Boardman woman wins $42.8 million settlement against Nationwide

YOUNGSTOWN — A jury awarded a Boardman woman $42.8 million in total damages in a civil suit against her former employer Nationwide Mutual Insurance Co. of Columbus.

Christine Lucarell sued the insurance giant in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, alleging Nationwide enrolled her in an agency executive program, then withheld financing from her agency and made her working conditions so intolerable that she was forced to quit.

The case was heard before visiting Judge Thomas J. Pokorny. Lucarell was in tears after hearing the jury’s damage awards.

The eight-member, all-male jury spent two weeks listening to evidence in the case before returning a finding in Lucarell's favor this afternoon.

For the complete story, read Tuesday's Vindicator and

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