A King County jury awarded $46 million to a man rendered a paraplegic in a shooting that took place at a Denny’s restaurant.
The man, Steven Tolenoa, was enjoying breakfast at Denny’s when he was gunned down by another patron. Tolenoa subsequently sued Denny’s, alleging that Denny’s failed to protect him from foreseeable criminal conduct. Evidence showed that the police had been called to this particular Denny’s 1,100 times in just two years. Under Washington law, Denny’s owes a duty to protect its patrons from foreseeable criminal conduct.
Before the jury rendered its verdict, however, Tolenoa settled with Denny’s for $13 million to avoid an eventual appeal.
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