Waivers

Articles relating to waiver law and/or how to write an effective waiver.

Wife Signs Waiver for Husband – Is it Enforceable?

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By Doyice Cotten

Families often visit recreational facilities and are required to sign waivers of liability in order to participate. Sometimes the father signs on behalf of the wife; sometimes the wife signs on behalf of the husband. The question is “Are these waivers enforceable against the non-signer. Most businesses require the signature of both – which is the obviously best policy. But, if for some reason one signs the other spouse’s name on the waiver, is that waiver enforceable?

Michigan Court Explains Distinction between Negligence & Gross Negligence in Roller Derby Case

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By Doyice Cotten

Elizabeth Dudros was injured when she struck a wall located only five feet from the roller derby track during a non-contact drill. She had to swerve to avoid a pile-up causing her to strike the wall (Budros v. Womens’ Flat Track Roller Derby Association, 2017 Mich. App. LEXIS 1525).

Budros had purchased WFTDA insurance before skating; the policy included a waiver of liability. The Traverse City Roller Derby (TCRD) athletic director showed Budros around the track prior to the drill.

State Parental Waiver Law Summarized — Part VIII

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By Doyice Cotten

This is the eighth of an eight-part series on the enforcement of parental waivers.

As you should have surmised from the previous posts, parental waiver law varies by state. One law that remains the same in all states is that a contract signed only by the minor is unenforceable and non-binding, with a few possible exceptions (e.g., for necessities, when emancipated, when approved by the court).

I mentioned in an earlier post that prior to 1990,

WAIVERS FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS: More States with Likely Enforcement of Commercial and Non-Profit Entities — Part VII

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By Doyice Cotten

This is the seventh of an eight-part series on the enforceability of liability waivers of negligence when the sport or recreation participant is a minor.

Last week, three states were discussed in which the enforcement of parental waivers is very likely. Three more states are discussed in this post. Parental waivers are likely to be enforced in each.

Indiana

A 2012 state appellate court (Wabash County Young Men’s Christian Association v.

WAIVERS FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS: States with Likely Enforcement of Commercial and Non-Profit Entities — Part VI

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By Doyice Cotten

This is the sixth of an eight-part series on the enforceability of liability waivers of negligence when the sport or recreation participant is a minor.

Three states will be discussed in this post. Courts in each state enforce parental waivers utilized by both commercial and  non-profit entities. In the seventh post next week, three more states will be addressed. Parental waivers are likely to be enforced in each.

California

California was the first state in which the courts enforced a parental waiver.

WAIVERS FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS: States Enforcing Only School-Community Recreation Waivers — Part V

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By Doyice Cotten

This is the fifth of an eight-part series on the enforceability of liability waivers of negligence when the sport or recreation participant is a minor.

As discussed in a previous post, some states distinguish parental waivers utilized by commercial entities from parental waivers relied upon by schools and community recreation entities.

Florida

Florida, too, was mentioned in an earlier post in regard to F.S. 744.301 [2017] which established the enforceability of parental waivers of the inherent risks of the activity;

WAIVERS FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS: Enforced in the Past but Unlikely in the Future — Part IV

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By Doyice Cotten

This is the fourth of an eight-part series on the enforceability of liability waivers of negligence when the sport or recreation participant is a minor.

Parental waiver law in three states will be addressed in this post. Parental waivers have been enforced by appellate courts on several occasions in the past in two of the states (Connecticut and Wisconsin) and by a U.S. District Court in New York.

WAIVERS FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS: Broad Statutes Relating to Enforcement of Parental Waivers — Part III

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By Doyice Cotten

This is the third of an eight-part series on the enforceability of liability waivers of negligence when the sport or recreation participant is a minor.

 

Statutes Allowing Parental Waivers for Negligence

Three states have statutes that specifically state that parental waivers are enforceable under certain circumstances. These are Alaska, Colorado, and Minnesota.

Alaska

A.S. 09.65-292 [2012] provides the following:

(a) Except as provided in (b) of this section,

WAIVERS FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS: States Yielding Insufficient Enforcement Information — Part II

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By Doyice Cotten

This is the second of an eight-part series on the enforceability of liability waivers of negligence when the sport or recreation participant is a minor.

 

In Part I of this series, states in which court rulings, public policy, or statute forbid the enforcement of parental waivers were listed. Unfortunately, it is not always possible to confidently predict whether courts in a state will enforce such waivers. There are seventeen states from which there is insufficient information from caselaw to forecast the way in which courts might rule.

WAIVERS FOR MINOR PARTICIPANTS: Statutes Relating to Particular Activities — Part I

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By Doyice Cotten

This is the first of an eight-part series on the enforceability of liability waivers of negligence when the sport or recreation participant is a minor.

 It is well-established that a liability waiver will protect sport, recreation, and fitness providers from liability for injury resulting from provider negligence in almost every state when the waiver is well-written, properly administered, and voluntarily signed by an adult participant. Many providers,