Pier 5 Hotel Hit With $34M Verdict Over Gas Leak

Law360, New York (July 29, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT) -- A Baltimore jury has slapped the owner of the city's downtown Pier 5 Hotel with a $34 million verdict, awarding damages to 23 restaurant workers who claimed in a liability and negligence suit that they were poisoned by a 2008 carbon monoxide leak.

The verdict, reached Wednesday in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City after a 13-week trial and two days of deliberations, far exceeds a $710,000 per-person, noneconomic damages cap imposed by Maryland law.

The jury of three men and three women awarded damages for...
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