NY High Court Says Inspectors Not Liable In Deadly Capsizing

Law360, New York (November 29, 2012, 3:37 PM EST) -- New York’s high court on Thursday reversed a lower court ruling, which had assigned liability to state inspectors who kept certifying the passenger capacity of a tour boat that capsized on an Adirondack lake in 2005 killing 20 people, rejecting a suit seeking damages from the state for negligence.

The New York Court of Appeals ruled the state owed no special duty to the injured passengers, saying the inspections done on the vessel, the Ethan Allen, fell within the scope of government functions under state navigation law. As such, the suit brought by families of the passengers who died or were...

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