart.
As per CVN, a
Meanwhile, Disney’s legal team questioned the severity of the woman’s injury and the circumstances surrounding the accident. One of Disney’s lawyers told the jurors J.W. missed multiple medical appointments before the CRPS diagnosis, failed to follow doctors’ advice, and continued to work a job that required full days and frequent travel. He also submitted results of testing that showed it would be difficult for the cart to roll over a guest’s foot. “These carts [do] not run over objects very well,” he said.
Disney’s lawyer also added that J.W.’s version of the events lacked potentially key corroborating evidence. For example, she never took the name of the cast member who was pushing the cart, the concierge she said she spoke to claimed to have no memory of the incident, and Disney didn’t have accident reports it typically would make in these types of situations. During their closing arguments, Disney’s lawyers also suggested that the symptoms J.W. said she had didn’t match those seen with CRPS.
The trial lasted about a week and after deliberation, t
Not, by the way, $11 million.
And now you know the rest of the story.
If YOU were on that jury, what you YOU had said?
For more information about this trial, refer to CVN’s website:
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