South Florida Fair Has Immunity Against Man's Injury Suit

Law360 (September 5, 2018, 8:18 PM EDT) -- A Florida appeals court ruled Wednesday that South Florida Fair and Palm Beach Expositions Inc. is entitled to limited sovereign immunity, which shields it from tort claims stemming from a man who was attacked by teenagers at the fair.

Florida's Fourth District Court of Appeal concluded that the South Florida Fair, which is regulated by statute, is an instrumentality of the state and is therefore entitled to limited sovereign immunity in the suit brought by Widley Joseph, who was attacked at the fair.

The fair, like other fair associations in the state, is governed by a state law requiring that fair associations...

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