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State Rejects Lawsuit From Stamford Woman Mauled By Chimp

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The state Judiciary Committee upheld a previous decision Wednesday that the Stamford woman who was mauled by a chimp is not allowed to sue the state, according to The Hartford Courant.

Carla Nash and her attorney were attempting to sue the state for negligence, saying the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection was delinquent in its duty in allowing Nash's friend Sandra Herold to keep the 200-pound animal as a pet, The Courant reported.

State lawyers referred to a part of state law that says the has a duty to protect residents in regulatory matters but not in instances of person-to-person injury, according to The Courant.

Connecticut requires permission from the state claims commissioner in order for a citizen to sue the state, The Courant said.

Nash was attempting to sue the state for $150 million.

Nash sent a video (above) to the members of the General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee in which she makes the claim the state had the authority to seize the chimpanzee from her friend, thereby avoiding the tragedy altogether.

Nash, who is now 60, was blinded, lost both hands and underwent a face transplant after the attack.

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