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Bessent v. Matthews - Lessor Liability for a Bite by a Tenant's Dog
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It is sometimes possible in a dog bite case to make a claim against a landlord (or an AOAO) as well as against the owner of the dog. A property owner has a duty to warn of latent or concealed defects on the property of which the owner knows or should have knowledge. Kole v. AMFAC, Inc., 69 Haw. 530, 533, 750 P.2d 929, 931 (1988). See also, Gelber v. Sheraton-Hawaii Corp., 49 Haw. 327, 329, 417 P.2d 638, 639 (1966). A case out of Florida applies this logic to a dangerous dog in a dog bite case - see, Bessent v. Matthews, 543 So.2d 438 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. 1989). The Bessent case held that a landlord may be liable for injuries caused by a dog belonging to a tenant if the landlord had the ability to remove or abate the hazard and the actual knowledge of a dog's vicious propensities.
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In August 2018 3M Co. agreed to pay $9.1 million to settle allegations that it and its predecessor, Aearo Technologies Inc, knowingly sold defective combat ear plugs to the U.S. military. The ear plugs were too short for proper insertion into the users' ears and could easily loosen and not perform effectively. Military personnel who suffered hearing loss during combat or training exercises between 2003 to 2015 may qualify for a one-time award. For more on defective product claims, see: Honolulu product liability claims.
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