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Court offers good news for delivery business

What happens to the owner of a delivery business if an assault on an employee results in injuries to a customer?

The prospects are encouraging for business owners based on a recent decision by a Florida Appellate court in the matter of Miller v. Papa John’s. The Fourth District Court of Appeals in November affirmed the Palm Beach County Circuit Court’s refusal to hold a delivery business liable for injuries suffered by a customer when criminals attempted to rob the business’s deliveryman. Plaintiff Robert Miller claimed that just after delivering pizza to his home in a high-crime area in Lake Worth, Fla., a Papa John’s Pizza deliveryman was confronted by armed assailants. The deliveryman reacted to the attempted armed robbery by running away from the assailants and back into Mr. Miller’s home. The assailants followed him back to the home, firing numerous gunshots in the deliveryman’s direction and shooting the customer in the process.


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