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Torts Keyed to Duncan
Slocum v. Donahue
Citation:44 Mass.App.Ct. 937, 693 N.E.2d 179 (1998)
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Robert Donahue pled guilty to motor vehicle homicide in the death of the Slocums’ son after admitting that he was drinking alcohol from a bottle he kept under the driver’s seat prior to the accident. The Slocums (plaintiffs) then sued the Donahues (defendants) for negligence and gross negligence. The defendants filed a cross claim against Ford Motor Company (third-party defendant), arguing that a defective floor mat that got stuck under the throttle had caused the power breaks to fail while Robert was backing out of his driveway and hitting the plaintiff’s son. The defendants sought contribution or indemnity.
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