California Top Court to Decide on Retailer Defibrillator Issue

By Paul Elias | May 7, 2014

Are large California retailers required to have a device on hand to treat customers who fall victim to sudden cardiac arrest?

The California Supreme Court is taking up that question during oral arguments.

At issue is a Southern California family’s wrongful death lawsuit against Target stores. Mary Ann Verdugo died of cardiac arrest in 2008 in a Pico Rivera Target store.

Her family argues that her life might have been saved had the store had an automatic external defibrillator on hand to shock her heart back to beating. Target and its allies argue that requiring retailers to do anything more than call 911 during medical emergencies is an unfair and expensive burden.

The court has 90 days to rule.

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  • May 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm
    jim says:
    Maybe the family ought to sue the family member's life insurance agent for not having enough life insurance. Oops, did he,she,it, have any? If not, sue the estate for failure... read more
  • May 7, 2014 at 2:14 pm
    P/L Underwriter says:
    Lets see...a 16 year old in their first job holds my life in their hands...nope, I'm not getting the warm fuzzies. A part-time store clerk or full-time Target manager shoule ... read more
  • May 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm
    New Bob says:
    Only in the peoples republic of California would such a stupid claim even make it to the supreme court. It would have been nice if Target had these devices just like it would... read more
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