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Ohio court OKs pool-injury suits

– The state Supreme Court has ruled that Ohio cities are not immune from civil lawsuits over injuries occurring at indoor municipal swimming pools.

The court’s 7-0 decision Tuesday says Ohio law granting general immunity from civil lawsuits to political subdivisions doesn’t bar such lawsuits based on injuries occurring in or on the grounds of an indoor municipal swimming pool.

The case stems from a 2009 suit by the parents of a juvenile whose knee was broken while using a diving board at a Cuyahoga Falls-operated indoor pool. The lawsuit alleged the city was negligent in maintaining the diving board.

Cuyahoga Falls claimed it was immune from civil liability.

The Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that reversed a trial court decision in favor of the city.