The D.C. Court of Appeals has made it easier for District residents to win lawsuits against Maryland and Virginia businesses.

By a 4-3 vote, the court has ruled that some D.C. residents injured in Virginia or Maryland stores can bring “slip and fall” cases or other tort claims in D.C. Superior Court. That means plaintiffs can get their cases before D.C. juries, which are often more sympathetic than juries in Maryland and Virginia and more likely to hand out bigger awards.

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