In one of Connecticut’s largest personal injury verdicts, a federal court jury on March 27 awarded the now 20-year-old New York woman $41.7 million after deciding Hotchkiss School, in Lakeville, was negligent in not preventing her from contracting encephalitis. Specifically, the school was faulted for not warning Munn and her parents that she would be traveling in mountainous and forested terrain. As a result, the jury found, she did not realize she had to protect herself from insect bites with repellants, long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and by avoiding brushy undergrowth.
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