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Smit v. SXSW Holdings

Drunk driver flees from Austin, Tex. police, drives around police barricades and through crowd attending South by Southwest, a film and music festival, killing four, including a music producer from the Netherlands. Can the producer’s family sue the festival organizers or the city? The Fifth Circuit says no, over a partially dissenting Judge Graves, who says the city could have foreseen the tragedy. (The driver gets life without parole.)


Tags: 2018, Fifth Circuit, Governmental Immunity, Police

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