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Ramirez v. Nelson, B179275

Verdict in wrongful death case, finding homeowner's negligence was not a substantial factor in worker's electrocution, is reversed where trial court erred in refusing a jury instruction based on Penal Code section 385, which makes it a misdemeanor for any person, either personally or through an employee, to move any tool or equipment within six feet of a high voltage overhead line.

Appellate Information

  • Decided 04/18/2006
  • Published 04/18/2006




  • California Court of Appeal


  • For Appellant:
  • William L. Veen, Kevin Lancaster and Mary Anne Bendotoff, San Francisco, for Plaintiffs and Appellants.

  • For Appellees:
  • Henderson & Borgeson, Daniel E. Henderson, III, and Jill L. Friedman, Santa Barbara, for Defendants and Respondents.
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