Erin Andrews settlement reached with a hotel owner and operator that allowed her stalker to secretly record her naked through a door peephole. The terms of the agreement reached are confidential, according to Sporting News.
“This litigation is over,” said Randall Kinnard, a lawyer at Kinnard, Clayton & Beveridge in Nashville who represented Andrews. “Erin Andrews is satisfied with the settlement, the terms of which are confidential.”
In March, a jury awarded Erin Andrews $55 million. The jury said Andrews’ stalker, Michael David Barrett, was responsible for $28 million of that and the hotel owner and operator, West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital Group, were on the hook for the remaining $27 million.
Barrett, a former Chicago-area insurance company executive, was convicted in 2009 of stalking Andrews and shooting video in Nashville and in Columbus, Ohio. That video became viral. He served 20 months in prison and was released in 2012.
The Erin Andrews settlement was reached just hours before the lawyers were expected to return to Circuit Judge Hamilton Gayden’s courtroom to discuss an issue that could have left the hotel companies on the hook to pay even more.
Kinnard, in court filings, had asked the judge to apply rules of joint and several liability. If Gayden ruled in Andrews’ favor that those rules apply, that could have put the hotel companies on the hook for the whole $55 million, FOX News noted.
Marc Dedman at Spicer Rudstrom in Nashville, who represented the hotel companies, did not immediately comment on the settlement.
The jury’s verdict and the risk of paying more could have been motivation to settle, said Mark Chalos, a lawyer at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein.
“When there is uncertainty, that’s oftentimes a driver of settlements,” he said. “That could have played a factor.”
Chalos said the jury verdict is like a guideline for those negotiations, but that insurance limits could also have capped the amount of the settlement.
“When we win in a trial, I take the position that the jury has set the floor and let’s negotiate up from there,” he said, speaking generally about his approach in cases.
Chaos said the settlement would likely have been in the region of the $26 million that West End Hotel Partners and Windsor Capital Group were originally ordered to pay, Yahoo Finance reported.
“While nobody aside from Andrews, her lawyers and the other side will know the amount for sure, it would be reasonable to assume that the owners settled for somewhere around the original amount, provided they had adequate insurance and assets to cover it,” Chalos stated.
But the true dollar amount agreed on in the Erin Andrews settlement? “We’ll probably never know,” Chalos said.