5th Circ. Upholds $1.1M Award In Katrina Boat Crash

Law360, New York (August 14, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has upheld a decision holding marine services provider Signal International LLC partially liable for damage two of its boats caused to a Mississippi bridge when they broke away during Hurricane Katrina, though found that the state's Department of Transportation should have received prejudgment interest on the $1.1 million award.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit rejected Signal's claims Wednesday, ruling that the company waived its defense of claiming that the U.S. government was the real party in interest because...
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