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We Know Delta and Greyhound are Common Carriers … But is a Zipline a Common Carrier in Illinois?

By Doyice Cotten

April Dodge was a paying customer of Grafton Zipline Adventures when the braking system failed causing April to collide with a tree and suffer injury. She sued alleging that Grafton was negligent. Grafton claimed protection from the liability waiver signed by April prior to participation to which the plaintiff asserted that the waiver was unenforceable because Grafton is a common carrier and cannot exempt itself from liability for its negligence (Dodge v. Grafton Zipline Adventures,

Risk Management: Vetting Your Independent Contractor

By Doyice Cotten

The general rule is that a business entity is liable for injuries resulting from the negligence of the business or its employees. The business, however, is not generally liable for injuries caused by the negligence of independent contractors working.

Nevertheless, the business entity does have an important duty in regard to engaging an independent contractor – the duty to take care and do due diligence in the hiring (and retention) of the independent contractor.