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Judge Lessens Damages for Kowalski Family by $47.5M, Rejects New Trial in Case

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The Sarasota County judge who presided over the highly watched ‘Take Care of Maya’ trial against Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital has lowered the damages awarded by the jury to the Kowalski family by $47.5 million.

Judge Hunter Carroll issued a ruling on Tuesday in response to several motions filed by the attorneys representing Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital (JCACH). Carroll found that certain damages awarded to the family were ‘excessive,’ remitting $47.5 million in damages to bring the total the hospital must pay to the Kowalski family to $213.5 million.

The judge also denied a motion filed by the hospital requesting a new trial. A six-person jury resoundingly decided in November that the hospital battered and falsely imprisoned Maya Kowalski. At the time, she was 10 years old and ordered to be sheltered at the hospital while allegations of child abuse were being investigated.


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