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Alhambra resident sues for damage caused by fallen tree; city says it was an "act of God"

An Alhambra resident named Guan claims last September 2012 a tree fell on a car parked in front of his house, and the city should be held responsible,  World Journal (世界日报) reports. He called the police, and officers came and took photos of the scene. Guan then asked the city for damage compensation of $1,000. The city rejected the claim, saying that staff periodically trim the trees and that the incident was "an act of God." 

Guan then sued the city in Alhambra Small Claims Court. The judge delivered his verdict last week, saying the city was unaware of the risk of the trees and maintains the trees periodically, so Guan cannot receive compensation for the damage. 

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3 thoughts on “Alhambra resident sues for damage caused by fallen tree; city says it was an "act of God"”

  1. The Judges ruling does not address the question of whether the city can be held liable for damages. He simply addresses whether the city can be sued for them in the first place.

  2. If the city is unaware of the risk of the trees, why does the city trim the trees?

    1. To help keep the city look clean and cared for, I’m assuming.