That waiver you sign when you rent gear, go on a boat dive or a dive-master dive often has a clause to limit your right to sue the business owner. If your child is the customer, you have sign for them.
However, the Florida Supreme Court in a 4 to 1 decision ruled (11/11/08) that you can no longer sign away your child’s right to sue. Chief Justice Peggy Quince wrote, “It cannot be presumed that a parent who has decided to voluntarily risk a minor child’s physical well-being is acting in the child’s best interest.”
The lawyer for the defendant, Richard Lee Barret said, “”It’s going to have a devastating effect not only on their businesses, but children’s ability to participate …”
The full story by New-Press staff writer Brian Libertore can be found [here]