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Lisa Vanderpump

Villa Blanca Socked

With Huge Punitive Damage Award

6/17/2014 2:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Villa Blanca Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Verdict
2:27 PM PT --
Vanderpump's attorney tells TMZ ... “We are in absolute shock at the amount of punitive damages that were awarded. Especially in light of nominal compensatory damages awarded and the lack of sufficient evidence. We plan to immediately file an appeal and are confident that we will prevail.” update_grey_gray_barLisa Vanderpump's restaurant just got nailed by an L.A. jury, which awarded a former waitress $100,000 in punitive damages in her sexual harassment lawsuit.

The whole jury verdict is bizarre ... jurors awarded Karina Bustillos over $6,000 last week after hearing testimony that a manager manhandled her, called her foul names and made sexual advances.  But what's weird ... the jury did not place any liability on the manager, making it seem like they didn't believe her.  So it's puzzling why Villa Blanca got nailed.

And now it's double-puzzling why the jury gave Karina punitives. 

Both sides declared victory last week, but now it seems the jury wanted to teach Villa Blanca a lesson.

Vanderpump vows she will appeal the verdict.

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Ryuga the Dragon Emperor    

If they believed a manager did sexual harass her, why didn't they hold the manager responsible? Women these days just sue for sexual harassment, and get an easy payout.

67 days ago
2.

Kelly    

They'll just have to raise the price of the lobster crispies. Yum!

67 days ago
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mizasimpson    

The manager should have been responsible for the damages and justice should have been served.

67 days ago
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Brian    

Juries are weird. That's why it's best to settle if you can. You never know how dumb the jury will be.

67 days ago
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Kristinajp    

She got it because people in this country have no idea how hard you have to work and what you have to give up to become successful (in my case it was 3 boyfriends who called me a workaholic and then cancer at 39 triggered by stress). I am no longer successful because of illness and not being able to work all those hours but I see so many jealous people on these comment boards. Just an fyi...I owned a staffing agency, that girl and anyone else who sues their employer has a long road ahead of her getting any decent job. I have tried to place people like her and the clients always say how do I know I will not be the next person they sue? Only the lawyers make out, she won't even get that 100K. Vanderpump will appeal and if she settles just to move on the lawyer usually takes 33 to 40%. Just letting all you know the truth about these cases....better to find another job if you are unhappy. This stays w8th you the rest of your life and lawyers don't tell you that.

67 days ago
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Arrowhead    

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67 days ago
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Poppycock    

Maybe the jury got checked out both of her shows and found her to be a b!tch.

67 days ago
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MrBill2    

The establishent bears the weight of the penalty because they failed to act against the manager.

67 days ago
9.

ivan    

1 - welcome to 'reality'

67 days ago
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Don't feed the Trolls    

I like how this old b!tch thinks she is still hot. I bet she hates people.

67 days ago
11.

BlindFury    

Obviously, this VanderPump b!tch isn't on the level of us Americans.

67 days ago
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L. Ron Hubbard    

Vanderpump's face looks a bit HORSEY!

67 days ago
14.

LaughAtU    

Never hire or marry women

67 days ago
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SunsetStripCeleb    

Karina looks like a money grabbing ho who will never work in this town again. Word is she over working at Hinoki and the Birds in Century City for some other wealthy ladies. She better be careful with her lawsuits.... no one will believe her, no jobs no mens no one... TRASH looking for payout... sure the monies will go to lawyers anyway for the shake down. #Trash.

67 days ago
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