Insurance Company Off the Hook for Hefty Legal Fee
Entercom's Insurance Company does not have to pay over $800,000 in legal fees for former part-time morning show assistant Mathew Carter, according to Courthouse News Service. Back in 2007 Jennifer Strange died of water intoxication after participating in a "Hold Your Wee for a Wii" contest at KDND-FM. Carter was handing contestants the water.
Strange drank 1.5 gallons of water during the morning-show stunt. Her family sued Entercom Sacramento and several of its employees. A jury eventually awarded the family more than $16.5 million in damages.
Strange's family eventually dismissed Carter from the suit. However, during his defense he opted to hire his own attorney rather than one provided by Entercom's insurance company. He racked up over $800,000 in legal fees and submitted a bill for that amount. A Sacramento County judge found that Carter's rejection of the insurance company attorney "was not reasonable and therefore costs and fees incurred by Carter to defend himself were not 'necessary expenditures'" under labor code.
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