WCM Obtains Defense Verdict in NY Federal Assault and Battery Trial.

Partner Nicole Brown obtained a defense verdict in the Southern District of New York. In the case of Sachs v. Musa, et al., the plaintiff was a patron of a midtown Manhattan bar when she claims that the manager and another patron assaulted and battered her and that the responding officer used excessive force when arresting her. The defendants disputed the plaintiff’s version of events contending that the plaintiff was intoxicated; was the initial aggressor; that the manager restrained her solely in self-defense; and that there was no excessive force. The plaintiff alleged a sprained left hand, a fractured left patella and cervical spine injury that resulted in surgery. Her medical records contradicted the majority of these claimed injuries. After seven days of trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.