The Pennsbury School District has appealed last week's $14 million verdict for the former student who lost her leg in a 2007 bus crash, while lawyers for the Fairless Hills woman have requested sanctions against the district.
The district, in papers filed Wednesday, said that $338,540 for Ashley Zauflik's medical bills should be reduced from the jury's award, because Pennsylvania Blue Cross/Blue Shield has covered those costs. The balance of the award should be reduced to $500,000, based on a state cap that limits liability for school districts, the appeal said.
Zauflik's lawyers on Thursday filed a motion asking Judge Robert Mellon to strike the cap defense as punishment for the district's failure to disclose a $10 million umbrella insurance policy. The district did not supply the information until four days after the verdict.