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Paula Abdul

$900,000 Poorer

After Slip-and-Fall Lawsuit

2/22/2012 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Paula Abdul
just learned a valuable lesson in court ... don't let random women slip and fall in your driveway -- because it could cost you $900,000.

TMZ broke the story ... a woman named Jill Kohl sued Abdul back in 2009 -- claiming she took a nasty fall in Paula's driveway, during a taping of the former "American Idol" judge's reality show "Hey Paula" ... and it paid off ... big time.

Jill's lawyer Robert Rodriguez Clayton tells TMZ, Paula has agreed to cough up $900,000 in damages over the incident as part of a settlement.

But Jill didn't just sue Paula -- she also went after the production company behind the reality show, which, Clayton tells us, has since agreed to pay up $100,000.

In total, Jill's making off with a cool $1 million.

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1.

My Big Salami    

Wow! Paula has $900k? I thought she blew all her dough on blow?

939 days ago
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EggsOverEasy    

Is she in a coma?? WTF?? 900K?? Unless this woman sustained serious, lifelong injuries, this is a joke.....

939 days ago
3.

Toilethead    

Welcome to Spam City. TMZ is the only board on the net that hasn't figured out how to control spammers.

939 days ago
4.

Jackie    

I guess this is a stunt for Paul.

939 days ago
5.

ummm?!    

I'm sure it was Paula's homeowners insurance that did the pay out. Not Paula.

939 days ago
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Kaytee    

WOW, as million bucks for a slip and fall!? Unreal. It has become the "American Way" to sue money for butt loads of money.

939 days ago
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jayman419    

That lady had better be broken in half or something. Like.. she slipped at the top of the driveway and looked like Monty Python's black knight by the time she rolled out into the street.

Because otherwise, it seems a bit excessive, even if there was a little crack in the cement.

939 days ago
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patty    

1 million$$$??? is she paralyzed or broke off all her limbs???

939 days ago
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patty    

ok - i don't know if this is right - i googled and found some articles when she filed and they said "Now Kohl is suing Abdul, along with NBC Universal and Bravo for a sum of $25000. In the lawsuit that was filed with Los Angeles Superior Court, Kohl claims that the slip and fall was in part due to the driveway lack of maintenance and “was in a dangerous and defective condition.” - another article said in excess of $25,00 - how do they get 1 million from this???

939 days ago
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TJ Jones    

She may have been awarded a million, but don't forget the lawyer. He probably walked away with 70 percent of it.

938 days ago
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BB not bb    

Don't you have to be responsible for your own balance? A driveway cannot inherently cause you to fall. It could have ice or wet leavess on it or be broken up, but you have to learn how to walk at some point and use judgement where you step. How can it be someone else's fault if you slip on their driveway? And because Paula is rich she has to pay up. She is a nice lady though, so I am sure that she will be paid back in some other way.


I slip and fall all the time. I slipped in mud at the park and threw out my vertebrae, and then had to pay a chiropractor to put it back. Should I sue the park then, becaue they have muddy trails? Sometimes things are just accidents, and you learn to next time not step on a muddy looking river bank.

938 days ago
12.

Danielle    

This is a ridiculous amount of money for a slip and fall, what were this woman's injuries. The judges that allow these types of lawsuits to go forward need to be taken out of office.

938 days ago
13.

foufiee    

it seems no one is willing to earn their money anymore and would rather sue everyone for the slightest thing. money-hungry mother****ers

938 days ago
14.

Tammy    

Paula and the show get to write it off on their taxes as a business expense and Jill gets to pay Uncle Sam for her untaxed income. Who's making out better in this deal?

938 days ago
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tessa    

frivolous lawsuits are one of the bullets killing our country, as no one takes responsibility for themselves any more

938 days ago
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