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Zittrain Torts Playlist Spring 2013

Sandra Lynn Linegar, individually and as next friend for Jennifer Nicole Linegar and James Michael Linegar, Appellee, v. Armour Of America, Inc., Appellant.

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Should the "reasonably safe" test require manufacturers to only sell products that have the safest design possible? Plaintiffs are the surviving mother and child of a police officer killed in the line of duty. The decedent was shot to death while wearing a bulletproof vest manufactured and designed by the defendant. However, the evidence showed that all the bullets that hit the vest did not penetrate; the decedent was killed by a bullet which entered his body through the visibly unarmored sides of the vest. There was also evidence that the defendant sold other vest models which did shield the sides of the wearer.