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Release Forms and High-Risk Activities

In some states, release forms signed by competent adults may be recognized in court.

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Key point: "Release forms" signed by competent adults will be recognized by the courts in some states so long as the content of such a form is not misrepresented in any way to the person who signs it.

• A Michigan appeals court ruled that a release form signed by a competent adult prior to participating in a dangerous activity prevented him from suing as a result of injuries he sustained. As part of an annual historic festival a city sponsored a "rope climb" contest. A rope was stretched across a river and participants would hang onto the rope with their hands and attempt to cross the river. The winner was the participant who crossed the river in the shortest period of time. Various cash prizes were awarded to the winner and runners-up, and there was a one dollar entry fee paid by all participants. One participant lost his grasp of the rope and fell head first into the river, ...

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  • March 1, 1994

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