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Scott Britton Obtains Not Guilty Verdict

On June 27, 1999, plaintiff was accompanying family members who planned to fly from O’Hare Airport to New Orleans, and they parked their vehicle at defendant, Park ‘N Jet which provided a courtesy shuttle van to the airport terminal.

Scott Britton tried a case in Cook County, February 18-21, 2003.

On June 27, 1999, plaintiff was accompanying family members who planned to fly from O’Hare Airport to New Orleans, and they parked their vehicle at defendant, Park ‘N Jet which provided a courtesy shuttle van to the airport terminal. While stepping out of the van onto a plastic step stool provided by defendant, the stool slid out from under plaintiff and caused her to fall. Plaintiff F-37 sustained a trimalleolar fracture and dislocation of her right ankle, requiring open reduction and internal fixation with plate and screws, Defendant argued that the step stool was appropriate and that the plaintiff was comparatively negligent. Parties agreed to verdict of ten jurors after one was excused because she had cut defendant’s employee’s hair and another was dismissed as a holdout when the jury was deadlocked 10-1 after several hours of deliberations. After the ten jurors came back with a verdict of $883,927 reduced 85%, the judge pointed out they had incorrectly completed the verdict form and sent them back to deliberate again. Defense counsel filed motion for immediate judgment on the verdict in favor of defendant since recovery was barred with plaintiff more than 50% comparatively negligent. Judge Duncan-Brice agreed and brought the jury back out to enter judgment on the verdict as it had been originally been filled out.