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Apple Won’t Face Texas Top Court Over Distraction

Jan. 18, 2019, 4:52 PM

Families seeking to hold Apple Inc. liable for a fatal distracted-driving accident won’t get the Texas Supreme Court to weigh in on whether a smartphone can be a “substantial factor” in causing such an incident.

Two adults were killed and a child paralyzed in 2013 after a young driver in a pickup truck looked down at a text message and crashed into their SUV.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in Apple’s favor in December on claims that the iPhone should have had a lockout mechanism for driving. No Texas court, and no court in the...

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