Zulu Coconut Suit

by Ted Frank on March 4, 2005

Remember those “Zany Immunity Law Awards” from the “Center for Justice and Democracy” that complained that Louisiana gave immunity from suit for some injuries from thrown Mardi Gras prizes? The law was passed in 1987 when liability fears stopped the Zulu Krewe from the popular tradition of tossing decorated coconuts. But the lawsuits continue claiming to fit within the loopholes, and though Zulu, which had already limited itself to handing coconuts out, usually wins them, they’re having trouble finding affordable liability coverage because of the cost of defending the suits. “‘We’re protected by the law,’ said Gary Thornton, chairman of Zulu’s governing board, ‘but it doesn’t stop people from filing lawsuits against us.'” At least five other krewes have been sued for this year’s Mardi Gras over other thrown prizes. (Leslie Williams, “Girl hit by Zulu coconut sues krewe”, New Orleans Times-Picayune, Mar. 1; “Zulu reigns supreme as crowd favorite”, Louisiana Weekly, Feb. 7) (via RiskProf).

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