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Judge allows multiple theories for punitive damages by dog bite victim

Posted on: July 14th, 2014  padog

The Pennsylvania Record 7/11/14

According to Thomas Newell, a veteran dog bite lawyer, the decision to overrule four of five objections will allow him to present seven legal theories to a Dauphin County jury, including one that establishes the dog’s vicious propensities even though there were no previous physical attacks.

“I am unaware of any prior court decisions allowing a dog bite victim to pursue punitive damages via multiple legal theories,” said Newell in a statement. “Equally important is my belief that this is the first Pennsylvania legal opinion that allows a dog bite victim to pursue a punitive damage claim without proof of any prior or subsequent physical attack upon another person or animal.”

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