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Judge Conner

PLAINTIFFS CHARGED defendants with common-law negligence in hiring, retention, and/or supervision of a school district secretarial employee who had a three-year sexual relationship with a high school student whose mother sued on his behalf, seeking damages for his claimed emotional injuries and loss of educational and career opportunities. A jury granted an award against defendants of $375,000 in damages for the student’s injuries and in defendants’ favor on plaintiff’s federal civil rights claims. The instant court denied defendants’ motion to set aside the verdict, finding sufficient evidence to permit a reasonable jury to find that defendants were negligent in their supervision of the school’s secretarial employee and that such negligence was a proximate cause of injury to the student. The court added that although the amount of awarded damages is significantly higher than the court would have awarded, the amount does not deviate from reasonable compensation.

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