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SPIELBERG v. AMERICAN AIRLINES

United States District Court, Southern District of New York


July 18, 2000

NANCY SPIELBERG, ET AL. PLAINTIFFS,
V.
AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC., DEFENDANT.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Motley, District Judge.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

Plaintiffs, Nancy Spielberg, Jessica Katz, Melissa Katz, Karen Berman, Leah Berman, Louis Weiss, Alice Weiss, Gerson Freedman, Miriam Lewinger, Garry Bonner, Kenny Vance, Murray Weinstock and Tavous Lavi, recovered a verdict in the amount of $2,225,000.00 from defendant, American Airlines, Inc. ("American") following a seven day jury trial before this court on October 7, 1999. Defendants now file a motion for a new trial or, in the alternative, for a remittitur of the verdict. The court hereby grants defendant's motion for a remittitur of the verdict as to plaintiff Melissa Katz,

Plaintiffs' awards for past and future emotional distress are as follows:

# Passenger Total Award Past Emotional Future Emotional Distress Distress

1. Nancy Spielberg $160,000.00 $150,000.00 0

2. Jessica Katz $215,000.00 $150,000.00 $50,000.00

3. Melissa Katz $165,000.00 $150,000.00 N/A*fn1

4. Karen Berman $190,000.00 $150,000.00 $30,000.00

5. Leah Berman $215,000.00 $150,000.00 $50,000.00

6. Tavous Lavi $165,000.00 $150,000.00 N/A

7. Kenny Vance $160,000.00 $150,000.00 0

8. Garry Bonner $160,000.00 $150,000.00 0

9. Murray Weinstock $165,000.00 $150,000.00 0

10. Gerson Freedman $180,000.00 $150,000.00 N/A

11. Louis Weiss $150,000.00 $150,000.00 N/A

12. Alice Weiss $150,000.00 $150,000.00 N/A

13. Miriam Lewinger $150,000.00 $150,000.00 0

TOTAL $2,225,000.00 $1,950,000.00 $130,000.00


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