A crashed hot air balloon was not liable to injured passengers…
- Drowned child
A party host initially agreed to “watch” an invited toddler until his grandfather, a fire department captain, arrived and “took over” supervising the boy. Despite the tragedy, the homeowner-host was not liable because it was reasonable to entrust supervision to the qualified grandfather.
A City law allowing on-site business and non-commercial signs while prohibiting new commercial billboards was constitutional because proliferating ads create public safety dangers and affect aesthetics.
- Paycheck stubs
State law requires employers to print partial Social Security numbers on wage statements, and workers can sue for damages without proving the company intentionally violated the rule.
- Balloon rides
Common carriers are those who offer public transportation and owe a heightened duty of care to passengers. A crashed hot air balloon, however, was not liable to injured passengers who assumed the risk of entering a craft which knowingly could not be precisely controlled.
- Service animals
An autistic man sued a seafood market which refused entry to his service-dog-in-training, but lost, because anti-discrimination disability laws only apply to fully and specially trained animals.
- Death by cigarette
Just because Congress allows cigarettes to be sold does not prevent a smoking victim from suing the manufacturer in state court.
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