Are You Free to Contract Away Your Right To Bring a Negligence Claim?

By. Scott J. Burnham

Abstract

This article explores the enforceability of the exculpatory clause—a contract term in which one party agrees to give up the right to bring a negligence claim against the other party. A spectrum of views on whether a contract containing such a clause is aberrant or not is presented and analyzed, followed by the author’s view of the rubric by which the enforceability of the clause should be measured. The article concludes by deconstructing one contract in which the clause was found.

Cite as: Scott J. Burnham, Are You Free to Contract Away Your Right To Bring a Negligence Claim?, 89 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 379 (2014).

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