Everyone knew that after a 14-year-old chimpanzee mauled a woman in Stamford, Conn., a huge lawsuit was coming. Now that the first legal steps have been taken, Connecticut lawyers are watching to see if the case breaks new ground in state tort law.

Lawyers for Charla Nash filed property liens and a request for a temporary restraining order March 16 against former chimpanzee owner Sandra Herold, in the first step to recovering damages for Nash’s near-fatal injuries.

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