Nineteen people, including a former NBC creative executive and crew members from the TV show "Frasier," have been awarded $431,000 by a jury, which concluded that Jerry's Famous Deli in Studio City sent them contaminated turkey takeout that sickened them with salmonella.
Lawyers had asked for as much as $1.5 million in compensatory damages for pain and suffering, medical costs and lost wages. Included in that figure was a minimum of $25,000 per plaintiff sought by the attorneys, who argued that Jerry's food made their clients seriously and violently ill in August 1994.
In their verdict Thursday, jurors trimmed those amounts to a minimum of $10,000 per plaintiff but granted $86,000 to a former NBC intern who testified that she suffered serious and recurring health problems.
"We're real pleased that justice was done," said Howard K. Alperin, who represented the plaintiffs with his partner, Mark E. Fingerman.