Now that Telugu bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri has been convicted and given the death penalty, baby Saanvi Venna’s father Venkata Venna has a better chance of winning his civil lawsuit against property management firms, a security company and Raghunandan Yandamuri over the murders of his daughter and mother.
Venkata Venna filed the civil complaint on November 7, 2013.
Venkata Venna initiated the legal battle on behalf of the estates of his two murdered family members and on his own behalf in a Philadelphia court in November 2013.
Venna alleged that the property management firms and the security company failed to ensure a safe and secure premise at the Marquis apartment in King of Prussia (PA) where his daughter and mother were murdered.
As Administrator of the estates of Saanvi Venna and Satyavathi Venna and on his own behalf, Venkata Venna sued three property management firms (Metropolitan Properties of America, JEG Associates Limited and Marquis Associates Limited), a security services company (U.S. Security Associates) and the root cause of his family’s tragedy, Raghunandan Yandamuri.
Filing civil lawsuits in criminal incidents is fairly common in the U.S.
Following preliminary objections by some of the defendants, Venna’s attorney filed an amended complaint on December 20, 2013.
But Venna’s case hit a roadblock when the judge granted a stay of proceedings on August 13, 2014 until the Raghunandan Yandamuri criminal matter was adjudicated.
Now that the Raghunandan Yandamuri criminal case has been adjudicated, the Venna civil case can proceed.
There’s a good possibility Venna will get millions for the estate of the victims if he wins the personal injury civil case.
Venkata Venna is seeking compensatory damages on seven counts including one count of punitive damages.
In his original complaint, Venna did not mention the compensation he is seeking except that it has to be over $50,000 on each count.
It’s no secret that American juries sometimes award damages against corporations that run into millions of dollars if they’re found negligent.
In late August 2014, Venna’s civil case was transferred from Philadelphia to the Court of Common Pleas in Montgomery County where the murders happened.
Don’t be surprised if an out of court settlement is reached between Venkata Venna and some of the defendants before trial in the civil case starts IF the property management and/or security firms feel they don’t have a strong case or to minimize the risk of getting saddled with huge damages from unpredictable juries.
While it’s hard to predict with certainty the outcome of any court case, we can safely assert here that Venkata Venna will not get a single penny from the man who triggered the greatest tragedy of his life – Raghunandan Yandamuri.
Following his conviction and the death penalty verdict, Raghunandan Yandamuri will soon be shifted from the Montgomery County jail to the death row of a Pennsylvania prison.