Jun 8, 2010 2:45 PM by Melissa Canone
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - An attempt to limit the liability of
Mardi Gras float-builders for damage, injuries or death during
parades has been scuttled.
The bill by New Orleans Rep. Jeff Arnold had passed the
Louisiana House. But a Senate committee voted 2-1 against the
Opponents argued the bill was a response to a wrongful death
lawsuit against Blaine Kern Studios. They say protections shouldn't
be given to a private business against future attempts for float
riders or watchers to sue when parade festivities hurt or kill
Arnold says the proposal was designed to stop frivolous
lawsuits. His bill would have required proof of gross negligence or
a deliberate act before the companies that build Mardi Gras floats
could be held liable for accidents during parades.