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Hammond v. International Harvester Co.
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
691 F.2d 646 (1982)
John Newlin was the manager of a farm at which Jim Hammond (Jim) lived and worked as a tenant farmer. Newlin ordered a tractor from International Harvester Co. (International) (defendant). Prior to delivery, Newlin instructed International to remove a safety device intended to prevent the operator of the tractor from falling out of the seat area. An accident resulted in Jim getting pinned under the boom arm of the tractor and dying. Jim’s wife, Ruth Hammond (Ruth) (plaintiff), brought an action in federal district court as Jim’s administratrix. International conceded that the accident would not have occurred had the safety device been in place. The district court found International liable. International appealed. The United States Court of Appeals granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Rosenn, J.)
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