Burger King Can't Duck Tainted Food Suit Under Wash. Law

Law360, New York (February 1, 2013, 2:41 PM EST) -- The Washington Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sheriff's deputy suing Burger King Corp. over an allegedly spit-covered Whopper hamburger may use the state's product liability laws to seek emotional distress damages.

The Supreme Court had been asked by the Ninth Circuit to determine whether the Washington Product Liability Act permits relief for emotional distress damages in the absence of physical injury, caused to the purchaser by being served and touching, but not consuming, a contaminated food product.

“Clark County Deputy Sheriff Edward Bylsma claims that...
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