Heat Stroke

The family of a woman who was severely injured after suffering heat stroke during a jogging class at California State University San Bernardino reached a $39.5 million settlement with the university system. The system also agreed to implement a system-wide policy for heat illness prevention. The woman suffered a brain injury, cardiac arrest, multisystem organ failure and her cognitive function remains “severely imparied.”

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Zone of Danger

A grandmother is the “immediate family” of her granddaughter, the New York Court of Appeals ruled, finding that the grandmother can sue the owner of a building for emotional distress arising from the grandchild’s death after the two were suddenly struck by debris that fell from the facade of the building. The grandmother may pursue her claim for bystander recovery under a “zone of danger” theory, the court ruled.

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