McDonald’s Ordered to Pay $27 Million to Families of 2 Teens Who Died After Parking Lot Beating

McDonald's will appeal.

A jury has found McDonald's "97 percent responsible" for the deaths of two teenagers and ordered a $27 million settlement, over a Bryan, Texas, outlet's allegedly "lax" security. In 2012, a large group of people attacked 18-year-old Denton Ward in the parking lot at a location police say had racked up more than 200 complaints in three years; Ward and girlfriend Lauren Crisp, who was 19, fled but were killed in a collision after she ran a red light while trying to reach the hospital. A spokesperson for McDonald's says they "respectfully disagree with the jury’s verdict and will be appealing the decision." [Dallas Morning News, Bloomberg]