Cooperman comments after verdict reached in civil lawsuit
"Assault victim contests jury award", The Daily Record
Harriet Cooperman, Partner and Co-Chair of the Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Practice Group, is quoted in this article about a federal jury award that was far less than her client had offered to settle the case.
Cooperman represented the defendant who was accused of assaulting a female during a management retreat. Her client maintained his innocence throughout his criminal and civil trials. Weeks before the verdict, her client offered to settle the case for as much as $300,000, realizing it was unlikely that the jury would believe his complete denial that an incident had taken place.
After the weeks long trial, the jury awarded the plaintiff $3,880 in medical expenses (representing almost four years of psychological counseling) and $50,000 in compensatory damages and no punitive damages. "Frankly, for us, it was a huge result," Cooperman said. "We actually had filed an offer of judgment, and now we've filed a bill of costs."