Judge Throws Out $21 Million Cruise Line Lawsuit

A Federal Judge threw out a $21.5 million lawsuit against Holland America Line from a guest that was struck by a sliding glass door on a world cruise.

James R. Hausman, of Springfield, Illinois sued Holland America Line alleging that he suffered a minor brain injury when he was struck by a sliding glass door on the lido deck aboard the ms Amsterdam. The video of the incident was published on social media.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein made her decision recently and ordered a new trial after Mr. Hausman’s former assistant said that he had intentionally deleted emails that could have hurt his case.

The $21.5 million broke down to $16.5 million in punitive damages against the cruise line and $5 million for pain and suffering and emotional distress.

No date for a new trial has been set.

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