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Reed v. University of North Dakota and the North Dakota Association for the Disabled, Inc.
Citation:589 N.W.2d 880 (1999)
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The plaintiff, Jace Reed, was a student at the University of North Dakota (UND) on a hockey scholarship. As part of UND’s preseason conditioning program, Reed ran in a ten-kilometer race sponsored by the North Dakota Association for the Disabled (NDAD). As a result of the race, Reed himself became disabled, suffering extensive damage to his body. He required one kidney and two liver transplants. Reed sued NDAD on a tort theory, alleging that NDAD negligently failed to provide adequate medical services and water at the race side. NDAD defended on a contract theory, alleging that the race registration form that Reed signed was a contract releasing NDAD from any liability.
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