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Taxpayers bear brunt of lawsuits

July 23, 2007

Re "State's liability waiver law refined," July 17

If a handshake or e-mail can constitute a binding agreement, it is unsettling that a signed waiver might not. The state Supreme Court decision will only be met with a flood of lawsuits against city-run parks, pools, gyms, camps and many other facilities where users sign waivers assuming risk.

Cities and counties already face millions of dollars in lawsuits each year without this new stipulation, and that money is taken from other budget areas that really need it, such as public safety, transportation and parks. This decision paves the way for abandonment of personal responsibility. And, as usual, taxpayers will pay the price.

JOHN MERCHANT

Chairman, Citizens Against

Lawsuit Abuse

Sacramento

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