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Venue: Alameda County , 1st Appellate District

Jury Verdict/Result: Summary Judgment, Confirmed on Appeal

Case Name: Ford, Andrada et al. v. County of Alameda, Alameda County Fairgrounds,

Description: Plaintiffs were patrons of the Alameda County Fair on July 4, 1998 when a gang gun battle broke out on the midway resulting in serious gunshot and stampeding injuries to multiple Fair patrons. Plaintiffs claimed inadequate security measures were taken, that metal detectors should have been installed at the gates, and that defendants County (which provided police presence at the Fair and advised the Fair regarding security) and the Fairgrounds failed to warn of a known dangerous practice of gangs congregating at the Fair on July 4th. Defendants brought motions for summary judgment on the grounds of (1) governmental immunity from liability under the Government Code for discretionary planning decisions; and (2) governmental immunity from liability under the Government Code section for police protective services; and (3) that there is no duty, as a matter of law, on to warn the public of criminal conduct of third parties, especially given that this particular criminal act was without precedent at the County Fair. These motions were granted. Four plaintiffs appealed the summary judgment as to the Alameda County Fairgrounds, on the ground that the Fairgrounds was not a public entity, and therefore not entitled to claim governmental immunity. The appeal was decided in favor of the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

 

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