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California ruling a victory for big-box stores -- and capitalism
California ruling a victory for big-box stores -- and capitalism

The California Supreme Court has ruled that big-box stores in the state don’t have to keep automated external defibrillators. Maura Dolan writes: “The ruling stemmed from a lawsuit filed by the family of Mary Ann Verdugo, 49, who suffered a fatal heart attack in 2008 while shopping at a Target store in Pico Rivera. Paramedics were summoned, but by the time they reached Verdugo, she could not be ‘revived.’ "Verdugo’s family argued that Target should have had a defibrillator, an electronic device that gives an electrical shock to the heart. According to the American Heart Assn., a victim’s chance of survival drops by 7% to 10% for each minute that...

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