Palm Beach Post

Published: Feb 20, 2014 7:41 AM EST

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - An appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by survivors of a shooting that left four members of a Jupiter family dead.
    
The survivors of the Thanksgiving Day 2009 shooting sought damages from the parents of 39-year-old Paul Merhige. The mentally ill man is serving two life sentences.
    
They originally sued Michael and Carole Merhige, saying they were responsible for the shooting because they had invited him to the family dinner knowing he was dangerous. That case was dismissed in 2012.
    
The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/1ct6ej9 ) reports the survivors argued in an appeal that the parents created a "zone of risk" because Merhige was violent toward certain family members.
    
But the 4th Disctrict Court of Appeal ruled that didn't amount to a legal duty to keep him from the gathering.
    
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Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com

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