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Kentucky Equine Liability: When the Potential Buyer Takes a Tumble

Recently the Kentucky Supreme Court addressed liability issues facing Kentucky horsemen when offering riding horses for sale. The sale of horses for riding use is a common facet of the horse business in Kentucky, and test rides are frequently part of the sale process. A test ride, however, opens the door to unique liability issues.  In 1996, the General Assembly enacted the Farm Animals Activity Act(“FAAA”), which dictated that the inherent risks associated with farm animals, including horses, are beyond the reasonable control of farm animal activity sponsors, professionals, or other involved persons. However, this statute left several exceptions permitting liability on the table. Until recently, no published case law in Kentucky provided guidance for the application of these exceptions. In August 2018, the Kentucky Supreme Court clarified the FAAA exceptions involved with a potential buyer riding a sales horse in Daugherty v. Tabor. More >

How to Share the Road: Kentucky New Law Strives to Make Roadways Safer for Cyclists

In an effort to promote the safety of cyclists using the Commonwealth’s roadways, the Kentucky General Assembly recently imposed new duties on drivers. On March 29, 2018, Governor Bevin signed into law House Bill 33, entitled “An ACT relating to the overtaking of bicycles on a roadway.”  The Act, which amended KRS 189.300-.340, became effective on July 14, 2018.  Over thirty states have enacted similar laws.[1]      More >

New Bankruptcy Rules in Effect

Posted In Bankruptcy

Amendments to the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure brought important changes to the administration of consumer bankruptcy cases, particularly Chapter 13 cases, effective on December 1st of 2017. These new rules require adjustment to the calendaring of the due date for a proof of claim. The most prominent rule changes are a new proof of claim bar date tied to the date of the bankruptcy filing, a requirement that secured creditors file a proof of claim, the required use of a Model Chapter 13 Plan, deadlines regarding plan confirmation, and methods by which courts can determine the amounts of secured claims. More >

How to Keep Recreational Pilots Droning On and On

You’d probably never guess that something you can pick up for your kid from Toys ‘R’ Us on your way home could be the center of a swarm of complex legal issues and a growing regulatory scheme. Welcome to the new world of drones, a world where everyone from the FAA to the local police is struggling to adapt to the challenges posed by the ability of anyone and everyone to purchase what is essentially a flying robot capable of doing everything from spying on the neighbor’s kids to interfering with commercial air traffic. Those challenges are being met with cold, hard law and regulation, so drone operators must understand the growing and serious set of legal rules that come with buying that new drone. More >

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