Harrington Civil Suit Hearing Held

A hearing is underway in the civil suit filed by Morgan Harrington's parents against the company that handles security at John Paul Jones Arena. Full Story
hoo fAN

Charlottesville, VA

#32 Apr 18, 2013
STILL THINK THEY ARE OPENING PANDORA'S BOX, THEY ARE GOING TO BE SORRY WHAT THEY FIND OUT THEIR LITTLE GIRL DID THAT NIGHT, no she should not have been murdered but she is the one that left..
huck

Charlottesville, VA

#33 Apr 18, 2013
Expositor wrote:
Further, the Harringtons are NOT suing JPJ, they are suing RMC. Gross negligence by JPJ or the re-entry policy of JPJ will not enter into this lawsuit. This will not change their policy of no re-entry.
So it's JPJ's policy of no re-entry that RMC is enforcing?
Why isn't JPJ named in the suit?
Wonder if

Charlottesville, VA

#34 Apr 18, 2013
I wonder if the fact that Morgan's father purchased the tickets will invalidate any "contract" which the suit claims between JPJ and Morgan? Can she be the "invitee" when she didn't actually purchase the tickets?
Gnu

Charlottesville, VA

#36 Apr 18, 2013
inmyopinion wrote:
I hate it when families try to find "peace" by taking money from a company who was just doing their job and probably doing it to the best of their ability! Considering the number of people at the concert and number of those people who were intoxicated, they were by far out numbered and handling things as best as they could. It's sad people have to find "neglect" is these situations. Maybe this young lady should have conducted herself in a way that would NOT have made her judgment foggy and would have given her a much better chance of making it back home safe and sound. Just my opinion.
<quoted text>
They weren't just doing their job - they weren't doing their job. What moron locks out an obviously distressed female patron into the night in a sketchy area to fend for herself?
JPJ, you will pay.

More to say

Charlottesville, VA

#37 Apr 18, 2013
anonymous wrote:
#1) RMC Events should not be responable for what happened to Morgan.
You sound like a shill. Don't suppose you or someone you know works for RMC?

Let's take your claim at face value. If RMC staff are so well trained, why did they do nothing to help when a distressed young women needed back inside? Was it their training that was lacking or did they stick so rigidly to a flawed policy that they cost a life in the process?
huh

Rocky Mount, VA

#39 Apr 18, 2013
Reports from the other 99% of the witnesses were that she was acting aggressive and belligerent, not helpless or in distress. She may have had a scratch on her chin, but none of the other people who saw her thought her behavior was anything other than that of a drunk Metallica fan. Why would they have let her back in? To start a fight? Fall off a balcony and kill someone else? Bring in more little airplane bottles? Pass pills around? They were protecting others from what they thought was a belligerent woman. She had a phone, her bag, and plenty of police and EMTs to help if she asked them for it. Who told her to hitchhike?
huh

Rocky Mount, VA

#41 Apr 18, 2013
Personal responsibility. Let's go ahead and throw that out the window and sue. What does that teach the next girl?
Dave

Concord, NC

#42 Apr 18, 2013
Enough about this girl already! Geez! Move on - the past is the past, and quite frankly, no one is responsible for her actions but HER! It really does ring true -- money talks!
Concerned

Arlington, VA

#44 Apr 18, 2013
Contributory Negligence will ensure they never see a dime, even if they win (which they shouldn't, because it's absurd to say that merely enforcing the no-reentry policy automatically led to her murder that occurred at an unknown date and time and place).
TIP

Charlottesville, VA

#46 Apr 18, 2013
Her own fault. No money for YOU MoM
Chuck

Ruckersville, VA

#47 Apr 18, 2013
What I want to know is why the Harringtons have not filed a lawsuit against the individuals who their late daughter had traveled to the concert with in the first place? IIRC, didn't they drive home in her car without her and without so much as filing a report on her disappearance.

I guess RMC have deeper pockets than those so-called friends.
twinmom

Charlottesville, VA

#48 Apr 18, 2013
The premise of the lawsuit is that the security company should have foreseen the danger because heavy metal music often has violent content, and been more vigilant. By that logic, Morgan, and her parents, should have foreseen the danger and she should have been more careful with who she was hanging around with, and avoided mind-altering substances. And if it was reasonable to expect that there was danger, why did the parents allow her to attend?
My sympathy goes out to her family for their loss, however trying to blame anyone and everyone won't bring her back or relieve their grief, whether they get a big wad of money or not. As the months have dragged on, fewer leads are coming in, and a lawsuit gives them something to channel their grief and focus their energy, however misguided it may be. I think they have decided to sue the security company because that is about the only entity where they might get a settlement- her friends and the woman in the bathroom likely have little money, likewise the person(s) who provided the alcohol and/or drugs, while JPJ and the ticket vendor likely have a liability waiver in place.
The murderer is the one responsible for her death, plain and simple. If they sue anyone, it should be him. From what has been reported, we can conclude that she placed herself in a more vulnerable position by her own actions. That doesn't mean she deserved to die, but she failed to take responsibility for her own safety. No one wants to say unkind things about the deceased, but to try to blame security, is just ignoring the facts of the case.
Former frat brat

Silver Spring, MD

#49 Apr 18, 2013
I wonder if their daughter had been crushed by some drunk girl falling off the mezzanine because the arena let her back in if they would still be looking for 3.9 million for their loss? Or perhaps if she had been turned over to police would the arena be responsible for her arrest record ruining her future plans?

If you leave the arema and go into a parking lot full of cops and probably ambulance on standby and they don't stop you then how can you blame the arena?
citizen

Farmville, VA

#50 Apr 18, 2013
In the event that the deceased happened to be blind drunk and hitch hiking away from the stadium (perhaps back to Blacksburg?) I wonder how much the security company had to do with the evening's outcome?

Speaking of negligence one wonders if her traveling companions bear some culpability?
Market Street

Charlottesville, VA

#52 Apr 19, 2013
hoo fAN wrote:
STILL THINK THEY ARE OPENING PANDORA'S BOX, THEY ARE GOING TO BE SORRY WHAT THEY FIND OUT THEIR LITTLE GIRL DID THAT NIGHT, no she should not have been murdered but she is the one that left..
Oh that is interesting, lets get here friends on the stand and see what they say about events leading up to the bathroom. How did she get the cut on her chin??
Market Street

Charlottesville, VA

#53 Apr 19, 2013
Oh and I wonder what video they have of her leaving, I really would like to know did she walk out of the JPJ without a problem?? I was at that concert and other events at the JPJ and there are so many doors would security even notice she walked out? In addition, is there video of her trying to get back in?? I like a lot of people am sick and tired of the family dragging this out and trying to blame the JPJ for her death. How about putting some blame directly on the killer and not everybody else. Although I do believe that her friends need to step up and tell us what happened leading up to the injury and why they left her in Cville.
huh

Rocky Mount, VA

#54 Apr 19, 2013
The Harrington's lawyer is trying to prevent RMC from having any of the info that would help them defend themselves. I think Hogshire's ruling will get reversed. RMC needs to know not only her history of leaving her friends and showing up later, but they need to know exactly what she was doing in the hours leading up to the concert, what they were drinking and what possible drugs they were taking. I hope the girls feel compelled to talk.
Concerned

Arlington, VA

#55 Apr 19, 2013
I'm disappointed this hasn't just been thrown out of court. The premise that enforcing the no-reentry policy automatically led to her murder is insane. She decided to put herself in danger by hitch hiking. Unless the staff forced her to do so, it was her own actions that led to the tragedy.
Gnu

Charlottesville, VA

#56 Apr 19, 2013
Concerned wrote:
I'm disappointed this hasn't just been thrown out of court. The premise that enforcing the no-reentry policy automatically led to her murder is insane. She decided to put herself in danger by hitch hiking. Unless the staff forced her to do so, it was her own actions that led to the tragedy.
You don't lock out a distressed/physically/mentally impaired patron out of your establishment.Day or night, high or low crime area. A no re-entry policy without exceptions and special circumstance protocols is just asking for a lawsuit. Well you got it - pay-up.


Nah

Bryans Road, MD

#57 Apr 19, 2013
Gnu wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't lock out a distressed/physically/mentally impaired patron out of your establishment.Day or night, high or low crime area. A no re-entry policy without exceptions and special circumstance protocols is just asking for a lawsuit. Well you got it - pay-up.
How distressed was she? Not enough to call her folks, or anyone except her friends, and them just one time. To suggest that she was murdered as a direct result of being locked out is ludicrous. She had many options that would have let her wait safely for an hour or so until her friends emerged. She made a really bad decision. And she was an adult, not a child. It's not RMC's fault that she drank or took too much whatever. Face it, if she fell, she fell because she was already blotto. All this was her choice, from getting intoxicated,to storming out despite warnings that she could not teturn, to hitching a ride with a stranger. She made a bad call.

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