LA Clippers Owner Must Pay Tenant $17M Over Building Fire

Law360, Los Angeles (December 18, 2012, 8:48 PM EST) -- A California jury said Tuesday that billionaire Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling had to pay $15 million in punitive damages to a former tenant who alleged Sterling's disregard for tenant safety caused a fire that destroyed her apartment, bringing her total recovery to $17.3 million.

The jury's verdict found Sterling liable not only for the fire damage to actress Robyn Cohen's property, but also for the way she was treated by his staff after the Sept. 28, 2009, blaze at a 54-unit West Hollywood apartment...
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