Fla. High Court Says Car Crash Liability Law Preempted

Law360, New York (April 4, 2013, 6:04 PM EDT) -- The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the federal Graves Amendment, which shields car rental companies and businesses that lease cars from vicarious liability for harm caused by their drivers, preempts state law, letting a DaimlerChrysler unit off the hook for damages in a 2003 car accident.

In a 5-2 decision, the state Supreme Court affirmatively answered the certified question from the Florida Second District Court of Appeal of whether the Graves Amendment preempted Section 324.021(9)(b)(1) of Florida law by ruling that the section is not...
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