Nordstrom Pays Victims 1.6 Million after Premises Liability Lawsuit
After six years in court, two women have successfully held Nordstrom accountable for failure to implement security procedures in a timely fashion. According to the Washington Post, Nordstrom failed to alert patrons in their Bethesda store – leading to the stabbing of Sarah Paseltiner and Jacqueline Greismann by an armed assailant. The assailant, Antoinette Starks, was armed with four butcher knives. Starks, who has been diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic, has not been found criminally responsible for the stabbings.
The victims’ attorneys presented a case demonstrating that Nordstrom did not give adequate warning to customers that an armed woman was on the loose and chasing down shoppers. There was also evidence that security procedures already established by Nordstrom were not carried out due to poor employee training. Nordstrom was found legally liable for not protecting their customers from a dangerous situation on their property.
Paseltiner and Greismann were both awarded monetary compensation that equals the amount of 1.6 million dollars. In a statement to the Washington Post, Nordstrom spokeswoman Tara Darrow said, “(Nordstrom) did everything we could to protect our customers,” and that the company, “will continue to focus on emergency response and awareness each day.”
Stores and shopping centers in Portland, Oregon are also liable for the safety of their customers under what is called Premises Liability. Oregon law stipulates that all property owners must maintain their premises to be safe and to give adequate warning if a dangerous situation does occur. Oregon premises liability attorneys can help you if you are injured while under the charge of another person or business and believe it was due to their negligence you were harmed.