Suit Blames Offshore Oil Boat Collapse On Known Defect

Law360, New York (July 5, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT) -- A former offshore oil worker sued Superior Energy Services LLC and others in state court Tuesday, claiming they knew of alleged product defects with a liftboat that collapsed last year during a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico.

Jeremy Parfait, who had been the rig's captain, asserts that the liftboat's makers put the craft into the marketplace despite knowing of unspecified defects that made the vessel “unreasonably dangerous” when put to work as it was intended, “jacked-up over the surface of the water, offshore,” according...
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