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$27,500 AWARD IS END RESULT OF BITING PRANK

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When she was made the butt of Charles Hurth III's prank, Maia Brodie vowed revenge, and she got it - taking a $27,500 bite out of his wallet.

"I feel the damages were appropriate," Brodie said Thursday after jurors upheld her civil lawsuit against Hurth for biting her buttocks in a bar 2 years ago.Brodie said the reward would help ease her humiliation.

She was at the bar near St. Louis University, where she studied law, in September 1987 when Hurth grabbed her hips and bit her, Brodie testified. Hurth and his friends laughed, pointed and exchanged high-fives, she said.

The bite broke the skin on Brodie's buttocks, causing "searing and throbbing pain" so severe she couldn't sit down for three days and was unable to attend classes, said Gerald Greiman, her lawyer.

Hurth, a lawyer, admitted biting Brodie but said he did not mean to hurt her and considered his action a compliment.

Jurors deliberated 90 minutes after two days of testimony, awarding Brodie $2,500 in actual damages and $25,000 in punitive damages.