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3/6/07 at 7:02pm
Civil penalties for alleged violations of safety code are not the ski area's primary concern. They would settle this with the regulators in a heartbeat, except that they have to make sure that no factual finding is made that would support a private suit by one of the injured workers for negligence. Therein lie the big bucks. They will negotiate a settlement agreement with mutually agreeable language to reach that end. The money isn't the issue at this stage, it is the wording of the settlement. By the same token, the regulators will seek a mutual settlement agreement rather than litigate.
FOG - They wouldn't have.... release forms are essentially meaningless. I've taken a couple business classes, and that was a big thing... Just because someone signs a release of liability form, if there was negligence involved, they can still win.
I'm sure that a lot of people do see the Liability forms and think they have no grounds to sue, so they do cut down on lawsuits...