WH Rez loses suit for $2.9 million...

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    WH Rez loses suit for $2.9 million...

    This doesn't sound good...

    http://www.courant.com/news/connecti...,6140008.story



    I wonder if it will affect mountain bike access there???
    Brian

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    REALLY!!! If I read this article correctly, it said that SHE ran into a GATE with her bike. How is that MDC's fault. They essentially awarded her money for "pilot error"... I'm sure that there is much more to it than that...but, I worry that lawsuits like this WILL have an impact on future access rights...not just at WH res. either!!! Other sites/land managers will hear this news and think twice before granting access and possibly causing their employer serious money.

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    Ruins it for everyone else.
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    That's a ridiculous lawsuit! She hit a gate? What an idiot! Had to be a large gate too to stop cars, trucks, atv's, etc...

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    Someone on another site said that she tried to duck under a gate, instead of riding around it, and that's when the injury occurred. Without more details it definitely sounds like pilot error and a frivolous lawsuit, apparently the jury disagreed. The only way I could see this being even somewhat valid is if the MDC had camouflaged the gate so that one couldn't see it until it was too late, or something along those lines. I seriously doubt that was the case.

    And yes, shit like this will just make it harder on mountain biking anywhere. People who sue property owners for mountain bike accidents should be shot, it's just as bad as those who sue ski areas.
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    Ridiculous! Can't believe the jury found MDC even partially at fault for that! There are access ways around the gates--she's the moron who thought she could duck it!
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    Wow is about all I can say. Obviously more to the story. Just sad that things like this have to ruin it for everyone.

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    This has to be the biggest WTF part of the article IMHO

    "It took eight years to resolve the case because of a dispute about whether the MDC was immune from responsibility, Stratton said. After a four-day trial before Judge Edward Domnarski, the jury decided the authority was not immune in this instance, and also found that Blonski was partially responsible."

    Imagine what the award would have been if the jury thought she wasn't responsible at all
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    gotta be more to it

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    Lawyer wins 2.9 million

    This is not good news. Her lawyer wins 2.9 million is what the article should say. Must be more to the story but I agree unless the gate was painted in camo or motion activated no one is at fault.

    Didn't she have insurance?

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