New trial denied in CD tossing lawsuit
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A woman who was denied a $600,000 legal claim from the Roaring Fork School District Re-1 also was denied a request for a new trial, according to the Lasater and Martin P.C. law firm.The law firm, representing the school district, announced that 9th Judicial District Judge James Boyd upheld a jury’s decision not to award the money to Jessica Snyder in August. Snyder appealed the decision to award her no damages, but Boyd denied the request Thursday, the law firm said.Snyder was a student at Glenwood Springs Middle School in 1997 when she went to a sixth-grade Halloween dance. She alleged in her lawsuit that the district, the principal and a teacher allowed a disc jockey to toss free CDs to the students, and that she suffered a broken shoulder when students rushed to grab one of the CDs, causing a teacher to fall on top of her, according to Lasater and Martin.The law firm said the teacher and principal involved had remained defendants, but the district was dismissed from the case in March with an award of more than $9,000 for fees and costs from Snyder.Assistant superintendent of business and finance Shannon Pelland confirmed that the district was dismissed from the lawsuit, but didn’t want to comment further since she was not familiar with all the details of the claims.Lasater and Martin said that Snyder waited almost eight years after the dance to file the lawsuit. The jury found the principal and teacher were partly responsible for the injury, but didn’t award Snyder any damages, the law firm said.According to a news release, J. Scott Lasater said, “This case was particularly offensive, and if liability was found against the school for an innocent accident that happened at a well-intentioned school dance, then schools would have a difficult or impossible task in the future of finding adults willing to act as playground supervisors, coaches and even lunchroom monitors.”Lasater said his clients will seek an award of additional costs from Snyder.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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