Sandifer v. Hoyt Archery, Incorporated

A sad case. Avid bow hunter, sitting at home with his bow, has accident; the bow’s metal cable guard lodges itself deep in his brain. He dies. There are no witnesses. Bow manufacturer: He must have placed his head inside bow while pulling the drawstring; can’t hold us liable for that. Family: He wouldn’t have done that; the bow must have been defective. District court: The family failed to present evidence he was engaged in a reasonably anticipated use of the bow. Case dismissed. Fifth Circuit: Affirmed.

Tags: 2018, Fifth Circuit, Products Liability, Tort Law

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