Grunow appeal denied
The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals decision came down today. Based on the law in Florida, these judges did what was legally right. Still my heart goes out to Pam Grunow and her children.
Article can be found at - www.Sunsentinel.com
WEST PALM BEACH -- The widow of a Lake Worth middle school teacher who was shot to death by student Nathaniel Brazill lost an appeals court fight on Wednesday that was an effort to hold a gun distributor liable for distributing a defective product.Attorneys for Pam Grunow, the widow of murdered Lake Worth Middle School teacher Barry Grunow, argued that the murder weapon was nothing but a cheap, poorly manufactured handgun designed solely to be used for crime.
Her attorneys asked the 4th District Court of Appeal in West Palm Beach to reinstate a jury's decision that the gun's distributor, Sunrise-based Valor Corp., should pay Grunow and her two children $1.2 million in damages.
Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga threw out the November 2002 verdict, ruling that Valor could not be negligent under state law because jurors did not find the gun was a defective product.
The appeals court ruled that there was no liability on the part of Valor for distributing a gun that worked as it should.