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Weisenburg v. Townsend – Confidential Settlement

About the case

David Weisenburg, Jr. (David Jr.) was playing with friends on Peter Townsend’s property when he climbed on top of a short platform-like fence, grabbed a branch on a madrona tree, and swung. The branch broke sending David Jr. to the ground. He struck his head on a concrete parking block and suffered a fatal head injury. His father, David Weisenburg, Sr. brought this lawsuit against Townsend alleging that the madrona tree, short platform-like fence, and parking block created a dangerous condition.


  • Settlement: Confidential

Cause Number

  • King County, No. 98-2-04098-0


  • Landowner


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