9th Circ. Reinstates Suit Over 2 Yosemite Campers' Deaths

Law360 (October 11, 2019, 8:51 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit has revived a suit seeking to hold the federal government responsible for the deaths of two teens killed in Yosemite National Park after a tree branch fell on their tent, saying the trial judge erred by tossing the case on sovereign immunity grounds.

In a published opinion, a three-judge Ninth Circuit panel on Thursday voted 2-1 to reverse the dismissal of a suit alleging the National Park Service knew about the dangers posed by a large oak tree overhanging a campsite but failed to remedy it or warn campers about it.

As a result, teenage campers Dragon Kim...

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