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Actor Samuel L. Jackson Gets $540,000 Jury Verdict Affirmed

May 8, 1996 GMT

NEW YORK (AP) _ An appeals court upheld a $540,000 award on Tuesday to actor Samuel L. Jackson, who sued the New York Transit Authority after he was caught in a subway train door and injured his knee.

Jackson, who has said his middle initial stands for ``Lucky,″ was dragged down the platform and tore a ligament in the Dec. 14, 1988 accident. He regained the use of his leg after surgery and intensive physical therapy.

After a trial in December 1994, Jackson, whose latest film is ``The Great White Hype,″ won money for pain and suffering but not for lost earnings because at the time, his career had just begun to take off, said his lawyer, Brian Isaac.

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Passengers testified that as they tried in vain to free Jackson’s trapped foot, the train began to move out of the station.

``His foot got caught and he got dragged along the platform until the motorman heard people shouting, `Stop the train! Stop the train!‴ Isaac said.

The award was affirmed by a 4-0 vote by the State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division, which said Transit Authority policy requires the conductor to check the platform before signaling the motorman to leave.

A Transit Authority spokesman declined comment on the decision.