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Jordan v. Iverson Mall Ltd. Partnership
United States District Court for the District of Maryland
2018 WL 2391999 (2018)
Byron Jordan (plaintiff) claimed that two security guards punched him in the face while police were arresting him at the mall. Jordan sued Prince George County, its police department, Iverson Mall Ltd. Partnership (IMLP), and the security company, Professional 50 States Protections of DC LLC (Pro50) (collectively, defendants) for battery. At trial, Jordan’s wife testified that she saw two Pro50 guards punch Jordan, described the guards, and identified photos of them, but could not identify their names. One guard testified that he and another Pro50 guard confronted Jordan but denied that either punched him. At the close of Jordan’s case-in-chief, the mall and security company moved for judgment as a matter of law, arguing that no evidence showed the people who punched Jordan worked for either Pro50 or IMLP. Although the testimony referred to Iverson Mall generally and its surrounds as where the incident occurred, Jordan did not once refer to the entity IMLP, show the guards worked for IMLP, or even that IMLP owned the mall. The jury found the mall owner and Pro50 liable for battery and damages, but not the county or police. Pro50 and IMLP renewed their request for judgment as a matter of law after the verdict.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Hazel, J.)
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