Judge Cuts $15M Award In Cruise Ship Illness Case

Law360, New York (January 4, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- A federal judge has reduced a $15.2 million damages award to be paid by pump manufacturer Essef Corp. to Celebrity Cruises Inc. over an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease on a cruise ship in 1994.

In a ruling handed down Friday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV reduced the damages awarded to Celebrity by 30 percent to reflect its comparative fault in the case.

Friday's ruling came after Essef contended that any amount awarded against...
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