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Wrongful Death

A federal court in Alabama ruled that a tort case brought by the parents of a woman who died by suicide against the man who allegedly sexually assaulted her should be stayed pending certification to the Alabama Supreme Court the question of whether “suicide is an intervening cause that breaks the chain of causation stemming from a defendant’s intentional tort.”

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – A federal court in Alabama ruled that a tort case brought by the parents of a woman who killed herself against the man she said sexually assaulted her should be stayed pending the Alabama Supreme Court's answer of whether “suicide is an intervening cause that breaks the chain of causation stemming from a defendant’s intentional tort.”

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