Civil Plaintiff

Mother Wins $12M in Death of Son at Beach Club

A jury ordered the Bel-Air Bay Club to pay $12 million to a member of the Keck family whose 48-year-old son died from heat exhaustion at the Pacific Palisades facility in 2017.

William M. Keck III died from a heart arrhythmia caused by elevated potassium due to heat exhaustion on Sept. 3, 2017. Katherine “Kitty” Keck sued the Bel-Air Bay Club, alleging the staff failed to call 911 or administer proper first aid for more than three hours after her son began showing signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion.

Keck III, great-grandson of Superior Oil founder William Keck Sr., was a commercial real estate broker and on the board of the W.M. Keck Foundation and the William M. Keck Jr. Foundation.

In the verdict, the Santa Monica Superior Court jury found that Kitty Keck suffered $15 million in damages for the loss of the love and affection of her son, but the award was reduced by $3 million because the panel also found that her son was 20% at fault for his death.

Kitty Keck’s lawyers argued during the two-week trial that club employees owed a duty of care to William Keck to recognize his symptoms, his worsening condition and to get him medical aid sooner.

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