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California stores aren't required to have defibrillators, court rules
California stores aren't required to have defibrillators, court rules

Large retail stores in California are not legally required to have automated external defibrillators for customers in case of medical emergencies, the California Supreme Court decided unanimously Monday. In a ruling written by Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye, the state’s highest court said California law requires only that  “health studios” have such potentially life-saving devices and encourages most public buildings to have them. 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...

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