Wisconsin’s Supreme Court rejected yesterday an accident lawsuit seeking damages on behalf of a high school cheerleader who suffered a serious head injury while cheering. The court’s ruling found that the lawsuit was barred by Wisconsin law that prevents participants in contact sports from bringing claims for negligence that stop short of recklessness.
The notion that cheerleading is a contact sport is, of course, completely insane. Courts in their contempt for participant related sports injury lawsuits have stretched the line of what is a contact sport for years. But this is a new level of insanity in Wisconsin.
You can find an article on the case here.