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Assumption of the Risk Negligence

Assumption of Risk Continues To Be A Reliable Liability Shield For Participants In Recreational Activities

by Selman Breitman LLP on

California courts continue to apply the assumption of risk doctrine at the summary judgment level in decisions that preserve the rights of Californians to participate in recreational activities without the threat of adverse...more

The Rise of Split Claims in Wrongful Death/Survival Cases

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

Recently, in Spangler v. McQuitty, 449 Md. 33 (2016), the Maryland Court of Appeals examined the interplay between an injured person’s injury claim/survival action and the claims of beneficiaries under Maryland’s Wrongful...more

Torts – Primary Assumption of Risk – Hot Air Ballooning

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Erika Grotheer v. Escape Adventures, Inc., et al. - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, 14 Cal.App.5th 1283 (August 31, 2017) - Plaintiff Erika Grotheer (hereafter “Plaintiff”) was injured when her hot air...more

Primary Assumption of Risk Kicks Horseback Riding Injury Claim to the Curb

In Swigart v. Bruno, 2017 No. D071072, the California Court of Appeal, Fourth District, relied on the primary assumption of risk doctrine in affirming summary judgment against a plaintiff injured by a horse during an...more

The California Court of Appeal Affirms that the Primary Assumption of Risk Doctrine Bars a Delivery Driver’s Negligence Action...

In Moore v. William Jessup University 2015 DJDAR 13751, the California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District, affirmed the trial court’s granting of summary judgment in a delivery driver’s negligence action against a...more

BOO! Running From Chainsaw Wielding Actor then Falling is an Inherent Risk of a Haunted Attraction

In Griffin v. The Haunted Hotel, Inc. (filed 10/23/15; certified for publication 11/20/15), the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, affirmed summary judgment in favor of the defendant haunted attraction...more

Man assumed the risk of injury from chainsaw-wielding psychopathic killer

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Perfectly timed for Halloween 2015, the California Court of Appeal held that a haunted house patron who was injured while running away from an actor carrying a gas powered chainsaw (without the chain) assumed the risk and...more

Ghouls and Goblins Win Major Court Victory Right Before Halloween!

Woodland Hills Personal Injury lawyer Barry P. Goldberg may not believe in evil spirits and the undead and certainly would not represent them in court. However, this Halloween the California Court of Appeal has handed the...more

Premises Liability Claims at the Ballpark

by The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP on

When you attend a baseball game with your family, are you at risk of sustaining a serious injury? If you do get hurt, can you bring a premises liability lawsuit, alleging that the owner of the stadium or the team was...more

Summary of California Appellate Decisions -August 2015

Insurance; Duty To Defend; Insurance Coverage; Intentional Acts; Sexual Misconduct - Gonzalez v. Fire Insurance Exchange (2015) 234 Cal.App.4th 1220, 184 Cal.Rptr.3d 394 (WL 960927) - Facts: This is an...more

Torts – Negligence – Assumption of the Risk

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Robert Fazio, Jr. v. Fairbanks Ranch Country Club - Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District (January 29, 2015) - Primary assumption of the risk completely bars a plaintiff’s recovery. However, summary...more

Torts – Negligence – Assumption of the Risk

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Tanya Honeycutt v. Meridian Sports Club, LLC - Court Of Appeal, Second Appellate District (November 6, 2014) - The primary assumption of the risk doctrine has been used by courts to provide immunity from suit...more

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