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Case Name: Ruth Ann LIPARI & Bank of Elkhorn
v. SEARS, & SEARS v.US

 

Date, Location, Cite: 1980 NE
497 F.Supp 185
US District Court, NE

Ulysses L. Cribbs, Jr. bought shotgun from Sears in Belview, NE in Sep,'77- had been involuntary. pt & was receiving treatment at VA. After bought gun, continued in treatment until Oct '77, quit treatment- in Nov, went into an Omaha nightclub, fired gun, killed Dennis Lipari; Wife & bank sued Sears for negligence in selling gun- Sears sued VA- then Ms. Lipari sued US- US Court, sent to trial- No duty to warn specific victims, but the public at large was at risk - should have committed.

cf. McINTOSH & TARASOFF.