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Disney Settles Donald Duck Suit by April Magolon

Disney recently settled the Donald Duck suit filed by Upper Darby mother April Magolon against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, which claimed a Disney World employee in a Donald Duck costume groped her during a visit at the theme park three years ago.

The Philadelphia Daily News reported the suit was settled in Philadelphia federal court, but the settlement terms were not disclosed.

Magolon, 28, claimed she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder, "acute anxiety," and nightmares after the Donald Duck character "molested her" during her March 2008 vacation at Disney World. She contended that the employee inside the costume "then made gestures making a joke indicating he had done something wrong."

The suit, which sought in excess of $50,000 in damages along with punitive damages, also stated that the experience left Magolon with “permanent” injuries that made her incapable of going about “her usual duties and occupation, all to her great financial detriment and loss.”

The Donald Duck suit also claimed the incident caused April Magolon to suffer from “severe shock to her entire nervous system,” which led to other injuries where “the full extent of which are not yet known.” Magolon did say, however, that she experienced nausea, cold sweats, muscle-contraction headaches, flashbacks, and digestive problems after Donald Duck grabbed her breasts.

Her vacation, she added, was also “ruined.”

As for Disney’s response to the settlement, a spokesperson for the company said it had nothing else to comment in addition to what was already in the court record, wrote Reuters.

To learn more about how to proceed with an injury complaint in a case like this, seek legal counsel from an experienced personal injury attorney.

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