Class Action Status Denied in $100 Million Cruise ‘Rogue Wave’ Case

A $100 million negligence lawsuit filed in a United States District Court by passengers aboard a cruise ship that was struck by a 70-foot rogue wave in April 2005 was denied class action status.

In a 20-page decision by U.S. District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga means that the lawsuit will not automatically cover the more than 2,000 passengers who were aboard the 965-foot Norwegian Dawn when it encountered heavy seas off South Carolina.

The wave, which reached as high as deck 10 of the liner, broke windows, flooded cabins and sent furniture flying inside the ship. Four passengers suffered cuts and bruises, but there were no serious injuries.

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