A man was injured skiing, but had signed a waiver releasing the resort of liability.
An exculpatory contract is void as a matter of public policy.
Plaintiff was skiing at a resort operated by the defendant. While skiing, he ran into a chair lift pole, and was seriously injured. However, when he bought his ticket to ski the mountain, he signed a release of liability waiver contract, that included a waiver of standing for negligence.
Can the defendant enforce a contract that disclaims negligence?
No, such a contract is void as a matter of public policy.
The court finds that a contract that permits a defendant to be negligent is void as a matter of public policy. They reason that when a business offers services to the general public, there is a public policy interest in maintaining a level of care far exceeding negligence. To allow a business to use a contract to circumvent this general interest is in contravention to public policy.