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Appeals court rejects liability claim against gun manufacturer

[JURIST] The Fourth District Court of Appeal [official site] in Florida Wednesday rejected an appeal [opinion, PDF] from a widow who sued a gun company after her husband, a middle school teacher, was gunned down by a student while entering a classroom. Pam Grunow argued that Valor Corporation [corporate website] was negligent in selling the handgun used in the shooting of her husband in May 2000. A jury awarded her $1.2 million in November 2002, but that verdict was set aside by the trial court judge [Sun-Sentinel report], who ruled that a finding of negligence required a finding that the product was defective. AP has more.

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