Kidd v. BensonAnnotate this Case
James Kidd, Jr., and Carolyn Kidd appealed the grant of summary judgment in favor of Edwin and Dianne Benson in their action against the Bensons arising out of a real-estate transaction. In this case, the Kidds signed a purchase agreement expressly stating that they were accepting the property in its "AS IS, WHERE IS, CONDITION." Despite "heightened" knowledge, they did not have the property or its structures professionally inspected. Because the Kidds purchased the property in its "as is" condition, without having a bluff area inspected, they could not invoke the health-or-safety exception to the doctrine of caveat emptor in an attempt to impose upon the Bensons a duty to disclose. Accordingly, the Kidds failed to present sufficient evidence creating a genuine issue of material fact not only as to their fraud claims, but also as to their negligence and wantonness claims. Therefore, the Supreme Court affirmed.