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FIREARMS a 54-year-old man who was wounded when he was shot while golfing was awarded $540,740 in damages against the teenage shooter and his parents. Walter Baudier was shot in the hip by Patrick Cheron, 17, who pleaded guilty to the crime, which he admitted to doing on a dare for $25. Baudier, who suffers from permanent sporadic hip pain, sued Cheron, his parents and the two other teenage boys involved in the incident, claiming intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy. One of the other teenage boys, the alleged getaway driver, settled with the plaintiff for an undisclosed amount prior to trial; the third minor defendant, who allegedly made the dare, was dismissed on summary judgment. The May 16 verdict assigned 75% of the liability to Cheron and 25% to the settling defendant, reducing Baudier’s total award to $405,555. Baudier v. Cheron, No. 553-336 (Jefferson Parish, La., Dist. Ct.). PLAINTIFF’S ATTORNEY: J. Michael Grimley Jr., Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith, New Orleans DEFENSE ATTORNEY: John E. McAuliffe Jr., Metairie, La.

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