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Woodman v. Kera LLC

Michigan Supreme Court
785 N.W.2d 1 (2010)


Trent Woodman (plaintiff) was a five-year-old child who had a birthday party at Bounce Party, an indoor play area operated by Kera LLC (Kera) (defendant). Before the birthday party, Trent’s father signed a release that allegedly released Kera from any liability related to personal injury. Trent broke his leg during the birthday party. Sheila Woodman (plaintiff), Trent’s mother, sued Kera for negligence, gross negligence, and violation of state law. The trial court held that the waiver was valid to prohibit the negligence claim, but not the other claims. Both Woodman and Kera appealed. The court of appeals reversed in favor of Woodman, holding that the waiver did not prohibit the negligence claim. Kera appealed to the Michigan Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Young, J.)

Concurrence (Markman, J.)

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