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Federal Judge Reduces Award to Carnival by Nearly $9M

U.S. District Judge Patricia Seitz has slashed nearly $9 million from a jury's verdict awarding $24.8 million to Carnival in a dispute with Rolls-Royce over a defective podded propulsion system for the QE2. The judge reduced the award after finding there was no evidence to support a finding by the jury last January of a breach of warranty of workmanlike performance. She said Carnival had to replace the bearing on the pod propulsion system on the QE2 because of a design flaw, not the bearing themselves.

The award, which now stands at $16.7 million, will now be the subject of an appeal to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

If you have any questions concerning this decision or the history on the failings of the pod propulsion systems for cruise ships, please feel free to contact me at miamipandi@comcast.net, motero@houckanderson.com or via LinkedIn at

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