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January 15, 2014 Published in Legal Corner

“Watch Out!”

By Gwendolyn M. Hickman

Question: What happens if Santa’s sleigh does a nose dive and runs into a pedestrian causing a broken leg?

Answer: If Santa’s “enterprise” is a charitable organization, they may be immune from a lawsuit.  The Supreme Court of Virginia has stated that immunity is granted to some charities because "it is manifestly desirable that they should be encouraged in their good work.”  (Weston's Adm'x v. Hospital of st. Vincent, 131 Va. 587, 602 (1921)

Note: The information in this column are opinions and are not meant to give legal advice.

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