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posted Jun 8, 2011, 8:18 AM by Bob Mueller   [ updated Jun 29, 2011, 12:05 PM ]
A 24' Mastercraft that was rated to hold 18 people, had 18 passengers aboard plus an operator and was also towing a skier.  The operator had 12 of the passengers squished into the bowrider section and the operator had been drinking that day.  When the skier fell, the operator turned around to pick up the skier.  During the turn, the bow dipped into the water and washed two people out of the boat.  They were seriously injured and were struck by the propeller.  A jury awarded a $30 million settlement to the injured.  The jury decided that the accident was 20% the fault of the operator and 80% the fault of Mastercraft for building a dangerous boat.  Who do you think is responsible?