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The Jury Should Have Been Instructed on the Implied Assumption of Risk Doctrine in This Skiing Accident Case, Defendants’ Motion to Set Aside the $3,000,000/$15,000,000 Verdict Should Have Been Granted; the Damages Amount Is Not Supported by the Record

The Second Department, ordering a new trial, determined defendants’ motion to set aside the verdict should have been granted. The jury should have been instructed on implied assumption of risk in this skiing accident case involving a nine-year-old novice skier. Plaintiff struck a pole and fractured her femur. The jury awarded $3,000,000 in past damages and $15,000,000 in future damages. If defendants are found liable in the second trial, there will be a trial on damages unless the plaintiff stipulates to $950,000 past damages and $1,250,000 future damages. Zhou v. Tuxedo Ridge, LLC, 2020 N.Y. Slip Op. 01206, Second Dept 2-19-20

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