Record jury verdict in Iowa County for buns suffered at a campus bar

Trial Attorney: Mark McNabola
Verdict Amount: $1.6 million

A college student suffered burns on her face, arms and chest in an incident at a campus bar at the University of Iowa. A bartender poured grain alcohol into the bar well and lit it on fire. The flames went out of control and into the crowd. The Defendant’s lawyers argued that the student accelerated the fire by her own conduct. That claim was rejected by the jury. After a six-day jury trial, in Iowa City the jury returned a verdict in favor of the victim. According to the Iowa City Press-Citizen, the award is one of the largest in Johnson County history. The offer prior to jury trial was $200,000.

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