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Delaney v. Reynolds

Massachusetts Appeals Court
825 N.E.2d 554 (2005)


Facts

Delaney (plaintiff) and Reynolds (defendant) lived together at Reynolds’ house. Reynolds knew that Delaney was depressed and abusing drugs while living with him. Reynolds also kept a loaded and unlocked gun in the bedroom, a fact that Reynolds knew Delaney was aware of. One day, Delaney was under the influence of drugs and alcohol and Reynolds demanded that Delaney move out of the house. Upset, Delaney went to the bedroom and grabbed Reynolds’ gun. Delaney then shot herself in the head, seriously injuring herself. Delaney brought a negligence action against Reynolds for her injuries. Reynolds asserted that Delaney’s suicide attempt was a superseding cause and that Reynolds could not be held liable. Agreeing with Reynolds, the trial court granted his summary judgment motion.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Perretta, J.)

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