Landlord Is Liable for Negligence on Property It Leases to Tenant

What Happened: This case began when an Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) employee fell 15 feet after the passenger ramp she was operating collapsed. The employee sued the landlord, the Port owner, for negligence due to a defect on the property. A federal jury awarded her more than $16 million in damages. The landlord appealed, claiming that the tenant, AMHS, was liable because it had exclusive use of the terminal property where the accident occurred and asked the court to issue a declaration to that effect.

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