NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A Conn. jury has awarded $41.7 million to a woman who sued her prestigious Connecticut boarding school after she became severely ill on a school trip to China.
The federal jury in Bridgeport reached the verdict Tuesday in favor of Cara Munn and against The Hotchkiss School. Attorneys for Munn and a court clerk confirmed the award.
Messages left for an attorney for Hotchkiss and a school spokeswoman were not immediately returned.
Attorneys for Munn, now 20, say when she was 15 she went on a school trip to China and suffered insect bites that led to encephalitis. They say she can't talk and suffered brain damage.
Munn's attorneys say the school failed to take precautions and notify her parents promptly of the extent of her illness.
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