The Law Review for the outdoor and fitness industries has just emailed its second official issue, and you don't want to miss out. There are reports that deal with cases that you need to know about since they could have an affect on the future health of your business.
Don't know what the Law Review is? The review was launched in August 2004 by GearTrendsÂ® and SNEWSÂ® as an online legal resource center. It covers risk management, insurance cases and law information with reports that serve the outdoor recreation, fitness, adventure travel, hospitality and sports industries.
In this new quarterly issue, you will find the following stories:
Wisconsin Supreme Court decision threatens businesses relying on releases
The Wisconsin Supreme Court, in a decision reminiscent of the 1950s, effectively invalidated waivers (releases) in Atkins v. Swimwest. In a decision that is going to invalidate all releases in Wisconsin, the Court ruled that a release used by a swim club in conjunction with the registration statement was invalid because it was against public policy. -- www.snewsnet.com/cgi-bin/snews/02497.html
Skier who falls into a half pipe wins lawsuit
In an interesting and, to some extent confusing decision, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals decided a ski resort was negligent in a slip-and-fall case. The person was skiing when she slipped and fell into the half-pipe -- not normally where skiers go. The Appellate court reversed a trial court ruling and sent the lawsuit back to the lower court for trial. In Dunbar v. Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corp., 2004 U.S. App. LEXIS 25807 (10th Cir. 2004) Camie R. Dunbar and her husband sued Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Corp. for injuries she sustained when she fell into a half pipe. (Fell into, not fell in, the half pipe.) -- www.snewsnet.com/cgi-bin/snews/02399.html
Patent Corner: A guide to December 2004 patents in the outdoor and fitness industry
With this issue of the Law Review Quarterly, we are launching a column on recently issued U.S. patents in the fitness and outdoor industry. On a regular basis -- perhaps as frequently as monthly if there is enough patent activity -- we will briefly review recently granted patents. The synopsis isn't exhaustive but will highlight notable developments in outdoor and fitness products. Worth a peek, we're sure! -- www.snewsnet.com/cgi-bin/snews/02494.html
Two Montana bills that attempt to alleviate liability problems for rec fall short
Two bills, basically identical, have been introduced in the Montana legislature in an attempt to alleviate the liability problems facing outfitters, guides, and the recreation and tourism industry in Montana. However, as written, the overall effect of the bills will be negligible. -- www.snewsnet.com/cgi-bin/snews/02434.html
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