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Montgomery v. Royal Motel
Nevada Supreme Court
645 P.2d 968 (1982)
Helen and Kenneth Montgomery (plaintiffs) sued the Royal Motel (defendant) for negligence after an unknown assailant assaulted and robbed them in their motel room. The room door had a working deadbolt but was not self-locking. After the motel presented evidence that the local ordinance required only deadbolts for motel rooms with individual entrances, not self-locking doors, the trial court found that the motel had met the requisite standard of care as a matter of law and dismissed the suit. The Montgomerys appealed, asserting that the ordinance set only a minimum standard of care, such that compliance did not necessarily foreclose a negligence action based on the lack of additional security measures.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Manoukian, J.)
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