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Nationwide will not get new trial after jury awards Lucarell

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - A judge rules that Nationwide Insurance will not get a new trial, after a jury awards a multi-million dollar verdict, in favor of the woman who sued.

Visitng Judge Thomas Pokorny denied the new trial sought by Nationwide, after former agent Christine Lucarell, won $43 million in damages.

Lucarell claimed the company's executive agency program, imposed unrealistic terms on her local agency. The judge also ruled, Lucarell did not commit perjury.

"When you know you've done everything right, you should stand up for yourself and get the justice you deserve. I just want justice for the hundreds of others who are out there in the same shoes," Lucarell said.

Vic Rubenstein with Rubenstein & Associates tells 21 News he became involved after the company tried to impune Lucarell's reputation. He says the judge's ruling validates her key witness Shelley Aaserud, that she brought in from New York.

He says this was critical not only to Lucarell's case but also critical because we don't know how many former agents are throughout the country.

Attorney Matthew Ries tells 21 News, the judge reduced the verdict for compensation and punitive damages, which now stands at more than $15 million.

Nationwide has indicated in the past, it intends to appeal.

 

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