Conn. school to appeal $41M verdict for ill woman

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Associated Press

Posted on March 27, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 5:07 PM

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A prestigious Connecticut boarding school says it will appeal a $41.7 million jury award to a woman who sued after her attorneys said she contracted a tick-borne illness on a school trip to China that left her brain damaged and unable to speak.

The federal jury in Bridgeport reached the verdict Wednesday in favor of Cara Munn and against The Hotchkiss School.

Attorneys for Munn, now 20, say she was 15 when she went on a school trip to China and suffered insect bites that led to encephalitis.

Munn's attorneys say the school failed to take precautions.

The school says it cares deeply about its students and makes every effort to protect them.

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