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Bear Valley Ordered To Pay In Accident

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A judge has ordered Bear Valley ski resort to pay a paralyzed snowboarder an additional $5.3 million dollars – or undergo another trial over how much the woman should be awarded.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Paul Alvarado found the jury didn´t award enough money to Charlene Vine, who was paralyzed from the waist down in April 2000 after she went off a ski jump at Bear Valley.

Her lawyers said the jump was too steep. Vine was awarded $4.4 million dollars by a jury. But the judgment was reduced to about $700,000 dollars because the jury ruled Vine was partially responsible.

The judge says that´s far too little to pay for the permanent physical injuries and mental pain Vine has suffered.

The ski resort says it´ll appeal.

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