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Appeals Court Lifts Liability Limit in Barge Accident

18 May 2005

Las Vegas Sun

ST. LOUIS, Missouri -- A U.S. appeals court Tuesday rejected part of a federal judge's assessment of blame and potential damages in a 1998 barge accident involving a riverboat casino, ruling that the supplier of the towboat's crew was not eligible for limited liability.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh had concluded in June 2003 that the former owner of the towboat Anne Holly and the Winterville Marine Services -- the Mississippi-based supplier of the crew -- under maritime law together were liable for no more than $2.2 million, or the court-determined value of the towboat.

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