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Matthews v. Campbell Soup Co.
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
380 F. Supp. 1061 (1974)
Matthews (plaintiff) injured his teeth and gums on an oyster pearl in a can of Oyster Stew Soup made by the Campbell Soup Company (Campbell) (defendant). Matthews sued Campbell for damages based, first, on a theory that Campbell was strictly liable, and second, on a theory that Campbell negligently manufactured and labeled the oyster soup. Campbell moved for summary judgment. Campbell argued that Matthews must prove that the oyster soup was defective in order for strict liability to apply. Matthews could not do so because, under the foreign-natural doctrine, the oyster soup was not defective. The foreign-natural doctrine held that a defendant could not be held liable for injuries from substances natural to the food the defendant served if those substances were inadvertently left in the food.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Seals, J.)
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