USC Campus Trojan Statue. Photo by John Schreiber.
USC Campus Trojan Statue. Photo by John Schreiber.

A security guard who says he was hurt when he was trampled by USC  football fans after the Trojans’ win over Stanford University at the Coliseum in 2013 may pursue his lawsuit if he makes some revisions, a judge ruled Thursday.

David P. Bueno’s lawsuit, filed last Oct. 1 in Los Angeles Superior Court, names USC, the Pac-12 Athletic Conference, the California Science Center, the NCAA,  the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, both the city and county of Los Angeles, the  state and the California Natural Resources Agency.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Elizabeth Allen White collectively denied motions by lawyers for USC, the Pac 12 and the NCAA to dismiss Bueno’s allegations of negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress. However, she said the causes of action for premises liability as well as negligent hiring, retention and supervision need to be amended insofar as the Pac 12 and the NCAA.

White granted defense motions to strike Bueno’s request for attorneys’ fees.

“There’s no basis for attorneys’ fees,” she said.

According to the complaint, Bueno was part of the Northridge-based Contemporary Services Corp. security team working the Stanford-USC game on Nov. 16, 2013. Stanford was ranked fourth in the nation at the  time and USC had not beaten the Cardinal in four years.

USC won the game on a field goal in the fourth quarter, 20-17. According to the suit, “exuberant fans stormed onto the field, creating a dangerous situation for everyone on the field, including players, officials and private security personnel.”

Bueno was one of three security guards staffing stairs leading to the playing field. They were told to keep all fans other than those with special passes from descending the steps, according to the lawsuit.

“(Soto), along with numerous other people, was trampled by the crowd in its delirium, resulting in serious injuries to his head, his lungs, his cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral spinal areas, his right shoulder, as well as contusions all across his body,” the suit says.

A scenario such as that which unfolded after the contest between the Pac- 12 rivals was foreseeable, according to Soto’s court papers.

“USC should have anticipated the likelihood of excited fans storming the field after the game, particularly in the event of an upset win by USC,” the suit says.

—City News Service

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