NC high court to decide if recreation fees void county immunity

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s Supreme Court will decide whether municipalities lose their government immunity from lawsuits if they charge for recreation.

The court hears arguments Monday in a lawsuit stemming from the 2007 death of Erik Williams, who drowned while attending a high school graduation party in a Pasquotank County park.

The party’s hosts paid $75 to rent a private pavilion for the party at Fun Junktion.

A lower court ruled that because the county park generated revenue, the lawsuit filed by the victim’s family can go forward.

The Court of Appeals ruled that charging admission meant the county was acting like a business rather than solely providing a government service, opening it up to litigation.

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