Oregon high court says injured snowboarder's lawsuit against Mount Bachelor resort can proceed

Associated Press

The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that a ski resort's liability waiver cannot prevent a paralyzed snowboarder from suing.

The justices ruled Thursday that it's not in the public interest to allow the Mount Bachelor resort's liability waiver to stand.

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The ruling sends the case back to the Deschutes County trial court.

To win, the snowboarder will have to convince a jury that the ski resort was negligent in designing, building and maintaining the ski jump.

Myles Bagley was 18 when he was injured at Mount Bachelor in 2006. He filed a lawsuit two years later seeking $21.5 million. The trial court threw out his claim, and the appeal wound up in the Supreme Court.

A ski resort lawyer says he's confident the resort will win at trial.