Buzzer Beater Trial?

Sherman v. lay, Multnomah County Case No. 14CV14651

Plaintiff Sherman attended Game 6 of the 2014 NBA Western Conference Playoff series between the Portland Trailblazers and Houston Rockets at the Moda Center. Defendant Lay was at the game seated in the row directly behind Sherman.  The game ended in a game-winning shot by Damian Lillard.  Sherman alleged that Lay was drunk and as they stood to cheer Lay fell, knocking her down a flight of stairs.  Sherman claimed that Lay was negligent in becoming drunk and unable to control her body.  She alleged injuries including a torn rotator cuff and bone bruising in her leg and knee. Sherman sought $14,090.00 for past medical expenses, $70,139.00 for future medical expenses, $6,700.00 in lost wages, $513,871.00 in diminished earning capacity and $145,000.00 in non-economic damages.

Lay admitted falling forward during the burst of excitement.  She claimed another person bumped her causing her to lose her balance.  She denied being intoxicated.  She disputed that the fall was the cause of Sherman’s injury, pointing out that the injury pre-existed the fall, and she contested Sherman’s damages.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Stephen C. Hendricks

Defense Counsel – Cliff J. Wilson

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – December 11, 2015

December 19, 2015

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