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Flodstrom and Drinkwine Secure Summary Judgment for Hunting Outfitter

Posted on March 31, 2023 at 12:00 AM by John Flodstrom, Christopher Drinkwine

In a recent case, a plaintiff sued an Illinois hunting outfitter for serious injuries after falling from a deer stand while on a guided hunting trip. Firm Shareholder John Flodstrom secured summary judgment for the Illinois hunting outfitter based on the Hunter Agreement and Release the plaintiff signed, waiving all claims against the outfitter. Firm Partner Christopher Drinkwine successfully defended against Plaintiff's appellate contention that the Hunter Agreement and Release was unenforceable. Drinkwine convinced the Illinois Appellate Court that the Hunter Agreement and Release language was sufficient to relieve the outfitter of all liability, including liability for its own negligence. Despite the Appellate Court's 2 to 1 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently denied the plaintiff's petition for leave to appeal, leaving the summary judgment in favor of the firm's client intact.
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