We all know the drill. Before a child goes on a field trip or something, the parent has to sign a permission slip.
The permission slip will typically waive liability for what could happen – in other words, Johnny goes on a field trip with his school, gets hurt, Johnny’s mom can’t sue the school even if they were at fault.
Not anymore. The Iowa Supreme Court (battered and bruised as they are) ruled that preinjury waivers signed on behalf of a minor are void as against public policy. That’s a pretty big decision. You can read it here.
Oh, and for those who might blame the three justices who were thrown out – one of those three dissented from the opinion.