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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 4

A Washington state appeals court ruled that a school was liable on the basis of a state "product liability" law for the illnesses of several students who contracted e. coli poisoning.

Key point. State and federal laws provide limited immunity from liability to charities that serve donated food to the needy without charge. These laws do not apply to the provision of food at church social functions, or the sale of food in cafeterias operated by church schools.

* A Washington state appeals court ruled that a school was liable on the basis of a state "product liability" law for the illnesses of several students who contracted e. coli poisoning as a result of eating tacos in the school cafeteria. The court also found the school liable for a case of e. coli poisoning of a 2-year-old child who did not eat in the school cafeteria but became ill through contact with someone who did. The Washington product liability law makes "manufacturers" of defective products strictly liable for resulting injuries. " Strict liability" means that a manufacturer is liable without any ability ...

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  • November 3, 2003