LA Fitness Sued for Negligence in Basketball Game Attack

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Cornelius Lister was a member of the LA Fitness facility in Andorra, Pa., when a physical altercation broke out during a basketball game in September 2012. Lister sustained a variety of injuries when four men attacked him during the game. One of the assailants was a member of the club, but the second identified by police was not a member. Police did not identify the other two assailants. The LA Fitness employee working at the front desk allowed non-members to enter the club and play despite access to the basketball court being limited to club members only.

Lister filed a lawsuit in federal court in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania alleging that LA Fitness was negligent for his injuries. The fitness chain countered that the exculpatory clause in the membership agreement absolved it from liability in the case of Lister v. Fitness International, LLC, d/b/a LA Fitness, No. 13-3013.

In 2008, Lister signed a membership agreement that contained an exculpatory clause that, in part, stated the following:

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