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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

CO: Planned Parenthood Mass Shooting Premises Liability Case Will Go to Jury

In 2015, Robert Dear--armed with multiple semiautomatic rifles, a shotgun, and explosives--shot several people in the parking lot of an abortion clinic and then shot through the clinic's windows, wounding several more.  A gun battle with police ensued in which one officer was killed and five were injured.  In all, 3 people were killed and 9 wounded.  Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) was sued for negligence; the trial court granted summary judgment to PPRM.  Last week, the Colorado Court of Appeals reversed the trial court.  The appeals court found the plaintiffs raised genuine issues of material fact that PPRM knew of reasonable security measures that could have prevented the damages, and that PPRM was aware of threats against its premises.  The case will go to a jury.  The case is Wagner v. Planned Parenthood , Colo. Ct. App., No. 17CA2304.  Thanks to Susan Raeker-Jordan for the tip.

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Horrific event. It will be interesting to see what the jury's verdict will be.

Posted by: Lee Palidin | Feb 27, 2019 10:52:43 PM

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