Missouri Court of Appeals affirms massive $20.5 million jury verdict against Jack in the Box

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, on Tuesday upheld an massive $20.5 million verdict against Jack in the Box, LP, and Jack in the Box, Inc., and in favor of its customer, Ali Aziz.  

Aziz visited a Jack in the Box on in St. Louis, Missouri, sometime around 5:00 a.m. on June 20, 2010.  After ordering food from the drive-thru, Aziz and a friend ate in his vehicle, and later became involved in a fight in the parking lot.  

During the fight Aziz suffered a fractured skull, fractured jaw, loss of blood, and brain damage.  He remained in a coma for approximately two years, and suffers from anoxic brain damage with many physical limitations.  He has severe contraction of his left arm and legs from being bedridden and comatose, and his is unable to sit, stand, walk, or care for himself in any way.  Experts testified that although his life expectance was another 39.1 years, his physical condition was not expected to improve.

The individuals who attacked Aziz received prison sentences.  However, the jury found that Jack in the Box was negligent in failing to protect Aziz.  For example, even though an employee asked a manager to call security, the manager ignored the employee.  The manager admitted that he did not take any action when the employee notified him of the fight, failed to monitor video surveillance, and was in the process of counting money when Aziz was suffering an attack.