Articles Tagged with exculpation and product liability

This is an interesting decision out of Colorado.

Executive Tans operated an upright tanning booth manufactured by Sun Ergoline. Before using the booth, Savannah Boles signed a release form provided by Executive Tans that  said as follows: “I have read the instructions for proper use of the tanning facilities and do so at my own risk and hereby release the owners, operators, franchiser, or manufacturers, from any damage or harm that I might incur due to use of the facilities.” After entering the booth, several of Boles’s fingers came in contact with an exhaust fan located at the top of the booth, partially amputating them.

The Colorado Supreme Court refused to allow the manufacturer of the tanning both to assert the release as a bar to the claim.  The court rejected the traditional test for determining the enforceability of exculpatory agreements (similar but not identical to the test we use in Tennessee) and court explained that

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