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Tarasoff v. Regents of the University of California
Citation:17 Cal. 3d 425, 551 P.2d 334, 131 Cal. Rptr. 14 (1976)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Plaintiffs are parents of Tatiana Tarasoff, who was killed by Prosenjit Poddar. Two months earlier, Poddar confided his intention to kill Tatiana to the therapist at school. The therapist noticed the campus police and detained Poddar for a while, but released him when he appeared calm. However, the doctors and school did not take any further actions regarding this matter, nor did they warn Tatiana about this potential threat. Unfortunately, Poddar subsequently killed Tatiana.
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