Property owner liabilities up for vote

Local - 3/5/2013 8:17 AM by Nadine Grimley

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Senate is set to vote on a bill that would make sure property owners face very limited liability from trespassers on their land.

Common law stated that property owners cannot be sued by trespassers unless they recklessly or intentionally injure the trespasser.  The bill scheduled for a vote Tuesday would lock that common law into legislation.  The law would limit the traditional authority of judges to interpret common law practices on a case by case basis.

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