Duck Boat Lawsuits Could Stall with Court Filing by Federal Prosecutors

Duck Boat Lawsuits Could Stall with Court Filing by Federal Prosecutors
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Federal prosecutors are asking the courts to halt activity in all Duck Boat lawsuits.

The families of some of the 17 people who died after a duck boat sank in Missouri say that might delay their efforts to get answers about the July 19 crash. Several suits were filed after the July sinking on Table Rock Lake. Currently no one is charged.
The U.S. Attorneys office asked the court last week to halt discovery and the release of information until its criminal investigation is complete. If approved that would stall depositions, examination of evidence including the boat and requests for records.
Attorneys for victims who’ve filed civil suits told the Kansas City Star, that the legal action just causes delays and keeps wounds open denying victims justice and closure.

A hearing on the federal prosecutors motion is scheduled for Nov. 1 in Springfield. It’s not clear how long the federal investigation could take.

Ripley Entertainment and the five other businesses involved in operating the duck boats have declined to comment on the lawsuits.