Erin Andrews’ verdict will reverberate for hotels and guests

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The $55 million jury verdict over nude videos of sportscaster Erin Andrews taken through a hotel peephole will likely reverberate a long time for hotels and their guests, whether she ever collects it or not.

After the jury in Nashville rendered its decision Monday, Andrews said it would “hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security and privacy.”

Legal experts tend to agree, saying that aside from Andrews’ celebrity status, the jury’s award likely reflects people’s expectation that hotels must honor their privacy.

And one of the jurors said that’s exactly what the panel hoped to do.

Noble Taylor, a Nashville police sergeant who was on the jury, said jurors wanted to send a message to hotels and hotel chains to do a better job.