Griffin during his deposition said,
"I really got scared because he was really at me. He selected me... He was pointing it (the chainsaw) right at me and it was live and active; you could literally smell the gas... hear the sound and everything...It was a real chainsaw."
Griffin sued the haunted house for negligence, assault, and improper training and supervision. His case was dismissed with the California court, ruling that Griffin had assumed the risk when entering the trail and should have known that he would get scared. Griffin then appealed the decision in appellate court but the ruling was upheld.
A rep for The Haunted Trail explained their side during the deposition,
"You scare the hell out of them as much as you possibly can, and that's what they're paying us for, that's why they come. Griffin "was never in harm... He ran. He chose to run. You can't chase a human that doesn't run. If he had just stood there and said 'stop,' then it's not fun. You move on. You scare somebody else."
The appellate court also awarded The Haunted Trail its attorneys’ fees in defending the appeal.