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Skater v. Rink Designer

In Skater v. Rink Designer (Bay Area Sup. Ct.) Joseph Nicholson obtained a confidential settlement for a 6-year-old girl who suffered permanent injuries to her hand after a collision with another skater at an outdoor seasonal ice rink in Santa Clara county. The unique rink design incorporated existing palm trees, creating two concentric circles of ice which dramatically reduced the space available to skaters. In discovery Joseph unearthed information indicating that the overall capacity of the rink was calculated on a hypothetical size that included the areas made inaccessible by the presence of the trees, necessarily resulting in overcrowding and making collisions between skaters inevitable. The mediated settlement included recovery for the minor’s sisters, who witnessed the injury.

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