The litigation against the city of San Francisco began this week over the Christmas Day Tiger attack with papers filed by brothers, Kulbir and Paul Dhaliwal. As the claim below indicates, they are contesting claims of contributory negligence ad assumption based on their own conduct, contending that the 243-pound Siberian tiger named Tatiana was held improperly.
The case will be interesting due to the evidence that the enclosure of the tiger did not meet industry standards — and whether that was the proximate causation of the injury. As discussed here, there is also the question of whether the conduct of these men contributed to the attack given allegations of taunting and drug use.
The claim is based on negligence but includes strict liability and a wide array of other theories from negligent infliction of emotional distress to property damage. This is the firs step for such a case. The claims gives the city 45 days to make an offer of settlement under state law. For a copy of the claim, click here.
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