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Spengler v. ADT Security Services, Inc.

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
505 F.3d 456 (2007)


Facts

Spengler (plaintiff) signed a residential services contract with ADT (defendant) for the benefit of Spengler’s mother, who was in poor health. The contract provided that ADT would respond promptly to Spengler’s mother if she activated a portable alarm button. Spengler’s mother activated the alarm, but ADT sent emergency responders to the wrong address. Delayed by sixteen minutes, the emergency response team arrived too late to save Spengler’s mother, who died in the hospital. In addition to a breach of contract claim, Spengler brought a negligence action against ADT for his mother’s death. The trial court granted summary judgment on the negligence claim in favor of ADT.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Martin, J.)

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