Erin Andrews Settles Lawsuit with Nashville Hotel
PHOTO: Erin Andrews (Photo courtesy of Michael Buckner/Getty Images).
Celebrity sportscaster Erin Andrews has settled her lawsuit against the owner and operator of the Nashville Marriott at Vanderbilt University, the Tennessean reported.
Andrews was awarded $55 million in damages last month after a jury found West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital Group to be 49 percent responsible for a 2008 stalking and peeping Tom incident that led to nude videos of Andrews being uploaded to the Internet.
As a result of the verdict, the two companies were ordered to pay out approximately $27 million to Andrews. But it's unclear how much the two sides settled for.
"This litigation is over," Andrews' lawyer Randall Kinnard confirmed in a statement via the Tennessean. "Erin Andrews is satisfied with the settlement, the terms of which are confidential."
While the terms remain confidential, it appears likely that the companies were motivated to settle with Andrews given the potential for them to be put on the hook for millions more.
According to court papers, Kinnard had requested that the judge apply rules of joint and several liability that could have ultimately assigned the full $55 million in damages to the two hotel companies.
"When there is uncertainty, that’s oftentimes a driver of settlements," lawyer and case analyst Mark Chalos told the Tennessean. "That could have played a factor."
Andrews' stalker Michael David Barrett was found 51 percent responsible for the incident but is unlikely to ever be able to pay Andrews the $28 million the jury settled on.
Nonetheless Monday's news signals an end to a lengthy saga that many experts feel will impact the hotel industry in some way, shape or form, whether its by forcing companies to review their policies or leading some hotels to invest in peephole covers.
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