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Comes Now the Plaintiff

When a bay area skier forgot to practice alpine etiquette on the slopes, he wound up in court.

According to a lawsuit she filed recently in Hillsborough Circuit Court, Jane Mathieu was taking a run on Big Burn, at Snowmass, Colo., on March 10, 1992. She stopped to wait for boyfriend to catch up.

Then, the suit states, "the Defendant, Henry C. Carlson, did so carelessly and negligently operate and control his skis so as to cause a collision with the Plaintiff . . . thereby causing . . . permanent injuries."

Mathieu seeks more than $15,000 in damages. Her attorney, Roger Vaughn, said the lawsuit was necessary because Carlson's homeowner's insurance balked at paying Mathieu's considerable medical bills resulting from the accident.

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