The sport, recreation, and fitness provider has long made use of liability waivers for protection from liability for provider negligence. There is a growing trend toward the inclusion of an arbitration agreement within the waiver; however, there is considerable controversy regarding the wisdom of this inclusion. Here, the authors address some of the pros and cons of the arbitration agreement that the provider and his or her counsel should consider in deciding the issue. It may well be that the choice will vary somewhat depending upon the nature of the business entity and the state in which the business is located.
By Doyice J. Cotten
An agreement to mediate and/or arbitrate any grievance against a provider can be included in the membership agreement or the liability waiver. The following language is one example of language that can be used in the agreement. Another version of this article was published earlier by Fitness Management magazine.
If there is any dispute over $500 between you and California Fitness, both parties agree to submit it to binding arbitration,