No. 92S03-9104-CV-287.

569 N.E.2d 637 (1991)

Thomas Matthew BURRELL, Appellant (Plaintiff below), v. Kenneth A. MEADS, Appellee (Defendant below).

Supreme Court of Indiana.

Rehearing Denied June 3, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

James R. Grossman, Trina Glusenkamp Gould, Grossman & Glusenkamp, Fort Wayne, for appellant.

Kathryn J. Roudebush, Roby & Hood, Fort Wayne, for the Indiana Trial Lawyers Ass'n as amicus curiae in support of appellant.

Thomas W. Yoder, Robert T. Keen, Jr., Miller, Carson & Boxberger, Fort Wayne, for appellee.


SHEPARD, Chief Justice.

This appeal raises the question of what duty an Indiana landowner or occupier owes to his social guests to protect them from physical harm while they are on his premises. We hold that the duty is to exercise reasonable care.

In this case, Thomas Burrell, the guest, and Kenneth Meads, the landowner, had been friends for years. The two men had helped each other perform a variety of tasks, and neither...

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