Spitburger Ruling Reverberates Beyond 1 Cop's Lunch

Law360, New York (February 25, 2013, 8:19 PM EST) -- The Washington Supreme Court's recent ruling that a police officer can collect damages for the emotional distress caused by a spit-drenched burger opens the door to all sorts of claims by physically uninjured plaintiffs, experts say, from a spinach lover anxious about a recall to a homeowner spooked by a busted burglar alarm.

The Washington Product Liability Act allows for emotional distress damages in the absence of physical injury against consumers who do not eat contaminated food they purchased, but are served the product and touch...
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