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Escaped Tiger Enters the Torts Ring

Posted by Andrew J. Barovick | Jan 07, 2009 | 0 Comments

This would be today's entry in the Dept. of Cases We're Unlikely to Hear About Again.  Courtesy of today's Gothamist , we learn that a case involving an escaped circus tiger whose presence caused car accidents along the Jackie Robinson Parkway in Brooklyn (NY),  which in turn caused serious injuries to the occupants of the vehicles involved, has settled for close to $1 million dollars.  The tiger's trainer was the defendant in the suit.

Apparently, the pile-up on the parkway came about when the attention of the drivers was diverted from the road by the presence of the very large cat.  Given that most of the time, we do not expect to be confronted with the sight of wild jungle animals roaming the streets of New York City, how did the plaintiffs tackle the issue of foreseeability?

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Andrew J. Barovick

Mr. Barovick is a graduate of Columbia College and Cardozo School of Law. He began his legal career at the Queens District Attorney’s Office, where he tried over 20 felonies to verdict, and argued an equal number of appeals before the Appellate Division, Second Department, the New York Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


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