Charter Cable Loses $7 Billion Lawsuit

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A Texas judge has ordered Spectrum Cable to pay $7 billion to the family of a woman stabbed to death in her home by an employee of the telecommunications giant.

A Dallas County jury found the company liable for the murder of 83-year-old Betty Thomas.

Thomas was killed in December 2019 by Roy Holden Jr., who was working for the cable company as an installer. He worked in Thomas’s Irving home and returned the next day to kill her.

He also allegedly stole her credit card and went on a shopping spree. Attorneys for Thomas’ family said Spectrum failed to properly screen Holden and had been warned of his troubling behavior in the past.

Chris Hamilton, an attorney for the victim’s family, said her relatives were “very grateful” for the verdict.

“It’s a bittersweet day, because they lost their mom in a horrifying, preventable tragedy they’re never going to recover from,” he said. “There is certainly some relief for the family that the public has the ability to know about this danger that their mother didn’t have the opportunity to know about.”

Jurors awarded the family $375 million in compensatory damages and $7 billion in punitive damages for negligence.

For more on this story, please consider these sources:

  1. Spectrum Cable ordered to pay $7 billion to murder victim’s family – Fox Business
  2. Charter cable must pay $7 billion for woman killed by cable repairman – USA Today
  3. Jury sends message to Charter with $7 billion verdict over murder of customer
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