Evenly Split Pa. Justices Affirm Axing Triathlon Death Suit

Law360 (June 19, 2019, 5:43 PM EDT) -- An evenly divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court has upheld a decision that a liability waiver inked by a man who died while participating in the Philadelphia Triathlon prevented his widow from pursuing wrongful death claims against the event’s organizers.

In a 3-3 split, a situation that results in automatic affirmance of the lower court, the justices found Tuesday that the release signed by Derek Valentino cleared Philadelphia Triathlon LLC of any duty of care around his participation in the event and barred his widow, Michele, from bringing any independent claim stemming from his death.

“Once decedent extinguished Triathlon’s duty of care by...

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