Va. High Court Calls for New Trial in Rape Lawsuit

September 15, 2012

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court has ordered a new trial for man who sued his former employer for damages related to an alleged rape by South Korean police while he was on shore leave in 2008.

A jury awarded the former Maersk Line Ltd. employee $25 million in 2010, but a circuit court later set aside the verdict. The Virginia Supreme Court said that was the proper thing to do, but that the court erred by not ordering a new trial based on other legal issues.

The Supreme Court also said the circuit court correctly concluded that Maersk didn't have a duty to ensure the seaman's safety while on shore.

The court's ruling was issued on Friday.

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