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News Posted on February 27, 2013

Professor Horton Comments on Sports Spectator Injury Liability for ABC News

Professor David Horton commented for both ABC World News and local ABC affiliate KXTV News10 on potential liabilities associated with injuries to spectators attending sporting events.  ABC broadcast the reports in the wake of a crash at Daytona International Speedway that injured 33 spectators.  The ABC producers reached out to Professor Horton after seeing his paper, "Extreme Sports and Assumption of Risk: A Blueprint," published in the University of San Francisco Law Review in 2004. 

Professor Horton explained that venue owners and operators usually can avoid liability for spectator injuries.  "Stadium owners and operators can limit their liability through text on the ticket, fine print that says if you attend a sporting match you waive your right to sue for any injury," he said.

Professor Horton joined the King Hall faculty in 2012 to teach in the area of Trusts, Wills, and Contracts.  A graduate of UCLA School of Law, he has practiced at the law firm of Morrison & Foerster and clerked for the Honorable Ronald M. Whyte of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  He has also taught at Loyola Law School and UC Berkeley School of Law. 

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