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Reed v. City of Chicago

United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
263 F. Supp. 2d 1123 (2003)


Facts

J.C. Reed was arrested and placed in a detention cell in Chicago. The police officers controlling the cell allegedly knew that Reed was mentally unstable and had previously seen him attempting suicide. The officers removed Reed’s clothing and provided him with a paper gown to wear, which was designed to tear away if a person tried to use it to hang himself. Reed used the paper gown to hang himself. The administrator of Reed’s estate (the estate) (plaintiff) sued the City of Chicago, several police officers, and the manufacturers and designers of the paper gown (defendants). The estate brought a claim for breach of implied and express warranties, among other things, against the manufacturers and designers of the paper gown, including Cypress Medical Products, Ltd. and Cypress Medical Products, Inc. (Cypress), alleging that the gown failed to properly tear away when Reed used it to hang himself. Cypress moved to dismiss the breach of warranty claim against it.

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