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Munn v. Hotchkiss

Plaintiff contracted a tick-borne encephalitis on an educational trip to China organized by the defendant school. Prior to the trip a school employee viewed on the US Center for Disease website a warning regarding tick-borne encephalitis in forested regions of China. Court held that (1) the public policy of Connecticut does not preclude imposing a duty on a school to warn about or to protect against the risk of a serious insect borne disease when organizing a trip abroad and (2) the awarded $41.75 million in damages, of which $31.5 million constituted noneconomic damages, was not excessive as a matter of law.