San Francisco • The California Supreme Court ruled Monday that large retailers aren't required to have defibrillators on hand to help treat customers and workers who suffer sudden cardiac arrest.
The ruling signals the end of a Los Angeles-area family's wrongful-death lawsuit alleging Target was liable for a customer's sudden death from cardiac arrest because it didn't have one of the devices as part of its first-aid plan.
The state Supreme Court ruled such a requirement was an unfair burden on Target.
But the court said it was best left to the state Legislature to decide if retailers should have the devices on hand to deliver a life-saving jolt of electricity to a stalled heart. Lawmakers are in a better position to determine if retailers should be required to have defibrillators by writing detailed legislation, the court said.