41 W. St. U. L. Rev. 57 (2013-2014)
A Knight/Li News Update: A Detailed Analysis of the Case Law Suggests that We Should Return to a Consent-Based Assumption of Risk Defense

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A Knight/Li News Update: A Detailed Analysis of

the Case Law Suggests That We Should Return to

    a Consent-Based Assumption of Risk Defense


                          Christopher D. Boatman*
    I. INTRODUCTION .........................................................  57
    II. HISTORY ...............................................................  59
       A . Li v. Yellow Cab. Co ...........................................  59
       B . K night v. Jew ett  ...............................................  60
       C . Shin v. A hn ...................................................  6 1
       D . N alw a  v. Cedar  Fair ............................................  61
  III. PROBLEMS .............................................................  62
       A. Inconsistent Analytical Approaches and Counterintuitive Results..  62
           1.  Ford v. G ouin  ..............................................  63
           2. American Golf Corporation v. Superior Court ............... 65
       B. The Law is as it Stands Today Because of Poor Case
           Interpretation  ..................................................  67
           1.  G rey v. Fibreboard  .........................................  67
           2.  Li v. Yellow Cab Co ....................................... 68
           3.  K night v. Jew ett  ...........................................  71
  IV . SOLUTIONS ......................................................... 73
       A. How a Return Would Solve the Counterintuitive Results and
           Historical Inaccuracy  Problems  .................................  74
           1.  Counterintuitive  Results  ....................................  74
           2.  H istory  ....................................................  75
       B.  The Unwarranted Criticisms .................................... 76
           1.  Incom patible  with  Li .......................................  76
           2.  Untenable Legal Fiction  ....................................  76
           3.  Unfair to Equal Defendants .................................  78
           4.  O verload of  Cases  .........................................  79
   V . C ONCLUSION ....................................................... 80

                             I. INTRODUCTION

       Assumption of the risk is a defense to negligence.' Before Knight v. Jewett,2
in order for a defendant to prevail on this defense, he had to prove that the plaintiff had

* J.D. Candidate, May 2014, Western State College of Law. I would like to thank Professor Philip
Merkel and Jeff Guarrera, for all of their help and support in putting this article together. I especially
want to thank Professor Gregory Sergienko for instilling in me a love for Torts. Without him as a
Professor, this article would not have been possible.
1.  See, e.g., Ford v. Gouin, 834 P.2d 724, 734 (Cal. 1992).
2.  834 P.2d 696 (Cal. 1992).

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