|IN THE DISTRICT COURT DALLAS COUNTY, TEXAS 162nd JUDICIAL DISTRICT||F I L E D 97 SEP 18 PM 4:22 BILL LONG DISTRICT CLERK DALLAS CO. TEXAS|
CORPORATION AND DAVID GRILL,
PLAINTIFF'S FIRST AMENDED PETITION
COMES NOW, Tracy Neff ("Plaintiff") in the above-styled and numbered cause and makes and files this, her Plaintiff's First Amended Petition complaining of Defendants, Landmark Education Corporation and David Alan Grill, an Individual, and for causes of action would respectfully show unto this Court and Jury the following:
PARTIES AND VENUE
Plaintiff enrolled in a seminar provided by Landmark. At that time, Grill was an executive director of Landmark's Dallas facility. At such time, numerous complaints against Grill both from students and Landmark officials had- been previously filed relating to sexual and/or behavioral -misconduct by Grill.
On or about February 3, 1995, Plaintiff was approached by David Grill, who invited Plaintiff to his home.
Once inside Grill's home, Grill intentionally and/or negligently sexually assaulted Plaintiff, both with a foreign object and anally. Such assault was non-consensual in nature, and Plaintiff gave Grill adequate warning that she was unwilling to engage in the sexual acts in question.
CAUSES OF ACTION
Plaintiff repeats and realleges each of the allegations contained in paragraphs I through III, incorporates them herein by reference with respect to each and every claim as set form in each cause of action below.
Grill failed to exercise his duty of ordinary care owed to Plaintiff, in that he failed to perceive that the sexual conduct described above was non-consensual by nature, and failed to cease and desist from such conduct at such time as Plaintiff requested Grill to do so. Grill was engaged in such negligent conduct while in the course and scope of his duties, and under the guise of his actual and/or apparent authority as an employee, agent and/or servant of Landmark. Such negligence was the proximate and/or producing cause of Plaintiffs damages as more fully set forth below.
INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS
Landmark by and through their agent, Grill, acted intentionally and/or recklessly toward Plaintiff, with disregard for the emotional distress that would result to Plaintiff, by Grill's negligent and/or intentional acts. The conduct of Landmark by and through their agent Grill, was extreme and outrageous. Defendant Grill's acts of sexual assault with Plaintiff were so outrageous in character and so extreme in degree as to go beyond all possible bounds of decency, and to be regarded as atrocious, and utterly intolerable in a civilized community.
Grill acted intentionally or recklessly toward Plaintiff, with disregard for the emotional distress that his intentional assault would cause Plaintiff. Defendant Grill's conduct toward Plaintiff was both extreme and outrageous. The actions of Defendant in his capacity as an executive official and agent of Landmark, as described above, were extreme and outrageous in character. As a direct and proximate result of the extreme and/or outrageous actions described herein, Plaintiff has suffered in the form of several mental distress, anguish, pain and suffering in an amount within the jurisdictional limits of this Court, for which she hereby sues.
NEGLIGENT EMPLOYMENT AND RETENTION
Landmark should have been aware, of Grill's propensity to commit criminal sexual assaults with students from a time preceding his assignment as executive director of the Dallas Landmark facility. Landmark, despite this knowledge, gave Grill the assignment to operate the Dallas Landmark Facility. At all times pertinent hereto, had a duty to use ordinary care in selecting and supervising employees, including Grill, to run and/or engage in particular activities with their students. Landmark also had a duty to use ordinary care in the termination and/or non-retention of employees whom they knew or in the exercise of ordinary care should have known had a propensity to commit intentional and/or negligent behavior relating to their students, including Plaintiff. Landmark failed to exercise ordinary care and was negligent by their acts and/or omissions in connection with the employment, placement, and retention of Grill.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY
The actions of Grill within his actual and/or apparent authority as an agent, employee or servant of Landmark, constitute an assault and battery upon Plaintiff.
As a direct and proximate result of such assault and battery, Plaintiff has suffered harm, and is Titled to compensatory damages as set forth below, in the form of within the jurisdictional limits of this Court, all for which she hereby sues.
The assault and battery of Plaintiff as described herein was done maliciously and with evil motive, and in wanton disregard of Plaintiff s right to be free from assault and battery. Accordingly, Plaintiff is entitled to an award of exemplary damages against Defendants, for which she hereby sues.
For additional cause of action, Plaintiff repleads as fully as though set forth in this paragraph all allegations under paragraphs I through III(A-D) and, in addition, allege that all the acts, conduct, and omissions on the part of Defendant taken singularly or in combination, constitutes GROSS NEGLIGENCE and was the proximate cause of the damages and injuries to Plaintiff as alleged herein. Such gross negligence entitles Plaintiff to exemplary damages. Specifically, Plaintiff allege that the Defendant acted with conscious disregard with respect to the above-outlined acts, conduct and omissions of negligence.
As a direct and proximate result of the conduct described herein on the part of Defendants, Plaintiff has suffered overall bodily contusions to her person, including but not limited to injury to her thighs, cervical lacerations, vaginal lacerations, internal bleeding and rectal fissures, requiring surgery. The specific injuries and their ill effects have, in turn, caused Plaintiff's physical and mental condition to deteriorate generally so that the specific injuries and their ill effects alleged have caused and will, in all reasonable probability, cause Plaintiff to suffer the consequences and ill effects of this deterioration throughout her body for a long time into the future, if not for the balance of her natural life.
As a further direct and proximate result of Defendant's negligence, Plaintiff has suffered great physical pain and mental anguish in the past, and in all reasonable probability, will continue to suffer physical pain and mental anguish into the future, if not for the balance of her natural life.
As a further proximate result of the above, Plaintiff has incurred and continues to incur expenses for medical care and attention. These expenses were incurred for necessary care and treatment of the injuries and damages described above. The charges are reasonable and were the usual and customary charges made for such services in Dallas County, Texas for which Plaintiff sues.
KIMBERLY A. STOVALL & ASSOCIATES, P.C.
KIMBERLY A. STOVALL, ESQUIREState Bar No.19337000JAY C. ENGLISH, ESQUIREState Bar No.06625290North Central Plaza Three, Suite S5012801 North Central ExpresswayDallas, Texas 75243(972) 7741276, phone(972) 774-0733, fax
ATTORNEYS FOR PLAINTIFF
CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
This is to cereal that a true and correct copy of the above and foregoing document has been forwarded to the following via certified mail, return receipt requested, on this the 17 day of Sept, 1997:
|Robert Roby, Esquire
GWINN & ROBY
4100 Renaissance Tower
1201 Elm Street
Dallas, Texas 75270
|VIA CM/RRR NO. Z 334 096 451|
|David Alan Grill
1116 South Ackard Street
Dallas, Texas 75201
|VIA CM/RRR NO. Z 334 096 452|
Jay C. English, Esq.
Endnote: Landmark Education settled this lawsuit before trial for a substantial sum, which was paid to plaintiff. As part of the settlement agreement the plaintiff and her attorneys agreed not to speak further about the suit and many documents were sealed--thus blocking them from public view. This complaint remains part of the public record.