Nelson v. United States

James Nelson was seriously injured bike riding when he encountered a sinkhole on a bike path on United States Air Force Academy land. He sued under the Federal Tort Claims Act for damages and was awarded over $7 million. The government appealed, contending that it was immune from liability under the Colorado Recreational Use Act, limited the liability of landowners who allow the use of their property for recreational purposes. The Tenth Circuit agreed that under the Recreational Use Act Nelson was a permissive user of the bike path and the Academy was therefore not liable for its negligent maintenance of the path. View "Nelson v. United States" on Justia Law