SHEPHERDSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A jury entered a second day of
deliberations Friday in a lawsuit by a woman who was forced to
strip and was sexually abused in a McDonald's back office at the
behest of a caller posing as a police officer.
Louise Ogborn, 21, is suing the fast-food giant, accusing it of
failing to warn her and other employees about hoax calls, which had
already struck other McDonald's stores and other fast-food
restaurants across the country.
Ogborn is seeking $200 million in compensatory and punitive
damages. McDonald's Corp. attorneys have told jurors the company
was not responsible for the strip search and sexual abuse, and is
only being sued because of its deep pockets.
After a four-week trial, the jury deliberated all day Thursday
before breaking without reaching a verdict. Deliberations resumed
about 9 a.m. EDT Friday in Bullitt County Circuit Court, about 25
miles south of Louisville.
Jurors asked the judge multiple questions on Thursday, including
whether how they apportioned blame in the case affected who paid
any damages awarded.
Kim Dockery, a McDonald's assistant manager, and former
assistant manager Donna Summers are also named as defendants in the
Summers pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in relation to the
incident. Her former fiance, Walter Nix Jr., is serving five years
in prison for sexually abusing Ogborn during the 3½-hour search.
A Florida man, David Stewart, was charged with making the hoax
phone call but acquitted last summer. Police have said the calls
stopped after Stewart's arrest.
Summers has also sued McDonald's over the incident and is asking
the jury to award her $50 million.
The caller to the restaurant in Mount Washington in April 2004
impersonated a police officer and gave a description of a young,
female employee, accusing her of stealing from a customer. The
caller gave instructions for a strip search, which led to the
incident and the lawsuit.
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