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Hughes and Cole Secure Jury Defense Verdict Against $12 Million Demand in Premises Security Incident

May 18, 2022

Peter Hughes (Partner-San Diego, CA | San Francisco, CA) and Kammann Cole (Associate-San Diego, CA) obtained a jury defense verdict on behalf of an insured bar owner in San Diego Superior Court after a three-week trial. The plaintiffs attempted to enter the insured’s restaurant/bar on St. Patrick's Day in 2019 after having been expelled from the bar next door. The plaintiffs were intoxicated and spit on the bar’s security guards, who were not properly licensed at the time of the incident, and an altercation ensued. One of the plaintiffs suffered a fractured leg and another alleged a traumatic brain injury. The plaintiffs' counsel demanded $12 million in compensation and punitive damages. Peter and Kammann were able to secure a favorable defense verdict on behalf of the firm’s client.  

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