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Ducks GM Bob Murray wins court case

Aug 20, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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David Ashenfelter reports that a Detroit jury cleared Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray of paying monetary damages related to assault charges following an incident in which he allegedly “threw” a chair at Rachel Paris during the 2009 playoffs.

Paris claimed that it was “no accident,” but the jury felt differently according to Ashenfelter’s report.

Jurors told the Free Press they wanted to award damages to Paris because they thought she was injured in the incident. But they said they couldn’t do that without first concluding that Murray had intentionally assaulted Paris. They said many of the jurors felt her injuries were the result of an accident, not an assault.

Paris’ current lawyers said that the case was handled poorly by her original lawyer.

They said he failed to include a negligence count in the lawsuit, which would have enabled the jury to award damages to Paris even if they disagreed about whether Murray assaulted her.

After the trial, Paris said that the injuries she suffered “wiped out” her life.

Paris said in court papers that her boss, fearful of losing his contract at the arena, fired her when she decided to pursue the case against Murray. She said she has been unable to find work since the incident. She didn’t have health insurance.


Paris claims it was “no accident”

Background on the case

  1. sjsharks66 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:03 PM

    So if he throws a chair and hits someone in a fit of rage, he is not liable for the person he hits?

    • ikillchicken - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      Yes. If someone is doing something stupid like throwing chairs around and hits someone accidentally, they would surely be liable for negligence.

      However, as the article explains, she failed to actually sue him for negligence. She chose to only sue him for deliberate assault. The jury likely would have awarded damages on the grounds of negligence, but they can’t award something that the person never actually claimed for.

  2. jernster21 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Yeah and I want monetary damages for the potential lock out because if it happens, my life is wiped out too. I have steady work and health insurance.

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