CASE BRIEF PAPER: NALWA V. CEDAR FAIR, L.P.
The Court Opinion
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On July 5, 2005, Dr. Smiriti Nalwa took her two children to Great America amusement park. The plaintiff and her two children went on the park’s “Rue le Dodge” bumper car ride. The plaintiff and her son drove in a bumper car together. After hitting several other cars, their car was bumped from the front and then from the back. The plaintiff felt as if she needed to brace herself and placed her hand on the car’s “dashboard”