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February 27, 2007

New York City can't cap liability in Staten Island ferry accident

New York City may not limit its liability in the 2003 Staten Island ferry crash to the value of the vessel's hull.

U.S. District Court Judge Edward R. Korman ruled yesterday that the city cannot invoke the 1851 Limitation of Liability Act to limit its liability to the $14.4 million ferry hull value as the former head of ferry operations was negligent by failing to enforce safety measures that would have prevented the crash.

New York City Law Department issued a statement saying it was "disappointed" with the ruling and was considering its appellate options.