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Rivas v. Oxon Hill Joint Venture
Citation:130 Md.App. 101, 744 A.2d 1076 (2000)
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James Rivas (plaintiff), a deputy sheriff, was going to serve a subpoena on a witness when he slipped and fell on a patch of ice outside Oxon Hill Village Apartments. The plaintiff sued Oxon Hill Joint Ventures and Southern Management Corporation (defendants) for negligently breaching their duty to keep the premise reasonably safe for invitees and thus proximately causing his injuries. The defendants filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that (1) the plaintiff’s claim was barred by the Fireman’s Rule because he was a law enforcement officer and (2) the plaintiff was a bare licensee owed only a duty to refrain from willful injury or entrapment.
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