Case – The Maryland State Board of Cosmetology
The Maryland State Board of Cosmetology inspected the equipment of the Dawn’s Beauty College and found it to be in satisfactory condition. A month later, a visitor Jane Cook, a student at Dawn’s, was injured when a salon chair failed to work properly. Cook had washed the hair of a woman with the chair in a reclining position. The chair did not spring back, and due to a previous injury, the client had to be helped into an upright position. The chair was close to a manicure table, and in maneuvering around the table, Cook twisted her back. Cook filed a suit in an Oklahoma state court against Dawn’s and others, claiming in part that the college was negligent. Asumming that Cook was an invitee, what duty did Dawn,as the owner of the premises, owe to her? On what basis might the court rule that Dawn was not liable?