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60-1802. Abatement. No action pending in any court shall abate by the death of either or both the parties thereto, except an action for libel, slander, malicious prosecution, or for a nuisance.

History: L. 1963, ch. 303, 60-1802; January 1, 1964.

Source or prior law:

G.S. 1868, ch. 80, §§ 40, 421; L. 1909, ch. 182, §§ 39, 418; R.S. 1923, 60-415, 60-3202.

Cross References to Related Sections:

Substitution of parties, see 60-225.

Law Review and Bar Journal References:

"Survival of Actions and Wrongful Death," Lawrence E. Curfman, 12 K.L.R. 21 (1963).

Comment discussing recovery of decedent's loss of earnings in wrongful death and survival actions, 13 W.L.J. 174, 176 (1974).

"Maximizing Recovery under the Kansas Wrongful Death Act," Mark V. Parkinson, Vol. VIII, No. 3, J.K.T.L.A. 21 (1984).

CASE ANNOTATIONS

Prior law cases, see G.S. 1949, 60-415, 60-3202 and the 1961 Supp. thereto.

1. Proper party to bring wrongful death action under Kansas law should be determined by Kansas federal district court; case transferred from Colorado. Chenoweth v. Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Co., 229 F.Supp. 540, 543.

2. Action to establish paternity and obtain support brought by illegitimate child does not survive death of putative father. Gross v. VanLerberg, 7 K.A.2d 99, 100, 109, 638 P.2d 365. Reversed, 231 K. 401, 402, 404, 405, 646 P.2d 471 (1982).

3. Cause under civil rights act on basis of race (42 U.S.C. § 1981) personal; abates at death. Carter v. City of Emporia, Kan., 543 F.Supp. 354, 356 (1982).

4. Cited by dissent where court declared oral divorce decree ineffective when death of party precedes filing of judgment. In re Marriage of Wilson, 13 K.A.2d 291, 294, 768 P.2d 835 (1989).

5. Damages for injury to reputation do not survive the death of plaintiff before judgment becomes final. Valadez v. Emmis Communications, 290 K. 472, 229 P.3d 389 (2010).


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