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James v. Meow Media, Inc.
United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
300 F.3d 683 (2002)
A 1997 school shooting resulted in the deaths of three students. The victims’ parents and estate administrators (the parents) (plaintiffs) brought actions for negligence and strict products liability against several video-game, movie-production, and internet-based companies (the companies) (defendants) whose content the plaintiffs alleged had desensitized the shooter to violence. The content in question included first-person-shooter games, a movie that included a dream sequence depicting a school shooting, and pornographic websites. The district court dismissed the actions for failure to state claims. The parents appealed. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Boggs, J.)
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