Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Joseph T. Cook argued the cause for petitioner. With him on the briefs was Juanita M. Madole.
Deputy Solicitor General Shapiro argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General Fried, Assistant Attorney General Bolton, Richard G. Taranto, John F. Cordes, and Thomas M. Bondy.
Supreme Court of United States.
JUSTICE SCALIA delivered the opinion of the Court.
On the night of November 11, 1983, a twin-engine plane carrying petitioner's husband and two of her children struck electric transmission lines during its approach to a San Diego, California, airfield. No one survived the resulting crash. Petitioner brought a tort action in state court, claiming that San Diego Gas and Electric Company had negligently positioned and inadequately illuminated the transmission lines,...
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