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Family of Rebecca Zahau files wrongful death suit – 10News

SAN DIEGO – The family of Rebecca Zahau has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit claiming she was murdered.
Her body was found hanging at her boyfriend Jonah Shacknai’s Coronado mansion after his son fell from an inside staircase while in her care and died from his injuries a few days later. Zahau’s death was ruled a suicide.
The lawsuit names Jonah Shacknai’s brother, ex-wife and her twin sister. It alleges that Adam Shacknai, Dina Shacknai and Nina Romano “participated in some manner in the planning, implementation, execution and subsequent concealment of the scheme to murder” Zahau.
Saturday marks the two-year anniversary of Zahau’s death.

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By |July 14th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Family of Rebecca Zahau files wrongful death suit – 10News|

Family of ejected Bills fan plans to sue for wrongful death –

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The smoke signals were noticeable last December.  Now, it’s becoming obvious that a wrongful-death lawsuit will be filed on behalf of a man who died after being ejected from a Bills game in November 2012.
According to WGRZ, the family of David Gerken, Jr. has filed formal notice that it intends to sue Erie County.  The claim will focus in part on the quality of lighting and fencing at a spot where Gerken fell into a creek and drowned.  The suit also will apparently attack the decision to eject Gerken while intoxicated and allowing him to walk away from the stadium by himself.
Erie County owns Ralph Wilson Stadium, and Gerken’s family alleges that Erie County is therefore responsible for the safety of its patrons, even if they are tossed out of the building.
Complicating the situation for Gerken’s family is that Gerken called his brother, who also was attending the game.  Gerken told his brother that Gerken had been ejected, and they agreed to meet at a nearby bar after the game.
If the case ever goes to trial, it will be difficult to get a jury to place responsibility on Erie County for Gerken’s safety after leaving the stadium when Gerken’s brother decided to stay and watch the game.  The legal theory based on the lighting and fencing gives Gerken’s family a path around that predicament.  It could make sense to focus on that argument only, and to avoid completely the idea that his brother decided not to leave the stadium with Gerken.
A jury possibly will have a hard time making anyone else responsible for Gerken’s death when his own brother chose staying at the game over protecting him.  [...]

By |June 24th, 2013|News|Comments Off on Family of ejected Bills fan plans to sue for wrongful death –|