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Brunner v. Hutchinson Division, Lear-Siegler, Inc.
Citation:770 F.Supp. 517 (1991)
Brad Brunner (Plaintiff) was looking after his two-year old son Jeremiah for the day while conducting chores around their farm. The Plaintiff told Jeremiah to stay in the truck while he transferred grain but Jeremiah got too close to the grain auger and his hand was amputated. The Plaintiff sued the maker of the auger, Hutchinson Division, Lear-Sigler Inc. (Defendant). The Defendant then brought a third-party complaint against the Plaintiff and the Plaintiff’s farm partnership, H.L. Brunner & Sons (Third-Party Defendants) seeking indemnity or contribution. The Third-Party Defendants filed a motion for summary judgment against the third-party complaint, arguing that the lawsuit was barred by the doctrine of parental immunity.
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