879 N.E.2d 278 (2007)
- The claimant was an attorney purchasing land to develop it.
- One of the two business partners contacted him because that business partner and the former mutual business partner were building in the same area.
- After disagreements arose, litigation occurred.
- A settlement was reached, which caused a joint venture to be created.
- It also froze out the claimant from having anything to do with the land.
- Despite the joint venture's efforts, the land was not sold.
- The former mutual business partner was forced to surrender his interest in the land and lost his entire investment.
- The former mutual business partner's threats to harm the claimant, whom he blamed, were communicated to the two business partners.
- They did not warn the claimant or inform police.
- The former mutual business partner then shot and wounded the claimant.
- The claimant sued the two business partners for, inter alia, negligence.
The trial court dismissed the negligence claim; the appellate court affirmed.
The state supreme court then found that the two business partners did not have an affirmative duty to warn the claimant since they were not in a special relationship with him that would have required such a warning.
The appellate court's judgment was affirmed.
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