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 April 21, 2005
Verdict in alcohol liability case could send wakeup call
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ROSELAND, N.J. What's being called the largest alcohol liability award in the U-S in at least 25 years could be a wake-up call to sports teams and their vendors.

Earlier this week, a jury in New Jersey awarded 135 (m) million dollars to the family of a girl who was paralyzed in a car wreck caused by a drunken football fan.

The fan and the concessionaire at Giants Stadium who sold him the beers he drank have been ordered to pay a total of 60 (m) million dollars in compensatory damages. The concessionaire, Aramark, will have to pay another 75 (m) million in punitive damages.

The director of a nonprofit group that advises pro sports leagues says stadium workers should know that their job involves more than just handing someone a beer. She says vendors must provide a safe experience for everyone at the ballpark.

The N-F-L hasn't commented on the verdict.

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