Geneseo, NY asked in Criminal Law and Personal Injury for New York

Q: In New york state, if someone was to host an event, with donations accepted

and there so happened to be two parties that wanted to fight, accident waivers and release forms signed. is there anything in the law stopping this fight? will the only people liabal for said fight would be the two parties and not the host of the event.

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Marco Caviglia
Marco Caviglia
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Lagrangeville, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Laws don't stop fights, they just tell one what conduct is illegal and the penalty if a perpetrator gets convicted. Your question seems to really be what is your liability. If you are somehow civilly responsible for allowing the fight (or promoting it) your accident waivers, even if enforceable, are of no relevance since you are talking about intentional acts by two or more people. If you are the host and the premises are yours, or you organized the event, or you took money arguably as the reason for having the event (did you profit?), any one or more of these would certainly include you if one of the fighters is injured and everyone (i.e. you) then gets sued. As you see, the law didn't stop them, but should be a strong incentive for you or your agents to stop the argument and get them out before someone got injured.

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