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Murphy v. Steeplechase Amusement Co.
Citation:250 N.Y. 479, 166 N.E. 173 (N.Y. 1929)
ProfessorMelissa A. Hale
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Murphy visited the Steeplechase Amusement Part with his friends. They came across The Flopper, a ride that consists of a moving belt that jerks at various speeds, causing participants to flop onto padded surfaces. After surveying the ride for a bit, Murphy and his friends joined in.
Upon stepping onto the ride, Murphy experienced a sudden jerk and was thrown to the floor, causing a fracture to his knee cap. Murphy sued, arguing that the belt was “dangerous to life and limb” and that it operated at a fast and dangerous rate of speed that was not supplied with a proper railing, guard, or other device to prevent a fall.
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