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Posted in response to Re: Re: Re: Need Legal Advice Regarding Club Liability Waviers from Steve on November 28, 2007 at 18:47:53:

Re: Re: Re: Re: Need Legal Advice Regarding Club Liability Waviers

As a mine owner (Mount Marie, Paris, Maine)this liability issue is a very serious concern. While the two page waiver I insist mine visitors sign might have some impact in an actual jury decision for damages, I suspect it would do little to deter the lawsuit. And given the high cost of lawyers, defending a serious law suit would wipe most mine owners out long before even getting to the decision.

I had an organized Maine mineral club in with a group of children at the mine (always gratis)who were supposedly "well covered by club insurance" ..... the certificate of insurance presented to me during the visit was for two million dollars in mis-advertising claims, etc., and two thousand dollars in medical!!!! Needless to say, the group might as well have been without insurance from my point of view. While I have hosted the Maine Pegmatite workshop group and college geology classes since .... I am really pondering the matter of being open to allowing any visitors ..... and that is sad since I would not likely be enjoying the finding of Maine minerals and gems if there had not been an "open door" policy when I was a kid.

Perhaps a legislatively prescribed form might ease the worry ..... it is sad that a mine owner should have to be concerned about gratis visits!!!


Dennis Durgin

From Dennis Durgin - November 30, 2007 at 08:35:57
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