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Status of the Classification System

Summary: One important factor in determining the premises liability of a landowner to those who are injured on his property is knowing the landowner’s duty and his relationship to the injured party. Under the traditional classification system, the injured party would fall into one of three categories: licensee, invitee, or trespasser. The following list is a brief state-by-state overview of the status of the traditional classification system.

Alabama: Retains traditional classification system. McMullan v. Butler , 346 So.2d 950 (Ala. 1977).

Alaska: Abolished traditional classification system. Webb v. City and Borough of Sitka , 561 P.2d 731. (Alaska 1977).

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