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Hanks v. Powder Ridge Restaurant Corp.

Connecticut Supreme Court
885 A.2d 734 (2005)


Powder Ridge Restaurant Corp. (Powder Ridge) (defendant) operates a winter sports facility. Hanks (plaintiff) was injured while snowtubing at Powder Ridge. Powder Ridge is open to all members of the public over the age of six or taller than 44 inches. Before snowtubing, Hanks and all other patrons were required to sign an agreement which purportedly released Powder Ridge from liability for any negligence. The trial court dismissed Powder Ridge on summary judgment, finding that by signing the agreement Hanks had expressly released Powder Ridge from liability for its own negligence. Hanks appealed on the basis that the agreement did not release Powder Ridge from liability, and that the agreement is unenforceable because it violated public policy.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Sullivan, C.J.)

Dissent (Norcott, J.)

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