Hubner v. Spring Valley Equestrian Center

New Jersey Supreme Court Bolsters Immunity to Equine Operators

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In Hubner v. Spring Valley Equestrian Center, the New Jersey Supreme Court expressly noted that the NJ Equine Activities Liability Act is "remedial legislation" (akin to the Law Against Discrimination statute, etc.)and thus its operative terms must be construed broadly to achieve its remedial purposes, while the exceptions must be construed narrowly. The result is that equine area operators will enjoy near absolute immunity from liability stemming from personal/property damage arising out of the inherent risks of equine activities. The decision is a victory for the operators of equine facilities in New Jersey,who have previously been subject to insurance costs that made it cost prohibitive for some horsemen/women to run their facilities.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 3rd Circuit, New Jersey | United States

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