A Lake Elsinore woman has won a $2.28 billion default verdict against her stepfather who she claimed had abused her for years, starting when she was 6 years old. The stepfather failed to show up during the third day of trial.
The case also resulted in a Dec. 22 $995,000 settlement that released the co-defending Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from being a defendant in the lawsuit.
The April 25 verdict is split into $836,000 in damages to cover the woman’s pain and suffering, and $1.44 billion in punitive damages against the stepfather.
Follow Our Courts reached out to Gary Dordick of Beverly