Uston v. Resorts International Hotel, Inc. Case Brief

Summary of Uston v. Resorts International Hotel, Inc., 444 A.2d 370 (N.J.1982)

Facts: The defendant excluded plaintiff from the blackjack tables in its casino because the plaintiff is an expert card counter.

Issue: Can the defendant exclude the plaintiff from its casino just because the plaintiff is an expert card counter?

Holding: No

Rationale: When property owners open their premises to the general public in the pursuit of their property interests, they have no right to exclude people unreasonably. Such owners do have the right and duty to exclude those who disrupt the ‘regular and essential’ operations of the premises. The plaintiff in this case does not fit that category. He was not disruptive in the casino and no way interfered with the regular functioning of the casino. Therefore, the plaintiff possesses the usual right of reasonable access to the defendant’s casino.




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