Paramount Citrus Association v. Garcia
- Case Date: 1/4/2006
- Project Name: Protecting America's Freedom: National Security and Defense
On March 26, 2008, the California Court of Appeal overturned a multi-million dollar tort judgment awarded to an illegal alien injured in a traffic accident. The decision was a victory for WLF, which filed a brief urging that the judgment be overturned. WLF argued that plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits should be barred from recovering anticipated future costs when those costs are dependent on the plaintiffs remaining illegally in the United States. WLF urged the court to overturn a $850,000 judgment awarded to an illegal alien based on the cost of receiving medical care in the United States for the remainder of his life. The same care would cost only $200,000 if the illegal alien were to return to his native Mexico, as is required by law. The appeals court decision went even further than WLF had requested. It overturned the entire tort award, finding that the defendant landowner should not be held liable because it owed no duty of care whatsoever to the illegal alien plaintiff.
More Information and Downloads:
9/20/2007: Download the Brief
Litigation Update: Court Bars Illegal Alien From Recovering Traffic Accident Damages