2 Singaporeans killed in California boat fire: Boat operators file lawsuit to prevent future payouts to victims

The lawsuit might allow Truth Aquatics to avoid having to pay damages to the families of 34 victims who died in a horrific boat fire off Southern California, by limiting their liabilities to the value of the boat's remains, which is zero.
The lawsuit might allow Truth Aquatics to avoid having to pay damages to the families of 34 victims who died in a horrific boat fire off Southern California, by limiting their liabilities to the value of the boat's remains, which is zero.PHOTO: AP

SINGAPORE - The operators of the ill-fated diving boat, Conception, in the United States have filed a pre-emptive lawsuit to protect their company from having to pay massive damages, as the family of Singaporean victim Tan Wei told The Straits Times that they would pursue legal action if necessary.

The lawsuit was filed last Thursday (Sept 5) at the US District Court in Los Angeles, on behalf of boat operators Glen and Dana Fritzler, before US authorities launched a criminal investigation into the fire and issued search warrants on Sunday for Truth Aquatics.

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