Cosmopolitan settlement to OJ Simpson goes to Goldman’s parents
Posted: Jun 18, 2021, 6:29 a.m.
Last update on: Jun 18, 2021, 6:29 a.m.
The money The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas owed OJ Simpson to settle a legal dispute would be sent to Fred Goldman instead. He is the father of the late Ron Goldman.
Simpson was found not guilty of the 1994 murder of young Goldman, as well as his friend Nicole Brown Simpson in California. She was OJ Simpson’s ex-wife.
But in a subsequent civil lawsuit, Simpson was held responsible for their deaths. He was ordered to pay the families of the victims more than 33 million dollars. Most of this money remains unpaid and has grown to $ 58 million, KLAS, reported a Nevada TV station.
Simpson only paid around $ 133,000 this year, KTNV, another Nevada TV station, reported citing court documents. Given this balance, The Cosmopolitan’s money initially owed to Simpson will go to Fred Goldman.
Earlier this month, Clark County District Judge Veronica Barisich ordered the settlement money to be “immediately returned” to attorney representing Fred Goldman, according to the Las Vegas Review.
OJ Simpson, now a resident of Las Vegas, initially sued the casino hotel in 2019 for libel. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount in April. OJ Simpson claimed he was vilified by Cosmopolitan employees after an alleged leak to TMZ led the online site to report that he “was drunk and became disruptive” at the Cosmopolitan bar in 2017. TMZ was not named in Simpson’s lawsuit.
In their successful lawsuit against Simpson, relatives of the victims cannot touch Simpson’s Social Security payments or an NFL pension, the Journal mentionned. Pension payments are estimated at $ 20,000 per month, Reuters reported.
Separately, Simpson served nine years in prison for an armed robbery conspiracy. He disputed the charge, saying he was only trying to get his memorabilia back at the Palace Station hotel-casino, the Journal mentionned.
What happens in Vegas doesn’t necessarily stay there
Asked about the latest round of events involving both The Cosmopolitan and Simpson, Robert Jarvis, a law professor at Shepard Broad College of Law at Nova Southeastern University, said it was a recall to casinos.
“The lesson for casinos is that customer affairs should be kept private,” Jarvis said. Casino.org. “TMZ obviously found a way to get his hands on a copy of the Cosmopolitan incident report.
“This is a serious breach and reminds all businesses – not just casinos – that customer affairs must be kept confidential to avoid the possibility of prosecution,” Jarvis added.
For customers of casinos and other businesses, the lesson is this: What happens in Las Vegas – or any other place – doesn’t necessarily stay there. Indeed, customers should always expect their misconduct to be known to the public, ”Jarvis advised.
Lawyers for the Cosmopolitan had argued that Simpson’s reputation was already so damaged it couldn’t get worse. Jarvis said such an argument “really missed the mark.”
Warning tale at casinos
Additionally, Anthony Cabot, Distinguished Fellow of Gaming Law at the Boyd School of Law at UNLV, said Casino.org “It’s more of a warning for casinos than for customers.
Casinos must be constantly vigilant that their interactions with customers may be subject to tort lawsuits, such as assault, battery and personal injury, forcible confinement, intentional emotional suffering or libel, ”added Cabot.
Unlike the police, casino security personnel and other employees do not enjoy broad, qualified immunity, Cabot said.