United States Ninth Circuit

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Holzhauer v. Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, 16-15942

Held that a boat owner was not liable under maritime law for causing his recreational speedboat to crash into a passenger ferry. The wife of an individual who died in the accident argued that the boat owner was negligent. Affirming judgment as a matter of law for the boat owner, the Ninth Circuit held that a boat owner who is a passenger on the boat has no duty to keep a lookout unless the owner was jointly operating the boat or the owner knows from past experience or from conduct that day that the person operating the boat is likely to be inattentive or careless.

Appellate Information

  • Decided
  • Published 2018/08/10


  • Gould


  • United States Ninth Circuit


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