Torts Keyed to Dobbs
Boyle v. United Technologies Corporation
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United States Marine helicopter pilot David A. Boyle died when the CH-53D helicopter in which he was flying crashed off the Virginia coast. His father, Delbert Boyle (Respondent) sued the helicopter’s manufacturer for defectively designing its copilot emergency escape hatch. On appeal from a state-law based jury verdict favoring Plaintiff, the court of appeals found that the manufacturer could not be held liable under Virginia tort law for any design flaws since it met the requirements of the “military contractor defense.” Respondent appealed; the Supreme Court granted certiorari.
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