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Just how litigious are you?---

Some friends organized a BBQ and swimming event for their daughter’s 8th birthday party. They sent out invitations to her friends. The party was to be held at another couple’s house who had kindly offered their premises for the event.

Along with the invitation came a “permission slip” parents were requested to sign. Since using “the above ground swimming pool, a blow up water slide, a trampoline, swing set and other fun activities” might potentially result in injury to a child, parents were asked to give permission for their kiddies “to play at their own risk with no liability against the home owners for any injures that may occur.”

Unfortunately my children were unable to attend the party because of prior commitments. That said, as the permission slip notes, accidents happen. Is this society so litigious that those who throw children’s parties need to take legal recourse to protect themselves? [Whether such a signed note would stand up in court, is, of course, another matter.]

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