Brief Fact Summary. The Plaintiff, John Gentry (Plaintiff), brought this action on behalf of his wife, who was shot in the head when a rifle accidentally went off when its owner slipped. The Defendants were the Douglas Hereford Ranch, Inc (Douglas Hereford Ranch) and Bacon (Bacon) an employee of the ranch (Defendants).
Synopsis of Rule of Law. Causation requires proof of proximate cause and cause in fact for liability to attach.
Issue. Whether Douglas Hereford Ranch’s negligence caused the Plaintiff’s injury.
Held. Douglas Hereford Ranch cannot be liable for the Plaintiff’s injury.
Once this is accomplished, the burden then shifts to the non-moving party to prove, by more than mere denial and speculation, that a genuine issue of fact does exist.View Full Point of Law