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Shooting victim's claim against bar is summarily dismissed: merchant's owe no duty to provide security

Citing recent decisions by the majority of Michigan's Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals dismissed a shooting victim's lawsuit against the bar where he was shot.  In Mouzon v. Blackwell Center, et al., the appellate judges pointed out that the Michigan Supreme Court has held that "a merchant's duty of reasonable care does not include providing armed, visible security guards to deter criminal acts of third parties."  Furthermore, "when a merchant voluntarily provides security, the merchant does not become liable for the negligent actions of the security guards."

The Court pointed out that "suit may not be maintained on the theory that the safety measures are less effective than they...should have been."

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