Where Would Liability Fall in Boston Bombings?

, The National Law Journal


A panel discussion hosted by Edwards Wildman Palmer agreed that government agencies probably won't face much liability from those physically or fiscally harmed by the Boston Marathon bombings. But the race sponsors could prove vulnerable depending on the terms of their insurance policies.

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  • Darren McKinney, American Tort Reform Association, Washington, D.C.

    Only in hyper-litigious America would personal injury lawyers and others even contemplate lawsuits blaming wholly innocent, if deep-pocketed, entities for a deadly bombing that was plainly planned and executed by Islamic terrorists and their useful dupes. After all, what were Boston officials or marathon sponsors to do? Lock down the city, impose martial law, and allow no one on the streets other than runners and race officials who'd passed retina scans? For crying out loud, it's this very shameless, lawsuit-loving element of our national character that, in part and not without irony, invites the disdain of those who want to kill and maim our innocents.

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