John Doe purchased a Cabin Cruiser for pleasure trips on the West Coast. While using the vessel for a weekend trip shortly after purchasing it, a portion of the exterior railing broke, causing John Doe to fall overboard. As a result of his injuries from the fall, John Doe was unable to stay above water and drowned.
This case proceeded to trial under state court claims of negligence, product defect and federal maritime claims. This case presented multiple complex issues of maritime law and state law.
The case settled prior to the commencement of trial. The result was a confidential settlement in excess of $1,000,000.