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Home Depot murder lawsuit to proceed

New York residents may be interested in the latest development in a murder case that involves retailer Home Depot. The company is facing a lawsuit involving the 2012 murder of an employee and was denied its request that an earlier dismissal of the civil case be upheld. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit held to its decision to overturn a lower court's dismissal of the case. The lawsuit alleges that Home Depot is liable for the murder of an employee who was killed by a supervisor away from the store.

The convicted murderer was a Home Depot supervisor with a history of verbal abuse and harassment of female employees. The victim was a pregnant employee who was ordered by the supervisor to accompany him on a trip, during which the murder occurred. The supervisor was found guilty of murder and sexual assault.

At issue was the question of Home Depot's liability, as it knew of the supervisor's abusive history. Home Depot claimed it could not have known that his abuse would lead to murder, and argued that it is not liable because the murder did not happen on Home Depot property. But the appellate court overturned a district court ruling in Home Depot's favor, saying that Home Depot gave the supervisor the power to fire the employee or reduce her work hours if she did not comply with his request to accompany him on the trip.

A wrongful death lawsuit could result in the survivors of a person who was killed as a result of the negligent or willful act of another party receiving compensation for their losses. An attorney can describe the types and amounts of damages that can be sought in such a civil action.

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