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Actress Files Lawsuit Over Santa Monica Ice Skating Rink Injuries

Posted Apr. 18, 2014, 8:00 am

Brenton Garen / Editor-in-Chief

An actress who had a small role in the 1994 film “Dumb and Dumber” is suing the City of Santa Monica over injuries sustained at the city-owned seasonal ICE at Santa Monica skating rink on Jan. 18, 2014.

Lisa Stothard, 51, filed a lawsuit on Wednesday along with her actor husband Daniel Bernhardt in Los Angeles Superior Court.

According to reports, Stothard alleges negligence and premises liability, while her husband is suing for loss of consortium (the inability of one's spouse to have normal marital relations, which is a euphemism for sexual intercourse).

The suit seeks unspecified damages.

However according to reports, in a claim filed prior to the suit, Stothard's damages were listed at more than $2 million.

According to the complaint, Stothard and the couple’s daughter, Bella, went to the rink to celebrate another child’s birthday.

Many of the skaters were children and teens who were skating at an excessive rate of speed, which was faster than safe, according to the lawsuit.

CBS reports the plaintiffs allege that city employees saw the risky skating, but did nothing to stop it.

Stothard says she decided to take her daughter and her friends off the ice to make sure they were not hurt. But as they were leaving, a boy who was “skating at a wildly excessive rate of speed slammed into (Stothard), dislocating her right ankle and breaking her leg in multiple places,” according to the lawsuit quoted by CBS.

Click here to read more at CBS.

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Apr. 18, 2014, 10:21:45 am

Typical said...

Out of work actors looking for a payday rather than getting a day job.

Apr. 18, 2014, 1:53:21 pm

LB said...

how appropriate: dumb and dumber!

Apr. 18, 2014, 10:46:10 pm

getajob said...

OMFG! Really? Hope they don't spend there last pennies on this. may be time to get a real job. Losers.

Apr. 19, 2014, 9:46:28 am

tracie said...

really???? hope she has the name of the kid that was speeding and had the police issue him a ticket! did she signal? really? please make her reimburse the city for all the work involved in such a silly lawsuit. sotthard think before you ruin something so sweet for our city such as a little ice rink. as a 51 year old women i am sure you could have used you voice to say something politely to the employees at the rink instead of wishing they would notice what you "thought" was dangerous behavior.

Apr. 19, 2014, 12:11:34 pm

jerry spencer said...

I agree with the previous post. all it takes is one greedy (sorry but 2 million???? REALLY???) person like this to ruin a great program that benefits many people. i'm sorry about her injuries but she knew the job was dangerous when she took it to paraphrase super chicken. if the speed was supposedly so dangerous, why did she and her family get into the rink???? throw this out of court.

Apr. 19, 2014, 3:15:59 pm

Randy Steinberg said...

I think this one is on thin ice...

Apr. 23, 2014, 7:42:25 pm

g said...

As far as I know, city employees don't run the rink, it's run by a contractor. Is this sloppy reporting, or dumb lawyers?

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