GREENSBORO, N.C. -- ABC filed four motions last week in U.S. District Court here asking the judge in the Food Lion case to overturn the jury's decision against the network.
BR> The motions were submitted pending a final judgment by Judge Carlton Tilley. If his ruling goes against the network, ABC officials told SN they will file an appeal.
An ABC official said one motion asks that the verdicts against ABC and the other defendants be overturned for lack of evidence; another argues that there was insufficient evidence presented during the trial to hold ABC responsible; a third asks for a reduction in the amount of damages, claiming the jury's award was unconstitutional; and a fourth seeks dismissal of all punitive damages on the basis that they are not appropriate.
Food Lion has until March 17 to file arguments to ABC's motions, after which the judge is expected to read over all the briefs and issue a verdict. The ABC official said there is no time limit on when that verdict must be submitted.