Inadequate Warning Label At Stadium Results in Severe Injury


football stadiumThis case takes place in Minnesota and involves a man who was attending a football game on a day when there were multiple thunderstorm and meteorology advisories for the area. The football stadium did not publicize to the attendants. The game continued despite the severe thunderstorm warnings. The game was called off an hour later when the weather worsened to a point that drivers were unable to safely operate their vehicles. The plaintiff was struck by lightning in the parking lot upon exiting the stadium. The plaintiff claims that the ticket purchase agreement on the back of the ticket was too small to read and therefore not binding. In addition, the plaintiff claims the defendant was liable due to their negligence in continuing the football game after the weather warning was issued. A ticket warning label expert is needed to opine on how the fine print does not exclude the stadium from liability in these circumstances.

 

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1). Are you familiar with warning labels, specifically ones that are located on tickets such as the one in this case?
  • 2). Is it possible for the "fine print" on a warning label to be considered too small for a reasonable person to read?
  • 3). If a warning label on a ticket is illegible, who maintains responsibility?

Expert Witness Response E-009504

I am very familiar with warning labels, including the ones located on tickets such as the one in this case. I have worked on many cases that involve warnings and warning labels, and am familiar with industry standards (Moreso Industry Recommendations) for the size of print. Unfortunately, this national standard is not ultimately a rule so there is an allowable grey area for a producer of “fine print” on tickets, but the recommendations speak to the necessity of clear and readable placement of warnings. In this case, it seems that this recommendation was not adhered to, so there is reason to believe this is a good case for the plaintiff. Ultimately, the football stadium would incur responsibility in this case. I have great familiarity with warnings and warning labels and have testified numerous times in this area

Expert Witness Response E-000942

I have extensive experience with warning labels and have consulted on the proper type/placement/use of warning labels for a number of years. It is definitely a possibility that the fine print on a warning label, such as the print on the back of this ticket, was illegible to the plaintiff. I have served as an expert on similar cases in the past in which the size and placement of the warning was the main point of contention. I have testified with success that these labels are either too small or located poorly and that it was not reasonable for the plaintiff to heed this warning, and therefore the producer of this ticket holds responsibility.

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