Texas Justices Free Church From Flash Fire Suit

Law360 (May 7, 2021, 10:33 PM EDT) -- Clarifying premises liability law, the Texas Supreme Court on Friday cleared the Catholic Diocese of El Paso of any wrongdoing for a flash fire that injured four teenagers volunteering inside a 4-H booth during a festival on its grounds.

Reversing a lower court's decision, the justices held that the teen volunteers with the youth group were licensees and not invitees of the landowner, a key distinction in premises liability cases. Invitees get more protection under the law, as property owners owe them a duty of care to protect against danger that the owner knew about or would discover "by the exercise of reasonable...

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