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Younce v. Ferguson

Supreme Court of Washington
724 P.2d 991 (1986)


Dean Strunk (defendant) hosted a high-school graduation party on his parents’ farm. Lisa Younce bought a $4.00 ticket to attend the party. The ticket charge was for money to buy kegs, food, and music. Strunk’s parents (defendants) were unaware of the part on their farm, which was several miles from their residence. While at the party, Younce was hit by a car driven by Tamera Ferguson (defendant). Younce brought suit against Ferguson and Strunk’s parents (the Strunks) (defendants). The trial court found that Younce was a licensee on the Strunks’s land and that the Strunks had not breached their duty owed to Younce as a licensee. Accordingly, the trial court dismissed the Strunks from the claim. Younce appealed, arguing that the distinctions between an invitee, a licensee, and a trespasser should be abandoned.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Goodloe, J.)

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