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Landmark Cases

Case Name: Vitaly TARASOFF
v. REGENTS OF UNIV OF CA., etal

Date, Location, Cite: 1976 CA
131 Cal Rptr 14, 551 p2d 334
CA Supreme Court

Prosenjit Poddar told student health he wanted to kill Tatiana Tarasoff. The psychologist told the supervising psychiatrist, who told campus cops, who checked & let Poddar go. Poddar killed Tatiana. Parents sued for "failure to warn." Trial Court said no such duty existed, but CA Supreme Court cited Simenson v Swensen, ordered trial; heard twice:
"Tarasoff #I" -"Privilege ends where public peril begins"
"Tarasoff #II"- therapist has an obligation to use reasonable care to protect potential victim. SUPER LAND MARK-- created whole new cause for action, but based on Simenson v Swensen. [Links on names go to photos, thanks to Ralph Slovenko]