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Peterson v. Superior Court of Riverside County
Supreme Court of California
10 Cal. 4th 1185 (1995)
Paterson (plaintiff) slipped and fell in her hotel room bathtub, resulting in serious injuries. She filed suit against the hotel owners, management, and the bathtub manufacturer. Paterson sued for negligence and strict liability, arguing that the tub was a defective product because it was too slippery and lacking any anti-skid surface or handrails. Banque Paribas and Harbaugh Hotel Management Corp. (defendants) filed a motion in limine to prevent Paterson from introducing any evidence or making any reference to strict liability in the case, which the trial court granted. The court of appeal issued a writ of mandate directing the trial court to permit Paterson to proceed on her strict liability cause of action. The defendants appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (George, J.)
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