Sugarloaf Mountain Resort Court Cases

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On March 21, 2015, Reuters reported that the King Pine lift at Sugarloaf Mountain Ski Resort malfunctioned. Nine chairs travelled backwards on the cable, injuring seven people; three of whom required hospitalization for non-threatening injuries. Sugarloaf experienced a similar incident on December 28, 2010. (Cavalier, 2015) Bangor Daily News reported that eight individuals were hospitalized for injuries as a result of the derailment of the Spillway East chairlift. Rick Tounge, one of the eight injured, stated, “I think we’re pretty conscious of the risk we think we’re taking (in skiing), and that involves trees and other skiers and that stuff. You don’t expect the chair to try and kill you.” (Portland Press Herald, 2011) Michael Katz filed suit against Sugarloaf Mountain Resort on the following six causes of action: I. negligence, II. common carrier liability, III. strict product liability, IV. breach of warranty, V. loss of consortium, VI. punitive damages. The defendants moved for dismissal of claims II, III, and IV. The Superior Court of Maine granted the motion to dismiss claims III and IV but denied the motion to dismiss on claim II. (Michael and Patricia Katz et al v. CNL Lifestyle Properties et al).
Discussion and Support Common carriers offer their services to the public and are required to exercise the highest degree of care and due diligence with respect to the safety of their passengers (FindLaw). A regulatory body sets these safety standards (FindLaw). The

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