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An interesting, and tragic, case that Julie Fershtman handled several years ago involved a professional race horse driver’s death during a race at a Michigan race track. Julie represented one of the defendants, the owner/trainer of a Standardbred race horse that broke stride during the race and slowed down near the finish line. This allegedly caused a pile up of horses behind him on the track, and one of the drivers lost his life.
The lawsuit was targeted against the owner and trainer of the horse that broke stride. It alleged that he was legally responsible for submitting an "unreasonably dangerous" horse into the race. In fact, undisputed evidence existed that this horse had broken stride in past races and even had caused a collision a few weeks before the fatal race.
Although Michigan law abolished assumption of risk decades ago when it adopted comparative negligence, Julie nevertheless secured dismissal of the case for the owner/trainer under a theory of "inherent risks." She essentially argued that the act of a horse breaking stride during a race was among the realities and “inherent risks” of horse racing activity. Agreeing with Julie, and dismissing the case, the court issued a ruling holding that the owner/trainer was not liable because:
[The case was: Rathka v. Kesler, Genesee County, Michigan, Circuit Court No.: 95-42110-NO.]
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Julie Fershtman is considered to be one of the nation's leading attorneys in the field of equine law. A frequent author and speaker on legal issues, she has written over 200 published articles, three books, and has lectured at seminars, conventions, and conferences in 28 states on issues involving law, liability, risk management, and insurance. For more information, please also visit www.fershtmanlaw.com and www.equinelaw.net, and www.equinelaw.info.View All Posts by Author ›