Spooky Tenth Circuit opinion in haunted house lawsuit
Haunted houses may be full of ghosts, goblins, and guillotines, but it’s their more prosaic features that pose the real danger. Tyler Hodges found that out when an evening shift working the ticket booth ended with him plummeting down an elevator shaft. But as these things go, this case no longer involves Mr. Hodges. Years ago he recovered from his injuries, received a settlement, and moved on. This lingering specter of a lawsuit concerns only two insurance companies and who must foot the bill. And at the end of it all, we find, there is no escape for either of them.
So begins the Tenth Circuit’s tale of the case of the Bricktown Haunted House in Western World Insurance Company v. Markel American Insurance Company. This may be one of my favorite openings of any legal opinion. It’s certainly my favorite introduction to an insurance law dispute.
It’s always heartening to stumble upon a legal opinion that is written with a sense of the macabre.
Haunted Mansion photo via Star Trader.