Alert to Non-Profit Organizations!

The following article by Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton sounds an alarm to many non-profit organizations including those related to sport and recreation. Many are not aware of the new regulation requiring an annual filing by all non-profit organizations. Failure to comply will prove costly.  Go to http://www.irs.gov/charities/article/0%2C%2Cid=225889%2C00.html to find out if yours is in jeopardy.

Many Non-Profit Sports Organizations in Danger of Losing Tax-Exempt Status

By Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton

According to the Internal Revenue Service,

100 INSURANCE MYTHS (#3 of 8)

This is the third of an 8-part series dealing with insurance myths. We all know that insurance is one of the major risk management tools for any sport, fitness, or recreation business. For many of us, however, insurance is just a big mystery which we entrust to others. After this series you will know many pitfalls and minefields to avoid. Thanks goes to Daniel P. Hale for contributing this series to Sportwaiver.com. The first three segments of the series will focus on property insurance.

100 INSURANCE MYTHS (#2 of 8)

This is the second of an 8-part series dealing with insurance myths. We all know that insurance is one of the major risk management tools for any sport, fitness, or recreation business. For many of us, however, insurance is just a big mystery which we entrust to others. After this series you will know many pitfalls and minefields to avoid. Thanks goes to Daniel P. Hale for contributing this series to Sportwaiver.com. The first three segments of the series will focus on property insurance.

100 INSURANCE MYTHS (#1 of 8)

This is the first of an 8-part series dealing with insurance myths. We all know that insurance is one of the major risk management tools for any sport, fitness, or recreation business. For many of us, however, insurance is just a big mystery which we entrust to others. After this series you will know many pitfalls and minefields to avoid. Thanks goes to Daniel P. Hale for contributing this series to Sportwaiver.com. The first three segments of the series will focus on property insurance.

Online Waiver Agreements: Not Worth the Paper They’re (Not) Written On?

This article by Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton addresses some of the concerns regarding the validity of online waivers. Mr Pendleton is with Kohner, Mann, and Kailis of Milwaukee.

Do courts enforce waiver agreements that are entered into electronically, for instance, via an online registration process? Or instead, will courts only find an agreement enforceable if the agreement is printed on a real piece of paper and signed in ink in the traditional manner?

The above questions raise a host of issues.

Michigan Supreme Court Holds Releases Signed by Parents Are Unenforceable

This article by Alexander “Sandie” Pendleton sums up some key issues involved in the recent Woodman v. Kera (2010) case in which the Michigan Supreme Court held parental waivers to be unenforceable. A five-year-old was injured in an inflatable bounce area at a birthday party. Mr. Pendleton is with Kohner, Mann & Kailas, S.C. in Milwaukee.

The Michigan Supreme Court on June 18, 2010 issued its long-awaited decision in Woodman v.

An Essay on Risk Management in Today’s World

Thanks to Reb Gregg for permission to publish this thought provoking treatise on risk management in today’s world. Reb would welcome discussion on the topic and we will be happy to post your comments on this site. Reb would like to know which of these issues, or others, are most significant for your sport, fitness, or recreation operation and why. For more information about Reb (an attorney and recognized expert in risk management), go to our Links to Other Experts.

Liability Waivers and Releases: Still the Most Misunderstood Documents in the Horse Industry

Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law gives accurate answers to some important questions about waivers.

Dear Readers:
A few years ago, a major equine magazine interviewed me on the topic of releases of liability (sometimes called “waivers”) that are used in equine-related activities. I have long said that liability waivers and releases are, in my opinion, the most misunderstood documents in the equine industry. To explain this further, I am re-printing a portion of my interview in this article.

Weighty Issue

A fitness center injury lawsuit illustrates the importance of a proper risk management plan.

Attorney John Wolohan ([email protected]) reports on a fitness center injury lawsuit that illustrates the importance of a proper risk management plan.  John is a professor of sports law and chair of the Sport Management & Media department at Ithaca College. This article was published in Athletic Business in May, 2010.

As any administrator or employee involved in the sports and recreation industry will acknowledge,

Using a Form Contract? Watch Your State Laws

This article was written by Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law (www.equinelaw.net). She offers expert comment on a timely question regarding liability waivers.

Dear Ms. Fershtman:

My friend gave me some form liability releases and boarding contracts. Will they hold up?

– K.B. (No state specified)

My office receives inquiries like this often. Since many people in the horse industry still buy, sell, board, train, lease, or breed horses with nothing in writing,