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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Aug 1, 2014

A jury from Brazos County in Texas has awarded $27 million in a lawsuit against McDonalds in connection to the 2012 deaths of two Blinn College students.

Jurors found the fast food giants 97% responsible for the deaths of Denton Ward, 18, and Lauren Baily Crisp, 19, both of whom died in February 2012.

The two were violently attacked in the parking lot of a McDonalds near the University.  The plaintiff’s attorneys argued that had the teens not been attacked at the McDonald’s, the car accident that occurred 11 minutes later while Samantha Bean was attempting to get the men to the hospital would not have happened.

There had been a string of well-documented fights and violent altercations at the McDonald’s in the months leading up to the fatal incident. The plaintiffs argued that it was the duty of store managers and corporate employees to enlist the services of a security guard to protect patrons.

While it was never disputed that Crisp died in the car accident, jurors heard conflicting conclusions from expert witnesses as to the true cause of Ward’s death.

Attorneys Chris Hamilton, Robert Langdon and Jon Miller, spent four days outlining the details of the situation. The crux of the trial hinged on the pattern of violence at the McDonald’s and management’s inability to take action.

Former McDonald’s general manager Carlos Butler state in a video deposition that he was unaware of the 20-plus incidents policed responded to between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

Attorneys for McDonald’s argued that it was the teen’s decision to consume alcohol underage that ultimately led to their deaths.

However, jurors sided with the plaintiffs and awarded the families of the deceased $27 million.