Haddox v. Suburban Lanes, Inc

In Haddox v. Suburban Lanes, Inc., 176 W. Va. 744, 349 S.E.2d 910 (1986) a patron of a bowling alley was injured in a shooting incident that occurred at the bowling alley. The patron sued the bowling alley's owner. The circuit court entered summary judgment in favor of the owner. On appeal, this Court affirmed summary judgment concluding that the owner could not have foreseen the patron's injuries. The Haddox Court discussed the issue of foreseeability in broad terms. The Court noted that "'where a course of conduct is not prescribed by a mandate of law, foreseeability of injury to one to whom duty is owed is the very essence of negligence.'" Haddox, 176 W. Va. at 748, 349 S.E.2d at 914.