LA Dodgers, Not Former Owner Frank McCourt, Found Negligent in Bryan Stow Beating Case

The San Francisco Giants fan was severely beaten by two Los Angeles fans in March 2011

The Los Angeles Dodgers, but not former owner Frank McCourt, were found negligent Wednesday in the 2011 severe beating of San Francisco Giants fan Bryan Stow.

Stow, a paramedic from Santa Cruz, Calif., was beaten in the parking lot after a Dodgers home game. He was left unconscious, with such serious injuries that his lawyers said he will require 24/7 medical assistance for the rest of his life.

Stow’s lawsuit accused the Dodgers and McCourt of failing to provide adequate security and lighting in the parking lot during the Opening Day game.

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As part of the case, Stow was awarded roughly $18 million to cover medical expenses and loss of earnings, past, present and future. His lawyer, Thomas Girardi, was seeking more than twice that amount.

Wednesday marked Day 9 of jury deliberations — after they were deadlocked and took a recess for the July 4 holiday.

Los Angeles Dodgers LLC — which was founded by McCourt — is only responsible to pay 25 percent of the awarded total. It is important to note that current team ownership is not a part of the case, nor are the current owners responsible for the financial burden.

The rest of the burden falls to Rialto residents Louie Sanchez and Marvin Norwood, who repeatedly kicked Stow in the head while he was on the ground. The two have since pleaded guilty.

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McCourt’s company filed for bankruptcy in 2011, and the team was sold in 2012 for $2 billion dollars to an investment group that includes NBA Hall-of-Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson.