11th Circ. Rules Rental Car Cos. Not Liable In Crashes

Law360, New York (August 22, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court's ruling that federal law prevents families of people injured or killed by the driver of a rental car from suing rental car companies for damages.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled on Aug. 19 that the Graves amendment, a 2005 addition to the federal highway law that prevents vicarious liability lawsuits against rental car companies, supersedes state laws that allow car rental companies to be sued when their cars...
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