Six high school students and an adult chaperone came down with tuberculosis after riding on a bus driven by a driver infected with TD. The driver had been coughing up blood, had a chronic cough, night sweats and never went to the doctor before taking the students on the bus trip.
The owner of the bus Garcia Holiday Tours claimed he was not aware of the driver’s sickness, but that someone must have dropped the ball.
The trial lasted for two and a half days. The jurors deliberated for a little more than an hour before returning a verdict of $750,000 for each victim.
The defense claimed their driver was fully licensed and healthy, but the driver’s medical certificate expired in 2001, three years before the trip.
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