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Families can’t sue Xerox over workplace shootings

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HONOLULU (AP) — The families of seven Xerox Corp. employees shot to death by a co-worker in 1999 can't sue the company because of the state workers' compensation law, a judge ruled.

Circuit Judge Eden Elizabeth Hifo Friday sided with company attorneys who argued the worst mass shooting in Hawaii history was a workplace incident.

The seven were gunned down at a Xerox warehouse by copier repairman Byran Uyesugi, who is serving a life prison term without parole.

"The shooting occurred at Xerox's premises during work hours, and everyone involved in this was an employee of Xerox," company attorney Crystal Rose said.

Under the law, companies can't be sued for damages if a worker is injured or killed on the job.

The families argued it was unfair to consider the killings mere workplace injuries.