Coleman v. Soccer Ass'n of ColumbiaAnnotate this Case
Plaintiff was a soccer player who had volunteered to assist in coaching a team of young soccer players in a program of the Soccer Association of Columbia (Defendant). Plaintiff was injured when the soccer goal, which was not anchored to the ground, fell on top of him after he grabbed the upper crossbar. Plaintiff subsequently filed a negligence complaint against Defendant. Defendant asserted the defense of contributory negligence. The trial court entered judgment in favor of Defendant, finding that because both parties were negligent, Plaintiff was barred from any recovery. Plaintiff appealed, arguing that the Court of Appeals should abrogate Maryland's long-established common law principle of contributory negligence. The Court of Appeals affirmed, holding that the Court would not change the common law and abrogate the contributory negligence defense in negligence actions in the face of the General Assembly's repeated refusal to do so.