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$8.6M awarded to family of man stabbed at Md. club

Wednesday - 5/15/2013, 3:01pm  ET

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. -- A jury has awarded $8.6 million to the family of a man who was fatally stabbed at a club in Forestville, but the victory may be largely symbolic.

The Daily Record ( reports Monday's jury verdict gives the money to the mother and children of George Cooper, who was fatally stabbed inside the CFE Event Center three years ago. The Prince George's County jury found the Forestville club failed to provide adequate security.

A lawyer for the family, Derrick G. Hamlin, says the victory may be largely symbolic because the club is defunct and its former owner, Kevin Darby, is dead.

The jury award would also be reduced because Maryland has caps on non-economic damages. The event center was shut down in 2011.


Information from: The Daily Record of Baltimore,

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