Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Court reviews a motor vehicle accident case involving a professional driver hired to perform at an exhibition

GINNY BETH KING, ET AL. v. FLOWMASTER, INC. (Tenn. Ct. App. September 27, 2011)

Flowmaster invited a professional driver to attend an exhibition in which such driver allegedly lost control of his vehicle, killing or injuring many spectators. The plaintiffs sued numerous defendants, including Flowmaster, and the trial court granted Flowmaster's motion for summary judgment.

We affirm the trial court's finding that Flowmaster was not a member of a joint venture. However, we find that Flowmaster failed to negate the duty element of the plaintiffs' negligence claim, and that genuine issues of material fact exist as to whether Flowmaster "engaged" in an ultrahazardous activity or "participated" in a "drag race," and we remand on these issues.

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