Fla. Court Affirms $12M Verdict Over Motel Guest's Murder

By Y. Peter Kang (February 19, 2020, 6:54 PM EST) -- A Florida appeals court on Wednesday upheld a jury's $12 million verdict in a suit accusing a motel and its lax security of causing a guest's murder by a neighborhood man, saying the motel can't fault the guest's companion, who left her at the motel locked out of their room.

A three-judge Court of Appeal panel unanimously affirmed a Miami-Dade County jury's verdict in a suit accusing The Waves of Hialeah Inc., the owner and operator of the Chesapeake Motel, of causing the 2016 death of guest Yaimi Guevara Machado, who was murdered by Ronald Andrade during a sexual assault....

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