Myles Bagley

Myles Bagley testifies against Senate Bill 754 at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023. Bagley was paralyzed in a 2006 accident at Mount Bachelor ski resort. The Oregon Supreme Court overturned lower court rulings in 2014 that said Bagley could not sue Mount Bachelor because he had signed a waiver when buying a season pass. The new legislation is an attempt to give recreational companies and groups liability protection.

The long battle over Oregon’s unique recreational liability standard was renewed Wednesday, Feb. 15 at a legislative hearing on a bill to limit lawsuits by those injured while using ski resorts, gyms, on rafting trips or in community marathons.

Senate Bill 754 would overturn an Oregon Supreme Court ruling in the case of a 2006 accident at the Mount Bachelor ski resort near Bend. The state’s high court ruled in 2014 that the standard user waivers limiting liability were “unconscionable contracts.”

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