Law: Abominable Snow Suits

Who is liable on the slopes?

On a frosty morning in early 1974, a novice skier named James Sunday, 20, was working his way through a slow snowplow turn near the intersection of Drifter and Interstate trails on Vermont's Stratton Mountain. One of his ski tips hooked on a bit of snow-covered underbrush, and Sunday fell. He broke his neck and was permanently paralyzed from the shoulders down. He brought suit, and last year a Burlington, Vt., jury found the Stratton Mountain Corp. fully liable for the accident. It awarded Sunday $1.5 million in...

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