TRI-MET Negligent Security Case Results in Defense Verdict

Spencer v. TRI MET, Multnomah County Case No. 1301-01126

Plaintiff was on a TRI-MET train heading from downtown Portland to Gresham when she and a friend were attacked by a group of teenage boys.  The train stopped at SE 82nd and the boys got off the train but were able to re-board and throw an object hitting plaintiff in the face.  Plaintiff suffered a laceration to her face, damaged teeth, and emotional injuries.  Plaintiff alleged that TRI-MET was negligent for failing to have adequate security, failing to keep the doors shut after the boys exited the train and failing to monitor the passenger compartment and notify police of the attack.  TRI-MET denied liability and argued that plaintiff herself engaged in hostile verbal and aggressive physical action with the group on the train and was therefore negligent and  caused her own injuries.

Plaintiff’s Counsel – Joshua Callahan

Defense Counsel – Gregory Skillman

Verdict – Defense Verdict

Date – June 4, 2014

June 5, 2014

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