NEWS RELEASE Boating Accident Litigation Resolution

September 28, 2012

Murray & Murray Resolves Litigation Involving Boating Accident

(SANDUSKY, Ohio) — Recently, Murray & Murray Co., L.P.A. was able to resolve the

litigation on behalf of the family of Benjamin Miller who was killed in a boating collision on

Sandusky Bay in June 2008. This result was the culmination of more than three years of hard

fought, complex litigation which involved proceedings in state court, federal district court, and

even bankruptcy court.

This was a long and difficult process for the Miller family, but the most important evidence to

come from their efforts during the course of these proceedings, is proof their son, Ben, was not

the operator of the Sea Ray that collided with the 41-foot Formula on the night of June 15, 2008.

Rather, Ben was a passenger on the Sea Ray and was thrown from that boat upon impact.

Murray & Murray brought a lawsuit against the operators of both vessels because they were both,

in part, responsible for the collision. At least three other individuals were also injured in the


Additionally, Murray & Murray sought to hold the U.S. Coast Guard responsible for its role in

the collision. Just minutes before the collision, the Coast Guard stopped, boarded, and inspected

the 41-foot Formula. The Coast Guard noted that the vessel was improperly lit, but nevertheless

permitted it to go back out into Sandusky Bay in the dark of night. The federal court dismissed

the Coast Guard from the lawsuit because, as part of the federal government, the Coast Guard

maintains immunity for its negligent conduct.

Every summer the waters of Sandusky Bay fill with people enjoying one of the most beloved

pastimes in the Sandusky community – boating. As any experienced boater will tell you,

however, there are certain risks and dangers that you encounter when boating, particularly when

you are out on the water at night. The attorneys at Murray & Murray Co., L.P.A. have the

experience and skill required to navigate and manage the complexities of large-scale litigation

whether it results from a boating accident, a business dispute, or any other circumstance where

you may find yourself in need of legal assistance.

For more information about this case or about the firm of Murray & Murray, call 419.624.3000

or visit

Murray & Murray is a law firm based in Sandusky, Ohio that has been owned and managed by

the Murray family for three generations. The firm has 14 attorneys including nine partners from

the Murray family. Founded in 1931, Murray & Murray provides legal representation for clients

throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Involved in many landmark decisions and settlements,

Murray & Murray’s main practice areas are personal injury and wrongful death as well as

consumer protection, business litigation and class actions. The firm has a strong track record in

product liability, environmental issues and professional malpractice.


Charles M. Murray,, 419.624.3127

Florence Murray,, 419.624.3011

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