Nevada Supreme Court: Case of blind quadriplegic on today's docket


WHAT: Nevada Supreme Court oral arguments

WHEN: Today and Thursday 

WHERE: Supreme Court’s Las Vegas courtroom on the 17th Floor of  the Regional Justice Center

CASE INFO: Here’s the Synopses (pdf)

WEBCAST: The arguments will be webcast on the Supreme Court website, www.nevadajudiciary.us, but the video will not be archived. Podcasts of the arguments, however, will be available on the website following the arguments, usually by the end of the day.

Of interest is Lord v. Chew, a case involving a man left blind and quadriplegic during a scavenger hunt gone horribly bad. Arguments begin at 10 a.m. today.

In this case, a man who became a blind quadriplegic when he fell 30 feet head first down an abandoned mine shaft during a high-tech scavenger hunt in Las Vegas is appealing a district court orders in his tort case.  Robert Lord and his wife, Jacqueline Deerr-Lord, filed suit against six individuals and Argentena Consolidating Mining Co. The Lords settled the legal action with five individuals and the mining company, and proceeded to trial against the last individual, respondent Chee Chew. At the end of the trial, the jury issued a defense verdict in favor of Chew. ISSUES:  (1) Did the district court err in refusing various jury instructions related to vicarious liability? (2) Did the district court err in failing to hold the pre-injury release of liability unenforceable as a matter of law? (3) Did the district court err in awarding Chew attorney fees and costs? (4) Was there judicial misconduct requiring reversal? (Disclaimer: This synopsis is intended to provide only general information about this case before the Nevada Supreme Court. It is not intended to be all inclusive or reflect all positions of the parties.)

Source: Nevada Supreme Court