Once you know all the facts of the case, this ruling seems eminently fair:
A Dallas judge has ordered cable company Charter Spectrum to pay $1.147 billion to the family of an 83-year-old grandmother robbed and stabbed to death in her home by one of the company's cable technicians.
Cable field technician Roy Holden killed Betty Thomas at her home in Irving with his Charter Spectrum knife in 2019.
The judgment signed Monday by Dallas County Judge Juan Renteria found the[sic] Charter "knowingly and intentionally committed forgery with the intent to defraud or harm Plaintiffs."
Testimony in the trial found that Charter Spectrum ignored countless red flags about Holden from the date of his hire to the day of the murder. The company removed an employee screening program in 2016 and allegedly hired Holden without verifying his employment history, which he lied about on his application.
Yeah you can file "drop your screening program and hire a guy without checking into his past" under the heading of:
Of course, no settlement can bring Betty Thomas back. But at least her family won't have to sweat money anymore:
A jury previously reached a verdict in July calling for Charter Spectrum to pay $7 billion for gross negligence. The family's legal team says the new lower amount makes it less likely to be reduced on appeal.
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