Style of Case: Commercial Union Insurance Company v. Yale Enforcement Services, Inc.
Client: Yale Enforcement Services, Inc.
Trial End Date: 1/21/2003
Court: United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Type of Case: Fire Loss to Hotel; Negligent Security Services
Judge: The Honorable Michael J. Reagan
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case: William B. Starnes II
Defendant maintained that it provided appropriate security services at the site in light of what was known to defendant, and that its actions were not a proximate cause of the loss. Defendant offered evidence that the cause of the fire was more likely than not arson, and that the fire was extremely rapid. Defendant also claimed that plaintiff failed to retain and pay for an adequate level of security.
Last Demand: $700,000
Verdict: Defense Verdict (Jury found plaintiff’s subrogee’s negligence was 75% the proximate cause of the loss).