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that sparked a nationwide conversation
on empathy. “They wanted to make this
point that she had been successful in
her career and so forth,” says Broillet.
“But for celebrities, there’s a public
Carr and Broillet countered that Nash-
persona and a reality of what’s going on
in their personal lives. Yes, in one sense
Erin Andrews is living her dream. But in
another sense she’s living a nightmare.”
Defense lawyers also argued that Bar-
rett was solely to blame for the incident.
ville Marriott was negligent in allowing
Barrett to learn Andrews’ room number.
The $75 million figure was based on the
calculations of an internet expert at Penn
State University, who determined that the
video had already been viewed 16. 7 million times, and was still being viewed at
the rate of more than a half-million times
per year. “Nobody knows of any way to get
it off the internet,” Broillet adds.
After a two-week trial in early 2016, ju-
rors deemed Barrett 51 percent responsible
and the other parties 49 percent respon-
sible, and awarded Andrews $55 million.
A few weeks later, Andrews, who is now a
correspondent for Fox Sports, settled to
put a halt to the appeals process.
“There is no greater motivation for
these hotels than the prospect of financial accountability,” says Broillet. “If they
know they’re going to have to pay for not
doing things the right way, they’re going
to do things the right way.
“Her courage has redounded to the
benefit of everybody in America who goes
to hotels,” he adds. “The improvement of
the quality of safety and security in the
way hotels conduct their business had
been advanced enormously by the fact
that Erin stood up and made a statement
about what is right.”
Partners Thomas Johnston and Nicholas Hutchinson,
both recognized on this year’s Super Lawyers list, formed
Johnston & Hutchinson LLP after practicing for 10 years
at a national plaintiff’s practice in Los Angeles and
continue to handle major cases throughout California.
Johnston is recognized on the Super Lawyers Top 100
list for 2017 and was also selected as a staff instructor
for the prestigious Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.
Recent highlights include a $23,000,000 verdict against
the city of Los Angeles for the dangerous condition of a
public roadway that set a courthouse and county record;
a $9,500,000 settlement against a county bus operator; a
$4,350,000 settlement in a complicated products liability
case arising out of serious burns to a utility worker; a
$1,600,000 medical negligence settlement against a
county hospital; a $1,000,000 settlement against Caltrans
during jury deliberations; and a $700,000 mid-trial
settlement in a no-offer breach-of-contract case in San
Johnston & Hutchinson is a trial firm
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