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Release Forms and High-Risk Activities
In some states, release forms signed by competent adults may be recognized in court.
Michigan
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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, sustaining permanent and disabling injuries. He sued the city and the individuals who organized the festival. The city and festival organizers claimed that the victim could not sue because he signed a liability release form. Before participating in the rope climb, each participant was required to sign a form entitled "WAIVER OF LIABILITY" that stated:

In consideration of the possibility injuries which could occur in this event, i hereby release all participating groups and persons officially connected with this event from any and all liability for any injury or damages whatsoever arising from any participation in this event.

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