Our frickin' Legal System
Radio DJ wins $10.6 million in stink over perfume - 05/24/05
: "DETROIT -- A former top-ranked radio host, who claims she was sickened by a colleague's use of a perfume described as 'romantic, sensual, emotional,' won $10.6 million in a federal court lawsuit Monday.
Erin Weber, who was on the air at WYCD-FM (99.5), contends in her suit that she was fired in 2001 after she complained about being exposed to Tresor perfume, which sells for $45.50 a bottle and is described by Lancome as a combination of ingredients such as rose and lilac. She said she was sickened by the fumes, a condition that began when a co-worker exposed her to spilled nail-polish remover in the country music station's Southfield studio.
The perfume was worn, her suit said, by another radio personality, Linda Lee, whose legal surname is Bullock.
'I'm thankful that the jury took so much time to come to the right conclusion,' Weber, 43, of Cleveland, said after the verdict. 'It's a great day.'
The verdict awarded her $7 million in punitive damages, $2 million in mental anguish and emotional distress and $1.6 million for past and future compensation after a six-woman jury in U.S. District Court in Detroit spent eight days deliberating.
Weber claimed exposure to Tresor caused her to lose her voice and take lengthy absences from work. She also said she once 'felt an electric shock quell through my entire body' and required heavy medication to combat the effects.
Weber says she been unable to get another job in radio since she was fired in 2001 and claims Infinity Broadcasting 'blacklisted her' -- a claim the company rejects. She now works as a freelance voiceover specialist and can be heard on thousands of Otis elevators all over the country, announcing the number of each floor."