Erin Andrews Seeking Full $55 Million in Damages from Nashville Marriott
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Sportscaster Erin Andrews won her civil trial against the owner and operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University and her stalker Michael David Barrett earlier this month. But her battle with the hotel isn't over yet.
The Tennessean reported the Fox Sports reporter is seeking the full $55 million in awarded damages from the hotel owner, West End Hotel Partners, and operator, Windsor Capital Group.
Earlier this month, a jury found the two companies to be 49 percent responsible for the harm Andrews suffered when video of her undressing in her room taken by Barrett was posted online, meaning they are responsible for paying approximately half of the awarded damages, with Barrett on the hook for the remainder.
But since Barrett is unlikely to come up with his share, Andrews' attorneys are requesting Nashville Circuit Judge Hamilton Gayden rule that Barrett's actions were a possible consequence of the hotel's negligence, thus allowing him to apply rules of joint and several liability that would require the hotel owner and operator to pay out the full $55 million.
According to the Tennessean, the court filing requests that Gayden either rule in favor of Andrews or allow legal argument.
Attorney and case analyst Mark Chalos told the Tennessean the argument is "very solid" and "based on well-reasoned Tennessee legal decisions."
Although it remains to be seen whether Gayden will ultimately side with Andrews, it's clear the case has cast the hotel industry in a negative light.
In a statement following the March 7 verdict, West End Hotel Partners said Barrett's actions "serve as a reminder to the hotel industry to review safety and security procedures that ensure a first-rate experience to all guests."
Industry experts tend to agree that the high-profile case will prompt hotels to review their policies pertaining to privacy and security as well as implement additional training for hotel staff.
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